A mass of foam hanging from a shelf

Ser Serpas was born in 1995 in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, an area with a history of radical leftist (i.e., socialist and communist) activism. Serpas took to this lineage, dedicating much of her time to community organizing during her high school years. Art ultimately replaced activist work, as Serpas became disenchanted with the respectability politics within activism. In response, she relocated to New York City, completed her studies at Columbia University, and adopted a practice largely invested in critiquing and celebrating the value (or lack thereof) of material objects. Whether made from discarded detritus found on the street or from hoarded fabric gifted to Serpas by her friends, these reworked objets d'art exist in and out of value, troubling our attachment to what would otherwise be garbage. That Serpas exhibits these Rauschenberg-like combines of furniture and appliances within galleries only to return them to the streets instigates a game of double Dutch, as she plays with what is permissible inside and outside the pristine white cube. Serpas has had solo exhibitions at Ludlow 38, New York (2019); LUMA Westbau, Zurich (2018); and Current Projects, Miami (2017), as well as participating in group exhibitions at Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland (2019); Swiss Institute, New York (2018); and Performance Space New York (2018).