Somos La Luz

Media - 1994.81 - SAAM-1994.81_1 - 11938
Copied Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez, Somos La Luz, 1992, oil, zolatone, aluminum paint and aluminum leaf on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1994.81

Artwork Details

Title
Somos La Luz
Date
1992
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
56 3888 143 12 in. (143.2224.28.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil, zolatone, aluminum paint and aluminum leaf on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Object — written matter — graffiti
Object Number
1994.81

Artwork Description

Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez began his artistic career "tagging" his neighborhood of Highland Park, Los Angeles, in the early 1970s. Though he now paints on canvas instead of on walls, his work references the history and aesthetics of urban graffiti. The artist's calligraphic letters are adaptations of Cholo-style writing, one of the oldest forms of graffiti. It was invented by Mexican Americans in the 1940s, when gangs marked their territories with roll-calls, or lists of names. In Somos la Luz, Bojórquez created a roll-call of prominent Los Angeles graffiti artists. The title translates as "we are the light."