Fabian Debora | Notes on Looking

La vieja y la nueva generación: Ernesto de la Loza in Estrada Courts, new mural in Venice, Os Gemeos, and Fabian Debora at Homegirl Cafe

A few weeks ago in Boyle Heights, Ernesto de la Loza unveiled his restored mural Organic Simulus on one of the lucky buildings of Estrada Courts.  In the audience were artists, iconic muralists, activists, historians, journalists, residents and community members.  Everyone was mesmerized by de la Loza’s flowing landscape of organic forms and colors, once again bright and energetic after withering away for 37 years.  Two months ago de la Loza started the restoration process sponsored by Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Ernesto’s sister, artist Sandra de la Loza (who you might remember from the PST show Mural Remix at LACMA) , presented her older brother at the unveiling.  She reminisced and reminded the crowd that she was only seven years old when this mural was painted.  She said that her brother painted Organic Stimulus because he wanted to give balance to the neighborhood.  During his speech, de la Loza revealed that he felt like his career was just beginning when he was working on this mural and exclaimed, “Everyone should follow their dreams because dreams do come true.” Estrada Courts is not just a low-income housing project but also “an open-air museum with approximately 54 surviving murals, many of them reflecting the culture and traditions of the area.  This is the place that gave birth to the 1970s Chicano Mural Art Movement”, said MCLA’s executive director Isabel Rojas-Williams.  It is amazing to walk around and look at all of these murals while listening to them speak out to the residents of the neighborhood. Many of these murals are trying...