Arguelles, a Chicano artist who lives and works in central Oklahoma, offered background for the project in his grant proposal: "There is a large tradition of mural painters both in Mexican history and Chicano history. Mexican mural painters like Rivera and Orozco and Chicano painters like Victor Ochoa are familiar to people. There is also a tradition of clandestine Chicano street artists who paint with a spray cans. The concept of the project currently includes several panels of wood and or canvas, paper, vellum, and cardboard (really any surface). Media will include drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Subject matter will include similar historical subject matter that Ochoa and Orozco pursued: celebration or culture, protesting social injustice, and exploring identity." Arguelles also hopes to build a camera to explore historic photography techniques as part of the project.
Narciso Arguelles, Milagros, Photography
Guest Author: Susan Beaty