Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years – Marlborough Contemporary

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years – Marlborough Contemporary

September 7 – October 7, 2017

Viewing Room
Marlborough Contemporary
545 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 463 8634
http://www.marlboroughcontemporary.com/exhibitions/viewing-room-harry-gamboa-jr

Gallery Walk-Thru
Saturday
September 30, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Attendees

Brenda Zamora

Leo Fitzpatrick, Director, and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo:  C. Ondine Chavoya, Ph.D.

In 1972, I co-founded Asco (Spanish for nausea), an East Los Angeles-based artist collective that included core members: Willie Herrón, Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and oftentimes, Humberto Sandoval. Asco emerged from the intense politics of the 1960’s Chicano Movement but also from the hybridity of 20th Century angst/determination that would propel all American youth to question cultural norms, the Vietnam War, and modern to post-modern media influences.

The Asco artists grew up in 1950s-1970s Los Angeles under a shroud of fallout-laden smog that tinted the urbanscape so that mass-media negative stereotypes would stand out in flagrant false relief against the reality of thriving cultures, which were moving quickly towards a vibrant amalgam of languages, customs, and visions. Decoy Gang War Victim employed various cinematic techniques to create an image that would reverberate and crossover into mainstream media consciousness by being presented on local television as having been the actual documentation of the last gang member to be killed in an absurd fait accompli that would contradict the propaganda campaign of major newspapers, which were promoting gang warfare. First Supper (After A Major Riot) was staged and photographed in the exact location where a major police riot had taken place and peaceful protesters who were mourning the assassination of acclaimed English/Spanish language journalist Ruben Salazar were brutally attacked. The site had been under strict condemnation by the authorities, but Asco declared it to be a place of celebration and a feast for the eyes.

The use of our 1970s youthful bodies to create art was in absolute opposition to what was expected of us by a society that often employed harsh methods of oppression, poor educational systems, synchronized narratives that often-portrayed Chicana/o youth in a dismal light despite the long history of active engagement in generating scholarship, impressive creative works, and with full-fledged heroic defense of the United States during time of war and other historical situations. To become self-defined and visually assertive in photographic form depicted a new version that would require complex interpretations. X’s Party and Instant Mural consists of private/public encounters that push the boundaries of persistence and erasure. The absurdity of self-denial is made manifest in A La Mode.

Asco engaged in numerous actions and produced many works during its existence (1972-1985) while being excluded from exhibitions and discourse of official contemporary art canon. In 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented Asco: Elite of the Obscure, a major retrospective, that served to introduce Asco to an eclectic national and international audience.

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years is presented here for a 21st Century viewership that has so much to consider and to reflect upon while taking a closer look at what was and what is currently taking place in our world.

— Harry Gamboa Jr., Los Angeles, September 2, 2017

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years
Flashart
October 3, 2017
https://www.flashartonline.com/2017/10/harry-gamboa-jr-marlborough-contemporary-newyork

The Glam Politics of a Chicano Collective from East L.A.
The New Yorker
September 16, 2017
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/theglam-politics-of-a-chicano-collective-from-east-la

The ASCO Years’ by Harry Gamboa Jr. at Marlborough Contemporary
BLOUIN ARTINFO
September 17, 2017
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2528595/diverting-the-mainstream-the-asco-years-by-harry-gamboa-jr-at

Art Out: Harry Gamboa Jr. – The ASCO Years
Musée
http://museemagazine.com/culture/2017/9/8/art-out-harry-gamboa-jr-the-asco-years
September 8, 2017

 

 

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Future Tongue

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Britt Harrison | Founder | Co-Creative Director
B. Justine Jaime | Co-creative Director
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Daniel Centofanti
Photo: Olga Cosme
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Group Exhibition

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Mike Mollett
Neal Taylor
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Evan Hartzell
Laura Alvarez
Mike Mollett
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FUTURE TONGUE GROUP EXHIBITION
Nick Brown
Deedee Cheriel
Bri Cirel
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Kim Kei
Ernesto Yerena

Nov 7 – 11, 2015

1461 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Video
Harry Gamboa Jr.

Future Tongue
http://www.futuretongue.com/index/#/harry-gamboa-jr/

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Le Pont, musée d’art contemporain, Marseille

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Le Pont exhibition during artist’s reception.
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Marseille, France
©2013, Harry Gamboa Jr.

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Le Pont exhibition during artist’s reception.
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Marseille, France
http://www.mp2013.fr/evenements/2013/05/le-pont

Le [MAC] de Marseille s’ouvre sur le monde
20 minutes FR
http://www.20minutes.fr/marseille/1162269-mac-marseille-ouvre-monde

May 24, 2013

Le Pont
Musée D’Art Contemporain
Curated by Thierry Ollat
Artforum
http://artforum.com/museums/page_id=3&item_id=10183

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Untunnel

Untunnel
Video + Music
©2013, Harry Gamboa Jr.

Virtual Vérité

Performers/Vocals
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Saori Kuno
Nico Dockx
Isabel Tesfazghi
Stefan Wouters

Antwerpen, Belgium

Performance as Archive , Archive as Performance
ISBN: 978-94-9052-121-9
Published by
Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Antwerp
http://shop.merpaperkunsthalle.org/performance-as-archive-archive-as-performance.html

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Vidrio

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Vidrio
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Action

Los Angeles

Virtual Vérité

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Vilma Villela
Mickey Everett
Karely Navia
Gerard Meraz
Jennifer Sandoval
Manuel Alejandro Rodriguez
Linda Gamboa
Carolina Maki Kitagawa
Benjamin Quinonez
Kate Kendall
Miguel Paredes Jr.
Kari Reardon
Steven La Ponsie
Vincent Ramos
Ariane Roesch
Alexander Woods
Stephanie Guerrero
Taylor Lovio
Andy Robert
Meghan Gavin
Gala Porras-Kim
Karina Yanez
Erin Zadrozny
Ting Ying Han
Ana Garcia
Nebras Hoveizavi
Hyesung Moon
Kristine Tomaro
Daniel Quiñonez
Veronica Corona
Arnulfo Reyes

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