On view FRI 10/2 thru SAT 10/17 in Boathouse Gallery
Plaza De La Raza @ 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Opening Reception on FRI 10/2 @ 7-9 PM
Over fifty works of art depict how the automobile has been a consistent presence in the work of many artists, including one youth from Los Angeles who placed nationally as a finalist in the U.S. version of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The bulk of the show features work by pioneer Chicano artists of Los Angeles. Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, and other “veteranos” of the Chicano art movement that depict the ubiquitous cars of Los Angeles as nostalgic objects of past decades, colorful customized expressions of East L.A. culture, and as anthropomorphic forms embodying mythic presences in contemporary times. These paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, and other artworks chronicle a generation’s fascination with the automobiles of their youth and the transformations of contemporary production cars into vehicles of cultural identity.