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The Desmadre Video Flyer

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Desmadre “Arte Picante” tshirt

black_desmadreteeNow available in a very limited run size is the Desmadre “Arte Picante” Tshirt.

Desmadre is founded on the idea that as the world becomes more connected cultures will continually draw inspiration from disparate sources to create new modes of celebrating culture. For us the idea of mashing together the strong revolutionary traditions of Posada with D.I.Y ideals and a good dose of Taco Truck aesthetics defines what it is that makes Desmadre Arte Desmadre.

Desmadre “Arte Picante” Tshirt
Black print on a white 100% cotton Tshirt
Available in S,M,L,XL
$20usd (U.S. Shipping included)
To purchase contact us at
2fear2know(at)gmail.com
for payment information

Show your support for Desmadre’s further efforts to bring together emerging Latino artists here in the United States and throughout the hemisphere. All funds from the sales of this shirt will go towards enabling us to provide the very best event on May 14th at Vermillion Gallery.
Special thanks DZUL Studio and Moksha for their support in making this possible

Desmadre Arte is a collective effort by curators Jose Tapia and Damion Hayes and artist Julio Guerrero to showcase emerging artists who are incorporating traditional latino cultural themes within contemporary works. Our goal is to shed light on a growing movement amongst latino artists who are exploring and incorporating cultural roots while creating work that expresses the 21st century realities and complexities of life. To do this we are producing artshows that revolve around these themes as well as maintain the website (https://desmadrearte.wordpress.com) to showcase the artists we feel best represent these ideals. Our first show, Desmadre, will open May 14th, 2009 at Vermillion Gallery in Seattle, Wa.

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Don’t Forget May 14th at Vermillion

Desmadre May 14th at Vermillion Gallery

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Michael Alvarez

Los Angeles based artist Michael Alvarez.

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I am from Los Angeles.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

I most commonly work in oils, I also like to work 3-dimensionally, when I have the time.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

Everything I’ve experienced. All of my hobbies and favorite pastimes. Freinds and family. Things that I question and things that make me laugh. I also like details that make up environments and that make people. Sociology.

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If it was not for art I would be………..?

Chilling.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do theydo?

My sister is going to FIDM, and my dad is a really talented carpenter. I haven’t had an artist by trade in my family, but there are talented individuals for sure.

Is music part of your creative process? What do youlisten to most?

Music all day. I definitely helps put me in the zone to work.

What food most reminds you of home?

Al Pastor Burrito’s from La Estrella in Highland Park, Pho from Pho 79, and anything my grandma’s have made.

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

English. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m pretty terrible at speaking Spanish. I’m working on it though.

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What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

I think it’s up to the artists to work hard to get their work out there. Myself included, that’s for sure. I also think it’s important to be honest to who you are and what intrigues you. Also to not be too scared to share all the weird qualities that make us individuals. If your latino culture is part of that, than share it.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

I’m sure there is. We’re all creating work through different personal experiences, but the feelings that our experiences trigger are universal.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

Lynn, friends and family. My Outsider, Down to Rock friends, and Alvaro in Chile.

Nanas

Nanas

You can see more of Michael Alvarez at www.michaelalvarezart.com

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Carlos Donjuan

Carlos Donjuan is Mexican American painter who will receive his Masters degree in art in May 2009. Donjuan’s paintings explore the tension between his Mexican roots and American cultures that he has experienced since moving to this country. Some of the ideas that Donjuan encounters are Catholicism vs. politics, illegal immigrants vs. U.S. citizenship, graffiti vs. the law, and academia vs. the streets. Portraits embedded with clues, symbols, and text creates a narrative about the ideas and struggles that Donjuan is trying to convey in his paintings. He creates his work with the skills that he has as a graffiti artist mixed with techniques that he has gained through painting. You can see Carlos Donjuan’s arte at “Desmadre” Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th at Vermillion Gallery Seattle.

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. My parents brought me and my brothers to the U.S. when we were little kids. I was only 3 years old. I consider myself a Mexican American.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

I like to work with watercolors, acrylics, and spray paint on birch wood.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

Graffiti has always been my biggest source of inspirations since I have been involved with the movement for a couple of years now. Other than that, I am influenced by a lot of things such as Hip-Hop, Mexico, Religion, Politics, Photography, Bicycles, fashion, family and friends.

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If it was not for art I would be………..?

Probably doing something with music, like being a DJ. Maybe learn to play and instrument and make music.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

My brother Arturo is a Graffiti artist, painter, tattoo artist, singer and a great Barber. My brother Miguel is also a graffiti artist, painter, muralist, photographer, and an upcoming DJ. My Uncle Jesse was a graffiti artist. My uncles Joe and Efrain were great Mariachi musicians. My uncle Noe was great at drawing, graffiti, and DJing. He is the reason that I became and artist. My younger cousin Theresa is a really talented pianist, photographer and video artist.

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Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Music is a very important part of my creative process. I listen to everything from The Pharcyde, J-Dilla, Wu-Tang, Murs, The Roots, Mos Def, Buena Vista Social Club, Leo Dan, Sonora Santanera, Rigo Tovar, Tito Puente, Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Bob Marley, John Holt, Sizzla, Max Romeo, Buju Banton, Capleton, Richie Spice, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Deftones, At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, De Facto, Thursday, One Line Drawing, The Smiths, The Cure, Sparta, The Octopus Project, The Shins, M83, Prefuse73, Sub Oslo, Diplo, The Party, Sinden, Crookers, Buraka Som Sistema, Radioclit, Mad Decent, etc. I could go on forever.

What food most reminds you of home?

I would have to say Gorditas and all the fruits that you cant get in the U.S.

When you are with your family do you speak mostly in english or espanol?

We are a bilingual family, so we speak both.

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What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

Education. I know a lot of young Latino artist that never get a chance to experience art through academia. There is not enough people out there encouraging these artist to go to school. We need to get out there and encourage our people to continue with their educations, because it is very possible.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

I would hope so. I know that the graffiti scenes in many Latin American countries is thriving. U.S. artist are now traveling south to paint with these latino artist.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

Gracias a DIOS. Thank you to my family and friends. Thank you to my crew The Sour Grapes (www.sourgrapes13.com). Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me.

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Tierra Nueva

View more Carlos Donjuan’s art at www.carlosdonjuan.com

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Xico González

Xico González is an artist, poet, and a political and cultural activista based in Sacramento, California. Xico will be participating in “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th Vermillion Gallery Seattle, WA.

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¡Viva la causa!

Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I was born in East Los Angeles, CA to undocumented Mexican parents from the state of Nayarit. At age 1, my family returned to Mexico and settled in the border city of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, México. I spent 15 years in México before coming back to the United States in 1992.

A decade ago, I arrived in Sacramento, CA and for the first time since I left México, I feel at home. My wife was born and raised in this area and we have decided to stay here. Sacramento grows on you, and now I claim it as my hometown.

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Regnum Letum

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

The medium that I mostly use and love is silkscreen printing. Silkscreen is the medium that works best for me as a political activista, desmadroso y revoltoso. Silkscreen allows me to disseminate my politics, my concerns and dreams to a wider audience due to its multiplicity. I have organized a great deal of rallies, marches, and protests and with my silkscreen prints; I have changed the aesthetics of an environment by providing a visual to the concerns of my community.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

What inspire me most are the people that are out there working hard to provide a better life for their families. The invisible people that are working low-paying jobs to put food on their family’s tables.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

LOST!

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

My brother and sister are into art. My brother does arte repujado, 3D work on aluminum sheets. He learned the medium while traveling and living in Sinaloa, Nayarit, and Jalisco. For a while he lived off his artwork, selling it to tourists in Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. My sister used to draw and paint, but stopped doing so.

Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Music plays an important role in my creative process. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music from norteñas to reggae. While creating, I have to have music in the background. A lot of times, song lyrics inspire me to create artwork. Right now I’m really into Latin American reggae roots bands such as Gondwana, Nonpalidece, Gomba Jahbari, Cultura Profética, Morodo, Dread Mar I and others including my all time favorites Todos tus muertos, and los pericos. The whole rock en español movement inspires me and motivates me to create art. Also, I like to keep it real and listen to norteñas, banda, rancheras, and son jarocho. Los tigres del norte has been a source of inspiration in recent years while creating artwork for the immigrants’ rights struggle. Songs like “La jaula de oro,” and “Tres veces mojado” really inspire me to create artwork para la gente inmigrante con o sin papeles.

What food most reminds you of home?

All Mexican food! My mom is a great cook. If I was to choose a specific plate, probably papas con chorizo. It reminds me of my childhood having breakfast with all the family there. Those were the good old days when my family was very united.

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Mano Poderosa

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

When I’m with my family hablamos español. I guess in my family is frowned upon speaking English amongst ourselves porque somos Mexicanos, and it will be funny or weird for us to be speaking English with heavy accents instead of speaking in our native language. Now, with my wife, we speak to each other in English, español, code switching, Spanglish, and caló, tú sabes? Bien Chicano experience!

What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

I don’t think that we need the acknowledgement of the mainstream. I think that we should continue doing what we are doing, because we love doing it and not for recognition. FTS.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

There is a connection and I think that there should be more dialogue amongst Raza throughout the hemisphere. As a political artist, I can relate to other Latin American artists creating political art, because we are fighting the same oppressor though our art. It will be beneficial to the movement if there were a network relationship and cultural exchanges between Raza artists to work together across borders.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

I want to acknowledge two people that are no longer with us, but that made a big impact on my life as an artist, poet and as a person, the late Zapatista poet Phil Goldvarg, and the late pioneer of the Chicano art movement Ricardo Favela. I had the pleasure and the honor of calling these two veteranos my compañeros en armas y mis carnales. I would also like to acknowledge my wife Victoria for her support and love.

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View more of Xico González art at www.xicogonzalez.com

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179

179 is a female street influenced artist working in the Seattle area . Her work shows the whimsy and innocence that, when you meet her, is obviously the true character of the artist herself. She will be participating in the “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” show in May 2009

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?
I am a weird combination of Country Mex and City Mex and in
Seattle,there are very few Mexi’s in general; so make sure you don’t
lose me.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?
I mostly work with a mix of acrylic and gouache. I like the color
palette that comes from combining the 2.

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Folklore. Definitely, I love old stories in which animals play trick
on people. Lately I have been into Northwest Native American lore.

If it was not for art I would be………..?
Well, I think I could have been a great many other things. But I’m
really not that concerned with what I could have been as much as I am
content to what I am now.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?
Not really that I know of. But my family has been great. they are
super supportive about my art and what I do. It’s always good to have
a cheer squad at my art shows!

Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?
It is, definitely. I think my whole life is one big soundtrack. I
listen to a mix between Bossa Nova, Classic Rock and Punk. Astrud
Gilberto meets The Doors and has drinks with the Sonics? Yes, that
would be win.

What food most reminds you of home?
The smell and taste of tortilla dough. The masa that is used in
Tamales. Ibarra Chocolate, my sister would sneak the round discs and
nibble on them like mice. They would last us about a week. it was
gross since we would leave it by our beds to snack on when we though
appropriate. Yeah, good times.

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?
We speak English. My father who I grew up with for only a short time
knew very little English so he would speak to us in Spanish and we
would answer in English. You know, to teach each other.

What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino
artists here in America?

Finding role models in the community that are positive influences to
volunteer with after-school programs. I think the inner strength of
Latino and people of color is the family support structure. Community
based organizing built off our knowledge on how to network and work as
a group.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and
those throughout the hemisphere?

Our colors.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?
My best art critics, Phil, La Madre & Mari-Achi. They tell me when I
am off track. I can always trust their judgment.

You can see more of 179’s art at http://www.onesevennine.com/

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