"I hear music, mighty fine music, and anytime I think my world is wrong I get me out of bed and sing this song" -----b.holiday
There has always been something that drives me to get up and move. Of course there has always been something to keep me down, it's global reality, the action of getting up and moving is essential to human existence. Throughout my process I'm in constant search for strategies that help me clearly understand the ability of humans to 'want' - the angle that I am most interested in - is the position of 'the lover who never gets the one he wants'.
"I want the one I can't have, and its driving me mad" -----the smiths
So then I'm left with creating models that investigate into real tangible methods of getting "my Love" - these devices include: - balladic broadsides - transient architecture - life-size flying contraptions - megaphones - pushcarts - rockets - maps - banners and flags - siege machines.
The creation of these models alone is not sufficient. I have found it necessary to engage them into the public landscape - not only gallery/art space - but into a real context where the general public can also witness some of my solutions to the issue - these interjections are usually executed unannounced - then other times they are staged for the purpose of documentation or viewer participation.
The labor of this investigation has made me realize the romantic transient and clandestine gestures as pathetic -its difficult to realize hope in a time of distress - but then - I get up -and keep walking.
"Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you because you're mine, I walk the line" -----j.cash ---------------------------------------------------cruz ortiz
Born 1972 Houston, Texas. Lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
University of Texas at San Antonio. Bachelors of Fine Arts, Concentration in Printmaking. 2000
Phantom Sightings (group), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curated by Rita Gonzalez, Howard Fox, and Chon Noriega, Los Angeles, California
But Still I'd Leap in Front of a Flying Bullet for You (group), Artpace Artist-in-residence Program, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, San Antonio, Texas
Coyote Girl Steals the Raspa (group), Ev+a, curated by Dan Cameron, Limerick, Ireland
Coyote Girl Steals the Raspa (group), San Juan Triennial, curated by Harper Montgomery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Corrido de el Super Taco Gone Bad (solo), The Louvre, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Paris, France
Coyote Girl Steals the Raspa (solo), The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Joan Davidow, Dallas, Texas
Spaztek Gets a Job (solo), Artpace, curated by Katheryn Kanjo, San Antonio, Texas
2 Tacos for 99 Cents (solo), San Antonio Museum of Art, curated by George Neubert, San Antonio, Texas
Spaztek y La Love Mix (group), ARCO Madrid, curated by Cuahtemoc, Madrid, Spain