Antonio Gomez 'Chile y Frijoles' College of Southern Nevada (Bldg A) 3200 E. Cheyenne Blvd.
Opening Reception Thursday, October 9 6 - 9 p.m.
When growing up in Mexico, Antonio Gomez was fascinated with horseman. In the last decade he began documenting mexican rodeos held in Las Vegas, California, and across the border. He polished the series and it found reconciliation after attending a workshop with Duane Michals, the New York based photographer who authors text that goes directly under his images, called "fictionettes.” Guided by thematic use of text and image, Gomez connects El Charro Mexicano with traditional Mexican sayings like "El gallo sera muy gallo pero la gallina es la de los huevos," phrases collected from the people he was photographing. He then matched image with message.
"So the title deals with the same issue; having something represent something else," Gomez said. "Chile y frijoles are two very mexican things representing the soul of Mexico, just like the images and the idioms do." Up to 24 monochrome images are affixed as an accordion book and installed on a wall, a design that keeps "integrity of the book format."
"I chose to keep the size of the book and images small because I wanted the viewer to have a personal relationship with the work," he said in an artists statement. "The smaller an image is the closer one has to get in order to appreciate the work. I wanted the viewer to feel as if they were looking at something personal, like a family album." "Chile y Frijoles" will also have eight 11 X 16 and three 2 X 30 color images, and opening night will include a performance of rope tricks.