Day of the Dead Opening Reception Animated Gifs

Wooohooo! It’s been a crazy last 72 hours leading up until tonight. I’ve felt a lot of love and support these last few days as I’ve worked my tail off to get the show up. Tonight was a dream come true. As I type these words it’s almost midnight and I’m still at SOMArts, facing the monumental task of turning off all the multimedia components of the exhibit. To stall for a moment I thought I’d share these animated gifs that I shot tonight.

 

Meligrosa dancin' like a superstar

 

 

Ms. Rosi Reyes and the Calitexican

 

 

DJ Aztec Parrot in the house

 

 

Yawning and Earrings

 

 

ADM! Calitexican and Meligrosa!

 

 

Moi

 

 

Amongst the Clouds

 

Peace,

Rio

Calacas & Chucks

I’ve been sitting in front of my computer editing down the hundreds of photos that I shot the other day with model/artist/curator Rachel-Anne Palacios. She was our model for this year’s Day of the Dead show announcement and graphics. There will be more to come from the shoot but I’m really excited about it so I thought I’d share at least one image.

Our photoshoot started at SOMArts and after a couple of hours we piled into a car and traveled to 16th and Mission to take some more shots. I shot this video of Rachel as were on our way. Check it out:

One of the potential things to wear that Rachel brought to the shoot were an amazing pair of limited edition Frida Kahlo Converse Chuck Taylors. These rare Chucks in her collection are the real deal, part of a series of Frida Converse shoes that she purchased in Mexico City. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to take some photos, I don’t think I’ve ever been so envious of another person’s shoes before. More info on the Converse HERE.

Peace,

Rio

A Moment of Rebirth

Despite all the clichés and catchphrases, last night will be forever about one thing to me: hope. Our gathering at SomArts was a success; artists, activists, and onlookers embraced, danced, and celebrated as the results came in. We alternated between live music and election coverage on our stage. Once a decisive victory was announced we danced until Obama was ready to give his acceptance speech. I’m a Green voter but there was no denying the collective energy in the room last night. I thought his speech was brilliant, the best by any major politician in my lifetime so far. It was the moment of our national redemption and rebirth.

The Moment of Victory
The Moment of Victory
Watching the Speech
Watching the Speech

Peace,

Rio

On the eve of history

Welcome to my new blog. After leaving myspace for facebook I decided I needed a more formal presentation of my work and thoughts. My homegirl Cindylu actually helped me set up my wordpress account more than two years ago but it has lied dormant until now.

I’m filled with nervous energy tonight. The Day of the Dead art exhibit that I curated is having its closing reception and our country is deciding its future. There’s many great things to come so please check back soon.

Laulin Osher in Balmy Alley
Laulin Osher in Balmy Alley

Peace,

Rio