"BORDER BANG"

 

Jorge R. Gutierrez

Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 7 to 10pm
Exhibition: July 9, 2016 through August 14, 2016

 

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These 57 acrylic paintings are my passionate love letter to the amazing bootleg artifacts and crap sold at the Tijuana/US border. In Mexico we are endlessly bombarded with pop culture from all over the world, especially the US and Japan.  I love that the border artisans and shysters digests all this and spit it back out to sell to both the Tijuana locals and tourists from all over the world.
They have made these things uniquely their own and many times improved or reconfigured them to express themselves or empower these things with subversive ideas hidden under corporate paint coats. I'm now honored to be a part of this community and tradition.
 

Super Muerto Mouse

48x36 inches, acrylic on canvas, $10,000

My love letter to Disney, even if they killed three of our shows in development.

 

Loteria!

48x36 inches, acrylic on canvas,
$10,000  SOLD

Ever since I was a little boy, I have always loved drawing the Mexican devil. I would see him in movies fighting Santa Claus, in various kid's games, in school plays (I played him once in a high school pastorela), in comics, in futbol team mascots and in all sorts of folk and popular art. He was a charming rascal.

I loved the idea that the devil was something we all had inside of us and we just needed to keep an eye on him. He's that one friend you know is trouble.

 

SELF PORTRAIT

48x36 inches, acrylic on canvas, $10,000


 

Rappero # 1

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

I bought my first NWA cassette tape as a kid on the border. The controversial stuff was what lured me in but the soulful and enlightening messages are what stayed with me. And Ice Cube became my favorite writer and rapper. So to cast him as a god in our movie was a childhood dream.

 

Original Gangsta

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

 

La Mascota del Mundial

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

I was lucky enough to experience the Mexico 86 World Cup as an 11 year old. It left a huge impression. My dream was to one day design a Mexican mascot.

 

Ese De Rojo

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Yeah, I had a crush on Rita too.

 

LA DEL NIÑITO BRUJO

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

I have always had a soft spot for brujeria.

 

 

LOS MONITOS AMARILLOS

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Everything yellow sells. Maybe it's because the first ancient gods were the sun. Or maybe because of pee.

 

ESE MI GUERITO

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

As soon as a rock star dies, the border immediately immortalizes them with various bootleg merch. It helps us all deal with their passing and keeps their memories alive. Happy to continue this timeless and volturesque tradition. Bowie FOREVER. Adios, hombre estrella.

 

JULES

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

I was a young film student when this came out. And I bought the cd bootleg soundtrack at the border. When I got to my CalArts dorm and played it... it was The Little Mermaid.

 

The Centaur of the North

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Pancho Villa images are everywhere in the border, especially his recruitment posters for Americans to join him in the Mexican revolution. A mustached hero warrior to chubby border kids like me! He was larger than life. Or as they said at the time, "Pancho Villa is everywhere and nowhere at the same time."

 

Magic Japanese Cockfighting

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

NAFTA POWER

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Dedicated to all my gangsta homies from Canada.

 

EL MASTER DEL BARRIO

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Skeletor has always had a special place in my heart. As a little kid in Mexico I thought he was a Dia de los Muertos super hero! Then I saw the cartoon and my heart was broken into a million pieces.

 

Las Aventuras de Pen

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

I was lucky enough to have lunch with creator Pen Ward right after I saw his Adventure Time pilot at Nick. Before Cartoon Network picked it up he came to visit me on El Tigre a couple of times and I remember telling him, "One day soon, it is you who will sit behind a big desk running your show." He laughed. Little did we know what was to come.

 

Todos Somos Americanos

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

The Holy Trinity

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

As a super macho teen, these three made me want to be a kick ass girl. PPG por vida!

 

El Master

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Cantinflas started out as a Mexican Chaplin but became his own with his incredible world play. A hero to us all wannabe funny artists and writers.

 

Pare De Sufrir

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD 

Motivational posters sell really well at the border. Dedicated to everyone working in the entertainment industry.

 

Dolor Feliz Gracias

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000 SOLD

Her image is everywhere as you cross the border. I'm sure she would think it's hilarious. I first became obsessed with her tragic and triumphant story in  junior high. Our very own beloved martyr goddess art super star. We are all Frida and Frida is all of us.

 

Tex Mex Super Nova!

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

I learned of Selena and her journey only after she had died. Dedicated to all the bad ass Latinas smashing walls everywhere.

 

Chipote Chillon

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

This iconic and beloved Mexican super hero is part of many a curious border shop. While not the machoest of heroes, his super power was his heart. Can't beat that.

 

OG Cat

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

I'll never forget seeing a mean looking cholo with gang ink all over his face crossing the border in an old beat up minivan. And in the back window, a sun bleached Garfield stuffed toy. Gangsta!

 

Santo Bandito

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

From belt buckles to ceramic heads to t-shirts to cameos in Breaking Bad, the patron saint of narcos is sold everywhere. I'm sure the Vatican is thrilled.

 

Pedro Parker

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

As little kid I thought Spiderman was a luchadorAnd he kind of is.

 

RAPERO # 2

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Soon after he was gunned down, 2Pac shirts and velvet paintings started showing up on the border. I didn't really appreciate his music until after he died.The song about his mama was the first rap to make me cry.

 

Robotito

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

While American kids had robots that could transform into cars and planes, Tijuana kids had plaster piggy banks that could transform our savings.

 

EL FEO

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Shrek reboot is going great, you guys.

 

EL FUERTE

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Inspired by all the amazing and brave openly gay luchadores on both sides of the border. Nothing more super macho than that.

 

CARLOS KENT

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

Immigrants, they get the job done.

 

Antonio Raimundo Tony Montana

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Scarface was my Star Wars and Carlito’s Way was
my Empire Strikes Back.

 

El Marino Soy

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Popeye was my favorite cartoon as a kid cause he taught me that even if you only have one eye and look like a butt, if you fight all the bullies in the world then maybe, just maybe, you'll earn the love of the girl of your dreams.

 

El del Bigotito

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

As a little kid I can lovingly remember watching all the Charles Bronson “Death Wish” movies with my grandpa Guicho. We thought they were comedies

 

Monstro

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

I first saw the original b&w Godzilla on TV in Mexico City and I was hooked. When I was really small, my all time favorite toy (before I had seen any of the movies) was a bootleg Mechagodzilla my father bought me in Tijuana. To this day I wonder where it ended up since it was stolen.

 

Ultimo Dragon

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Lots of Bruce Lee velvet paintings on the border. Perhaps the only Asian actor to have this questionable honor in Tijuana.

 

Raton Racista

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

I always hated that the “twist” on this character was that he was a “smart and fast” Mexican.

 

Goku Tu Madre

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Mexicans LOVE Dragonball. Like with Morrissey, it can’t truly be explained.

 

El Mano de Dios

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Futbol shirts and flags rain down during the World Cups.
I remember
Maradona was huge because of his humble
and tragic story. He represented all of Latin America when
he scored two goals against England.

 

Presidente de Urban Outfitters

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

I painted this one with my six year old son Luka.

 

El Laker Magico

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

Idolo

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

As a little chubby Mexican boy, I never wanted to be anyone more than Mr. T.

 

Los Mutantes

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

 

    

 

Ese Mi Bob

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Love this cartoon but hate that all other cartoon ratings are compared to it.

 

Ya Valio Madres

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

Proud to be another brick in the wall.

 

Conejo Medio Cholo

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

 

El Morro Simpson

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

 

Tunnel of Love

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

 

    

 

Sexy Mother Fucker

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

My first introduction to Prince was with the wild
and funky music videos from the US channels
that would come into my Tijuana bedroom. I
was mesmerized. If that was life on the other side,
I needed to go there! Prince, like his trailblazing
music and iconic image, is forever.

 

El Huerfanito

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

El Plomero

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

Mario was the first video game character that, if you tried hard enough, looked and felt from Tijuana. Eating mushrooms, traveling through under ground tunnels, fighting evil bosses just to get blonde princesses? Yup, Mexican.

 

El Mexicano

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000   SOLD

It always warmed my heart to see Emiliano Zapata
stuff sold next to images of Spiderman, Batman
and others. It was a great lesson to a kid like me:
Not all heroes are fictional.

 

Estar Guars

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

Elvis

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD 

Velvet Elvis paintings are all over the border and
for some reason as a little boy I really got into him.
I especially liked the fat Elvis before he died.
Elvis singing in them always looked like he was
in so much pain, like the bloody Jesus statues in

Mexican churches. Maybe that's why I liked him.

 

Reinita

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000  SOLD

 

GREEN GO

16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas, $2,000

The Hulk bootlegs are everywhere in Tijuana.
Especially the drunk marines on Revolution Ave.


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