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3B Collective: 'By Way Of'


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until June 12, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Best Practice Gallery, 1955 Julian Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

"By Way Of" opening reception:
Saturday, May 8 from 5-8 p.m.

From the gallery:

BEST PRACTICE is pleased to announce the first San Diego exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based 3B Collective – Alfredo Dominguez, Aaron Douglas Estrada, Gustavo Martinez, Oscar Magallanes, and Michael Khosravifard. This exhibition will feature individual works by these artists in painting, sculpture, and video as well as collaborative works including a site-specific mural.

In addition, a low rider performance, cruise, and car show will take place in collaboration with the San Diego Art Institute during the run of the exhibition. Details are forthcoming.

We are a collective of artists and designers that along with producing our own work create site-specific installations and murals. Having all come from immigrant families, we are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works which encourage pride and recognition of the different facets in our communities. The collective work addresses social inequities by creating public works that would not be possible as individuals, sharing resources, and providing peer support.

The murals of East and South Los Angeles like those of Chicano Park have traditionally served as cultural markers, documenting stories and often serving as coded pneumonic devices for the communities in which they exist. They are a visual representation of generational traditions and rituals. Our first exposure to art was murals and placasos. In our public works, we honor the educational aspects and the tradition of storytelling that murals have. We strive to create conversations around the stories of decolonization and the daily life of our communities.

With the current conversation, around the environment, systemic racism, and monuments along with labor, this exhibition uses the freeway and bridges as a nexus in addressing these issues in BI-POC communities. From the East Los Angeles Interchange to the Balboa Bridge, we look to the parallel histories of the communities that were the victims of “progress” and the aesthetics that arise from concrete and car culture. We have chosen to address the creation of iconic images recognizable even as outlines as a portal into the space itself. The concept of pillars serving as a conversation with the exhibition visitors questioning both the construction of them, but also what lies beneath them both physically and ideologically.

From San Diego all the way to the bay…

By way of Los Angeles passing through TJ.

The land we are on is Kumeyaay land.
By way of land
By way of sea
By way of this land was stolen from you and me
So we were born breaking barriers
By way of building better bridges
By way of documenting the pain, joy, life, and death.

3B Collective consists of six artists and designers. We produce our own work and collaborate with other artists, institutions, and galleries we respect on large-scale, site-specific installations and murals. Five of the six members met during their undergraduate studies at UCLA. All of the members hail from multiple areas of Los Angeles and are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works that encourage pride and recognition of the different facets of their communities. In all our works, we start with the indigenous history of the space and follow the timeline to the present, paying homage to the ancestral lands that we stand on. We strive to provide a visual representation of resilience and inclusivity found within the local community. Our focus on understanding the context of each project allows us to use the knowledge we gain about the place, its residents, and its history to inform our creative process. As children of first-generation immigrant parents, we appreciated the storytelling and educational aspects that murals in our communities provided. In reaction to the erasure and destruction of these murals, we came together to create permanent artworks that can continue to honor a community’s history, and help educate those unfamiliar with its past. These projects work to create a sense of belonging along with promoting the role that public works play in placemaking for those in the communities in which they are installed.

For more on 3B Collective’s work please visit

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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