Diane Gamboa has been producing, exhibiting, and curating visual art in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. From 1980 to 1984, she photographically documented the punk rock scene in East Los Angeles. Between 1980 and 1987, she was a member of ASCO, a conceptual multi-media performance art group. During this time she also organized numerous site-specific "Hit and Run" paper fashion shows. Created as easily disposable streetwear, Gamboa's paper fashions became quite popular, and some were even exhibited in museums. In the 1990s, Gamboa began the Pin Up series of ink drawings on vellum, an in-depth study of male-female relationships. These works have in turn inspired her most recent Endangered Species series, which recreates some of the Pin Up drawings in a three-dimensional form. Many of the figures in the Pin Up drawings are covered in tattoos; Gamboa is currently learning the art of tattooing and exploring the use of other media including glass (stained glass windows), metal and concrete.
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"COLA 2012", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Sept 30 - Oct 28