01.05.2005 :: El Pueblo Galley, Union Station | Los Angeles
An exhibition and event with Mr. Cartoon, sponsored by Nike, executive curation by Aaron Rose with assistance in curation and installation from myself. The Promise Land was a celebration in Chicano art and culture, the night included a silent-auction to raise money for LA's community arts center, Self Help Graphics, as well and a live boxing match.
About This Exhibition:: The vibrant expression of the Latino art movement is proof of the power of place to shape and influence a growing community's aesthetic. The unique nature of Los Angeles' physical structure with its concrete riverbeds, commuter culture and sun drenched streets has served as the Latino art movement's palette, evolving as the street-centric work has moved from Downtown galleries to international museums.
This active expression, part art, part activism has evolved as the cultural landscape has changed. No longer are works rooted solely in a political foundation, seeded by the activism of the Chicano vanguard. Artists have scattered into divergent forms and taken social, personal and aesthetic concerns as their touchstones, with many leaving behind the activist stance of the works that preceded them. Many new artists never engaged in political tropes to begin with, freeing themselves to explore personal obsessions and creative veins.
Nevertheless, these artists continue a tradition of constant exploration, mining the environment around them whether it's social, political, aesthetic or intimately personal. The results are works charged with bold approaches and an ever-growing language, which constantly redefine and upend traditional expectations.