Mr. Cartoon Presents "Promise Land" Art Gallery
El Pueblo Gallery and Mr. Cartoon Present "THE PROMISE LAND"
Tues-Sat 12 to 5PM
Sun 12 to 4PM
May 1st to May 16, 2005
El Pueblo Gallery
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The promise of possibility creats and captures a community. Each generation creates new dreams and success built on the foundation of SPORT, FASHION, MUSIC, and ART. Welcome to PROMISELAND: a space where artists and workers, athletes and entrepreneurs enjoy the fruits of their shared experience.
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 riverbends, commuter culture and suc 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 proceded 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 enviroment around them whether it's social, political, aethetic or intimately personal. The results are works charged with bold approaches and an ever-growing language, which constrantly redefine and upend traditional expectations.
Exhibition Curator:: Aaron Rose
Mr. Cartoon BIO:
Since the age of eight, Mr. Cartoon realized he was an artist and went on his first paying art job at the age of twelve. Having grown up in the Harbor area of Los Angeles County, young Cartoon began airbrushing t-shirts and Lowrider cars before adopting the legendary "Fineline Style" tattoo art, which was developed in the California prison system. Ironically though, it is that art that is bow gracing the skins of today's biggest pop and hip-hop stars. Earning his nickname as an artist on the street. His art got him out of trouble and landed him a career. He has explored many different types of artistic practive including sign painting, graffiti, automotive murals and magazine illustrations. These paved the way for the ultimate canvas, the human flesh, where no mistakes are allowed. His client list includes Justin Timberlake, Lil' Bow Wow, Eminem, Beyonce Knowles, Tyson Beckford, Travis Barker (Blink 182), Nas, Pharell Williams, Outkast and more.
Charles "Chaz" Bojorquez BIO:
Charles "Chaz" Bojorquez, a resident of Mt. Washington, Califaztlan, acknowledges starting his art career in 1969 by spraypainting along the East Los Angeles riverbeds. He spent a summer at art school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and began attending classes at Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) the year before graduating from high school in 1967. By the end of 1969, Bojorquez had created a symbol that represented him and the streets - a stylized skull called "Senor Suerte," or "Mister Luck." It has become a gangster image of protection from death. Borjorquez's painting are now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Four other paintings are owned by the Orange County Museum of Art, which acquired the work because it reflects part of Southern California's culture. Bojorquez is considered one of the few artists who have successfully made the transition from the streets to the art gallery.
Estevan Oriol BIO:
Estevan Oriol began his career in the entertainment industry in the late 1980ís as a club bouncer at several of Los Angelesí most popular Hip Hop clubs and infamous Hollywood hang outs. At these clubs he hooked up with the seminal hip-hop group, Cypress Hill. Eager to expand his knowledge of the business, Estevan took a job as tour manager for the rap group House of Pain in 1992. In 1995 Estevan took up photography, cataloging the outrageous experiences he was having out on tour. When off tour, he began to take pictures of his homies from the neighborhood. He soon discovered that he had a gift for capturing the raw essence of street life. Estevan took the opportunity presented to him seriously and within a short time, he became one of the most sought out photographers of the Hip Hop community. His work has been featured in dozens of magazines worldwide including The Source, Details, Vibe, The Fader, and Rolling Stone.
All Photos by Sal Rojas Photography
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