WORK PARTY in HECHO FARM: ain’t no mountain high enough
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Capacity is limited to 30 participants; please contact Xochi Solis by November 9 to reserve your spot.
HECHO FARM is a stage for the continued growth of artist Cruz Ortiz’s lovesick alter ego Spaztek, as well as an exploration of the material, social, and political possibilities of collaboration within an art education context. In his exhibition, Ortiz transforms the VAC’s Arcade gallery into a working “farm,” fleshed out with utilitarian sculptures, drawings, collages, hand-pulled screen-printed posters, multi-media text works, and perhaps even a pirate radio station. Join Ortiz for a free workshop in HECHO FARM that addresses the theme of utopian dreaming and printmaking. Participants will collaboratively devise a project that may involve drawing, sculpture, performance, screen-printing, radio programs, and more with the results becoming a part of the exhibition on view. All materials will be provided, including a BBQ lunch.
About the Artist
Cruz Ortiz (born 1972 in Texas) produces prints, flying machines, drawings, films, pushcarts, sculptures, banners, and rockets that he often crafts by hand from colorful re-purposed materials. The performative dimension of these works—many feature an alter ego named Spaztek—call for action on lost love, inequality, and other personal and political concerns. Ortiz received a BFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2010), Artpace in San Antonio (2005), and the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art (2003), and his work has appeared in group shows such as Phantom Sightings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008).