Slanguage’s ‘take-over’ of LA><ART has been a great success  since its opening last month. Along with great reviews from the LA Times and other media sources, we are also honored to be in the running for the Mohn Award! Hard work pays off — and with the wonderful team of resident artists and supporters, we are continuing to see a brighter future.

In addition, it’s important for us at Slanguage to spotlight those  artists who have helped create the visual images throughout the years. Right now, we’ like to recognize the three artists who painted the mural that is beautifully laid out on the  front of the LA><ART building. The artists involved in the creation of this mural titled Peace in Wilmas are Mario “Dred” Lopez, Mario “Autoe” Cuen and Raul “Spew” Vasquez. I got a chance to find out more about the mural and their work.

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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:

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Doña Junta sat down with Raul “SPEW” Vasquez to talk about his upcoming solo show at Slanguage, RESIDUE.

Slanguage presents


 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.
Please email for more  info.

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.