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SF artist Beatriz Vasquez turns Mexican craft into an art form

<<< From the altar "Para Mama Benita con Amor" by Beatriz Vasquez at the SOMArts 2017 Day of the Dead exhibition

November 14, 2017 5:16 pm
for Mission Local (LINK, with photos)

It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art.

Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies.

“It’s very disposable, and nobody really sees it as a fine art,” said the 49-year-Vasquez, who has a year-long fellowship with Root Division, where she teaches. And she has a residency at The Growlery, where artists live and work, rent-free, in a restored Victorian-era home.

During her trip to Mexico, Vasquez researched the craft and began to see papel picado as a metaphor for the indigenous women she was interviewing.

“I saw the paper as very fragile, but extremely beautiful and extremely sustainable and extremely versatile,” she said. “Kind of like what we are.”

It was then, Vasquez said, that she thought, “‘I’m gonna take this craft, disposable art form and turn it into fine art.’”

Her pieces are generally large — sometimes seven feet tall — and depict her experiences with politics, self-expression and her Mexican culture. In her work, there are intricate cuts of skeletons, butterflies and pineapples.

The very nature of the art and how a successful piece operates reflects society, she said. “Everything has to connect for it to work,” she said. “If we don’t connect with each other, it doesn’t work.”

One piece, La Sirena Feminista, tackles the topic of machismo in the Latino community. The work, created in 2015, is based on a traditional Mexican card game known as the Lotería. The face of la Sirena is that of Beatriz.

18 Nov: CUT OUT Stencil Group Show (Hamburg)

Opening «CUT OUT» Stencil Group Show
Facebook Link

Adey (FR) • Alias (DE) • Balu (ES) • Czarnobyl (PL) • eins92 (DE) • Eliot (DE) • Erre (ES) • European Bob (UK) • Jana & Js (FR) • Jaune (BE) • L.E.T. (DE) • M-one (UK) • Mittenimwald (DE) • Monkey Bird (FR) • Pahnl (UK) • Snub23 (UK) • Tona (DE) • XooooX (DE)

VERNISSAGE – Samstag, 18. November, 19 bis 00:00 Uhr
FINISSAGE – Freitag, 8. Dezember, 19 Uhr bis 23:00 Uhr

Ausstellung: 18. November – 8. Dezember 2017

Breite Straße 56
22767 Hamburg

Mittwoch und Donnerstag 15-18 Uhr
Sowie nach Terminvereinbarung

Das Schneiden von Stencils (Schablonen) ist eine der bekanntesten künstlerischen Techniken der Street Art. Ursprünglich als technisches Hilfsmittel zur schnellen und seriellen Verbreitung politischer Botschaften im öffentlichen Raum entwickelt, haben sich Schablonen Graffiti zu einem völlig eigenständigen Kunstgenre entwickelt, welches die Street Art prägt wie kein anderes.

Mit CUT OUT versammeln die beiden Kuratoren Felix Rau (eins92) und Rudolf David Klöckner (urbanshit) 18 der derzeit interessantesten europäischen Stencilkünstler in einer Ausstellung. Mit jeweils genau einem Werk pro Künstler spiegelt die international besetzte Gruppenausstellung nicht nur den Status Quo der Stencilkunst wider, sondern bringt auch die Kunst der Schablonen-Graffiti in konzentrierter Form zurück nach Hamburg.

Cutting out stencils is one of the most known techniques of street art. The original purpose of stencils was to quickly reproduce and spread political messages in public space. By now, they have developed to an individual art genre with heavy influence on street art.

Through the CUT OUT-show, the two curators Felix Rau (eins92) and Rudolf David Klöckner (urbanshit), gather eighteen of the most interesting stencil artists of Europe under one roof. By exhibiting one work per artist, the show not only reflects the status quo of stencil art but also brings back stencil art to Hamburg in a highly concentrated form.

Coming Soon: Shepard Fairey's New LA Show and Hulu Doc

After ‘Hope,’ and Lawsuit, Shepard Fairey Tries Damage Control

LOS ANGELES — By just about any measure, it’s been a long time since the street artist Shepard Fairey managed to capture the optimism of Barack Obama’s candidacy in his “Hope” poster, the stylized portrait in red, white and blue tones that easily ranks as the most famous, also ubiquitous, artwork of 2008.

Mr. Fairey’s oldest daughter, then 2 years old, is now almost a teenager. The “Hope” image became the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit by The Associated Press that was both expensive and embarrassing for the artist. Mr. Fairey, who is 47, has since gone on to create art for activist movements like Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March.

And now “Damaged” — his biggest gallery show yet, with about 200 new paintings, prints and illustrations made since 2015 — is set to open on Nov. 11 in a Chinatown warehouse, the same day a documentary on the artist has its premiere on Hulu. The mood of the exhibition: what happens when hope gets trampled but not killed.

5NOV: Fresh Stencil Photo Uploads

Lost an hour today? Fill the void with freshies from around the world!

<<<(Still of Times Square Protest from Mr. Robot TV Series)


Btoy >NEW< (Two photos by BSA)

Pure Evil (just one)

Greece (thanks Eleni)

Spain (thanks BSA)

In Media (Mr. Robot FTW)

Eric Ruin >NEW<

Shepard Fairey

Berkeley (just one)

Black Rock City, NV (just one, thanks Antonio)

Washington, DC (just one)

18 Nov: In Layers - a focus on stencil art (DE)

Colab Gallery presents "IN-LAYERS, a focus on stencil art" Group Exhibition



"IN-LAYERS" is opening on Saturday,
Nov 18th at 8 pm and we are looking forward
to seeing you there!

Am 18. November öffnet Colab Gallery Ihre Türen für die Gruppenausstellung "IN-LAYERS,
Fokus auf Schablonen Kunst" und wir möchten Dich hiermit herzlich zur Vernissage ab 20:00 Uhr einladen.


KURATOR Stefan Winterle

Colab Gallery GmbH
Schusterinsel 9
79576 Weil am Rhein

Stay tuned for more Information on our website and facebook!
Die aktuellen Informationen finden Sie auf unserer Webseite und auf facebook!

See you there!
Wir sehen uns!

New Uploads for August (USA and beyond)

Thanks for the submissions: Amanda, Ann, Brooklyn Street Art (Jaime), Josiah, Pod

<<< "BEEZ ARE SACRED" by Peat/Eyez (photo by Brooklyn Street Art, Jaime)

Venezuela (just one)


Berlin (just one)

Hamburg (just one)

John Fekner

Peat Eyez (just one)

California - East Bay

California - Sacramento

District of Columbia (Wash., DC)

NYC (just one)

Wisconsin (just one)

Stencils in Media

New Pics Uploaded Today, Pt. 1

The latest and greatest stencil photos ring in the summer. Your submissions are appreciated! Thanks to everybody: Amanda, Chris C., Esmeralda, Jordon, Josiah, Larry, Tiago, TXMX, and all the rest.
<<< Stencils on shields in Caracus, VE

>NEW< Ana Valle in West Oakland



Final pics from Hamburg


East Bay, CA



Netherlands (just one)

Strok (just one)

Tenn. (just one)


TXMX (just one)

Vermont (just one)

Washington, DC (just one)

Venezuela (just one)


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