“The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place.”
-Leonard Cohen, ‘Book of Mercy’
Another nice process shot from @ericheights of my most recent mural for the City of Montreal, with @mumtl + @genependon
Tower of Song
Another nice working shot of my mural homage to Leonard Cohen with @mumtl @genependon for the city of Montreal.
A massive amount of work, planning, time, paint, patience and love went into this project.. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen 🖖🏿
I'll be overcoming my introversion and doing a small talk at the San Jose Museum of Art tomorrow in case anyone in the Bay Area is interested/nearby/has nothing better to do on a Wednesday afternoon. It's less a 'lecture', more like a 'casual conversation' with SJMA curator Lauren lolens, and will be at @seewhatyouthink from 12-1pm. Free with museum admission. Bring low expectations!
And check out @the_propeller_group exhibition while you're there!
"I've never liked it fast.. You wanna get there soon, I wanna get there last.."
[UPDATE: Prints are all spoken for -thank you!!] ...
... Heads up! I made this small print edition to help with the fundraising campaign for my mural with the Propeller Group for the San José Museum of Art.. The print was never formally released, and the SJMoA says there are a few available, so to get one contact Adrianna: [email protected] ..
“All Flags Or No Flags” 2017, printed by Brent Bond at Santo Press in Arizona.
Duotone photopolymer relief with linocut printed in graphite, silver and gray on Hahnemuhle Copperplate warm white paper. Edition of 30. Image is 9.5 x 17.25”, paper size is 13 x 21.35” $400 + shipping
‘The Fighter’, 2017, aerosol with fatcap on burlap. Collection of the Urban Nation museum in Berlin, Germany @urbannationberlin ..
This is a portrait of Billy Barlow of Arizona, who is possibly the second Navajo ever to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.🥋
“In every generation there is a Resistance, and in every generation it's the only place to be. This song comes out of a resistance in an old conflict and perhaps the Resistance in this generation is not the resistance against another side but a Resistance against ideology as it is.”
-Leonard Cohen discussing his song ‘The Partisan’ with a journalist in 1974.
This song is one of my favorites from him. Still as moving and relevant as ever. It was an amazing experience to see this song performed at the recent memorial tribute concert in Montreal.. @commandercohen
Video by @EricHeights documenting my new mural for the City of Montreal, with @MUmtl + @GenePendon ..
Song: ‘The Partisan’ by Leonard Cohen, 1969
(Still regret that this old portrait of Serch from a few years back didn’t come out better.. it was painted in the dark and wasn’t finished properly, but he liked it anyway )
Showing my most recent acrylic brushwork painting in this new group show curated by my good friend Oscar Magallanes at Residency in LA:
Opening reception block party on Saturday, October 7, 2017 1 pm – 6 pm
September 23 - December 16, 2017 "The Chicano movement in Southern California, born out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, gave rise to art, murals, west coast handstyle graffiti, tattoos, and literary works along with lowrider culture and fashion as forms of self identification and cultural pride in the midst of oppression and segregation. This unique style has spread to many countries but in Los Angeles it has faced persistent attacks whether in the form of criminalization or steep fines placed on unsanctioned murals. This has created an erasure of the cultural markers that speak most clearly in opposition to systemic racism. There is a heightened urgency to preserve and document this work in the midst of rapid gentrification. This exhibition brings together artists that not only continue to use Chicano aesthetics but also uphold the use of art as a means of challenging dominant narratives. "
Aaron D. Estrada
Miles “El Mac” MacGregor
John Carlos de Luna/ Barrio Dandy
Curated by Oscar Magallanes
This exhibition expands on ¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles.
Residency Art Gallery
310 E. Queen St.
Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
I will be joining forces with the San Jose Museum of Art and my good friends from the acclaimed art collective The Propeller Group out of Vietnam, along with award-winning children's author Christopher Myers to create a new permanent public mural in San Jose. The mural's message will be one of hope and empathy.
I'm planning to offer a small, very limited edition print to assist the SJMoA's drive to raise supplemental funding for this project. The image is adapted from a pencil drawing I made during early stages of planning for this mural and is based on the daughter of two inspiring San Jose artists.
Many thanks to everyone who has already supported this project. Less than 24 hours left to back the SJMoA kickstarter campaign, link in bio or: kck.st/2wcafp2
Fuerza y bendiciones para México + Puerto Rico!
Finished + closer shot of "The Mother Creator II" without the (awesome) 80s Toyota van in front. Many thanks for all the positive responses, very much appreciated
More devotional public work for the great city of Los Angeles. Putting some serious time, soul and energy out there for the people. Striving to create good public art in these strange, troubled times. This is a companion mural to last year's 'La Mère Créatrice' in Montreal, my homage to feminine creative force. It's a tribute to artistic mothers, and their capacity to not only make people but art as well. I am an artist largely thanks to the influence of my mother, who is a great, inspiring artist. My mother-in-law, who passed away recently, though she probably wouldn't have considered herself an artist was as prolific and creative as any. The figure in this mural is based on my reference photos of Jane Choe, the fiery artistic mother of my friend David Choe. It was a pleasure working with my talented young crewmate, brother and local neighborhood resident @aiseborn who assisted with the extra Alphonse Mucha-inspired acrylic embellishment on the halo designs..