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Narco Venus & Other Stories Opens at Meridian Gallery, May 29th, 5-7 PM

Narco Venus (Sandra)Narco Venus (Sandra)
Narco Venus and Other Stories opens at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco on May 29th, from 5-7 PM. I'm very excited about this exhibition as it will be my first solo exhibition in the Bay Area in several years and will feature the body of work I've been developing, which explores the role of women in narco-trafficking and the relationship to the environment, both as metaphor and as a natural resource. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, and video.

Narco Venus (Liliana Andrea)Narco Venus (Liliana Andrea)

Fútbol:The Beautiful Game opens at LACMA

Andres Escobar SerigraphAndres Escobar Serigraph

I'm excited to announce that one of my pieces will be up at LACMA as part of the upcoming exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, which opens on February 2, 2014. Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Fútbol examines the sport's global impact on politics and art, as well as the unique forms of nationalism the beautiful game incites (and enables) in cultures across the world. My own contribution was the result of a very special collaboration between LACMA and Self Help Graphics & Art, where five artists were invited to develop limited-edition serigraphs by Self Help Graphics' Executive Director Evonne Gallardo. After creating the initial design, I worked with master printer Joe Alpuche and SHG's very own Joel Garcia to develop the film, edit it, color match the inks, and print the edition.

The other artists in Self Help's limited edition series include Amitis Motevalli, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dewey Tafoya, and Ana Serrano. All great artists that I'm glad to be associated with!

My own print focuses on Colombian soccer player Andrés Escobar, who scored an auto-goal in the 1994 World Cup that eliminated Colombia from the competition. The match was against the US men's national team, and was played here at Los Angeles' own Rose Bowl.

Upon his return to Colombia, Andrés was shot dead outside of a popular nightclub by persons who may (or may not?) have been associated with gambling and drug cartels. Part "fan" banner, and part memorial to Andrés, the piece explores the overlap between the worlds of soccer and narco-trafficking in Colombia. Its colors are taken from the Colombian flag and football kit, while the imagery is taken from Colombia's "natural" landscape - birds, drug-producing plants, and, of course, doomed football stars. Overall, I'm incredibly grateful to have been able to make this piece and show it in this show, as it extends two ongoing bodies of work of mine: Asesinados United and Garden Heads. Asesinados United is a mixed media work that uses t-shirts to remember murdered and assassinated footballers. In Garden Heads, potentially decapitated male heads float in tropical landscapes in watercolor and pastel drawings that remix portraiture and botanical illustration, while reconsidering the usually "hard" documentary imagery coming out of the drug war. Overall, I'm deeply interested in finding new ways to depict and think about the toll the drug wars have had on not just people, but the natural environment in which the drugs themselves are cultivated.

Garden Head 2013 ( Bogota)

Garden Head 2013  ( Bogota): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Bogota): watercolor, pastel on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain)

Garden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( San Salvador)

Garden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor on paperGarden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor on paper

Garden Head 2013 (Panama City)

Garden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, pastel on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)

Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)

Garden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)

Garden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, pastel on paper


Selva: watercolor, pastel on paperSelva: watercolor, pastel on paper

Sonorama Colombiano-The Dad Collection

After almost two years of sifting and going through my dad's stuff, we are beginning to make some headway in the behemoth of STUFF that he left behind. For those not in the know, my dad Jairo Castaño was a true Renaissance man, an avid lover of photography, music, film, and the printing world. He left behind lots and lots of stuff, some not so great, but other real gems. When going through his office/studio I came upon his record collection which had some classics from Colombia, one of which is the Sonorama Colombiano an 10 LP box set of recordings of traditional Colombian music interpreted by various musical groups. The first record is the most outstanding, with recordings of classics like Navidad Negra and Prende La Vela, which are Colombian standards of the cumbia tradition. I had the chance to share some of his records and CDs with Reyes of Art & Grooves on Radio Sombra, community radio. Listen and enjoy!Sonorama ColombianoSonorama Colombiano