We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Pescador and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Paul, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I don’t think of myself as a risk taker, but do find myself making decisions constantly about changing things whether it be how I live or work and how to improve them. I try to allow myself to be vulnerable and I think that in itself is a risk.  This past year and a half I began transition my gender to trans non-binary, which has been a daunting and exciting experience. The process of changing how one moves through the world and how they are perceived is both exhausting and scary, but has really allowed me to open myself up to the world and myself in ways I hadn’t imagined previously.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make films, photographs, and videos. While the subject of my artwork greatly varies, I am interested in the individual’s experience of how they move through space. This can be as micro as a crush to as macro as how we navigate political and institutional systems. I use colorful and often playful materials in the construction of my practice. Oftentimes my work may include stop-motion animation made from dollar store detritus, simple hand-drawn drawings, puffy paint and glitter and diy costumes. Whatever the topic I explore, there is a level of play and emotionality. I want the viewer to experience the project through its visuals, content, and structure. Which may at times contradict or collide, for me this keeps things strange and moving forward.  As for the professional end about developing my work. I think that is has been so much about working and building ties and community. I guess I have been doing this now for well over 15 years that you begin to create dialogue through friends and colleagues. Ideas bounce back and forth and it drives me to continue to work and work and work. As for the question was it hard, of course! But what else am I going to do ! 🙂 In terms of me, what do I want people to know about me. I am not sure, I can’t think of anything that would fit. My own personal story has so much become the practice, I will let practice do the talking.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hmm… I lived in Highland Park for 15 years and sadly was priced out and moved west with my boyfriend. Though my studio is still here, I do feel more like a visitor.  Places I still try to visit even during a pandemic are as follows:  Chico’s Highland Park, great small Mexican hut where I love their veggie burritos and veggie soup, lovely couples who run it and are so sweet and I always want to give them business.  5 Point Clothing Store in Lincoln Heights which sells vintage and military surplus clothing, it is run by a woman named Teri who is great and has been a neighbor to me for many many years.  Arroyo Seco, which is a great walk which runs through Highland Park, South Pasadena and Pasadena. I feel like I have had so many memories there. Little Flower Candy Company, Pasadena, I used to go there for breakfast almost every weekend and miss it. Great pastries and sweets and a solid menu. The staff has been there forever which says something positive about the owner. Videotheque in South Pasadena, yes DVDs, explore the shelfs and rent an actual movie! Lastly the parks of North East LA, there are so many and they are so lovely. Pick one! Anyone! And then go sit outside, have fun and bring a book!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Usually when asked to write about shoutouts I usually send over artists, friends or mentors, but I wanted to focus on something a little different for this post. This year and a half has been about learning to reshape my wardrobe, my relationship to my body and how I present myself. It’s been tough. I have met and made friends with a bunch of small clothing designers who work similarly to artists. These people have helped me shape how I shift my being. Though I often am invested in fabric and occasionally clothing in the past, it has always felt more like a luxury outside of an artist practice, Recently investing in this attire has been the armor for my body and helps create a level of emotional protection existing out in the world. Though there are many brands that come to mind here are a few Los Angeles ones: 69, East/West, House of 950, Iko Iko, KKCo, Meals and Nancy Stella Soto.

Website: paulpescador.com
Instagram: paulpescador

Image Credits
1.Between Crushes, 2020, performance still 2. Desert Nightz, 2020, performance still 3. Going West, 2018, video still 4. Brick and Mortar : Stars and Stripes, 2019, video still 5. Jurassic Park: The Musical, 2019, performance still 6.Greetings Friends, 2017, digital c-print 7. Color/d Vol. I, (10) 2014, digital c-print 8. Orange, 2014, performance still

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