Changarrito with Jason Valdez

Feb. 2

Feb. 2 @ 12:00 pm Feb. 28 @ 7:00 pm

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Jason Valdez, Make it Work (the Irontrap Fix #2), Airbrush on Shop Rags, 3′ x 4′, 2021

Support our February 2022 Changarrito Artist, Jason Valdez! In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarrito with Jason Valdez allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Thursday, February 24th

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito Instagram Live event with Artist Jason Valdez on Thursday, February 24th from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. 

About the Artist: 

Jason Valdez was born and raised in McAllen, TX. The son of a diesel mechanic and a classical singer, he grew up around a unique mix of both artistic and industrial influences. As a young boy, he developed an aptitude for drawing that has stayed with him throughout his life. Valdez earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Texas Pan American and began his teaching career the following year. In the spring of 2017, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Currently, he is working as the Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Victoria College.

Artist Statement 

“Having grown up in a working class family, my art investigates the similarities between the vocational trades and fine arts practices along with the blue-collar work ethic. Since the trades and fine arts share a common history of guilds and the apprentice system, I work to bridge the gap between these two skill sets by combining traditional and non-traditional art materials. I utilize things such as used motor oil, grease, and the recognizable red shop rag in my art making process. I am fascinated by working class principles and I use the motor as a symbol of this spirit. I admire the fact that these men and women are out there, rain or shine, because people are depending on them to get the job done…That’s What Makes Them THAT Guy. My process is just as important as the finished product in that I am utilizing power tools and carpentry skills in creating my pieces. Just like the mechanic or the electrician, my work requires me to wrestle with tangible things and problems that might arise while working in the studio.”

About Changarrito Project:

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. 

Changarrito vending cart:

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latina/o and Latin American art. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as a representative for the Museum during various Austin art festivals) while keeping 100% of sales. For each Changarrito artist, the Museum purchases a work of art to acquire for its permanent collection. The time commitment is four days over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 3 pm.

Presenting Changarrito’s virtual component:

As of Spring 2020, the Mexic-Arte Museum has added a virtual component to the Changarrito Artist Residency, allowing Changarrito artists to not only showcase their artwork on the Changarrito vending cart, but also to the museum’s Facebook and Instagram audience for the month the Changarrito Artist Residency takes place. Artists are allowed to showcase themselves or artwork through ten to twelve Facebook and Instagram posts for the entire month and get the chance to be interviewed via an Instagram Live interview byMexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, Isabel Servantez during the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The Instagram Live interview is optional. 

Chosen artists will be able to display their artwork, create video and picture posts, sell their artwork, and walk us through their artistic process throughout the month. Rules on posting: 3 posts per week for a total of 10 – 12 posts for the whole month, via Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram account (@mexic_arte) and Facebook account (@mexicarte).

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