Hecho en el Norte + Fast Cars, Bad Broads, Rugged Men

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Hecho en el Norte + Fast Cars, Bad Broads, Rugged Men
Evanimal's "Ripley"

Echo Park's most eclectic gallery, iam8bit, hosts a double whammy art opening, featuring two emerging pop-culture artists, plus lots of socializing and free booze. First on the ticket is "Hecho el en Norte," a solo exhibition by Señor Chips. He is indeed a gringo, but don't let that alter your impression of his work; he may not be Mexican, but he still lives and breathes Mexican art.  Since his early 20s, he's been making his own "calaca" dioramas—traditional Day of the Dead artworks—because he couldn't afford to buy authentic ones.  Señor Chips' three-dimensional, hand-crafted folkloric remixes depict all sorts of scenes, from everyday life in Mexico to   the fictional world of The Peanuts characters and the stranger-than-fictional world of the Kardashians—no pop-culture subject is too taboo. The second opening is sexily titled, "Fast Cars, Bad Broads, Rugged Men" and showcases the work of Evanimal (aka Evan Yarbrough), an artist whose love for movie characters is painfully evident in his work: beautifully illustrated portraits on natural grain wood. He has an obvious affection for his subjects; each tiny wrinkle or turn of the mouth is depicted in meticulous detail. The two artists couldn't be more diverse stylistically, but their pop culture obsessions connect them in a way that makes for a delightfully cohesive show.


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