Authentic hand-dyed rice from Vicente's 2019 installation, Logros Limited Edition Signed and Numbered ABOUT THE INSTALLATION Logros, 2019 Arroz con Popote Series Hand-dyed rice, red plastic straws Dimensions variable Informed by his catholic upbringing in the macho culture of rural Mexico, Vicente explores themes of sexuality, identity, and anthropocenic anxieties. Logros (achievements) pays homage to his rural heritage, maintaining the tradition of working the land in his own way - with rice and straws. His choice of materials comes from the expression arroz con popote (to eat rice pudding with a straw/phallus), Mexican slang used to describe that someone is homosexual, with or without any intention to offend. "He likes arroz con popote." Apart from celebrating his culture and the LGBTQ+ community, the installation hints at existential concerns. Arranged to resemble growing plants in plowed land, the red plastic straws protruding from the rainbow-colored rice raise questions about production, consumption, and the impact of human activity on the planet. Logros was originally installed at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA for Stonewall @ 50, a group exhibition that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots, which took place June 28-30, 1969, marked a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the US.
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