Blanka Amezkua presents several series of image and text works made from modified and reconfigured Mexican adult comic books. In these new works, Ms. Amezkua explores and reveals the codes and language of pulp pornographic comic books commonly found through out Mexico. She uses invasive techniques and materials to isolate the images and separate the text from its’ original context, creating intensely disembodied figures and a cacophony of dialogue. The works in the exhibition celebrate the vernacular language and slang of pulp fiction and popular culture prevalent in Mexico as well as demolish the prevalent sexist clichés and stereotypes in a transgressive act of reclamation.
Ms. Amezkua hails from the Bronx wher she initiated the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project in 2008. She was included in How Soon is Now? (AIM 28) at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and has shown at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose and recently had a solo show at The Taller Boricua in Spanish Harlem. Mentions of her work are included in the New York Times, TimeOut, Daily News, Queens Chronicle, among others. Her fututre exhibitions include: There Goes My Hero, curated by Erin Riley-Lopez at The Center for Book Arts; A Complex Weave, curated by Marty Rosenberg and Susan Isaacs at Rutgers University; and an upcoming project for Jersey City Museum in 2010 curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.