WED | JULY 25 | 7–8:30PM | LAXART

Slanguage presents the second installment of the Artists Anonymous series during This is a Takeover! A 10 Year Survey of Slanguage, the current exhibition at LAXART for Made In L.A. 2012. This meeting led by artists Christopher Reynolds and Christina Sanchez will attempt to tackle issues of food politics through the language of art. Along with artist presentations and in-depth conversations over food, participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns for this ever-present topic within the current contemporary art discourse.

Artist presentations: Christopher Reynolds, Christina Sanchez, & Sarah Beadle

Special Guest: Mariana Huerta (Policy Coordinator) of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles

Images: (left) Christopher Reynolds, Conversation Proposal , 2011
(right) Christina Sanchez, Break/Pausa: Two Performance Scores, 2012


We cruised the beautiful streets of Wilmington  looking for the perfect location to capture the essence of our hardworking Slanguage team. This week Chris Reynolds took photos of Cristina Velasquez, Danyel M., Raul Vasquez and Alanzo Moreno.

Lovely Cristina Velasquez, our college intern, is proud of her Oaxacan heritage and wanted to incorporate that in her photo-shoot.  She came dressed in a traditional Oaxacan blouse accompanied by two doll figurines symbolic to the Oaxacan people. We shot at the infamous Wilmington Town Square over-looking the magical Don Hotel.


Please take a moment and read Cristina’s new blog called “Soul Sisters.” Her first post is a really good lesson on traditions of Oaxacan culture:  Mi Querida Oaxaca.


Next in line,  the always classy Danyel. The location she chose was the historic Banning Mansion, but we had some location difficulties so we had to cut the shoot short. Lovely photo though.


Raul Vasquez, our  Slanguage performer known as an artist, poet, actor, lyrical assassin, singer and  songwriter, definitely knows what he wants. We started his photo-shoot in front of his childhood apartments on Broad Ave. He reminisced on  memories of trying to jump out his bedroom window to get a hamburger (his mom had grounded him), playing sports in an empty field next door, old neighbors and scribing his name all over the place.

1056 Broad Ave –  get it right!

“Raul 1994″ 16 years ago

We then made our way to Ghost-Town and posted in front of Raul’s compadre’s house.

Sly, Slick and Wicked.

Just a few blocks down, we made our way to the last and final location — the bridge on Pacific Coast Highway. The smell of fried chicken lingered through the  air  reminding me of of the year 1992 when my “Ama” used to still fry chicken for dinner.

Geesh, Raul! Save some spotlight for the rest of the Slangsters!


Last but not least for this session was college intern Alanzo Moreno.  He is is new to the Wilmington area, so we had to take him to experience Wilmington’s  clear blue beaches! Okay maybe not! At first we had some trouble finding the perfect spot at the port *wink,  but we did manage.

I think he has done this  before….hmmm.

That’s a wrap! There might be some other bodies hiding from the camera, so when we find them we shall be back.



Phantom Galleries LA, partnered with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, are pleased to present The Fortune Cookie Project, an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Reynolds.

A fortune cookie writer assumes the role of provider of thoughts, challenges, inspiration, and even humor — a role that an artist adopts in many occasions.  After posting an advertisement on Craigslist, Reynolds selected a diverse group of people to share stories about the impact of fortune cookies on their lives. They ultimately formed a community who ranged from couples and children to business owners and artists. In addition to taking portraits of his participants, Reynolds played the role of fortune writer and drafted each personʼs fortune based on their stories and personal history. The end result is a fortune that is both unique and generic — a familiar trait of the famous cookie. Once written, these nine new fortunes were mass-produced for distribution to the public to inspire an entirely new group of people. A larger, extended community consisting of the photographed subjects and fortune cookie eaters all become the projectʼs active participants rather than its observers.

The Fortune Cookie Project consists of nine large format photographs containing a fortune written below each subject. A large bowl of the artist-written fortune cookies are displayed in front of the nine images and are free to visitors.

The exhibition will be on view from February 13th through March 13th, 2010. Please contact the gallery for hours because they are subject to change. Private viewing is available by appointment.

For further information, images, or to make an appointment, please call: 949.887.4065 or email: