Frieze Focus LA 2024 curated by Essence Harden

The exhibition builds on the artist’s exploration of a set of tunnels underneath the Mexico–U.S. border town of Mexicali, which was inhabited by Chinese and Chinese-Mexican populations at the beginning of the 20th century, during the time of the Mexican Revolution and as the U.S. enacted discriminatory policies against Asian immigrants. The anthropomorphic sculptures use scaled measurements of the La Chinesca basements as patterns. Mao thinks of these plans as not only as architectural duplications, but also as skins that provide structure and surface to pierce and modify. These sculptures present their own museography of ceramic, porcelain and calcite organs, organic gestures that operate as fragments of the human or animal body and speak to a deconstructed condition. The spaceship-like structures slips between the machine, the organic body, and the terrestrial. Mao equates the architectural form with the mythical body.

Fragmented: Yeni Mao by Michael Anthony Hall, office magazine, Feb 23, 2024

The 10 Best Booths at Frieze Los Angeles 2024, by Maxwell Rabb, Artsy, Mar 1, 2024

fig 39.1 freemartin, blackened steel, porcelain, ceramic with graphite finish, calcite, leather, 64 x 122 x 79cm , 25 x 48 x 31in

fig 39.3 blue bear, nickel-plated steel, porcelain, leather, nickel-plated volcanic rock, 176 x 28 x 28cm, 69.5 x 11 x 11in
fig 39.5 reforma 304, blackened steel, leather, aluminum, 180 x 34 x 37cm, 71 x 13.5 x 14.5in
fig 39.6 juarez 88, nickel and brass-plated steel, leather, 74 x 41 x 58cm, 29 x 16 x 23in