MACLA is pleased to present Novelas, Love, and Other Adventures featuring the work of Jaime Hernandez, Favianna Rodriguez, Rio Yanez and Mayra Ramirez. This exhibition presents graphic works and comic storytelling that explores the subculture of Latino barrio life, American punk, 80’s rock and new wave music, along with complex female protagonists.
Jaime Hernandez is a pioneering figure in the independent comics and graphic novel movement since the 1980s. Jaime’s work employs cartoon idioms familiar from such mid-twentieth-century Americana as Archie comics, Dennis the Menace to create nuanced pictures of American life that extend far beyond the political and formal confines of those traditional cartoons. His work is marked by expansive and subtle portrayals of Mexican-American culture, complex female protagonists, and sympathetic depictions of social subcultures, notably Southern California punk rockers.
Favianna Rodriguez is an Oakland-based youth organizer, political artist, and cultural worker. Her recent work explores 80’s pop culture intermingled with migrant culture to create an installation of bold graphic prints inspired and titled after rock songs. Favianna’s bold graphic works are intricate meso-American influenced 80’s pop fashion-sci-fi images that reference the song each piece is titled after.
Rio Yañez lates work Las Adventures of the Ramirez Sisters a series of anaglyph prints (three dimensional prints that require 3D glasses for viewing) created in collaboration with performance artist Mayra Ramirez. Las Adventures of the Ramirez Sisters is a series of prints that tells the story of a day in the life of two identical twin sisters. Each sister lives a very different lifestyle from the other and the series documents a day in their respective worlds.
Exhibition dates: January 26, 2011 – March 26, 2011
Opening reception & artist talk with Jaime Hernandez and Rio Yañez
Friday, February, 4, 7:00 pm
Join us for the exhibition opening and engaging conversation with the artists.
Opening reception & artist talk with Favianna Rodriguez
Friday, March, 4, 7:00 pm
Join us for an engaging conversation with the artist.
Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm to 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
and by special appointment