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June 29, 2017 | Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery | 7:00 pm

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración examines the diverse and complex viewpoints of artists who visualize and celebrate the lowrider aesthetic through a selection of artwork that includes vehicles, paintings, sculptures, and art installations which present the lowrider as an object of artistic inspiration.
Join us Thursday, June 29th for the opening reception. Enjoy complimentary snacks, drinks, and music by KCRW DJ Raul Campos. The exhibit will open to the public July 1st.

De Alba covered almost every surface of El Rey with a combination of custom candy paint, chrome plating, and metal etching. The geometric design of the paintwork accentuates the lines of the car’s body, and extends into the engine compartment, trunk, and undercarriage. El Rey has been called the “pinnacle of modern lowrider culture,” and it has garnered admiration from communities both in and outside of lowriding. In addition to being named Lowrider of the Year by Lowrider Magazine for three consecutive years (2011-2013), El Rey has won awards at both SEMA and the Grand National Roadster Show.

El Rey, 2011; Albert de Alba, Sr.; collection of the artist; photo courtesy of Lowrider magazine 

Created in 2006 by artists John Jota Leaños and Artemio Rodriguez, El Muertorider is an art installation that addresses complex themes related to the culture of lowriding. The artwork employs evocative imagery taken from Western art history and Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). While its exterior addresses themes of death, war, and policing, El Muertorider’s radio is tuned to ¡Radio Muerto!, a program created for broadcasting content that attempts to “decolonize” the airwaves and imagines a bright future where the culture is again allowed to flourish.

El Muertorider, 2006; artwork © Artemio Rodriguez and John Jota Leaños; from the Richard Harris Art Collection; Photo by John Jota Leaños