Slanguage has been working hard on growing as an organization. Part of that is the belief that we need to keep learning new skills, and refining our art practice. In 2009, we wanted to learn how to paint and customize our shoes. We asked Ron Lodevico who runs Loded, a custom shoe shop in Carson, to help us do that. Slanguage members all had fun participating in the workshop. The shoes we made all were exhibited in the show Laced Soles at the Harbor Town Barbershop in San Pedro.

Laced Soles is an exhibition of custom sneakers bringing for the first time artists from Wilmington, San Pedro, Torrance and Long Beach. This  exhibition hinges on the idea of lacing one’s shoe and lacing together a community: the visual arts with the general public. By combining both academic and self-taught artists, we have created a united identity through this exhibition that not only questions, but also reflects.  These artists have teamed up with Harbortown Barbershop and Loded — a local custom sneaker shop — to bring a level of extraordinary to the everyday. Utilizing new and vintage sneakers, Los Angeles, Carson, Wilmington, Long Beach, and San Pedro-based artists celebrate the fringes of popular culture through an examination of shoe design ranging from the poetic, pin-stripping bird images of artist Daddy Fonz to the mythical folklore and graffiti-derived images of Autoes’ Reggie the Alligator shoes to the environmentally conscious design by Chris Reynolds’ in his Avocado sneakers.

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In the summer of 2009, Slanguage participated in a residency at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) in Boston. For the first week  of the Slanguage residency at the ICA, the teens toured  the diverse communities along the Boston harbor with Karla and Mario. Tours were peer-led by teens from MyTown (Multicultural Youth Tour of What’s Now), an organization that trains young people to lead historical tours of Boston. Teens from the ICA brought digital cameras, video recorders and sketchbooks to trace personal and historical narratives, forming the thematic basis of a collaborative installation. For the second half of the week, teens worked in the Digital Studio and Art Lab with the artists, guided by current members and alum of Fast Forward, a video production class for teens at the ICA. Using the tours as a point of departure, students will be encouraged to express their own personal narrative through a variety of media, including sound, sculpture, and photography. The resulting final projects were presented in a culminating installation in the ICA Art Lab, located adjacent to the museum’s main lobby.–ICA-

Rosanna Flouty during tour of the city, ICA Boston

 

 

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Last Saturday was the opening of Slanguage member Raul “Spew” Vasquez’s first solo show “Residue.”  His works were based on his two year prison incarceration with the CDCR. While inside, he developed these intricate, abstract drawings on whatever paper  material he was able to get his hands on. The results were amazing and worthy for all to see.

The show was definitely  a success  for Raul and Slanguage. Check out the photos from that night.

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Artist Arnoldo Vargas was on the scene last Saturday at the opening of Raul "SPEW" Vasquez's exhibition, RESIDUE.  Take a look at a few things he saw:

Arnoldo Vargas - Puttin’ Brie on the Chrome

CalArts MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 5-10, 2010
Opening reception: April 8, 2010, 7-10pm

CalArts - D301
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, Ca 91355