Tortillas in Extremis

This past weekend the Great Tortilla Conspiracy (including myself) installed an 8 ft. sq. tortilla mosaic portrait of Jesus Christ at the Meridian Gallery in downtown San Francisco. The concept was masterminded by conspirator Jos Sances and took us a little over four hours to build.

It’s all for a print show titled In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing. The opening reception is this Saturday from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

During the opening reception we’ll be celebrating with some judgement day themed tortilla art. Don’t get raptured up to heaven without tasting some of our delicious tortilla art first!

Pertinent info below!

In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing
Curated by Art Hazelwood

Opening Reception: May 21, 6:00PM-9:00PM

Meridian Gallery

535 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will create an installation during the opening, while printing delicious edible artwork.

From the tiny to the monumental, from installations to political posters, printmaking has many ongoing traditions. Some of these traditions are complimentary, some at odds with each other. The exhibition, In Extremis: Prints Monumental, Intimate, and Encompassing, explores contrasting approaches to contemporary printmaking in Northern California through the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups.

Peace,

Rio

Ps. I can’t use the word Extremis without throwing back to Hal, Gillian Anderson, and Extremis.

Miráme: 21st century portraits for Latino/a America

I’ll be in Sacramento this Friday for the opening reception of Miráme: 21st century portraits for Latino/a America curated by my homegirl Ella Diaz. It’s a show of self-portraits and artist facebook profile pictures, I’ll be exhibiting four large-scale purikura prints as part of it.

The Promo text is below:

In the early 20th century, Frida Kahlo revolutionized portraiture by painting intensely personal and unusually small self-portraits. Nearly 60 years after her death, Kahlo’s images continue to capture the attention of viewers.. Some see Kahlo’s works as a modernist shift in the western aesthetic; others are drawn to Kahlo’s unnerving ease with expressions of physical and emotional suffering. Still, others find her work provocative because the portraits ask viewers, “So what are you looking at?”

In the 21st century, self-portraits are everywhere, and they are as meaningful or as meaningless as the time it takes to create them. With the proliferation of social media and online networks, the profile pic presents a new platform for the artist concerned with the representation of his, her, or someone else’s likeness. Meticulously staging oneself in a bathroom mirror; striking a pose with drunk friends at a bar; earnestly attempting irony through shadows, silhouettes, or a favorite pet; each of these is an accidental allegory for a larger social malaise and alienation in the virtual photo albums that we carefully create in our online shrines to self.

Hope to see you all there. I’m super excited to be making inroads into the most gate-kept Chicano art city on Earth. Sacramento here I come!

Rio

Mexicans Love Morrissey (Doggystyle)

Mexicans Love Morrissey in homage to Joe Cool’s original Doggystyle album art.

Making this piece in Illustrator was a big challenge. I’m still in the process of learning Illustrator and unlearning some of my old habits from Photoshop. I’m determined to keep pushing forward without looking back. Still, as much as I love a challenge working in Illustrator is like learning to draw with my left hand. With every piece I grow a little closer to where I want to be.

Regardless of technical challenges I’m SUPER EXCITED that Mexicans Love Morrissey is less than 24 hours away. I hope to see you there!

Peace,

Rio

Mexicans Love Morrissey

I am very proud to invite you to the first official Mexicans Love Morrissey Party. This is your chance to meet with other Moz-obsessed Latinos and party the night away. I’ll be exhibiting a collection of my latest and greatest Morrissey related artwork.

For information about attending please email white.elena@gmail.com.

I also thought I’d share this Moz related comic strip I doodled in my class notes recently:

Hope to see you there!

Rio

Cyberpunk Quinceañera

I recently had another great purikura session with the one and only professor Maya Chinchilla. We both donned animal headpieces purchased on 23rd street in the Mission and let loose of our inhibitions for a decolonial-post-Central-American-American-in exotic-exodus photo throwdown. Evidence of said hijinks are below:

Peace n’ Purikura,

Rio