Happening today! We’re installing @juliosalgado83’s new piece, “I Am UndocuQueer!,” as part of #galeriadelaraza’s Digital Mural Project. Halfway there! #billboard #art #queer (at Galeria de la Raza - Studio 24)
Look what just arrived at the studio. 5 trial proofs from Migration Now portfolio. Hit me if interested in one. #culturestrike #justseeds
This is your last chance to see amazing art produced by Taller Tupac Amaru at Galeria de la Raza. I am collaborating with fellow artists Rio Yañez, Viviana Paredes and Favianna Rodriguez to produce a limited edition piece of work, on sale the night of the closing party only. Don’t miss out !!
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On Wednesday, May 29 at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, Cheech Marin, the comedian, actor, and Chicano art advocate, led a fascinating and provocative panel discussion about the tidal wave that is Chicano art. It included Dr. Susana Smith Bautista and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Almost 40 years ago, with his compatriots in the art collective Los Four,Frank Romero became the first Chicano artist to show at LACMA. In fact, it was the first Chicano art show in any big American museum. With his broad brush strokes and bright colors, Romero has continued to document life in LA — the cars, the freeways, the tragedies — on murals and smaller canvases.
For years, Romero lived and worked in the working-class Frogtown neighborhood by the LA River, but for the past eight years now, he’s been spending more and more time in France, inspired by Diego Rivera’s autobiography, other painters’ works, and his French-speaking wife Sharon.
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Federico Medina - “Safe Travels” from StoopDown Limited
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/66017723
Short film produced entirely in Mexico. Using the iconic image of the classic Mexican Luchador films from the 60’s. Safe Travels is a visual presentation showing various monuments, landmarks and locations known to locals throughout Mexico accompanied by music produced by Macario from Guadalajara, MX (preview his latest E.P. here: staticdiscos.com/sta036/ ). Safe Travels also goes against all the media’s negative publicity that has labeled Mexico a dangerous place to visit and travel within.
A few months ago I ran into one of my high school friends, Artist Federico Medina at the Santa Ana Artwalk in Orange County, California. It had been at least six years since we had last connected. That day we caught up and talked about how he was on his way to Mexico to relax and create. This was the film of what became of that trip to Mexico. I had known Fred was doing graphic design traveling the world. I was not aware he was creating art in an array mediums and also runs Stoopdown Limted. I had only been familiar with Fred’s graffiti work from our days in high school coming upon it on the morning walk to school or through photos.
So it was exciting to see my friend creating some interesting work not just in graffiti but other art forms.
I am working with Fred on the designs for “CAM curated project #1”, and at our first meeting I was able to view a rough cut of “Safe Travels” a couple weeks prior to release, and I knew wanted to share once it was completed.
After the film went viral, I emailed Fred Medina and asked if I could share here on CAM along with some questions I wanted to know about the “Safe Travels” work.
1) How long did you spend in Mexico?
I spent a month in Mexico from March 15th to April 15th 2013. This project came up two days before I had already planned to go to MX and just chill, so with the trip planned I decided to make a short film for a artshow in LA happening a couple weeks after I got back. Leaving with just a GoPro and the idea of making “Safe Travels” happen in between of everything else that goes on with a vacation to Mexico…
2) We previously talked about the film and you mentioned you filmed every other day. Am I correct?
Thats how it ended up being after I got the game plan on point. I arrived in Puerto Vallarta first and still needed to find the luchador mask and vintage suit. After finding the mask in PV and after a shit load of beers / mezcals later I left for Guadalajara where I found the suit at a vintage flea market. From there we started filming and I left to other parts of Mexico from there to finish in PV.
3) What do you consider yourself Digital artist, Street artist or Both?
I started as a Graff writer then went on to study graphic design to have it evolve into StoopDown which is a mix of both. Then you add the films to what is new to me and we have a BOOM!
4) Was this your first film?
My first film to be in production is “Always Stay Restless” that is still in production that is set to be released by Fall of 2013, its a crime story based on car thieves that end up stealing a Ferrari but at the end it goes sour. Stay tuned on that one…my first short to be shown is “He Who Makes A Beast of Himself”. It is my interpretation on a individual shooting heroin through what I think it must be. Check “He Who Makes A Beast of Himself” here: http://vimeo.com/61399280 this is my first short film to to be introduced to have the viewer StoopDown.
5) Any Locations in Mexico you had to put in the film?
I really can’t identify any location in the film as a favorite spot. Each location had its flavor, history, certain friends, food, nightlife and more to make it impossible to call one out as a favorite.
6) Something more you would like to add about the “Safe Travels” piece?
Yeah, to all the people (especially Mexican Americans) that are sucked into the media nonsense in the belief that Mexico is dangerous; my message is for them to WAKE THE FUCK UP and see how much culture there is only a short amount of distance from the USA. The USA is not Europe where a train can take you to from Spain to France, so make a effort and drive, board a plane or ride a god damn boat to break out and see more to know more. Safe Travels was made to show just a glimpse of what is in store for you if people would make the trip. Safe Travels guaranteed.
7) One more, What is the significance of 8 ball in the film?
Going offroad in Puerto Vallarta homie, shit…Eazy said it best “Eazy-E’s fucked up and got the 8 ball rolling.” NWA: 8-Ball
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Figurative Artist: Shizu Saldamando (Profiles)
Published on May 6, 2013
Thrash Lab in collaboration with Giant Robot “Profiles” artist Shizu Saldamando. Her portraits show how American social spaces are the laboratories for new ways of being. Her art consistently reveals the energy of youthful identity, self expression, and the freedom of everyday life experiences and subcultures. Watch this video and hear from Shizu about her process and see her unbelievable talent with a ballpoint pen.
For more updates on Shizu’s work - http://bit.ly/XdsSon
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Ana Serrano - “Salon of Beauty” from Walley Films
Rice University Art Gallery’s current exhibition “Salon of Beauty” features the beautiful handmade work of Los Angeles based Artist Ana Serrano. The film unveils the process required to bring Ana’s previously small scale sculptures to nearly life size inside of Rice Gallery. The completed exhibition is a colorful landscape inspired by South L.A. neighborhoods where small and often overlooked details are playfully mixed together. Learn more about the Artist: AnaSerrano.com. Learn more about the exhibition: RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the filmmakers: WalleyFilms.com
Ana Serrano will be exhibiting at East Los Angeles College, Vincent Price Art Museum’s, Hoy Space for her show titled A Daydreamer’s Street
May 23 to July 26, 2013
Writing “thank you” cards. Catalog is a go!! Thank you to everyone for your support.
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Grand Central Art Center- Santa Ana Art Walk, May 2013
On May 4th, 2013 we attended the monthly Santa Ana Art Walk for the opening reception to Divested Interest: Exchange Dialogues with Cog•nate Collective & Ramiro Gomez at the Grand Central Art Center gallery. I was excited to view Mr. Gomez’s artworks exhibited in a gallery setting, as he predominately installs his works in the public urban space.
Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages
The exhibit consisted of Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages, with a few art photography pieces taken by his partner who documented the artist installations in the streets. Ramiro also had his “Los Olvidados” cardboard piece that was originally erected in Tucson, AZ July, 2012 placed in the gallery.
Image of “Los Olvidados” piece from outside the GCAC gallery
Outside, what lured the art goers into the CSUF governed exhibition space were six cardboard street pieces by the Mexican-American artist. Which instantly caught my attention as I walked towards the GCAC.
Ramiro Gomez Jr. cardboard street pieces in front of Grand Central Art Center for “Divested Interest”
Looks as the art masses were pleased with the Divested Interest: Exchange Dialogues with Cog•nate Collective & Ramiro Gomez exhibition. By the end of the night many of Ramiro’s appropriations on magazine pages had been acquired by collectors. Good show Mr. Gomez.
Photography piece by Mr. Gomez’s partner
Exhibition runs until Sunday, July 14, 2013 with a Closing Reception (TBD)
More Images: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page
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