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Last Chance: Art Inspired by the Drug Wars

Colombian-American aritst Carolyln Castano grew up in Historic Filipinotown and lives in Solano Canyon today. Her latest show "El Jardin Femenil Y Otros Ocasos" closes April 7 at the Walter Macial Gallery.

Solano Canyon-based painter and video artist Carolyn Castano has been at the cutting edge for a long while.

Her work was included in the controversial Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, which originated at LACMA in 2008.

She's been a board member at Highland Park's Outpost for Contemporary Art, and, in 2010, organized a Soccer Tournament benefit integrating performance art and live music on the Vista Hermosa fields in Echo Park.

Castano's parents came to the U.S. from Colombia in 1962, and settled in Historic Filipinotown, where she grew up.

Lately, she's been thinking and creating a lot about narco-traffcking and how women, especially, are affected. 

Her show El Jardin Femenil Y Otros Ocasos features paintings and videos on that theme, according to a press release:

The role of women in the male-dominated drug culture is performed in many guises as mules, money launderers, trophies and wives.  Not coincidentally, many of these women are also beauty queens, models, actresses, or TV journalists.  The show includes large format paintings of young female victims.

Castano also portrays a newscaster modelled after Maria Elena Salinas, a well-known Latina journalist, in a video created for the show.

El Jardin Femenil Y Otros Ocasos continues Saturday, April 7 at the Walter Macial Gallery 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd 90034.

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stacie b. london April 02, 2012 at 09:52 PM
This is an incredible exhibition and anyone who cares about Los Angeles art and work being created by artists who grew up in Los Angeles needs to see it. Castano combines glamor, humor, and politics in a clever way; in a way only possible by those who have an intimate familiarity with the subject and its subjects. I am looking forward to seeing how Castano's work develops, she is definitely an artist to watch.

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