Jose Alva aka “GERMIZM” Presents "Our Daily Bread"
LA Canvas x Ironlak x Eastside Luv
present new works by Jose
Alva aka “GERMIZM”
Our Daily Bread
A modernized interpretation
of Chicas de Calendarios Mexicanos
Opening Reception Saturday December
1, 2012 from 5pm-9pm On View Through Jan 1, 2013
LA Canvas, Ironlak
and East Side Love take you to the heart of Los Angeles to experience the
cultural phenomenon that is Germizm.
Brought up by the streets of downtown Los Angeles, Jose Alva, evolved
from the local graffiti scene to self taught graphic artist and continues to
evolve into a skilled mixed media artist. Germ draws inspiration from his
colorful upbringing and attributes his style to the bold murals seen on Whittier
Boulevard, the underground hip-hop scene and his Chicano background.
collaboration with LA Canvas, Ironlak and ESL, Germizm will be hosting the
exhibition, “Our Daily Bread”, a fresh perspective on traditional Mexican
calendars that were so deeply rooted in his childhood. “I associate these
calendars with growing up. They were everywhere in East L.A. I mainly recall
them in the bakeries I used to go to with my grandmother” Germ reminisces.
These calendars represented a united Mexican identity depicting
everything from historical events to beautiful women. The exquisite image of the
calendar girl provided an optimistic reminder of the special traditions and
unique characteristics of Mexican culture. Germizm will introduce 12 bold pieces
on large canvas representing a contemporary understanding of evolved womanhood.
What once symbolized the traditional ideal of Hispanic beauty and femininity
Germizm will recreate with an urban twist to demonstrate a twenty first century
woman within the confines of the original calendario template. For more
information on Germ and this event please visit: