Rafa Esparza My grandparents were the first people who settled the pueblo where my parents were born in Mexico. I think if there was a beginning, in terms of thinking about a home, that would be a good place to start. My father grew up making adobe bricks, like most men in the pueblo. It was…
CRASS: There Is No Authority But Yourself
“I always wanted State of the Union to serve as a historic record of a time long past—today marks a big step in that direction.” –Robert Ransick
LACE presented Public Interest: State of the Union in June of 2010. This 31-print installation by New York-based artist Robert Ransick focused on the thirty-one U.S. states whose voters have amended their constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
To learn more about this project, please visit his website: http://www.robertransick.com/sou.htm
I wrote the piece below a couple days after the 4/20 MOCA gala. I was riled up. Time has passed. I’m still riled up…
I wrote the piece below a couple days after the 4/20 MOCA gala. I was riled up. Time has passed. I’m still riled up. Kids come in and out and into juvie for marijuana crimes while the connected and rich laugh about the laws the hoi polloi is subject to.
It’s such strictly economic warfare that it hurts my gut every time I remember being young and thinking that the space of art was the space of the most imaginative and advanced thought. Now it’s hard not to see it as simple jestering for the elite.
Hustler Casino beige
The above is an excerpt from the Gardena series for a project called beige, a long walk through the suburbs, documented by writer Bruna Mori and photographer George Porcari. Below are responses to questions posed by pussipo’s #thenextbigthing (Bruna was tagged by poet Amy Sara Carroll).
What is the one sentence synopsis?
There is no wisdom of the banal, just the smell of bougainvillea.
Where did the idea for this project come from?
Bruna saw George’s show at Cottage Home gallery in L.A. They discussed the prospect of pairing his photographs with her text for an Insert Press chapbook, which began as a transcript of a McDonald’s drive-thru called May I Take Your Order, then expanded.
What first inspired beige?
George and Bruna wanted to revisit the places they first landed when they moved to California: suburban Gardena (via Lima) in the sixties, and suburban San Diego (via New Orleans, New York, and Kyushu) in the eighties.
How will the collaboration be published or shown?
Beige will be hung in Gardena and San Diego. Excerpts have been presented at Hop Louie, Little Tokyo Design Week, and the San Diego Museum of Art, and will appear in the 2014 edition of Animal Shelter by Semiotext(e).
How long did it take to make the first draft?
One day for May I Take Your Order. Four years for Beige.