Published on May 15, 2013
Incorporated in 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Self Help Graphics’ mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple visual art forms.
Self Help Graphics & Art is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our programs and events are supported in part by our artists, volunteers, and board of directors, as well as by our major donors and collectors. Additional support is provided by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, AltaMed, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bank of America Foundation, California Community Foundation, Camachos Incorporated, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, The Walt Disney Company, Entravision Communications Corporation, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, First District, Lexus, Milagro Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rose Hills Foundation, Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pasadena Art Allaince, TransAmerica and Weingart Foundation.
The designation, which officially occurred on Jan. 23, recognizes the park for its “critical association with the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the city of San Diego’s political and social history,” according to the materials filed in support of the park’s entry, which were submitted last year by the California State Historical Resources Commission.
The inclusion on the register also acknowledges the significance of the park’s internationally acclaimed murals, “created by a large groups of artists, including the masters of the Chicano Movement muralism.” Read more.
On Saturday June 16th 2012 I made it out to Dora De Larios studio sale in Culver City. I was invited by Dora a few weeks prior and I could not miss this event. The first time I visited Dora’s studio in April she was preparing for this sale, so it was great to see pieces from my first visit to Dora’s studio that were works in progress finished and available for purchase or already sold. Dora and I talked and she shared with me that the sculpture pieces were the hot selling pieces of the day. Dora created many beautiful pieces, many of which I wanted to take home with me, but I had to restrain myself and only chose one. Above are some images I took for you to enjoy and absorb the amazing artwork of Mexican-American artist Dora De Larios.
Colorlines.com - Latino Street Artist Sparks Conversation About Labor in Beverly Hills
by Jorge Rivas
The scenes are familiar to Angelenos driving through Beverly Hills. Latina domestic workers of every age group waiting at bus stops and men attending gardens. Artist Ramiro Gomez says he wants people to stop and think about the labor force that takes care of the things we value the most: our families and our homes.
The 25-year-old artist who makes a living as a male nanny* by day has been placing hand-painted cardboard cut outs of workers in and around Beverly Hills. He’s left cardboard figures of housekeepers waiting at bus stops, men watering gardens, trimming hedges and even cut outs of a man with a leaf blower.
“I like that when people see my cardboard cut outs of real humans they stop and say ‘what is that’ and realize that what their seeing is a cardboard version of a housekeeper or gardener that they’ve just been driving past,” Gomez told Colorlines.com.
Gomez paints on cardboard he sources from a Best Buy and Target store dumpster at the edge of West Hollywood. He grew up about 65-miles east in a county called San Bernardino. He attended community college before transferring to the art school CalArts but says he was dissatisfied with his program and left before graduating.
The mostly female and immigrant domestic workforce in Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable due to the isolated nature of the industry, where women labor behind closed doors and out of the public eye.
“Often these sectors of the labor force become invisible—we’re used to them attending our gardens, taking care of our kids, cleaning our homes and they almost become invisible,” says Lizette Guerra, archivist and librarian at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center that began archiving Gomez’s work recently.