Salomón Huerta | Notes on Looking

New mural in Culver City for Siqueiros, Papel y Madera, Fabian Debora at Homeboy, Frida Kahlo está en Wonderland, Carolyn Castaño’s Narco Venus & Mi Familia

On a quiet Sunday morning two weeks ago, about 30 muralists got together to create a meaningful and beautifully designed mural in Culver City titled Siqueiros: La Voz de la Gente! as an homage to iconic Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.  Lead muralist Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, along with a team of artists which included Raul Gonzalez, Anna Siqueiros (great-grand niece of Siqueiros),  Willie Herrón and Ernesto de la Loza, creatively enhanced a calm, dull alley behind some apartment buildings near the art galleries.  Anna Siqueiros was able to secure the wall and these five main muralists collaborated and discussed ahead of time on how they would bring this mural to life.  It was a word-of-mouth event, and those lucky few who had heard about it got to witness LA history take place.  Thanks to United Painters and Public Artists (UPPA) and a donation from Chiquele Studios, this mural was able to be created.  It is this exact attitude of collaboration which is at the soul of La Voz de la Gente!; these muralists came together to paint and give each other support because they know a new chapter of muralism in LA is now beginning to happen. As I entered the alley and approached the wall, there were at least three scaffolds and many of the artists busily painting.  Some of the muralists that I saw in action included Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Anna Siqueiros, Carlos Callejo, Fabian “Spade” Debora, Cale, Joseph “Nuke” Montalvo, Blosm, Raúl “Chose” Gonzalez, Cesar “Slye” Hernandez, Duke and Vox.  Other artists who participated include: Kopye, Randy “Relic” Legaspi, Defer, Rock, Judo, Above, Luke, Chubs,...