El Comalito Collective and Artiszen Cultural Art Center present:
“Unsung Heroes” By Adrian Delgado, curated by El Comalito Collective.
We are excited about this evening! 2 shows, 2 artists, 2 galleries!
Important times to remember:
745pm at El Comalito: Lorena, Jennifer, and Estela musical performance.
8:30pm at Artiszen: Adrian Delgado artist talk.
Growing up, I was told that I was privileged; I am American born. My parents and elders told me that opportunity lived within the reach of my hands. The only way for me to create true understanding of what it is to be, a ‘privileged’ Mexican-American is to create and express an understanding of my roots and show the struggles that I once ignored and was too ashamed to be linked to.
My current content shows life as it is and how it may have been if I wasn’t privileged. My parents and elders constantly preach their struggle and their endurances as Mexicans who migrated to America for work.
These paintings are a representation of my father’s American dream; to be able to provide for and have a family of his own.
I remember him working three jobs, 12 hour days, 7 days a week and never complaining. I remember going to work with him, seeing him create. He was the roofer, the welder, the plumber, and the farmer; he was my hero. My father and his American dream are projections of the American struggle.
About the artist, Adrian Delgado
My artwork is my cathedral where I make sense of my world and find true understand of where I belong. I have a past that could have made me turn into the darker path of life, I have overcome difficult boundaries. I have taught myself how to transfer my frustrations and pain into powerful layered paintings. My work can be seen as a fusion of Mexican and American influences. Art became my way of finding and creating my identity for all to see.
I paint what I know, what surrounds me and how I view the world: my perspective. My work is big, inviting, colorful, and full of environmental life which translates into a flow of emotion. I feel like using a big canvas lets the viewer feel as if they can walk right into the painting. I enhance my feelings with brush movement as well to have my viewers eyes keep moving around the painting. My intent is to hold their attention. In many of my compositions, human figures engage in manual labor, work against backdrops of mundane architecture, industrial settings, or bizarre and often barren landscapes. These figures, though squarely centered, often have the appearance of being part of still lives devoid of a human presence, or collaged elements belonging to different time zones. My work is an intersection of personal history with the politics of industrial alienation.