avalon boulevard

avalon boulevard once canal street…palm trees swaying in the so cal heat…blue skies crissed crossed with chemical trails…telephone poles covered in staples and rusty nails… from all the fiesta posters and yard sale signs…black top painted with white and yellow broken lines…cars, trucks and busses move north and south…feeding the port of Los Angeles and its ever hungry mouth….like a river it never stops flowing… shallow then deep…shrinking then growing….avalon was once the island of arthurian mythology…now it is part of our everyday psychology….

anaheim boulevard

anaheim boulevard runs east and west…the tacos and the beer put your panza to the test…new car dealerships used to line the street…now it is your route to la pulga or sunday swap meet….parades of people have witnessed its glory…ask your abuelita she will tell you a story…of how your abuelo used to wait for the bus… go to work early in the morning to make money for us…how we bought the house when your tio went to vietnam…and how that boy was killed but his face was so calm…so don’t you forget that germanic sounding word…anaheim boulevard remembers all those stories you heard…

Steve Delatorre is one of the artists that will be featured in our next exhibition at Slanguage called

“The Monster Inside Me….” opens May 8th 2010

Monday mornings are not a time that I usually like to leave the house. It is a time I spend alone taking care of household chores and getting things done. This Monday morning was different I received a phone call from Slanguage artists and long time friend Steve Delatorre around 9:00 am. He told me he wanted to have an adventure.  I told him to come over and we should try and do something fun.

He skateboarded to my house with his fourteen year old son Eris. I didn’t have a skateboard so they left their decks at my pad and we rode the dash bus from L Street and Avalon Blvd. around to Wilmington Blvd and Pacific Coast Highway. The KROQ radio station van was at the AM/PM gas station giving out freebies. Steve and I got a couple of key chains and stickers and Eris scored a Foo Fighters t-shirt. The Tecate Lite girls were there too but they wouldn’t let us take a picture of them unless we bought a 12 pack at 11:00am.

We made our way to the Mayhem Graff shop a little spot in an indoor swap meet that sells spray paint and aerosol art supplies. We checked out what they had for sell and I ran into my tall as hell little stepbrother Josh G. and his crew. The guys at the shop were pretty cool and answered all our questions. if you need something check them out. Steve and I were having too much fun taking pictures with the crazy mannequins they had around the indoor so we had to move on. As we crossed the street I caught a flick of David “Bellz” Salas’ rendition of La Virgen that has been running for a while.

We stopped at Agua Verde Mexican food to check out the mural painted by the local master mariscos painter Chuy Vasquez no relation to our own Raul “Spew” Vasquez. What an imagination Chuy has. His mural that runs about 80 feet long and 5 feet tall is full of amazing images like dolphins, killer whales and giant manta rays flying out of the ocean. There are also a lot of images of pastoral Mexico and quaint fisherman enjoying cooking the catch of the day. The parking lot garden is also home to what I believe is Wilmington’s only topiary sculpture of a Teddy Bear.

We crossed the street to have lunch at Red West Pizza where we discussed ideas about life and art and what he was planning for the show at Slanguage. He was excited to tell me he is working on some new paintings and said I was going to have to see them soon. That was all the info he would give me for now so I will keep you posted. We finished our lunch and walked the rest of the way back to my house making a few other pit stops, one of which Eris lost his freebie shirt to a puddle of rain water. Check out all the pictures of our walk down P.C.H.

-Mario

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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