April 1 to 11, 2017
Gregorio Escalante Gallery La Bodega Gallery and Zack de la Rocha Gallery
In collaboration, is pleased to announce
“Los Four Meets Los 40”
Location: La Bodega Gallery, a few blocks from the historic Chicano Park in Logan Heights/San Diego
Los Four Meets Los 40 is a group exhibition of contemporary Chicano influenced artists who continue to pave their independent paths while also honoring a legacy spearheaded by Los Four. In 1969, a group of Mexican-American artists – Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Roberto de la Rocha and Gilbert Magu Lujan – became the art collective known as Los Four. They went on to participate in a ground-breaking LACMA exhibition in 1974. After the LACMA exhibition, Judithe Hernandez joined and made the collective a party of five. The dedication of Los Four ushered in a new era for Mexican-American artists as they raised an intellectual vanguard and furthered the visibility of the Chicano community.
Los 4 Meet Los 40 aimed to pay tribute to the original four while featuring forty additional artists working in a similar vein. Art lovers were invited to witness the dynamic of today’s contemporary and stimulating art, inspired by the direction of Los Four. Contemporary Chicanx artists utilize the same vibrant and passionate color pallet to depict the old neighborhoods and faces of the community. The aerosol, which was utilized in the 1974 Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition, remains part of the Chicano aesthetic; yet, spray painting has matured in scope and breadth. New narratives are executed with and without the rattle of the spray can. Others continue to fill the many nuances of the Chicanx identity with purpose. The story only grows, from national and cultural amalgamation to LGBTQ voices. Present-day Chicano artists advance the conversation with imagery analogous to the work of Los Four.
Cesar Chavez once said – We need to help teachers and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens our community and our nation.
The new Chicanx artists will carry the torch into the future as we renew our commitment to our cultural legacy of richness and diversity. This moment of celebration is continuous.
Exhibiting Artists include:
Los Four: Carlos Almaraz, Roberto de la Rocha, Gilbert Magu Lugan and Frank Romero
Los 40: Abel Alejandre, Antonio Pelayo, Barbara Carrasco, Block, Bonnie Lambert, Brian M. Viveros, Chaz Bojorquez, Checho Perez, CiCi Segura Gonzalez, CR Stecyk, Daniel Gonzalez, Eriberto Oriol, Eric Almanza, Gregg Stone, Gustavo Rimada, Jaime Guerrero, Jose Lozano, Leigh Salgado, Libre, Linda Arreola, Linda Vallejo, Man One, Margaret Garcia, Mario Ybarra Jr., Nacho Chincoya, Oscar Castillo, Pavel Acevedo, Rafael Cardenas, Richard Salcido, Robert Palacios, Roy Gonzalez, Ruben Esparza, Sandy Rodriguez, Saner, Shizu Saldamando, Sonia Romero, Surge, The Beast Brothers, Victoria Delgadillo and Yreina D. Cervantez
This exhibition that was inspired by a conversation between Juxtapoz co-founder Greg Escalante and Rage Against the Machine Zack de la Rocha, curated by Joshua Ben Paskowitz and Abel Alejandre.
La Bodega Gallery
2196 Logan Ave. San Diego, CA