Opening July 9, Gregorio Escalante is pleased to present original new works with celebrated artist, animator, writer, and director Jorge Gutierrez. B​order Bang is a passionate love letter to the Tijuana and US border, documenting the bootleg artifacts sold to locals and tourists alike. Reappropriating the bombardment of pop culture images is the border’s reaction to global issues and events, telling viewers and consumers not to glorify these situations but rather to acknowledge them through their subversive presentation.​

We highly recommend checking out the artist talk on July 10 at 3pm at the gallery.

Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, writer, and director who, alongside his wife Sandra Equihua, created the Annie & Emmy Award­winning animated television series E​l Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. While receiving his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in experimental animation, Gutierez created the short C​armelo which was screened internationally and won the 2001 student Emmy Award in animation. Most recently he co­wrote and directed the animated feature T​he Book of Life for Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014. While developing future projects, Gutierrez is currently in a torrid love affair with his first love: painting.