Like Selena herself—who sold branded clothes via a Texas boutique, Selena Etc.—Boyer has grown up traveling, and making work, between Mexico and the United States. He posed his exhibition as the culmination of a thought experiment: “What if Selena Etc.—and this economy it was pointing to—had gone exactly right?” What if, Boyer mused, the pop star’s shop had evolved into something more like high-end, art-world-friendly boutiques like Colette or Agnes B.?
The realization of that daydream was circuitous. “All of the fanciest, aspirational fashion lines, like Hermes and Polo, have this equestrian mystique,” he says. And so Boyer’s Selena-tribute ended up taking the form of a series of wool horse-blankets—created by weavers in the Mexican town of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca—which feature silhouettes of the singer’s legs, adorned with shoes from various points in her career. In one, her sparkly footwear is based on what she wore at a concert in the Houston Astrodome. Another, more morbid, weaving replicates the costume that Selena’s wax mannequin sports at Madame Tussaud’s. That particular horse blanket is bedecked with the logo of Days Inn, the economy hotel chain where Selena was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas. “It’s about resurrection, or transcending death,” Boyer offers. “Selena is the ghostest with the mostest; she does a lot of work from beyond the grave.”