Gregorio Escalante Gallery Presents
Book of Life Artist Takes Us to the Border
Saturday, July 9, 711 PM
Gregorio Escalante Gallery
978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA
July 9 August 14, 2016
June 9, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA
– Gregorio Escalante is pleased to present original new works
with celebrated artist, animator, writer, and director Jorge Gutierrez.
passionate love letter to the Tijuana and US border, documenting the bootleg artifacts sold to locals and tourists alike. Reappropriating the bombardment of pop culture images is the border’s reaction to global issues and events, telling viewers and consumers not to glorify these situations but rather to acknowledge them through their subversive presentation
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Border artisans and shysters digest the influx of international popular culture, reappropriating and reconfiguring images to express themselves and empower objects with subversive ideas masked underneath bold colors and text. Raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez crossed the border to the US to attend elementary and middle school. Each day, he was dazzled and entranced by the objects being sold, creating alternative narratives to the cartoon characters and celebrity portraits that he saw.
is a reflection of his childhood narrative, using images from Mickey Mouse to Tupac Shakur to convey the reflections and meditations of global events as witnessed by the border, exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture.
After amassing a huge fandom internationally, Book of Life and Border Bang
go hand in hand with Gutierrez’s passionate love affair with his home region on the border. The paintings in this exhibition are reminiscent of the concept artwork Gutierrez created for his feature film, playing with tropes of cultural appropriation and kitsch, pouring his heart and soul into both the
production of the film and “Art of...” book.
will be opening concurrently with fellow
Book of Life
producer and artist Guillermo del Toro’s exhibition at LACMA.
About Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, writer, and director who, alongside his wife
Sandra Equihua, created the Annie & Emmy Awardwinning animated television series
The Adventures of Manny Rivera
for Nickelodeon. While receiving his BFA and MFA from
California Institute of the Arts in experimental animation, Guttierez created the short
which was screened internationally and won the 2001 student Emmy Award in animation. Most
recently he cowrote and directed the animated feature
The Book of Life
for Reel FX and 20th
Century Fox, nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014.
While developing future projects, Gutierrez is currently in a torrid love affair with his first love:
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