Tranquilo Gallery “Roybal: Man of the People” Exhibit

Opening reception for “Roybal: Man of the People” Exhibit, dedicated to Civil Rights Era activist and politico, Edward Roybal, hosted by Tranquilo Gallery on Olvera Street, the birthplace of Los Angeles. I am honored to be a part of this exhibit with some great LA artists and muralists, including Margaret Garcia, David Botello, Wayne Healy, Joe Bravo, and Art Carillo! Many thanks to curators Tommy O’Balles and Art Carillo for the opportunity!



3rd World LA…
I am very thankful to live in a “developed nation” and have potable running water. We can really take our quality of life for granted, forgetting what it would be like if we didn’t have water on demand to drink cook and clean. What I can’t get past is that somehow within this developed nation, I find myself walking through “developing communities” with 3rd world conditions, past tent cities that sit beside luxury condos, on freeway over and underpasses. There is a huge Tent City surrounding the 6th Street Bridge construction site made up of people who were basically evicted from living inside the LA River, i see more tents up in the street than ever before. In a city with a steadily rising cost of living, increase rents and property cost, but no increased wages to go along with these rising costs, we really have to ask ourselves how developed are we?
What actions can we take to effect change and create affordable housing? Are tents the new model for “affordable housing” in LA ?




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