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Te Quiero A Lot Mamacitas

Te Quiero A Lot Mamacitas
Cruz Ortiz
May 9 – July 14, 2014
Guadalupe Gallery (Located inside the Guadalupe Theater)
Opening reception: Friday, May 9, 6 – 9 p.m.
Visits by appointment only.

“Te Quiero A Lot Mamacitas” exemplifies Cruz Ortiz’ way of blending language, imagery and mixed meanings with a rasquache approach.  By pulling from art movements, such as Pop Art, Conceptualism and Art Brut, Ortiz spontaneously blasts both humorous and dramatic Tex-Mex cultural realities. Cruz gives us permission to poke fun at our culture, honor our habits and love our deep-rooted lifestyle, all at the same time.

About Cruz Ortiz:

Cruz Ortiz, who lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, uses print, performance, and film to address issues related to his experiences growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas.

Thoroughly grounded in the history of art, contemporary art practices, and social-political cultural movements Ortiz’s unique language fuses classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture such as taco trucks, canned beans, and an alter ego named SPAZTEK. He engages the public with interactive works such as wheat paste murals, communal art events, guerilla AM radio broadcasts, and ephemeral street sculptures.

Cruz Ortiz has had solo exhibitions at ARTPACE in San Antonio, Texas and the CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM in Houston, Texas. He has been invited to participate in many major international exhibitions and institutions such as: the LOURVRE in Paris, France; EV-A in Limerick, Ireland; the traveling exhibition PHANTOM SIGHTINGS with the LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART; the SAN JUAN TRIENNIAL in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and a recent group exhibition at THE BLUE COAT MUSEUM in Liverpool, England.

His most recent solo exhibition was at the University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center, where he launched HECHO FARM, a super fantastic multi-purpose urban design effort for humans.

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