Collaboration with Pico de Gallo
While on a surfing trip in northern Baja Mexico, Jonathan stumbled across a languid, sun-drenched fish market called Popotla. The place was a big outdoor living room, packed with tables, chairs and locals conversing together casually next to the ocean. Everything seemed to be worn down and faded by a thick layer of salt.
As he wandered through the market, a few colorful signs caught Jonathan's eye: “Spicy Pineapple with Coconut and Mango. Papaya, Lime, and Jícama.” The Spanish words were written in sprawling, bended lines.
Inquiries about the signs led Jonathan to Armando Castro Hernandez, aka, Pico de Gallo, a charismatic vendor who serves fresh fruit bowls. In Pico’s signs Jonathan immediately recognized the visual purity of his untrained hand that overlapped with the dynamic and rhythmic forms he was trying to create in his own work. In these forms Jonathan discovered an opportunity to explore the political, economic and cultural metaphors attached to this subject. Through a translated English to Spanish conversation with Pico, a cross-border, cross-cultural, cross-occupational collaboration was born.
This workshop will focus on contemporary collage and basic design. Starting with a short overview of non-narrative abstraction and moving into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.