When Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez warned MSNBC that his “dominant” culture would put taco trucks on every corner, he not only inspired a slew of memes, but an exhibition concept for multi-media artist Angel Cabrales as well.
As a result, Cabrales’ installation, “It Came from Beyond the Border” will invade the Purple Gallery on Oct. 27 in conjunction with this week’s Last Thursdays art crawl.
“Most of my work is satire and making fun of what’s said and taking it to extremes,” Cabrales said. “People talk about an illegal alien invasion, so I decided to take it to the extreme where the illegal aliens are actually aliens – and then I gave it a B movie twist.”
Imagine conchas – Mexican seashell-shaped sweet bread – flying above your head and flan bombs coming down at you. Those are some of the concepts attendees will see at the show.
“In my eyes, a Mexican invasion would be through your stomach,” Cabrales said. “There is an acceptance of Mexican culture through food. That’s why we have Taco Tuesdays, and salsa is one of the best condiments in America now.”
San Isidro Mission Café, an upper valley restaurant that Cabrales’ parents own, will cater the event – and included on the menu are edible flan bombs.
An El Paso Native, Cabrales is currently the visiting assistant professor in sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his BFA in sculpture from Arizona State University and his MFA in sculpture from the University of North Texas. His work has been exhibited in cities such as Dallas, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Paris. One of his pieces – a toy tank loaded with pencil missiles – was featured in the popular contemporary art magazine, Hi-Fructose. A commentary on sociopolitical subjects, his work aims to evoke discussion and critical thinking. This coming Thursday’s exhibit will be no different.