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    Directed by Eric Minh Swenson Gronk (born 1957 in East Los Angeles, California, USA) is the artistic name of Chicano painter, printmaker, and performance artist Glugio Nicandro. According to Gronk, his widely-repeated birth year of 1954 is false and directly attributed to his long-time dealer, Daniel Saxon, who wanted his young artist to "be older" and "taken seriously." The artist also states that "Gronk" is a name his mother found in an article on a Brazilian tribe in National Geographic while resting shortly before his birth. Gronk was a founding member of ASCO, a multi-media arts collective in the 1970s. Influenced by European film, existentialism, and literature (i.e., Camus, Beckett) Gronk and his early teenage cohorts made "movies without film", farcical "happenings" on the streets of their native East LA, with Patsi Valdez (magical realist painter of ominous domestic interiors) starring in female roles. Gronk is largely self-educated. Bored with High School and radicalized politically by the anti-Vietnam War and Chicano Walk-Out movements of Los Angeles schools, Gronk and friends barely attended their final years in school, and may not have graduated. He took some classes at Community College. Gronk reports that he was kicked out of famed East LA's Self Help Graphics "by that chain-smoking nun," Karen Boccalero, for not following instructions. He is best known for his murals, including those at Estrada Courts in East Los Angeles. More recently his murals have been intentionally painted as temporary art works (i.e., Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California) to be whitewashed later, Gronk has been involved with theater since his teenage ASCO days, through more elaborate stage design for organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera and Santa Fe Opera. His scenic work has also been featured onstage with Latino Theater Company and East West Players. He has collaborated with composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez on Tormenta Cantada, a visual/musical piece performed in 1995 with Kronos Quartet at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, Gronk was in residency at University of New Mexico as part of the Cultural Practice/Virtual Styles project. He was also given a career retrospective at the same art institution where Asco famously left its graffiti "tag" years early in protest against the official Chicano art of "Los Four"---Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He also curated "Altares", a small exhibition at UCLA Hammer Museum. Gronk was in residency at University of New Mexico as part of the Cultural Practice/Virtual Styles project. Gronk's murals, paintings on canvas, and widely-collected screen prints, relate to the direct visual aesthetic contained in works by German Expressionist Max Beckmann and the cartoon-like paintings of American Phillip Guston, along with vernacular arts of early civilizations (i.e., Toltec figurines). His work is original and constantly evolving. Gronk is prolific, filling pages of sketchbooks daily, often while enjoying his favorite cup of coffee on the streets of Los Angeles. He mostly paints at night. Gronk joins many first-class artists collaborating with master printers at Tandem Press. His work is represented by Daniel Saxon of Saxon Gallery, West Hollywood, California. Gronk is accessible to students and others, often seen walking all over his home turf (he does not drive), Downtown Los Angeles. Comfortable with the moniker "Chicano artist", Gronk's intense devotion to craft and multi-disciplinary pursuits are informed by a wide knowledge from a myriad of global and historic sources. Directed by Eric Minh Swenson. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :thuvanarts.com ART SERIES: thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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    • Omar Nava


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      Stop Motion Video made with artist Omar Nava.

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      • Labor of Love


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        Labor of Love is the story of a poem being written. With humor and pathos the Poet finds peace in tough times. Visit www.eratomundo.com to read the poem and more about the movie.

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        • Cycles of Change: Restoring Quetzalcoatl Trailer 2014


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          After 40 years, the original artists of the Chicano Park murals, through a grant from Caltrans received the opportunity to re-invigorate the aging murals with new techniques, fresh ideas, and seasoned talent. The documentary delves into the original artists' motives and aspirations to transform the park into a creative outlet for future generations, while maintaining it as a center for free expression. This film is timely as older public art across almost every major US city is deteriorating and needs to be restored. The documentary brings this national issue to the forefront. Additionally, as the original artists grow older like the murals, it is important to document their vision and involvement in the creation and restoration of the murals for the benefit of everyone.

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            COLLIDING WORLDS BRINGS AROUND EVERY CORNER - JAMES SURLS, EINAR & JAMEX DE LA TORRE and MARIE NAJERA An art documentary in a 30-minute format PALM SPRINGS CA – July 2, 2013 - COLLIDING WORLDS, an ART DOCUMENTARY in a 30-minute format, brings AROUND EVERY CORNER - The work of JAMES SURLS, EINAR & JAMEX DE LA TORRE and MARIE NAJERA James Surls is a husband, father to seven daughters and grandfather to seven grandchildren and known around the world as a modernist artist. He calls himself “a lucky man.” His work reflects a life that is lived close to the earth. His words speak as a soul that is ageless. Growing up in East Texas, James Surls built things. Toys and carts gave way to amazing sculptural works, drawings and prints. Presently living in Colorado with his wife, the artist Charmaine Locke, James works reflects pieces of his reality or imagination. Surls’ work continues to be exhibited worldwide—from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York City, among others. Collectors interested in James’ work often travel to his studio. The collaborative work of brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre reflects a life rich in cultural iconography. Born in Guadalajara, México, and dividing their time between Ensenada, México and San Diego, California the De La Torre brothers work in a variety of medium including glass, assemblage and lenticular prints. Mexican folklore, Southern California surf culture mixed with Catholicism creates the provocative and colorful work of the De La Torres. Their work has been exhibited around the world from 
Nový Bor Glass Museum in Czechoslovakia to the
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. Marie Najera channels vocabulary combines it with her drawings and creates unique, deeply profound works of art. Small works, large works, Marie’s art is layers of life laid open for all to share. Marie’s work is not just a glimpse into her life, but a snapshot of each and every one of us. Creating an unspoken dialogue between the artist and her viewer, Marie’s work becomes intimate and personal even in a crowd.

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            • Extraordinary Ordinary


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              Extraordinarily ORDINARY is the first in Vickroy’s portrait-style documentary series and premiered in the DOCtober ’99 film festival at the State Theater in Pasadena. Extraordinarily ORDINARY chronicles the life of thirty-eight year old Los Angeles artist Val Echavarria. Val’s experiences give us a glimpse into the vast diversity and possibilities of Los Angeles, a place where "fitting in" can be challenging. This intimate portrait shows a woman struggling to assert her own identity in a world that works against her. With life affirming humor both the artist and filmmaker show us that there is always hope for someone who chooses to be "Extraordinarily Ordinary." Premiere: DOCtober ’99, The International Documentary Film Festival. Qualified for Academy Award consideration. October 1999. Film selection Lake Arrowhead International Film Festival. May 2000.You can see some of Val's contemporary work at http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/19600-val-echavarria .

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                Linda Vallejo is an accomplished artist whose works include paintings and installation pieces. In 2007 she had a show at the Metro Gallery in Los Angeles showcasing her move from portraits of nudes to landscapes. She explained to Latinopia about her shift in subject matter. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Barrio Dog Productions Inc. and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia.com by permission.

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                • Seattle Latin Art Presents: Alfredo Arreguin's Ceramic Work


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                  This video is focused on Alfredo Arreguin's ceramic work. Alfredo Arreguin is a Mexican born painter who had lived in Seattle for almost five decades. He has developed an original painting style that pictures totemic lanscapes from Sea, Desert and Jungle to Artistic and Heroic icons.

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                    César Martínez is a ground-breaking artist and one of the founders of the Chicano art Movement. His work goes back to the 1960s when he pioneered in such San Antonio-based art collectives as Con Safo and Los Quemados. He is renowned for his portraits of "pachucos" and "Batos." Latinpoia asked César about the influences on his work and what he strives to achieve with his portraits of Chicanas and Chicanos. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Barrio Dog Productions Inc.

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                    • ¡Mextasy! at the Centro Cultural de la Raza! September 1-10, 2011


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                      ...a brief tour of the Mextasy exhibit, "Seductive Hallucinations of Latinas/os in the American Unconsious"... come September 8, 2011 to CHICANOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, the gala/fiesta party @ 8pm | Free and open to the public and featuring performances by GUSTAVO ARELLANO, JOSH KUN, LOS HOLLYWOOD, and BILL NERICCIO

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