writes books and eats food
eats food, and then writes books
Chicano/a - Chi·ca·no/nah
Originally used as a derogatory label for the children for in the US of Mexican migrants. We are defined by our social, cultural and political experience along with our heritage and roots. We tend to be singled out by people on both sides of the border in whose view we are not American, yet we are not Mexican either. In the 1960s "Chicano" was accepted as a symbol of self-determination and ethnic pride.
Art is the way of grasping the human world; art is where we make meaning beyond language; the conscious use of the imagination; art is organic and changes its meaning through time.
Chicano/a Art Chicano art encompasses a wide and ever-changing range of mediums, themes, and concerns. Traditionally defined, Chicano artwork is created by Americans of Mexican descent. Chicano art was influenced by post-Mexican Revolution ideologies, pre-Columbian art, European painting techniques and Mexican-American social, political and cultural issues. Or maybe it's none on that.
LA LOTERÍA ART
"Lotería is a game of chance where players mark pictures on a game board as a cantor (singer/caller) draws symbols from a deck of cards. Traveling from Italy through France and Spain Lotería reached Latin America in the mid-18th century and became firmly entrenched in Mexico within 100 years. Different regions developed a unique assortment of culturally significant symbols and figures for the cards, including human characters, plants, animals and everyday objects. The most recognizable Lotería set was produced by Don Clemente based in Querétaro, Mexico and featured simple drawings on a sky blue background. Its iconic visual vocabulary includes El Corazón (the heart) and La Sirena (the mermaid), symbols that we now identify as essentially “Mexican.”
Recently, artists have made is a parody that reimagines the game with more updated references. Included here are The most famous Lotería design by Clemente of we know today was created by Clemente “Don Clemente Gallo” version, along side of the
Mexican Pulp Art:
The Illustrious Unknown Artists
These were the artists who produced work for Mexican comic books and pulp magazines during the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Most were treated like casual laborers hired to churn out work on a daily basis to meet the massive demand for comic books. To get an idea of scale: it’s estimated that some 56 million comic books were produced every month in Mexico during the mid-seventies. This was when Mexico’s population was around the 65 million mark—that’s one helluva lot of comics and one helluva lot of paintings.
Unlike US comics which were by then bound by a comic’s code, Mexican comic books and pulp magazines were able to publish work uncensored. This led to the rise of more salacious, brutal, and extreme storylines and artwork.
In 2007, Feral House issued a book celebrating the best of these pulp and comic book paintings called Mexican Pulp Art. In her introduction, Maria Cristina Tavera explained that these paintings reflected “The fantasy elements reflect Mexican attitudes about life, death, mysticism, and the supernatural.” Interest grew in the subject and in 2015, a selection of some of these original works was exhibited under the title Pulp Drunk.
The Writing's on the Wall
The Mission District Murals
In the early 1970s, with the backdrop of the Chicano civil rights movement, a new generation of Mission District muralists rediscovered the works of the three grand Mexican Muralists, and began to revive and bring new meaning to the tradition of large-scale public art with painted murals that addressed community, social and political issues with images that affirmed the cultural heritage of the Chicano/Latino community. Mission muralists engaged in collaborative group mural projects such as the women's collectives, such as Mujeres Muralistas founded by Patricia Rodriguez. These collaborations were the origin of the community mural movement, which, throughout the years, has created a unique artistic environment in the Mission District.
GALARIA DE LA RAZA