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Exhibition HOLY JOLINA!
Artist Arturo E. Romo Santillano
Exhibition Dates September 25 October 24, 2009
Artist Reception Friday, September 25 7-10 pm
Artist Talk Thursday, October 8 7pm

Tropico de Nopal
Gallery – Art Space
1665 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles (Echo Park), CA 90026
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat 12- 5 pm

Los Angeles, California – Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space is proud to present the second solo show by Los Angeles artist Arturo E. Romo-Santillano entitled HOLY JOLINA!

Romo-Santillano multimedia work centers around fictional characters who are used as lenses through which to see the city. These practitioners of ecstasy guide the viewer on a not very sober tour of the city of Los Angeles through video, text, music, murals and photography.

For this upcoming exhibition, the guide to Los Angeles will be the trickster and codex writer Jolina. The gallery will be envisioned as a giant codex written by Jolina, with the walls of the gallery acting as giant pages. The subject of the codex is Jolinas interpretation of Los Angeles, which, being somewhat hallucinatory and highly subjective, forms a cosmology of Los Angeles that is both familiar and strange; local plant life, lost heroes, darkened history, experiments in perpetual motion, dirigibles, concrete rubble mountains, crystals, fungi and smoke of all types. Ceramic sculpture, a 7 inch vinyl 45 , and videos will double and verify the imagery on the walls, showing an alternative LA cosmology in time and space.

Arturo Romo is a native of Los Angeles. He has a degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Salt Lake City and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. His work was a part of the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2006 and most recently in Mexico City and Phoenix as part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement.

HOLY JOLINA! opening reception is scheduled for Friday September 25 (7pm-10pm), with a conversation with the artist evening to take place on Thursday, October 8 (7pm). The work will be on view during gallery hours and by appointment.


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