Doña Junta sat down with Raul “SPEW” Vasquez to talk about his upcoming solo show at Slanguage, RESIDUE.
Featuring works by Raul "SPEW" Vasquez Curated by Karla Diaz March 20 - April 17, 2010 Slanguage, 640 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744 Opening reception: Saturday, March 20, 7 - 10 pm Works and merchandise for sale, musical performances, and drinks
Graffiti artist Raul “SPEW” Vasquez, one of Slanguage’s first, young artists that worked at the studio, returns for his first solo exhibition, RESIDUE. The show is comprised of thirteen ink-pen drawings made between 2007-2008 while the artist was incarcerated. They are intricately detailed and weave a wide array of designs and shapes taken from calligraphy and gang-affiliated writing. They show the artist coping with solitude and isolation. SLANGAIR (Artist in Residency) This is the first exhibition part of Slanguage’s residency program, SLANGAIR (Artist in Residency), which annually invites two artists from California, including one from Los Angeles, a national artist, and an international artist to the studio. During their time at Slanguage, each artist builds a body of work to show at the studio’s gallery space.
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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.
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.