We have perfect paintings for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or even the office. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. We are in between. The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. His broad and impactful practice of challenging borders that create metaphorical, physical, and ideological divergences. In Casas’ easily Pop Art became a agent for cultural, amusing and political annotation from a Chicano point-of-view. All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended. Artspace: Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly 12, no. [6] Casas, who referred to the dominant notion of beauty as the Barbie doll ideal, spoke of the privileges of blond hair and blue eyes while he undressed a Barbie doll during his acceptance speech. Two large paintings from Mel Casa’s Humanscape series comment on Southwestern clichés, and the commodification of Day of the Dead is especially prescient. Casas, Mel. Image assets for this folder have not been fully processed. Currently on view at the McNay art museum in San Antonio, in conjunction with the exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975, is a presentation of six large-scale paintings and eight other works by the late San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas (1929-2014). .mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg")right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg")right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg")right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg")right 0.1em center/12px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:none;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}ISSN 0005-2604. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular culture, psychology, gender studies, and issues of social justice. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. Last year, SAC hosted “Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster,” an exhibit of 76 works by Casas, in conjunction with a signing of art historian Nancy Kelker’s book by the same title. [19], To me, being an outsider is the next thing to being an artist. [10] One of his students was Gaspar Enriquez. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. [2] He and Grace had one child, Bruce. The series began in 1965 with Humanscape 1 and concludes in 1989 with Humanscape 150. Additional papers were donated by Casas in 1999. This figure is the centerpiece of Casas’s pop-styled painting Humanscape 62. Kelker, Nancy L. (4 September 2013). What signs of the Southwest has the artist included? Cordova’s series focuses exclusively on the artist’s 6-foot-by-8-foot works. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. We are neither Mexican nor Anglos. The Mel Casas papers were donated by Mel Casas in 1981 and microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Discover and buy from a selection of thousands of landscape paintings, portraits, and nude paintings. [21] His paintings often reacted to these media types by using erotic themes to highlight the effect that media had on the viewer. Nancy Kelker (1951- ) is an art historian in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cordova, Ruben C. (2011). [24], In later years, he ceased exhibiting, but painted almost daily, even when he was battling cancer. "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. Bochner’s popular thesaurus painting series consists of lists of synonyms displayed in rainbow-colored palettes, often featuring a single word repeated in painterly capital letters, as seen in his seminal piece Blah, Blah, Blah (2008). "[10], Casas was born in El Paso, Texas[1] to Mexican parents during the Great Depression. Between 1958-1965 Casas participated in numerous solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions at local community arts spaces, galleries, and museums in Texas and Mexico. Through the Con Safo group, members gained exposure by participating in exhibitions for which they were paid a fee by the exhibiting institutions. We are entirely different. I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. [15] In December 1971 the Con Safo group consisted of Felipe Reyes, Jose Esquivel, Jesse Almazán, Roberto Ríos, and Jose Garza (all of whom were members of El Grupo), and Mel Casas and Jesse Treviño. [17] Casas recalls that eventually he felt that the abstract work was too "pretty" and it wasn't the right artistic language for him. Finally, from 1982 through 1989, the last Humanscapes treated what Casas called the "Southwestern clichés." Though Casas is best known for a handful of works that treat Chicano themes, he created an unusually wide array of works with varied themes and styles. “I like the "How to MeL" slogan a lot! Mel Casas, a long time resident of San Antonio and art professor at San Antonio College for nearly 30 years, is one of the featured artists included in the new exhibition. [10] As a young man decided that he wanted to be an artist. Bill. ISBN 978-1491265451. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. Casas was professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he taught for 29 years before retiring as chairman of the art department in 1990. [10] It was Casas' first encounter with discrimination. The subtlety of the meanings, the syntax, or the pronunciation of the words give it something that is missing.[21]. Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. [10] First, he started to study psychology, due to practical considerations, but later changed to art and teaching. [4], Casas was first recognized for his work in the abstract expressionist style[2] which was considered "typical" for his time period in the United States. The recent passing of pioneering Chicano artist Mel Casas got me thinking about the current state of affairs for Latino art in San Antonio, a city with a sizeable Mexican American majority. Casas was also well known as a write… Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. Born in El Paso, Texas, Casas received his BA from the Texas Western University and an MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico. From 1975 through 1981, Casas' favorite topic as art about art. [22] His choice of subject matter, which satirized racism and may show sexualized nudes, was often considered to be "provocative. Smithsonian Institution. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center . This exhibition provides a full view of Casas’ politically-oriented art, including anti-war paintings and oblique commentaries on Nixon-era politics, censorship, and racial discrimination. The other thing, however, is this. Provenance. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 135: #2 Mexican Plate (1984), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in mel Casas is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes." Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. Casas’ paintings will also be on view in an upcoming show curated by Ruben Cordova, American History Does Not Begin with the White Man: Indigenous Themes in the Work of Mel Casas (September 29-October 27, 2018), at Bihl Haus Arts in San Antonio. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 94: Art Lures (1978), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in Share. I don't think it's quite true. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Flower Triangle (1993), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. (6 May 1976). Con Safo is a Pachuco slang expression whose most common meanings are: "the same to you," "don't mess with this," and "forbidden to touch. View Mel Ramos’s 2,901 artworks on artnet. His piece, “Brownies of the Southwest” is one of the few by an American pop artist. Archives of American Art. In this regard the Chicano Movement did not generate Casas’ artistic practice. This painting, which comes from a larger series of works called “Humanscapes,” were actually inspired by Casas’ experience seeing a drive-in movie screen and seeing these huge images of people and things. [2] He challenged stereotypes, especially in some of the works in his "Humanscape" series. "Art on the Border." [10] Casas felt that he had a good education in elementary school and junior high. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge the viewer into a reconsideration of the cultural myths and social stereotypes so … Mel Casas Family Trust. For the most part, the show was comprised of Casas’ smaller paintings. I am not a professional Mexican.”. [21] As Casas' paintings became more colorful, they also began to have a richer sense of satire and visual play. Mel Casas, an influential artist and teacher who helped define the Chicano art movement has died after a two-year battle with cancer. [11] Earlier "Humanscapes" had limited palette choices, but later paintings had more colors and were rather vibrant. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Kathy gives credit to Casas for opening her eyes and sharing many Chicano and Chicana artists with her. I think we are lucky to be born outsiders. "[1][2] His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and nationally and internationally. First of all, because we use liquitex, and we use canvas, and we use stretcher boards. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. Mel Casas is active/lives in Texas. [4] His "Brown Paper Report" is considered an important document of Chicano history. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. —Mel Casas as quoted in Quirarte, Jacinto, Mexican American artists. [2] After graduating high school, Casas worked for Pacific Fruit Express, a railroad company, as an iceman. [21], Chicano Art is not Art for Art's Sake, but Art for Human Sake. A grinning Frito Bandito, who appears to have been carved from semi-precious stone, is perched atop a skeleton and surrounded by a series of ​ “ brown” references drawn from American and indigenous cultures. [21] The "Humanscapes" were generally painted on large-scale canvases, mimicking the drive-in movies that inspired them. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. In regards to the future of Chicano art, Casas is quoted in the landmark exhibition, Essays by Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox & Chon A. Noriega, Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox & Chon A. Noriega, 2008, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985, Richard Criswold Del Castillo, Teresa McKenna & Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, editors, 1991, Essay by E. Carmen Ramos, and introduction by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Holy Mackerel! 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