A Journey in Mixtapes

This portrait of professor Katynka Martinez is a collaboration between the two of us. The mixtapes in the background trace the milestones in her life on her journey to becoming a tenured professor. Congratulations Katynka!

In Anaglyph 3D below:

Peace,

Rio

Purikura Collaboration with Cara Rose Defabio

This past weekend I met up with performance artist Cara Rose Defabio for an adventurous session of purikura in San Francisco’s Japantown. I’ve actually known Cara since we were both freshmen at Lowell High School but it wasn’t until the past few months that we’ve connected as artists. She’s been a participant and great supporter of the young Queer performing arts programs at Somarts.

We had a great time at Pika Pika, below are the results of our collaboration.

Cara has a performance this month at Counterpulse in San Francisco. She was a Computer is conceived and directed by her and is about how technology and appliances can shape identity. As the official description puts it:

Drawing text from obsolete operational manuals, cyborg feminist theory and artificial intelligence programs, She Was A Computer looks for historical perspective on our current online identity issues. Record players, rotary telephones, and even the audience’s cell phones will be used for this interactive investigation of how technology affects our social selves.

Buy your tickets HERE.

It was great working with Cara and I look forward to our future collaborations f’sho!

Peace,

Rio

Reporting for duty

I made custom S.H.I.E.L.D. IDs for some friends and myself for an Avengers themed birthday party this past weekend. The design is based on a production photo of Agent Coulson’s badge from the movie. Below is mine.

Peace,

Rio

Tortillas Chinchillas Posters and Pumps

Hi everyone, I’m so proud and excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the 2012 NALAC Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas. I was fortunate to be accepted alongside fellow Bay Area artists Maya Chinchilla, Javier “Perra Pumps” Hurtado, and Jesus Barraza. This is our opportunity to radically grow our careers and practices with new skills and contacts.

As a collective we’re fundraising to help pay for our tuition and boarding costs under the name Tortillas Chinchillas Posters and Pumps. If you’re able to help us with a donation you can lend your support at indiegogo.com/nalac. Thanks for hearing us out!

Peace,

Rio