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Painter\, muralist\, poet and educator\, Francisco Leteli er’s reputation lays in his power to reshape the dialogues of history b y providing an artistic alternative to the political processes through whic h diverse historical narratives can become manipulated or filtered out. Pre ceding a mural project for instance\, Letelier often finds it necessary to research and consult the people in the immediate environs of a neighborhood for which he senses are the holders to the keys of a larger and under-reco gnized story that more accurately reflects their condition. Letelier is con cerned with who is telling what story from where\, and about the nature of perspective. The rich and often times overlapping hist ories from which he gleans from his peers have become the subject of numero us public murals\, paintings\, poetry readings and spoken word performances . The artists’ ethic of accessible\, relevant knowledge and education throu gh storytelling recalls the heart of such historical movements as the Mexic an Muralist Movement that he surely shares lineage with.

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Letelier’s paintings develop their discourse through a dialogue with contemporary cul ture and its processing of iconic historical figures such as Che Guvera\, w hose meaning and stature have become emptied through their widespread\, com mercially-proliferate use. Letelier recasts such icons in acrylic paint as figures of complexity\, contradiction\, contemporaneousness and products of their own free will. Letelier was born in Chile and grew up in both Chile and the United States.  Letelier’s murals can be seen throughout Los Angele s

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Los Angeles painter\, Bobby Rojas draws from a kaleidoscop e of impressions as he humorously envisions dystopic settings where mutant life-forms interface with man-made technological debris. Like an anthropolo gist\, Rojas navigates from within his culture and at a remove\, shifting h is perspective in order to see. In a painting such as "A Mass of Individual s Identifying Technology #1"\, laptops and Ipods hover in space\, greeted b y oversized insects with human eyeballs surveying their exotic findings. Th is peculiar interaction oddly resonates a parallel to the Age of Exploratio n through the eyes of the indigenous peoples who must have witnessed the ha unting magnificence\, first of the ships on the horizon\, and then of the e xplorers themselves. One can only imagine the degree of unfamiliarity betwe en these peoples of vastly different paradigms\, for which there was no pre cedent. Rojas strikes a certain note of ambivalence towards the idea of pro gress and humanity with his conflations of the primitive and the advanced t echnological society\, laying bare questions about our status within the na tural world\, and about our complex\, contemporary moment.

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DTEND:20111229 DTSTAMP:20140821T142504 DTSTART:20111201 GEO:34.050988;-118.239927 LOCATION:LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts\,120 Judge John Aiso St. \nLo s Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Francisco Letelier\, Bobby Rojas\, Francisco Letelier\, Bobby Rojas UID:175170 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20111204T170000 DTSTAMP:20140821T142504 DTSTART:20111204T150000 GEO:34.050988;-118.239927 LOCATION:LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts\,120 Judge John Aiso St. \nLo s Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Francisco Letelier\, Bobby Rojas\, Francisco Letelier\, Bobby Rojas UID:175171 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR