On this last day of our sharing fun things from the LA Art Show, we’re bringing it back to Los Angeles with the work of local artist Armando Romero. Romero is a Mexican artist whose work at the show represented a sometimes brilliant intersect of classic art, popular art, popular culture, and youth culture.
Romero was the main attraction at West Hollywood’s Tasende Gallery booth, who boasted several of his paintings. The fun in Romero’s work, obviously, is that he makes these classic paintings or at least fashions them to look like works from eras passed and then fucks them up, taking to them by painting on what looks like cartoon character stickers, scribbles, and other out-of-place items. It’s very obvious which parts of his pieces are in on the joke, as they very often are giving their commentary on what is happening in the painting underneath. For one it is flying pigs in bee costumes, in another its multiple Porky Pigs practically spilled all over the canvas: it’s like you are look at what a child sees when he looks at art (or, like Glenn Ligon, it actually is what children see when they view the images).
His work was a delight to see and was the perfect balance of reverence, irreverence, serious, and silly. There was a lot of art that tried to balance this line, but failed in being too silly or trying too hard or just plain dumb. Romero’s work was excellent and a treat to be able to see in person.