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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)
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART - CHAZ BOJORQUEZ The Living Language Of Street Art
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
U won’t want to miss this one.
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EL Mac & Retna collaboration outside of RVCA headquarters
I always enjoy a good deal on some new gear, so last week on April 6th, I attended the RCVA warehouse sale. The sale was located at the RVCA headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA. I was aware that RVCA has a mass Contemporary and Street art collection and I was excited I might be able to see some of it. Driving up to the building the first piece that was caught in my peripheral was a mural by prolific Bay area street artist Barry Mcgee a.k.a Twist.
(Detail) NECKFACE mural on plywood
Walking up to the building I am then blessed with a towering mural collaboration by Mexican-American street artist El Mac and Street artist Retna. Their collab work always seams to flow flawlessly together when they create in harmony.
Barry Mcgee a.k.a. Twist mural located in front of RVCA Building
As I entered the warehouse I am guided though a dimly lit hallway, and there it is, A 12’ foot long mural at least in length, done by Mexican-American street artist NECKFACE. Exiting you were then guided though a portion of the gallery where most of the collection was located.
Street artist Retna
The Retna piece (bottom photo) which looks like artist used the wall as a canvas was one of the last pieces you see before leaving the building, which was a great visual to leave with.
I also left with 5 sweet RVCA T-shirts for the price of two.
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Ramiro Gomez sets up his public art outside of the White House.
Ramiro Gomez hopes to interrupt spaces of the “white and affluent” in a “pacifistic” way.
The young artist still sees himself as part of a growing family of immigration-minded artists, but his own work is surely a distant cousin from the rest.
You won’t find Ramiro screenprinting phrases like “Undocumented and Unafraid” or “Brown and Proud” onto rally signs, like other artists in the movement. Rather, most of Gomez’s art involves placing the figures of Latino housekeepers, gardeners, and pool-cleaners in lavish settings, to serve as a constant reminder of the individuals who maintain the America’s spaces.
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I first seen this image of Street artist Jose Fever’s artwork on his instagram page. I was instanly attracted to the piece, so I sent my amigo JF an email for some info about this street piece. I really like this street art piece with its modern art twist. Wicked piece JF!
via Jose Fever:
That was a print that I spray painted and then digitized to make a sticker of. I included the finished sticker of it. the original is now pasted on the street of Whittier and Esperanza where La Chinita Poblana restaurant is.
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Revolutionizing Art with X is the Weapon
Cultural Affairs Commission presents a new art gallery with art collective, X is the Weapon, called “The Shape of Things to Come”. This show will run February 24th-March 9th in UCLA’s Kerckhoff Art Gallery. X is the Weapon features California-based artists who make art that strives to spark a creative revolution! With themes of social tolerance, knowledge, wisdom and understanding, their works speak for themselves. X = whatever you can imagine!
Thursday, March 7 from 5:00-9:00pm at Kerckhoff Art Gallery
FREE food and beverages! Cool people will be here! That means you.
Los Angeles-based street artist El Mac recently created an impressive photorealistic mural for Rapt Studio at Adobe’s Lehi, Utah building. Featuring a young girl drawing, the mural is rendered with a pixel-like texture and is intended as an homage to the spirit of creativity. The young girl appears almost glowing and translucent, much like a hologram or an ethereal presence. Take a look at a video by Rapt Studio of El Mac completing the project as well as some photos of the process below.
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El Soldado, 2012, acrylic on cardboard
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
You are cordially invited to the reception for
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CSRC Library – 144 Haines Hall
Join us at an artist’s reception for the newest CSRC Library exhibition,
Ramiro Gomez: Luxury, Interrupted, on view February 4 - April 8, 2013.
Ramiro Gomez is a young artist who portrays Latino domestic workers employed in affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Ramiro Gomez Collection of Visual Works at the CSRC Library includes selections from Gomez’s Happy Hills series of mixed-media works, as well as documentary photographs of his installations. Luxury, Interrupted features new pieces, made specifically for this show, that highlight the hard work and dedication of those who come to work at UCLA and in the surrounding neighborhoods—a workforce that is often overlooked. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours (Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
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Chaz Bojorquez (Photo taken by CAM)
Chaz Bojorquez - “END OF THE WORLD” closing reception
January 31st 2013, 6pm - 10pm
Plaza de la Raza
Special performance by:
Ruben Guevara And Thee Eastside Lovers
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Plaza De La Raza entrance with Chaz “End Of The World” Banners
On Friday December 21st CHICANO ART MOVEMENT took a trip to Lincoln Park, California to attend the opening reception of Mr.Chaz Bojorquez’s “End Of The World” exhibition at Plaza De La Raza’s Boat House Gallery.
Chaz Bojorquez’s “Senor Suerte” limited edition Skateboard decks
If this was my final exhibition due to the Mayan prophecy coming true Chaz’s show would have been the ultimate show to last feast my eyes on before my retinas melted due to the barrage of flaming meteors falling from the skies. We are still alive and California did not break off and sink into the sea and I am writing this post to entice you to go take a gander at this exhibit by graffiti artist formerly known as Charlie Chingaso. For those of you to distant to attend I took images for you to admire from afar.
Chaz Bojorquez’s works on paper
Arriving to the exhibit around 8:30pm, I could already see the venue was brimming due to lack of parking near the gallery. That did not deter me though, it just solidified it was going to be a eventful affair. A little belated I missed the special ceremonial Mayan dance performed by Danza Xipitotec and the live music by Youth Mariachi Plaza de la Raza, but I still had this amazing show to view and get down to the stylings of Very Be Careful’s funky cumbia rhythms.
“Chino Latino” limited edition screen print
Upon entering the gallery I could feel the electricity of excitement in the air and I could see the masses were having a excellent time at this event. The first room I entered is where the thirteen limited edition “Señor Suerte” skateboard decks were displayed all together. I had yet to even see the larger original artworks and I was already in awe with Mr. Bojorquez’s work. The piece that first apprehended my attention was a limited edition print created at Modern Multiples called “Chino Latino”. I had heard about this infamous piece a few years ago on how rare and monumental this print it looked in person. The hype of “Chino Latino” did not disappoint, and was one of the most stunning and vibrant works in the “End Of The World” exhibit. Once I had absorbed enough of “Chino Latino”, I took a walk around the gallery to view the exhibition in its entirety.
Artist Chaz Bojorquez stands in front of his biggest piece in the exhibition
That is when I started to notice some of the great artist in attendance like Chicano artists Jose Lozano, Willie Herron III (ASCO art collective) and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias. Coolest one of the night had to be Rage Against The Machine front man Zack De La Rocha, Which Anita was lucky enough to get a picture with. I was not able to meet Mr. Bojorquez that night as he was constantly swarmed by fans trying to take pictures with him or getting his placaso.
Chaz Bojorquez original hand painted skateboard deck
Hopefully I can meet Mr. Chaz Bojorquez in the future and ask him some questions and maybe even hear a great story or two. Exhibition runs through January 31, 2013. Spectacular show Mr. Bojorquez.
Plaza De La Raza
3540 North Mission Road Los Angeles, CA 90031
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