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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.18.21. Chihuahua Special II

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.18.21. Chihuahua Special II

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

People are so careful sometimes to let you know that certain artists are self-taught. You wouldn’t think it so necessary to make the distinction but it’s often an important demarcation for the academic or self-appointed expert who wants to preserve the class divide, assuring that only persons from families who can afford luxury branded education could possibly be awarded highest distinction in any category.

Consider even newer terms like “Outsider Art”. It’s right there in the name, people.

Talk about so-called “outsider artists,” and there is a certain air of incredulity that such original, imaginative, high-quality work and brilliance could come from those who haven’t been to an art academy. The occurrence is likened to a supernatural fluke, something mystical perhaps channeled through this vessel of a person, not indicative of their own talents necessarily.

“Self-taught” is a source of pride for graffiti writers – taught by the university of the streets, a few will tell you. Some street artists like to say they evolved from the Do It Yourself (DIY) subcultures of punk and anarchists. It’s a source of pride, often hard-won. For those making money selling graffiti or street artists’ work in a gallery, however, they’ll check your resume in addition to your canvas. Its easier to assure potential buyers that an artist attended an accredited, if not acclaimed, university or program, or studied under the tutelage of an art star. It’s about branding, for sure, but it is also infused with class.

The Mata Ortiz pottery style from the northern central region of Mexico took hold in the 1990s when the Santa Fe style of home décor became popular in parts of the US. Originating from the Indigenous peoples who lived here and in this region before the Europeans arrived, the geometric designs and stylized animal patterning on pottery fragments from prehistoric cultures like the Mimbres and Casas Grandes inspired a new interest among ceramicists and potters.

A farmer who liked to explore near the remains of Paquime countryside and to discover pottery remnants in this desert and forest region, Juan Quesada took inspiration and began to develop his own pottery designs beginning in the 1960s. Over the course of the next decades, his work was “discovered” by an anthropologist and ceramic collector north of the border, and he helped Quesada to develop a sustainable business of sales and to spread word of his talent. These prized pottery works that later became part of museum private collections eventually spawned a small cottage industry in the surrounding area that is primarily known for ranching and lumber. Today Quesada continues to create his own art and has helped hundreds of family and friends to participate, learn, and thrive with the opportunity he authored.

He was also self-taught.

So, we lift a glass of tequila to him and all the self-taught artists and artisans – and those who share their skills with others.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street here in Mexico, this week featuring ARSK, Aser, Bianca S, BN One, CFN, Damasco, EXPm, Llario, Jeack, Juan Quezada, Mabe, Mecivo, Neth, Pese, RCW, Seyk, and Shutney.

Damasco. Portrait of Juan Quezada. Mata Ortiz Village. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damasco. Portrait of Juan Quezada. Mata Ortiz Village. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pese. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mabe. Sue. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Aser. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
EXPm. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Blanca S. Mata Ortiz Village. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
RCW. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Senor. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bubbles. Several artists. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeack. Seyck. TCK. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Yoek Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ARSK. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shutney. Neth. BN.One. CFN. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ilario. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.11.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.11.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. While New York suffered a heatwave followed by tropical storms from Hurricane Elsa flying up the East Coast and flooding the subways, this week, we checked in with the evolution of a city in sunny, arid, colorful Mexico.

The aesthetics and language of street art and graffiti are so pervasive, so woven into the international culture in cities, that it hardly surprises us to see it absorbed and re-interpreted wherever we go. We like to return to places that we’ve traveled to previously; it is an opportunity to gauge the changes, the tempo, perhaps to appreciate the influence of the Internet and social media in connecting and re-sorting people based on their interests rather than geography.

In the case of the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, we see a lively mural program, a small but fervent and well-crafted graffiti, and tattoo scene, and now even a sticker storm of sorts in specific parts of this desert home to international corporate maquiladoras and a proud sense of commitment to traditional culture and history. Topics and influences range from gender roles, machismo, Christian iconography, Japanese anime, tattoo culture, Warhol’s version of POP, empowered female sexuality, devils, angels, wildlife, drugs, economics, and subtly played political critique.

At almost a million people and with its focus on education, its primarily one- and two-story cityscape is only interrupted briefly by a historic colonial downtown, peppered with a few modern glass boxes. Chihuahua is vying for tourists and corporations to come with a redrawn city center, the historical monuments and fountains now modernized with an open and welcoming street plan. But stylistically, we like the margins, where the messages are rather less vetted…

When exploring the street art here, you’ll see international styles filtered through Mexican culture and iconography; However, in the case of OBEY aesthetics repeated on stickers, one could argue that Shepard Faireys’ original fascination with the fantasy of Andre the Giant has as much to do with the Mexican “Luchador” subculture and its films of the 1950s/60s as any subversive impulses from punk that appealed to him in his college years.

Similarly, the one-color small stencil didn’t originate with the Army or Bristol’s Banksy – it has appeared for decades throughout the decorative folk arts here, not to mention the robustly social and politically inspired Mexican mural tradition of the 20th century that is in the creative DNA of street artists worldwide. As the so-called First World de-industrialized in the last three decades, their neighbors have been equally looking for new footing. In the case of cultures like Mexico’s, there is a spirit of innovation and a respect for tradition, an amalgam that may materialize now as something more modern than you expected.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Ale Poire, Ayari Ludeas, Bideo TCK, Celest Alonso, Cesar Duarte, David Glezzg, Joker, Maker, Maru Campos, and Mittuh.

Ale Poire in collaboration with Colectivo Tomate. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Davidd Glezzg. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Maker. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Several artists on a sticker wall. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Several artists on a sticker wall. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Several artists on a sticker wall. Detail. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Several artists on a sticker wall. Detail. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Several artists on a sticker wall. Detail. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mitthu in collaboration with Colectivo Tomate. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. (we couldn’t find the artist’s signature on this mural) Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joker. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Iris Alexa in collaboration with Colectivo Tomate. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)a
An Obey like political campaign with the intention to tie the Governor Elect of Chihuahua, Ms. Maru Campos with the corrupt former governor, Cesar Duarte, presently in a federal prison in the USA awaiting extradition to be tried in Mexico. Obviously, the smear campaign didn’t work. Ms. Campos won the election. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Vivas Nos Queremos. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eajalle. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bideo TCK. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Celeste Alonso. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ayari Ludeas. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Terre. TCK. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bring the Ruckus. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Colonial Aqueduct. Chihuahua, Mexico. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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