Rico Deniro… opening at FIFTY24SF tomorrow

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Rico Deniro’s new exhibition, Native Expatriots is opening tomorrow at our FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco.

For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

Photo by Estevan Oriol.

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Rico Deniro at FIFTY24SF

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Rico Deniro’s month long ‘Native Expatriots’ show at FIFTY24SF Gallery will be opening tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

(Photo taken by Estevan Oriol)

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Rico Deniro at FIFTY24SF

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Rico Deniro Native Expatriots FIFTY24SF Gallery Flier

Rico Deniro’s month long ‘Native Expatriots’ show at FIFTY24SF Gallery will be opening tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

(Photo taken by Estevan Oriol)

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Alexander Tarrant

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This interview was done in two stages, one prior to Alex Tarrant’s Snoop420 life, one after Alex Tarrant’s Snoop420 life. It is significant to note that. You will get a lot of information about Alex working on Upper Playground’s WalrusTV in the beginning, a lot of Alex’s favorite YouTube clips, and then you will get to the second half which will talk about Alex filmming, writing, and producing Snoop420.com with Snoop Dogg, and his new found love for all things Insane Editions. (And, Alex is the technology and new media editor of Juxtapoz, so he can write and shoot photos and be a journalist, too. Full package kids). Okay, just read it. —RB/ The Citrus Report

TCR:  Upper Playground sort of introduced itself to video with documentary art with Dithers and The Run UP, but Walrus TV was a major expansion. What is the role of Walrus TV?

Walrus TV carries on that great documentary content that we had in Dithers and The Run Up, but also expand on it. It’s meant to be the video / filmmaking arm of Upper Playground, infused with the arts, pop culture, and humor, but also have it’s own flavor and ideas that hopefully I am bringing to it.

TCR: You are an accomplished filmmaker yourself, and a teacher, but what is your full background?

My mom took me to a presentation by Dennis Muren for my 15th birthday, and ever since then I have been making random little films and other creative stuff, mostly with computers and cameras. Dennis Muren is the tall, lanky white-haired guy that did all the visual effects from the first Star Wars, all the way through Jurassic Park and Terminator 2.

I have a degree in Computer Arts / New Media, which basically means I know how to do a little bit of everything creatively on a computer. I pride myself on being a Swiss army knife of techniques and disciplines. Master of nothing, perhaps, but it makes me self-sufficient if I need to be, and I’m doing something different every day. I teach part-time and pass on my bad habits to around 40-60 students per semester. I worked at a toy design company for 5 years after I got out of school, making films and animation in my spare time. Lately I’m lucky that I’ve been able to focus on it as my full-time work.

TCR:  How did you connect with Upper Playground?

It must have been through Jason Bass of JB Classics. He was a roommate of mine when I first moved to San Francisco in 1998. He was in touch with Matt Revelli and at some point must have told him that he knew a couple of huge nerds that hang out in their apartment all day and make stuff. The other nerd was my buddy Shaun Roberts, who is now a great documentary photographer. I helped finish Dithers and worked a little bit on The Run Up with Shaun in exchange for a UP hoodie and a t-shirt.

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