I am pleased to announce that one of my paintings, The Heart and Hands of Coatlicue, will be featured on the cover of Lifeline, a chapbook by Jennifer Givhan, published by Glass Poetry Press.  It is an honor for me to participate in a project with Givhan’s incredibly moving poetry.  The book is scheduled for release January 2017.  To order a copy go to www.glass-poetry.com

Heart and Hands of Coatlicue

Poster Artwork by Gualberto Orozco

Poster Artwork by Gualberto Orozco

Día de los Muertos – Arte y Lucha in Detroit
November 1 – December 13, 2014
Reception: Saturday, November 1st, 7-10pm
Whitdel Arts, 1250 Hubbard St, Detroit, MI 48209

Santo El Enmascarado de Plata (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, 1917-1984), a professional wrestler-movie star known as El Santo, starred in several movies in the lucha libre genre between 1958 and 1984, becoming an iconic figure for generations in Mexico, Latin America and the United States. His performances mirrored the aspirations of the less-privileged classes in which they could see themselves as protagonists in a struggle to survive the contradictions and inequities in contemporary society. This Day of the Dead collective art exhibition explores Santo’s battles against vampires, monsters, zombies, aliens, mad scientists and witches, emphasizing the unique nature of the lucha libre film genre to stage and represent popular values and attitudes.

Please join us for an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Juan Javier Pescador and Gabrielle Pescador created the ofrenda to El Santo. Their ofrendas have been featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Museum of Mexican Art, Michigan State University Museum, the Swing Space Gallery and other venues.

Exhibiting artists:

Kia I. Arriaga
Jeffrey Bowman
Sylvia Hernandez
Quetzally Hernandez Coronado
John-Michael Korpal
Dan McCormack
Tim Péwé
Sam Sefton
Rachel Wallis

This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Open gallery hours are Saturdays during exhibitions, noon-3pm, or by appointment. For more information, e-mail Gualberto Orozco at gualberto@whitdelarts.com. For a full schedule of exhibitions and events at Whitdel Arts, please visit http://www.whitdelarts.com.

Selfie Mural

We are very proud of our collaboration with residents of
Jackson County Youth Center. Juan Javier Pescador (Michigan State University) and I conducted a selfie workshop to generate ideas for a mural that will be installed in the facility’s cafeteria.

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This public art project – Murals, Mosaics and Music Project – is sponsored by the Youth Arts Alliance (YAA!) and made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affiars, Art Works, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

YAA! participants have created 100 square feet of public art in Lenawee, Livingston, Washtenaw and Jackson Counties.

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Interview at Casa Azul with Hilda Trujillo.

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For the past few years I’ve been making a lot of work about death and mourning. I guess I am still reeling from the loss of my parents and the security of knowing that they would be there to anchor me throughout my life. I know that that way of thinking is not realistic because we all eventually die and it is most natural for our parents to die before us. But knowing that does often not console me because the pain is not only emotional but visceral. At times it feels like there is a hole in my heart, an open wound that if I let it, will bring me to my knees.

Black Shoes, is my most recent project on the subject, in which I trying to reconcile the natural order of things, that life goes on and that the past helps to shape our understanding of ourselves.

Chicago Screening – September 28 at 1 pm.

Join us at the Showplace ICON located at 150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60605.  For tickets go to http://www.chicagosocialchange.org/

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<i>“You don’t transition alone</i>.  <i>Your family, your friends, society transitions with you.”  Danica Criss</i>

Danica, Kael and Emily redefine transgender identities in their own terms showing resilience and strength in their fight to live their true heart and soul.   Searching for understanding and respect, these three transgendered individuals share their continuous struggles throughout the various phases of their life cycle and transitioning process.  In spite of facing ignorance, prejudice and discrimination, Danica, Kael and Emily’s personal horizons mirror the vicissitudes, aspirations and dreams of the trans communities in contemporary society.

<i>Transbeing</i>  © 2013

Film by Gabrielle Pescador &amp; Juan Javier Pescador

Produced by Pescador Arte, LLC and Windsor Pride Community

A couple of nights ago I went to the welcoming reception for the new grad students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The event was held in the Sullivan Galleries smack in the middle of Detroit USA: Material, Site, Narrative, an exhibit with works by Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq, Jon Brumit, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Jessica Care Moore, Catie Newell, Gilda Snowden and Corine Vermeulen.

The art was strong and I have to say it gave me a sense of pride given that I have been connected with Detroit since my early beginnings. Born and raised in Windsor, Detroit’s skyline was my daily view. I crossed the border to go to school, to visit friends and relatives and experience Detroit’s cultural riches. And now, Detroit is part of my artistic community. The city is in my blood and seems to be following me wherever I go.

This is my new creative space. It may look like a blank page right now, but not for long. I have lots of ideas percolating and just can’t wait to start painting and explore new ideas with my advisor Michiko Itatani. Stay tuned.

This morning I was exploring my new neighborhood, enjoying a bit a free time before school starts. As I approached Randolph and Dearborn, I came across a whopping crime scene and not just any crime scene but a real live police car pile up. Whipping out my cell phone (along with a few other onlookers), I got as close to the yellow tape barrier that cordoned off the area and started taking pictures of police cars banged up, overturned, with smashed windshields and auto parts strewn across the pavement. I don’t know the story yet but I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.

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