The Date Farmers

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006
The Date Farmers (Armando Lerma and Carlo Ramirez) have collaborated with Oaxacan crafts people to produce colorful multilayered paintings, stencils and signage referencing Mexico's archaic folk art. Ideas common to their heritage such as Indians, gangs, lowrider culture, jail tattoos, migrants, political and social issues, as well as Catholism and spirituality have been painted, pasted, and nailed to found mediums such as weathered wood and corrugated steel. I was also happy to see the gallerys' front window display converted into a terrarium complete with plantlife and live birds.

In collaboration to the Date Farmers exhibit was a video by Fio documenting the Date Farmers Oaxacan escapades.

Additionally Gary Garay produced an installation of an authentic Mexican shoe store entitled "Zapateria". This included shrink wrapped sneakers constructed from carboard.

I was truly impressed with this show and Marsea Goldberg, New Images director was full of great stories and interesting conversation. New Image never fails to bring some of contemporary arts newest heroes.

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