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STRIKING DISTANCE

AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST


BY AMY SCOTT, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH AND INTERPRETATION AND MARILYN B. AND CALVIN B. GROSS CURATOR OF VISUAL ARTS

POSTED ON: AUGUST 19, 2020

Here, aspects of race, gender, and perceived social and economic status come into play, creating layers of difference or familiarity, empathy or disdain, that speaks more to how we read others than the people themselves.

Visually uniform, strikingly individual, and inherently unknowable, the nineteen portraits in Striking Distance speak to our desire for physical closeness and emotional intimacy during a time when that is both dangerous and difficult. 

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STRIKING DISTANCE

STRIKING DISTANCE, portraits in pandemic, featuring many of my favorite Los Angeles-based artists, writers, thinkers, and makers. COVID-19 vs. Leica D-Lux 7.

Paperback : 48 pages

ISBN-13 : 979-8669765798

Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.12 x 10 inches

Publisher : Independently published (July 27, 2020)

ASIN : B08DPV5RR7

Language: : English

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RANDOM JUNK TAKES ON WEIRDLY PERSONAL MEANING

IN THIS UC RIVERSIDE ARTS SHOW

BY CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC

LOS ANGELES TIMES 

August 3, 2018

"Xavier Cázares Cortéz has crafted a new assemblage art of sorts at UC Riverside"

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(WITH A MOUTH FULL OF TEETH)
 

THE SIXTH EXPANSE

THE SIXTH EXPANSE presents 2015-2016 ephemeral actions/encounters by many performers, directed/photographed by Harry Gamboa Jr. during the demolition and erasure of the iconic 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. The visual elegance of the 6th Street Bridge structure recedes from view during various actions of walking, dancing, laughing, assembling into groups, while the urbanscape is transformed due to absence, loss of memory, and reconfiguration of spatial relationships between being and disappearance. The 6th Street Bridge was a 1930's construction that was completely destroyed in 2016 to make way for gentrification efforts in the L.A. Arts District and Boyle Heights. This book presents a visual response to 21st Century assaults against historic landmarks and provides a performance art approach to critiquing contemporary real estate ventures vs established communities in urban centers. 

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 152324495X
ISBN-13: 978-1523244959
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches

 
The Sixth Expanse (Action 16)
 

AZTLÁNGST 2

Aztlángst 2, a fotonovela written/photographed/designed by Harry Gamboa Jr. and performed by Virtual Vérité. Aztlangst 2 satirizes contemporary capitalism, surveillance, and popular culture. Definition: Aztlángst a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition and/or the state of Aztlán in general... Since 1972, Harry Gamboa Jr. has been actively creating works in various media that documents and interprets the contemporary urban Chicano experience. He co-founded Asco (Spanish for nausea) 1972-1987, the East L.A. conceptual-performance art group. In 2005, he founded Virtual Vérité, an ensemble performance troupe that is engaged to realize photo/media projects, fotonovelas, audio plays, and ephemeral actions in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Antwerpen, Paris, and other world-class cities. His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the United States, México, England, and France.

 
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