Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW WORK: ALBUQUERQUE EL REY Theatre Mural Collabo : Day #1 w/ Jaque Fragua

Jaque & I had started yesterday on our mural at the back of the El Rey theatre. The wall is actually way bigger than I thought, but we've made  quite a progress yesterday. We started at the back of the Golden West Saloon, Albuquerque's famed red velvet-walled bar/venue that had burned down a few years ago in a tragic fire accident. Everyone who came through to check what we were up to had found memories of it. The first thing that we both saw in the burnt wall was a face, so we decided to do a GATEKEEPER that will guard the celestial happenings about the happen...I see the project as a form of space-theraphy, using the healing power of color & form to bring the rubble back to life. The transformation was pretty mindblowing...


We each painted on the two sides of the face our ancestral tribal symbols. Mine is the TURUL the divine messenger of the Magyars (the way Hungarians call ourselves), who perches on the Tree of Life along with the other spirits of unborn children in the form of birds. Legends hold that the Turul was the forefather of the first Hungarian king (and our ancestor Attila the Hun as well). Nomadic Magyars had a shamanistic tradition and traveled in tribes along with other Turkic and Mongolian tribes in Easter-Central Asia..all of our history before 900 A.D. was kept oral. They were called the Turul clan, who migrated toward the west from Central Asia and settled in the Eastern part of Europe in the 9th century AD. The clan was later called the House of Arpad, and traditionally descends from the wise and just king Nimrod, the first king on Earth.


the Gatekeeper's Red Carpet Tongue to the Otherworld


2 comments:

FreshnancyJimnston said...

this is awesome lichi.

gabriel1334 said...

Lichiban,
Thank you for traveling out here to help jump start the real art scene here in NM. I can definitely feel a new vibe downtown with all the new works up on walls. I enjoyed meeting you and buying one of your prints. Let me know if there is somewhere you usually announce new prints etc. as I would definitely be interested in buying more art. Your work throws out mad energy....