Artist Interview with Armando Durón: Saturday, May 21, 4 pm
Curator's Lecture: Saturday, May 28, 4 pm
Make 'Em All Mexican I: Dick and Jane
recycled book pages, gouache, whiteout, and pigment print, 14” x
From the Durón Family Collection
Make 'Em All Mexican I: Dick and Jane (detail)
Ave 50 Studio will present a solo exhibition of new
mixed media political satire works by artist Linda Vallejo entitled Make "Em
All Mexican curated by Dr. Karen Mary Davalos.
Dr. Karen Mary Davalos, Exhibition Curator, is
an art historian and author. She serves as chair and associate professor
of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She
states about this new series of works, "From one perspective, Vallejo
has stolen, denied, and suppressed white representational power, and
with a brush stroke, she has recoded it brown. Vallejo's series is quietly
disorienting, fiercely defies closure, and invokes uncertainty. Viewers
have the sense that Vallejo is not yet finished with her social critique.
Racial coding, she reminds us, is only skin-deep."
Armando Durón, Collector - Make 'Em All Mexican
are reconstructed memories-a life as we had hoped it had been. This work
represents memories hidden in the deepest recesses of our minds evoking
an almost visceral reaction of pain in memories repressed. After the
initial euphoria of seeing the world we had wished for - true emotion
sets in, and it packs a wild punch."
Kathy Gallegos, Director, Ave 50 Studio - "In
her newest work, Make 'Em All Mexican, Vallejo takes a leap into the
conceptual where she explores questions of race. On the surface these
images are outright funny - but upon reflection they raise many questions.
What do they say about exclusion? Who is being excluded? Are we all one
people? We encourage you to join us in this dialog because, after all,
democracy is about freedom of speech."
Linda Vallejo - "Make 'Em all Mexican is biting
political satire that de-constructs time-honored images to create new
cultural icon. The viewer is cajoled into envisioning an imaginary and
wished-for political and social status and then to forced to face the
reality. Wickedly funny, these images make the viewer laugh and then
apologize for 'thinking it's a joke." This new work carries a strong
electric charge - to some they are hyperpolitical, for others they are
emotional portals to a past remembered and sometimes forgotten, and to
others they are just down right hilarious."
Vallejo was recently included in the publication The
California/International Arts Foundation's new encyclopedia L.A. Rising:
SoCal Artists Before 1980 written by Lyn Kienholz and supported in
part by the Getty Foundation. She will be included in UCLA Chicano Studies
Research Center's L.A. Xicano Mapping Another LA: The Chicano Art
Movement curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas scheduled to open at the
Fowler Museum, Fall 2011, and Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism
at the Woman's Building in October 2011 at the Ben Maltz Gallery,
Otis College of Art. Both exhibitions are a part of the Getty Southern
California Research initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles
A Full Color Catalog will accompany the exhibition.