Smogtown presents a solo exhibition titled “End Of The World” featuring new works by Los Angeles artist, Chaz Bojorquez. Opening reception accompanied with an entertainment program: ceremonial Mayan dance performed by Danza Xipitotec, live music by Youth Mariachi Plaza de la Raza, Very Be Careful and DJ Beeside. Exhibition runs through January 31, 2013.
A recent quote from CARTWHEEL’s interview (here) with Greg Escalante about the work of Chaz Bojorquez:
Yeah, well what he did was he took this beautiful Cholo style graffiti that I would see at my junior high school, and it was scary, but beautiful at the same time. He was kind of combining that with this influence that he had from Rick Griffin, which was interesting since he wasn’t a surfer, but when he got his hands on some Surfer magazines from some relative or something, he just ate it up. He was also influenced by rakuceramics, and some of the smoky surfaces he got from that. When I first saw his stuff, I got it. I got that calligraphy, the ceramic look…and you have the cholo writing, so I just go ‘Wow! I know what this is. I like this guy’s stuff.’