Make ‘Em All Mexican and The Brown Dot Project
Bert Green Fine Art
July 11—August 22, 2015
Linda Vallejo‘s Make ‘Em All Mexican project is a provocative and playful approach to ethnic identity and assumptions of hierarchy in the art world. Vallejo reinterprets images and objects from art history, popular culture, and kitsch decor, by re-coloring the faces and skin of the subjects to a darker hue, more suited to the average skin tone of the Mexican people. The result is a gentle re-evaluation of the nature of ethnic assumptions of cultural power. Also included in this exhibition are several works referencing Chicago from her new “Brown Dot Project”, in which places with important Latino populations are depicted abstractly using brown dots to represent their numbers. Vallejo’s work is widely exhibited and collected and is included in the collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.