I was born in LA, grew up in Tijuana and now live in San Diego where I study and teach Visual Arts and Writing at UCSD. I divide my time between San Diego/Tijuana and the Imperial Valley/Mexicali working as part of the bi-national art group cog•nate collective on projects that analyze social, economic and cultural flows across the border.
LOCATION: Tijuana / San Diego
WHAT INSPIRES ME: Popular culture, “low-brow” aesthetics, traveling, reading, satisfying guilty pleasures
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: The “cine bola” (CECUT) in Tijuana.
FAVORITE WRITERS: Carlos Monsivais, Thomas Pynchon, Violeta Parra, Charles Bukowski, Nicanor Parra.
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: If I had a time machine: Marcel Duchamp. Since I don’t (yet): Hans Haacke.
MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Café Tacvba, El Guincho, Radiohead.
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Plethora of popular culture and “low-brow” aesthetics, plus plenty of border food (e.g. Tostilocos, Carne Asada Fries).
ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Photographic, conceptual, public, transnational. See cognatecollective.tumblr.com.
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