Ramona St. Arts & Crafts (Blue) by Jerry Peña
Ramona St. Arts & Crafts (Blue), 2021
Mixed media on vinyl floor tile
36 x 25 inches
From the 2021 Maple St. Construct exhibition: Off Alondra and Hickory.
From North Long Beach California, Jerry Peña explores what defines his cultural identity as a first generation Mexican American in his work. Jerry incorporates materials rooted in the manual labor jobs his parents have held since arriving in the country. Along with these materials Jerry also integrates found objects from flea markets and swap meets as well as items collected from his daily scavenging around the city of Los Angeles. These items stem from the various subcultures that have shaped his upbringing. American nostalgia, Kustom Kulture, and the Chicano experience all come together in conversation with art movements like Minimalism, Rasquachismo, and Abstract Expressionism to engulf the viewer in texture, color, and imagery that feel specific to a certain place and context.
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