The Liquid Space gallery in the Liquid Agency offices in San Jose is currently featuring “Scarcity,” by artist Leyla Cárdenas. The exhibit was originally featured in November 2014 at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and has been installed in the window of our gallery space to ignite and inspire the urban community of downtown San Jose.

“Scarcity” by Leyla Cárdenas.


The current exhibition is part of the evolving On The Road program organized by the ICA – a series of curated exhibitions that are on display in venues throughout the Bay Area. The featured work, titled “Scarcity” was created by South America-based artist Leyla Cárdenas and is on view in the window of Liquid Space through the end of August. Liquid Space is located at Liquid Agency, 451 South First Street, in downtown San Jose.

A modern day mural.


Working much like an archeologist who explores the past through cultural material, Cárdenas creates site-specific installations that attempt to make tangible the history of a city. After months of researching the history of downtown San Jose and its architecture, Cárdenas selected images that depicted iconic downtown San Jose buildings that in the past held distinct cultural or historical significance for the community. Next, Cárdenas cast slabs of plaster, onto which she transferred photographic images using a process called digital fresco – blending the latest technology with age-old techniques to create a modern-day mural.

A collaboration to bring art to our community.

“As longtime friends and like-minded culture cultivators, it was simply a matter of time before Liquid and the ICA joined forces to present a tangible expression of our shared vision for developing and enriching San Jose’s contemporary art scene,” explains Cathy Kimball, ICA Executive Director. “Creativity thrives on experimentation and the Liquid Space is an experimental gallery, accessible from the street, that allows Liquid to continuously advocate for creativity and innovation in downtown San Jose,” stated Alfredo Muccino, Chief Creative Officer at Liquid Agency. “I’m particularly happy to collaborate with our friends at the ICA and artists, like Ms. Cárdenas, whose installations are inspired by the space.”

We’re thrilled to be a part of this creative collaboration with Liquid and the very talented Leyla Cárdenas, and we hope to keep the momentum going with more On The Road installations in months and years to come.

Cathy Kimball

ICA Executive Director

About Leyla Cardenas.


Cárdenas earned her MFA from UCLA in 2004 and has exhibited her work at international art fairs such as Frieze New York, Art Positions/Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, and ArtBo, Bogotá. Recently, she created installations at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; Museo la Tertulia in Cali, Colombia; and Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as ArtNexus magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and The Stranger-Seattle.

Cárdenas was recently awarded a 2015 residency at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, during which time she will have the opportunity to work closely with a professional archaeologist in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Archaeology Data Service, York in the UK.

About On The Road.
In January 2013 the San Jose ICA launched On The Road, a satellite exhibition program that seeks to expand the ICA’s reach throughout the Bay Area and further its mission to support the region’s contemporary art community. Another current On The Road exhibition includes selected works by Bay Area artists Charlotta Hauksdottir, Peter Steinhauer and Theodora Varnay Jones on view in the private lounge The Club at the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

About the ICA.
The ICA is an energetic art space located in downtown San Jose dedicated to making contemporary art accessible and exciting to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Exhibitions are presented in three galleries that display the most current, relevant and often challenging art from the region, the nation and the world. The ICA is activated by opening receptions, monthly gallery walks, programming in the front windows, panel discussions, printmaking workshops, brown bag lunches and impromptu conversations in the galleries.

The San Jose ICA gratefully acknowledges support from the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose and from Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council. The ICA is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Applied Materials Foundation, Adobe Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and members of the ICA.

About Liquid Space.
According to Alfredo Muccino, Chief Creative Officer and one of Liquid Agency’s co-founders, “We believe in pushing boundaries. We strive to challenge the status quo, and embrace innovation.” Alfredo, an artist in his own right, has a great deal of respect for the power of art and creativity in our lives. He developed the concept of Liquid Space as an experimental gallery in order to share the work of talented artists and multidisciplinary designers with Liquid’s employees, clients and local communities. Liquid Space was pioneered in San Jose, Liquid Agency’s headquarters, and has expanded to Liquid’s Portland office which is located in the Pearl District. Liquid Space showcases the work of multidisciplinary artists and designers and is also used to experiment with pop-up retail concepts and other inventive projects.