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Ed Fuentes Exhibit Opens at the Riverside Art Museum

A fantastical bestiary for modern times, Beast explores the symbolism we give to animals both real and imagined. Ancient bestiaries assigned moral lessons to beasts, ascribing them miraculous powers or using them to symbolize our aspirations, desires, and fears. – Courtesy photo / Riverside Art Museum

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents Ed Fuentes: Homeboy Fauxism, running February 2­–March 31, 2019, with a free, open-to-the-public Artist Reception and Gallery Talk on Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.

Homeboy Fauxism is an exhibition of works by fictitious street artists responding to artifacts left behind by a fictitious artist as discovered by a half-fictitious arts writer. Inspired by the mythologies of Las Vegas as a semiotic landscape and the political climate surrounding the 2016 presidential election, designer turned arts writer, Ed Fuentes, explores the differences between the traditions of Mexican muralism and temporary works in the street.

There are two “exhibits” within Homeboy Fauxism. The premise for the first exhibition, Bunko: The Lost Archives, is about how an arts writer found a trove of never-before-seen works by the imaginary “Bunko.” The arts writer then placed them on exhibition to introduce a Chicano political artist from the early ‘80s whose work matches the aesthetic now known as contemporary street art. The second exhibition, Fauxism, is based on fictitious artists responding to “Bunko” with new works in design, sculpture, installation, and film.

“RAM is thrilled to bring Fuentes’s work home to California,” says RAM Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Todd Wingate. “His Homeboy Fauxism is a wicked-smart, politically-charged conceptual fabrication that piles myth upon myth upon myth.”

This exhibition is part of The Cheech @ RAM series of exhibits leading to the opening of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Arts, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum. 

“Having Ed exhibit his work in his hometown has been so important to us,” says RAM Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge. “He has a deep understanding of our region and how The Cheech will be a catalyst for the arts here in Riverside.”

About the Artist 

Ed Fuentes is a practicing artist and cultural journalist with a focus on murals and street art in the West. Fuentes has been a contributor for KCET and Hyperallergic and been cited and published in landmark publications on street art. Fuentes, who holds a MFA in Studio Art at UNLV, was born in Riverside, California, and raised in Casa Blanca.

Exhibit-related Programming

Artists Reception and Gallery Talk: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.

Please welcome artists from our winter exhibitions, Homeboy FauxismMama’s Boys (and Other Stories), and Beast as they talk about their respective exhibitions.

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