The Rascuache Work of Alejandro Diaz
David Shelton Gallery presents new works by Alejandro Diaz in November.
This article appeared in the November 2017 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Diaz on Display.”
Despite the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston art community remains a vital point of transmission between Texas and the global art world. This month, the David Shelton Gallery presents new works by Alejandro Diaz, a San Antonio native associated with the rascuache art–making style, which embraces cheap, vernacular forms of Chicano cultural expression. Diaz’s art has grown over the years from bare-bones cardboard signs marked with sly slogans like “I beg to differ” to works constructed out of more expensive materials, with broader aesthetic possibilities. In A Can for All Seasons, Diaz lined a major thoroughfare in the Bronx with planters painted to look like Mexican-brand canned goods, evoking both a homespun style of potting flowers and a rapidly globalizing Mexican-American consumer culture. More recently, Diaz has reinvented his practice; the new show features paintings in dialogue with great works of the modern era, including El Grito, below, a send-up of Edvard Munch’s famous The Scream.
Through November 11, David Shelton Gallery, 4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite B, Houston