Abraham Vazquez, Los Angeles, Boom Boom Winery
"Boom Boom Winery" 2012, Oil pastel on Paper 18 x 24 inches
My main priority while creating this piece was successfully communicating my genuine perspective on Los Angeles as a whole and most importantly my community in which I’ve been born and raised. Part of this was creating a palette that represents the flavor clash that is seen all throughout Los Angeles County. In my drawing I have included a few ingredients which I use on a daily basis such as onions, plantains, and garlic. These are commonly seen throughout Latin American cuisine but this kind of simple cooking is a culinary interpretation on my art philosophy. Balance is key in all forms of art for me whether it’s, cooking, drawing, painting, or skateboarding. In my drawing I have included a symbolic torch that essentially means “light bearer”. This torch can be found in the Los Angeles Central Library; a place I feel has given me reason to ascend to divinity by my own means. This has been critical to me since I live in Jefferson Park, a place with a ton of culture, but has been unfortunately hindered by gang violence. Jordan Wine is very much a product that goes by the same principles as I do, which I respect. I have also included a grape colored baby that commemorates Jordan Winery’s 40 years of success and a bright future.