Pilsen Outpost is excited to present
DISCO ART EXHIBIT
by RICARDO “NACO” GONZALEZ
Using vinyl records as his canvas, Ricardo links together music and visual art in this exhibit. The word “disco” refers to the spanish language word for record. Through his detailed painted portraits, each “DISCO” pays tribute to various musicians who have broken barriers, records, impacted cultures, and inspired many generations.
Also included in the series are several local musicians in our surrounding Chicagoland neighborhoods that are deserving of tribute and recognition through one of Ricardo’s custom portraits.
This vibrant fascinating popular art will become instant vintage!
Join us for an opening reception on
FRIDAY, JULY 1st / 6-10pm
Music provided by 606 Records and Señor Eddy Baca from (((SONORAMA)))
Show runs July 1st – 31st
Ricardo is a mexican-american artist born and raised in and around Chicago. He was drawn to artwork out of a natural curiousity and a fascination of comic books and cartoons.
Ricardo recieved his BFA in Illustration from the American Academy of Art in 2005. He taught painting and cartooning from 2005 -2008 and eventually dedicated himself to being a teaching artists as well as a full time practicing artist doing murals and exhibitions. His experimentation and drive led him to a full ride fellowship at Kendall College of Art and Design where he has completed an MFA in painting this year. Currently, Ricardo curates and creates exhibitions, projects, and collaborations with several artists.
My fascination with materials runs parallel with my fascination with artists. I am very enthusiastic about studio practice but also consider the mindset of art creation and advocacy to reach beyond the traditional studio.
Topics that are explored within my artwork include Chicano culture, identity, celebration, contradiction, criticism, stereotypes and popular iconography. A portion of the work I create explores the dialogue of where a stereotype manifests and where it is perpetuated. The imagery in my work mirrors the branding of a culture and that has very limited representation in popular media. I don’t focus on how to solve problems with my artwork but I do embrace questioning and criticizing issues I find discomforting surrounding my ethnicity.
The materials I use range from acrylic paint, paper, canvas, cornhusk, sombrero, serape, bandana and more. I find it practical and applicable to use accessible materials that are simple to display or transport/install in varied surfaces or venues, making a better connection to the methods employed by the Chicano art I am inspired by. The Chicano movement derived from the civil rights movements of the 1960’s in which workers mobilized to ignite activism that would strive for awareness and support to workers rights. In the face of adversity and barriers Chicanos always find methods to make a message blunt, creative, and sarcastic. The body of my work reflects my honor, humor, and criticism regarding my ethnicity.