Mixed Signals

With Iraq showing no signs of stabilizing and tensions with Iran simmering to the surface, what do our pals in Washington do? They change the subject to immigration. Forget about the high-paying jobs we’re outsourcing to India; it’s the thought of undocumented Mexicans working in cane fields that has Americans so riled up. Unfortunately, for Mexicans living near the U.S. border, such anger often turns violent. And for the Mexican-based artists in the exhibit “Signals/Señales,” that violence is part of their daily existence. The exhibit culls a variety of styles and media, from scene-snapping photographs to expressionist paintings and high-styled graphic designs. While pieces like Elina Chauvet’ s Valentine show idyllic visions of innocence (the painting depicts a young girl on her bike), all the works were borne of the same reality of life near the border – Minutemen and all. “Signals/Señales” opens Saturday and runs through June 11 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood). A reception is held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Admission costs $5. Call 954-921-3274, or visit www.artandculturecenter.org.
Sat., April 22
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Jason Budjinski