Re-Cap: The Date Farmers x ACE Gallery, LA
May 9th, 2011 by Lainya
Since December of 2010, The Date Farmers have been working on an evolving installation of new work at ACE Gallery in Los Angeles. The culmination of their work and creativity necessitated a second opening to unveil the second phase of the exhibition, which I was fortunate to attend this past Saturday. Since the first stage of this exhibition that opened in December 2010, the gallery has literally become their studio working space for the last three months as they have had 24-hr access to the gallery, adding new work and repainting others to better suit their conception with an overall installation aesthetic in mind.
The Date Farmers, consisting of Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, coined their name early in their careers after joining artistic forces in 1998. Their paintings, collages, sculptures, effigies, installations, and videos are infused with both commercial references and political content. Rooted in their Mexican-American heritage and Californian pop culture, their work contains elements influenced by graffiti, Mexican street murals, traditional revolutionary posters, prison art, Oaxacan sign painting, low-rider and tattoo art, fused to create their own signature visual language.
The Date Farmers’ exhibition will be on display at ACE Gallery, Los Angeles through July, 2011.