Soundtrack of Our Lives
Soundtrack of Our Lives

2018

Soundtrack of Our Lives is a public art project about funeral songs. To participate, community members were invited to write down the name of a song(s) that they want to be played at their funeral and the reason why it is meaningful to them. In doing so, I hope to inspire people to think about songs that give them joy or affirmation, and how they want to be remembered.

It was presented as part of Reimagine SF at the San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch, California College of the Arts, and El Rio in San Francisco.

The project has expanded to Ultimate Song Request, a web project in collaboration with Jenifer Wofford.

Untitled
Untitled

2017

Mixed media on paper

19-7/8 x 22-3/4 in.

Untitled
Untitled

2017

Digital print on paper

Re-make of Chunks punk compilation album cover from 1981

LIP-PA79-88 (Syntoma: Soy de lo Peor)
LIP-PA79-88 (Syntoma: Soy de lo Peor)

2014

Acrylic spray paint, block printing ink, and Chine-collé on 100% Cotton pale blue Stonehenge printmaking paper

The inspiration for the piece is handmade post punk 7″ music singles covers from the late 1980s to early 1990s. Syntoma was a band from Mexico City who created electronic music in the early 1980s. Soy de lo peor (I’m the worst) is the title of one of their songs from their only album, No Me Puedo Controlar (I Can’t Control Myself). It was released in 1983 and is my favorite song on the album.

Untitled (PRPT/FBEV13-LS)
Untitled (PRPT/FBEV13-LS)

2013

Mixed media wall mural (acrylic paint, aerosol paint, ink, markers, paper, and collage)

Dimensions variable

This mural features Pacific Rim countries that have punk bands. The information is presented in an intentionally chaotic, arbitrary manner. The text is names of bands. The lines (painted, connected with pieces of paper, or spray painted) link to the bands' respective cities of origin.

En Tepito We Trust
En Tepito We Trust

2013

Gumball machine, plastic toy capsules, and paper

13" width x 45" height x 20" base

The gumball machine dispensed photocopied band flyers and instructions for downloading and constructing a music box set. The zip file had 67 tracks about the Mexico-California border from my own music collection. The emphasis was on unknown artists, cult figures, and emerging projects from California and Mexico. The oldest song, “Imposible,” belongs to Mexican singer/ songwriter Agustin Lara, recorded in 1947. The newest track is titled “Nightwalker” by Tijuana’s Dancing Strangers from January 2013.

This work was included in the 2013 Mexicali Biennial.

Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper)
Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper)

2012

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

Interactive vendor stand and installation included wooden construction on wheels, plastic tarps, mixed media drawings, prints, fliers, 557 music CDs in original cases, fired clay, wood, plastic bags, CD stands, plastic dolls, fabric, xeroxes, cardboard, silkscreened cloth, cardstock, paper, electrical and copper wire, leather string, beads, felt, cord, acrylic glue, silicone, latex paint, acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, paper cut-outs, tape, and magnets.

Estupidas Maquinas de Video
Estupidas Maquinas de Video

2011

Acrylic, ink, watercolor, marker, pen, pencil, and collage on paper

20 x 20 inches

Untitled (DGNPQLR)
Untitled (DGNPQLR)

2011

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

From left to right, this installation consists of a timeline painting of the Mexican punk movement, a punk listening station, and a group of ten paintings, drawings, and prints that represent my favorite top 10 Mexican punk songs. Many of these songs have never been singles so I made imaginary album covers for them. The scale of these pieces varies from a 5 x 5 in. collage drawing to a 38.5 x 38.5 in. mixed media on canvas painting.

CMPEM-MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10)
CMPEM-MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10)

2011

Oil, acrylic, latex paint, ink, pencil, pen, marker, whiteout, and collage on paper

93-­1/2 x 50-1/2 inches

CMPEM—MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10), the name of this timeline piece, is an abbreviation of its Spanish title, “Corriente Musical Punk en Mexico - 1978 a 2011/Version No Estan Todos Los Que Son, Pero Son Todos Los Que Estan (NSEO 10)." The English translation is "Timeline of the Punk Music Trend in Mexico - 1978 to 2011/Not All of Them Are Here, But These Are All That Are Here Version (NSEO 10).” The timeline includes over 130 punk bands from various cities in Mexico. It also incorporates facts like names of venues and locations where the bands performed, quotes from musicians, and seminal events.

In Tepito We Trust
In Tepito We Trust

2011

Mixed media music box sets featuring underground Latin American bands, edition of 5

Shadowshop commission, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper), detail
Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper), detail

2012

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

Inspiro el diablo este ritmo que ha conmovido a todo el mundo?
Inspiro el diablo este ritmo que ha conmovido a todo el mundo?

2011

Epson inkjet print on paper, edition of two (2/2)

13-5/8 x 13-5/8 in.

Gruexxo... ¡Es lo de hoy!
Gruexxo... ¡Es lo de hoy!

2009

Graphite, ink, color markers, watercolor, and collage on paper

12-1/4 x 12-1/4 in.

Fictitious album cover

Todos Juntos Ya
Todos Juntos Ya

2009

Photocopied paper and tape

Dimensions variable

This wall text piece is the Spanish translation of the song “All Together Now” from Sesame Street.

Untitled (WMMINI)
Untitled (WMMINI)

2009

Epson inkjet print on canvas

43 x 37 in.

Untitled (WMPR)
Untitled (WMPR)

2009

Digital print on canvas with charcoal

Untitled
Untitled

2007

Mixed media wall drawing with listening station

Dimensions variable

Siete Covers Salvajes (Tracks de Los Ochentas)
Siete Covers Salvajes (Tracks de Los Ochentas)

2007

Mixed media drawings/album covers

Dimensions variable

Paco Gruexxo
Paco Gruexxo

2007

Installation with wall drawing and mixed media sculpture

Dimensions variable

Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view
Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view

2006

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

This vendor stand sold Spanish language self-made bootleg CDs and videos.

Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view
Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view

2006

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

This vendor stand sold Spanish language self-made bootleg CDs and videos.

Odisea 2001, video still
Odisea 2001, video still

2006

Video created for Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Odisea 2001, video still
Odisea 2001, video still

2006

Video created for Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Queremos Rock exhibition, exterior view
Queremos Rock exhibition, exterior view

2005

Toner on paper

Posters created for exterior of Queen’s Nails Annex Gallery, SF, during Queremos Rock exhibition

Untitled (Chopeando)
Untitled (Chopeando)

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.

Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view
Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.


Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view
Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.

Marcas de Colores
Marcas de Colores

2007

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

Punk vs. Sonideros
Punk vs. Sonideros

2005

Cover of compilation CD with punk and cumbia bands

Color xerox on paper

Sangre en el Volcan
Sangre en el Volcan

2007

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

Separando Cables
Separando Cables

2006

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

Soundtrack of Our Lives
Untitled
Untitled
LIP-PA79-88 (Syntoma: Soy de lo Peor)
Untitled (PRPT/FBEV13-LS)
En Tepito We Trust
Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper)
Estupidas Maquinas de Video
Untitled (DGNPQLR)
CMPEM-MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10)
In Tepito We Trust
Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper), detail
Inspiro el diablo este ritmo que ha conmovido a todo el mundo?
Gruexxo... ¡Es lo de hoy!
Todos Juntos Ya
Untitled (WMMINI)
Untitled (WMPR)
Untitled
Siete Covers Salvajes (Tracks de Los Ochentas)
Paco Gruexxo
Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view
Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view
Odisea 2001, video still
Odisea 2001, video still
Queremos Rock exhibition, exterior view
Untitled (Chopeando)
Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view
Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view
Marcas de Colores
Punk vs. Sonideros
Sangre en el Volcan
Separando Cables
Soundtrack of Our Lives

2018

Soundtrack of Our Lives is a public art project about funeral songs. To participate, community members were invited to write down the name of a song(s) that they want to be played at their funeral and the reason why it is meaningful to them. In doing so, I hope to inspire people to think about songs that give them joy or affirmation, and how they want to be remembered.

It was presented as part of Reimagine SF at the San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch, California College of the Arts, and El Rio in San Francisco.

The project has expanded to Ultimate Song Request, a web project in collaboration with Jenifer Wofford.

Untitled

2017

Mixed media on paper

19-7/8 x 22-3/4 in.

Untitled

2017

Digital print on paper

Re-make of Chunks punk compilation album cover from 1981

LIP-PA79-88 (Syntoma: Soy de lo Peor)

2014

Acrylic spray paint, block printing ink, and Chine-collé on 100% Cotton pale blue Stonehenge printmaking paper

The inspiration for the piece is handmade post punk 7″ music singles covers from the late 1980s to early 1990s. Syntoma was a band from Mexico City who created electronic music in the early 1980s. Soy de lo peor (I’m the worst) is the title of one of their songs from their only album, No Me Puedo Controlar (I Can’t Control Myself). It was released in 1983 and is my favorite song on the album.

Untitled (PRPT/FBEV13-LS)

2013

Mixed media wall mural (acrylic paint, aerosol paint, ink, markers, paper, and collage)

Dimensions variable

This mural features Pacific Rim countries that have punk bands. The information is presented in an intentionally chaotic, arbitrary manner. The text is names of bands. The lines (painted, connected with pieces of paper, or spray painted) link to the bands' respective cities of origin.

En Tepito We Trust

2013

Gumball machine, plastic toy capsules, and paper

13" width x 45" height x 20" base

The gumball machine dispensed photocopied band flyers and instructions for downloading and constructing a music box set. The zip file had 67 tracks about the Mexico-California border from my own music collection. The emphasis was on unknown artists, cult figures, and emerging projects from California and Mexico. The oldest song, “Imposible,” belongs to Mexican singer/ songwriter Agustin Lara, recorded in 1947. The newest track is titled “Nightwalker” by Tijuana’s Dancing Strangers from January 2013.

This work was included in the 2013 Mexicali Biennial.

Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper)

2012

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

Interactive vendor stand and installation included wooden construction on wheels, plastic tarps, mixed media drawings, prints, fliers, 557 music CDs in original cases, fired clay, wood, plastic bags, CD stands, plastic dolls, fabric, xeroxes, cardboard, silkscreened cloth, cardstock, paper, electrical and copper wire, leather string, beads, felt, cord, acrylic glue, silicone, latex paint, acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, paper cut-outs, tape, and magnets.

Estupidas Maquinas de Video

2011

Acrylic, ink, watercolor, marker, pen, pencil, and collage on paper

20 x 20 inches

Untitled (DGNPQLR)

2011

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

From left to right, this installation consists of a timeline painting of the Mexican punk movement, a punk listening station, and a group of ten paintings, drawings, and prints that represent my favorite top 10 Mexican punk songs. Many of these songs have never been singles so I made imaginary album covers for them. The scale of these pieces varies from a 5 x 5 in. collage drawing to a 38.5 x 38.5 in. mixed media on canvas painting.

CMPEM-MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10)

2011

Oil, acrylic, latex paint, ink, pencil, pen, marker, whiteout, and collage on paper

93-­1/2 x 50-1/2 inches

CMPEM—MNSOADO/VNETLQSPSTLQE (NSEO10), the name of this timeline piece, is an abbreviation of its Spanish title, “Corriente Musical Punk en Mexico - 1978 a 2011/Version No Estan Todos Los Que Son, Pero Son Todos Los Que Estan (NSEO 10)." The English translation is "Timeline of the Punk Music Trend in Mexico - 1978 to 2011/Not All of Them Are Here, But These Are All That Are Here Version (NSEO 10).” The timeline includes over 130 punk bands from various cities in Mexico. It also incorporates facts like names of venues and locations where the bands performed, quotes from musicians, and seminal events.

In Tepito We Trust

2011

Mixed media music box sets featuring underground Latin American bands, edition of 5

Shadowshop commission, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sueño Sicodelico (The Same But Cheaper), detail

2012

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

Inspiro el diablo este ritmo que ha conmovido a todo el mundo?

2011

Epson inkjet print on paper, edition of two (2/2)

13-5/8 x 13-5/8 in.

Gruexxo... ¡Es lo de hoy!

2009

Graphite, ink, color markers, watercolor, and collage on paper

12-1/4 x 12-1/4 in.

Fictitious album cover

Todos Juntos Ya

2009

Photocopied paper and tape

Dimensions variable

This wall text piece is the Spanish translation of the song “All Together Now” from Sesame Street.

Untitled (WMMINI)

2009

Epson inkjet print on canvas

43 x 37 in.

Untitled (WMPR)

2009

Digital print on canvas with charcoal

Untitled

2007

Mixed media wall drawing with listening station

Dimensions variable

Siete Covers Salvajes (Tracks de Los Ochentas)

2007

Mixed media drawings/album covers

Dimensions variable

Paco Gruexxo

2007

Installation with wall drawing and mixed media sculpture

Dimensions variable

Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view

2006

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

This vendor stand sold Spanish language self-made bootleg CDs and videos.

Untitled (Video Ruido), gallery view

2006

Mixed media installation

Dimensions variable

This vendor stand sold Spanish language self-made bootleg CDs and videos.

Odisea 2001, video still

2006

Video created for Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Odisea 2001, video still

2006

Video created for Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Queremos Rock exhibition, exterior view

2005

Toner on paper

Posters created for exterior of Queen’s Nails Annex Gallery, SF, during Queremos Rock exhibition

Untitled (Chopeando)

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.

Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.


Untitled (Chopeando), detailed view

2005

Installation with records, CDs, buttons, found and hand-drawn flyers and other printed media, drawings, television monitor, VCR, plastic tarps, wire, wood pins, toys, and wood

Dimensions variable

This social practice project mimicked a typical “portable” record store that can be found in any major street market in Mexico City. The vendor stand pays homage to influential, yet under-recognized Spanish-language bands from throughout rock n’ roll history. The interactive installation promoted cultural exchange, while offering actual goods for sale, including 30 designs of limited edition buttons and 17 different mix CDs that I compiled and bootlegged from my own music collection. I also created fictitious album cover art by scanning my own drawings, digitally altering the colors, and turning them into specific formats like 7″ singles, LPs, and CDs. I then put the 7″ singles and LPs in plastic sleeves to make the “record albums” look authentic.

Marcas de Colores

2007

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

Punk vs. Sonideros

2005

Cover of compilation CD with punk and cumbia bands

Color xerox on paper

Sangre en el Volcan

2007

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

Separando Cables

2006

Digital print

Fictitious album cover

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