Whoa! It’s up! Got this shot of the digital mural I designed via @jessicasabogal! • @galeriadelaraza (@pachucastyle) in collaboration w/ @ybca in Community (@raquefella) and El/La Para TransLatinas present “¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas!” A Digital Mural Project honoring #LuchaTransLatina • Catch it at 24th & Bryant in #themission #sanfrancisco Why? Because #translivesmatter (at Galería de la Raza)via Galeria de la Raza, San FranciscoTitle: ¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas! is a Digital Mural Project celebrating #LuchaTransLatina.We are honored to partner once again with YBCA’s In Community Program to present our latest installment of our Digital Mural Project (DMP) Residency Series, featuring artist Lexx Valdez and El/La Para Translatinas.The DMP Residency Series aims to connect local social service organizations, artists and the public with our historical billboard to address and respond to important civic issues. DMP is a public art project that explores the direct linkage between creative activity and community building, the potential “uses” of artwork in a social context, and the role of the artist as a public citizen. In celebration of PRIDE and in support of their advocacy efforts, we have partnered with El/La Para Translatinas to ignite dialogue and understanding about the issues faced by the Translatina community and beyond. We stand with El/La and ask you to join us in support at their upcoming June/July programs.About El/La Para Translatinas: Founded in 2006, El/La is a holistic support organization for transgender women of Latin American decent. By building a collective vision where transwomen are empowered to stand up against violence, abuse and discrimination; its mission to promote the survival and improve the quality of life of translatinas in the San Francisco Bay Area is realized. Thus, creating a space where translatinas are loved, valued and supported in self-determination. Visit their website to lean more.About Lexx Valdez: Valdez grew up in Guadalupe, CA, a coastal town at the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County line but she’s lived in the Bay Area since 2004 and considers it home. She now lives in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood where she shares creative space with her Townhaus Studios mate, Scott La Rockwell of Rockwell Creative. Dedicated to healing and transformation through the creative process, Lexx believes in designing cyclically for collective growth and sustainability. She studied at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, and in previous design lives, has been the Creative Director at Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. (BRL), Art Director at Missomnimedia.com, co-founder of the Daughters of D.I.G.—Developing Intelligent Girls—project, and has freelanced for ArtDontSleep, Los Angeles, Alameda Health Care Services Agency, California Endowment‘s Sons & Brothers Campaign, Community Health Resource Center, San Francisco, the Roy Ayers Project and 70×30.com. Lexx’s collage art and curating skills have been displayed at Betti Ono Gallery in downtown Oakland (“My Art, My Culture,” March 2013 collaboration with Daughters of D.I.G. and 70×30.com).About YBCA In Community: Is a new, community-based arts-making program that pairs professional artists with community members in various neighborhoods around the Bay Area—such as SOMA, the Mission District, the Excelsior District, and West Oakland. The program connects low-income, ethnically diverse, underserved community members; neighborhood organizations; and individual artists around collaborative art-making projects that address the unique needs and cultural traditions of each neighborhood. Each project is designed to reinforce cultural connectivity and community healing, and ultimately change how participants see their lives and the world around them.
passed by this today on my way to work. it’s beautiful
Cici N’est Pas Une Dios De Los Muertos Tiburon print just dropped on @1xrun !!!! Gracias familia!! #sharktoof , #shark__toof , #naturesdiosdelosmuertos , #seawalls
CHICANO ART MOVEMENT presents: The artwork of Dora de Larios
Here is my first installment, of hopefully, many slideshows to come that I have produced in celebration of the Chicana/o and Mexican-American artists who I consider to be significant contributors to the movement.
The first artist to be showcased is Mexican-American artist Dora de Larios. Dora’s artworks have inspired me since first viewing them in a major Los Angeles event in 2011, and a few pieces were acquired along the way for my viewing pleasure. Dora’s artistic talents are manifested through the mediums of ceramics, sculpture, and prints, for example. All photos included in this slideshow were captured during my visits to her personal studio, museum, and gallery exhibits throughout the years which have lead, fortunately, to a friendly relationship with de Larios. She has graciously allowed me to document her work as well as share the personal stories behind her pieces.
I thought that this visual manifestation would be another ingenious way to show her the support that I have of her life’s work.
As an aspiring curator and art connoisseur, I thought this would be my creative way to display art to the masses (independent from any art institution) with an added a soundtrack for a lasting visual and auditory effect. Additionally, this visual slideshow accommodates those people who love art and who do not have the accessibility to the artists themselves nor to the venues of this section of American art.
My goal is to also educate, inform, and, perhaps, give some form of inspiration to the present and future generations.
All images are shared with permission of the artist.
Slideshow production and photos by: Robert Carpintero (CHICANO ART MOVEMENT)
Music: Song Of The Black Lizard Artist: Pink Martini
La Gerbe by Henri Matisse, currently on view in the Ahmanson Building.
© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/ YouTube
Look who’s all grown up and got a YouTube channel!
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, opening October 12, has been 7 years in the making. Learn the conservation backstory.
[Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). The Swimming Pool (La Piscine), late summer 1952. Maquette for ceramic (realized 1999 and 2005). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on painted paper. Overall 73 x 647” (185.4 x 1653.3 cm). Installed as nine panels in two parts on burlap-covered walls 136” (345.4 cm) high. Frieze installed at a height of 65” (165 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs Bernard F. Gimbel Fund, 1975 © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]
Absolute Power, Hank Willis (2003)
Artist of the Week - Olly Moss
El-Haru Kuroi - "El Cucui" (video 2014)
El-Haru Kuroi is: Eddika E. Organista, Michael A. Ibarra, and Dominique Rodriguez
Via El-Haru Kuroi:
El Haru Kuroi, an East Los Angeles trio rooted in Mexican, South American and African melodies and rhythms has initiated a fierce style and sound.
Grupo El-Haru Kuroi performs throughout the Los Angeles area in community and cultural festivals, gallery openings and various clubs. They have performed at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum, The Levitt Pavillion in MacArther Park, The Eagle Rock Music Festival and The Mayan Theater, opening up for Gogol Bordello. They have also ventured on a South West tour toward New Orleans spreading their sound in other parts of America.
Their music is also featured in an independent film, most recently the documentary, “Homeboy,” one of the first of its kind, to explore homosexuality amongst the Mexican American cholo community, in the 80’s and 90’s.
El Haru Kuroi has two full length albums and one acoustic EP. The release of the newest album”CantaGallo,” is the latest sound of El-Haru Kuroi as they continue to evolve as people and musicians, bringing a sound of their own: ” East Los Angeles Nueva Tropicalia.” Currently, El-Haru Kuroi is working on their next albums, which include an Acoustic LP, a Two Song 7”, and an Electric Full Lenght, with singles to be released periodically during the process.
More info on the band visit: http://www.elharukuroi.com
I came upon El-Haru Kuroi's music a few months back through their gigs with a CAM favorite Chicano Batman. When the video for “El Cucui” was released earlier this month I wanted to share the upbeat musical composition and the visuals of this very talented band. To me “El Cucui” has a very reminiscent sound of the classic Sonora Dinamita dance floor fillers, which I can bet this song does that too.
I sent out an email to the band to find out more about them and the song that had me groovin’.
I received a response from Eddika (voice/guitar), who was kind enough to answer all my questions. She also shared with me the process it took in the creating of the video for “El Cucui” composition.
Via El-Haru Kuroi (Eddika):
"Well in respect to the song, its a well known folk tale that has many versions throughout Latin America and even here in the states regarding what the "boogie man" or "El Cu Cui" might do out there in the night. For children, usually El Cu Cui is a scare tactic used by parents and it was created a while back for a halloween show that we were in. Regarding the video, it was a long process which began round 2007. The process being the construction of all the masks that you see in the video, which were hand built (paper machie) and individually painted. Some were built back in 2007 to be stored and partially deteriorating for years because of other priorities that came up. But finally we finished the masks and shot scenes last year at the Linda Vista Hospital and the final scenes this year in the vicinity of City Terrace, Boyle Heights and East LA as well as the bar scene at Las Palomas in Boyle Heights on 1st. St."
El-Haru Kuroi will be performing June 20, 2014 with Chicano Batman, Quita Penas, Viento Callejero at Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside, CA.