Walter Mencken 10:05 a.m., April 30
My Little Art Show: Art Fist Rides a Painted Pony
Enrique Limon is always doing odd shit.
I’ve been romping with the guy intermittently for a bit over a year now and have yet to meet somebody who is more consistently getting into outlandish situations, either by invention or by karma alone, than Enrique.
He’s taken me everywhere from LA’s seediest gay dive on open strip night (The Spotlight - try the deviled eggs) to Vallarta in City Heights, where I felt so damn guero I spent the whole time studying my Coors Light label as if it were the lost chapter of Naked Lunch (you know, the one that makes sense and stuff).
Most recently, the outspoken author of CityBeat’s “The Enrique Experience” column and editor of SD/TJ culture blog El Zonkey Show appeared at my door with a bottle of wine and, in his usual flamboyant and boisterous manner, informed me that we’d be crashing the Mardi Gras street fair in Hillcrest for the evening.
A generous pour of tequila later, Enrique was sailing his way into the VIP section on the back of a midget’s scooter while giving the Lady Di wave to his favorite transvestites as security looked on, baffled.
As a testament to his knack for the provocative, Enrique teamed up with Zoltron and Kittytron of local band Lion Cut last year to form the Art Fist Collective, whose irreverent mission statement reads thusly:
"Somewhere, someone decided art shows should be somewhat unmemorable and stale. Our mission in this new art collective venture is to jolt the art scene with a dose of cool and give it a much needed enema. So grab a latex glove and join us, why don't you?"
Since their first exhibit last July (“B-sides” featured art from members of local bands including Aspects of Physics, The Locust, The Burning of Rome, and many others), Art Fist has gone on to curate “In Guad We Trust,” a series of twists on the iconic Virgin de Guadalupe, and “Art Squat,” a bring-your-own-art show.
Located on the western wall of the California Theater, the 40x80-feet mural currently stands to be replaced by a Newcastle Brown Ale advertisement.
Cathy Winterrowd, the Principal Planner City of San Diego’s Historical Resources Board, was quoted by KPBS as saying: “The existing Caliente sign has no association with the historic California Theater and does not itself have historical significance.”
However, Tijuana’s famous Agua Caliente racetrack was conceived by San Diegan John S. Alessio of Mr. A’s notoriety and, Enrique argues, “is forever tied to the history of San Diego, Tijuana’s sister city since 1993.”
As Such, the Art Fist benefit will showcase original My Little Pony art on both authentic Ponies (“including some rare collector pieces,” Enrique says) and bootleg ponies, or “fakies.”
Look for my boy Barnacle this Friday at Quality Social.
Sales will fund SOHO’s independent historic report to ascertain the mural’s historic significance.
Bret Barrett, Sean Brannan, Zac Buddenberg, Randy Conner, Mauricio Couturier, Bd Dombrowsky, Jason Gould, Sarah Holbach, Pamela Jaeger, Heather Johnson, Kittyton, Bobbi Koller, Colin Mangold, Chris Martino, Gary McIntire, Monty Montgomery, Miguel Ortiz, Requiem, Mark Richmond, Brandon Roth, Pablo Stanley, Jona Téllez-Girón, Toygami, Eren Verdiguel & Eric Wixon.
As a nod to Agua Caliente’s history as a get-away for movie stars during the Prohibition Era, Art Fist encourages Old Hollywood attire for the free event, which will take place on Friday, March 23, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Quality Social (789 Sixth Ave., Downtown).
Odd as ever, Enrique, but also entirely awesome.
More like this:
- Downtown Caliente sign destined for doom? — April 26, 2016
- Jill Holslin: Alleys of Tijuana photo exhibit — Nov. 26, 2012
- In Guad We Trust: The Virgin Revisited — Dec. 8, 2011
- Art Fist Collective Presents: "B-Side" Visual Art by Musical Tastemakers — July 1, 2011
- Calient Part II: Money, romance, politics, and ponies: modern times at Agua Caliente — July 28, 1983