MAMx Presents Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos at LA><ART

MAMx provides an opportunity for MAM to broaden its curatorial, artistic & educational reach. Its inaugural exhibition is Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos. Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos opens in W Hollywood then makes its way to San Antonio (dates TBA). Los Angeles-based internationally-known artist-run collective Slanguage Studio honors California-based artists in Chicos Pero Locos which plays with the traditional meaning of this colloquial Spanish phrase valuing artistic quality over quantity. In true with their nature, & emphasizing the value of marginalized narratives, small independent artists & collectives, Slanguage artists chose to use a variety of mediums to explore their individual practice. A multi-faceted, diverse age group of artists made up of senior artists & younger generations of art students, they touch upon issues of identity, the urban environment & personal histories.

Chicos Pero Locos Artists: Valerie J. Bower, Karla Diaz, Mickey Lee Everett, Daniel Gibson, Cynthia Lujan, Monica A. Martinez, Felix F. Quintana, Gloria Sanchez, Marlene Tafoya, Eris De La Torre & Mario Ybarra Jr.. Chicos Pero Locos will exhibit from June 4-July 9 in W Hollywood then travel to San Antonio (dates TBA). Artwork will be on sale & proceeds benefit the artists, MINI ART MUSEUM & Slanguage Studio.

Video Review:
I am Derek Prado and I have watched, and analyzed the 3 following videos: In Thought, Total Babez and Que Planeta Tan Feroz. In Thought, by Francisco Mojica: The video starts off with a young adult male sitting on the chair with a cigar on his right hand and a spotlight on him. The video then had a computer generated voice that questions why it should feel happy or not, and if it would need to take medication to be happy. The video repeats the same script, yet it feels as though the male is constantly staring at the viewer emotionless instead of it as a loop. It is very ominous the more time passes and yet peaceful till the male then fades away.2. Total Babez, By Jeannette Viveros: This video is all script and the viewer would have to engage with the video by reading what the script says, but it is more effective to read it in the viewers thoughts because once the viewer does the video will impact the viewer. The video starts with a story of a few roommates being introduced, then the story has a change of tone to being about a woman that was visiting the doctor and it did not goes as planned as he thought. While the characters in the story are read to be shocked or concerned so does the viewer as if they were there. Also the viewer would imagine the whole scenario in their mind and see the scenario play out as they read it. It is very interesting how it grabs the viewer and makes the menage with the video rather than just watching it.3. Que Planeta Tan Feroz, By Romana Vera: The video mainly has a woman going through her nightly routine of showering, changing, and going to bed,and the video shows different perspectives of the room while the room has a video projection of nature on the walls and furniture. This has a strong impact due to how the vibe of the woman’s nightly routine is simple juxtaposition of the nature video being played out that shows how powerful and amazing nature is in comparison. The video clearly shows the difference of an indoor vibe and the outdoor vibe that makes the viewer observe the nature of the video than where that nature is being shown in.