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Eduardo Sarabia’s Ballads at Other Criteria

Eduardo Sarabia Dioramas and Cactuses
All Photos By Gail

When we were invited to an art opening last week at Other Criteria, Damien Hirst’s high-end gift shop / gallery on Broome Street in Soho, the first thing I thought of was, why have I not been to Other Criteria during its entire first year of existence? Seriously, WTF have I been up to? I wish could tell you.

Other Criteria Store
Other Criteria: Because You Like to Have Nice Things

Although one could spend a good amount of time browsing around and not touching every item displayed so seductively in the street level retail space, it turns out that Other Criteria has a basement gallery, and that’s where we found the provocative art of Mexican-American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. Let’s take a closer look.

Installation View

Sarabia’s new exhibit is called Ballads and it consists of 3D paper dioramas inside wall-mounted glass vitrines, one large wall tapestry and several very large pieces of glazed pottery, all playing with themes related to Mexico’s dark underworld of drug trafficking and its related, widespread gang violence. Sex, drugs, guns and…parrots, yeah, it’s all there. Also there are some adorable little potted succulents included in the displays, which further enhance the feeling of authenticity. Because, Mexico!

Green Urn

This piece, which embraces the look and feel of traditional Mexican pottery, but with a little twist, is so great.

Blue Pot Leaf Ceramic

Pot Urn Detail

Zebra and Girl Diorama

At the gallery, we ran into our friend, celebrity photographer and art expert Derek Storm, who is apparently friends with Sarabia, and he explained that the animals in these dioramas, whatever their Spanish name is, that is also a Mexican slang word for some kind of drug. So, imagine that Zebra, which is Cebra in Spanish, maybe that means Cocaine, or something. Or maybe he was joking around. Who knows, it’s a good story!

Yellow Urn

The tapestry seen in the background of the above photo, Amor Amor Amor is inspired by the “narcomantas,” which are crudely made coded messages hung on public areas in Mexico by gangs and drug cartels. Usually spray paint on a bed sheet type of thing. Sometimes the messages try to justify an event or even further explain an action of terror. Sometimes the cartels get blamed for something they didn’t do in the media and this is their platform to give their side of the story. Other times, they serve as simple warnings to rival gangs.

Emulating this style and aesthetic, Sarabia wanted to bring forward a positive message. Using the power of fascination with this phenomenon, the artist has been working with a tapestry studio to make these works. Each is made by hand and takes about 2 months to weave.

Parrots

Eduardo Sarabia’s Ballads will be on Exhibit Through July 5th 2015 at Other Criteria, Located at 458 Broome Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10013. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM -7:00 PM, and Sunday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM.

Installation View with Cactus

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Gay Men and Naked Chicks Love The Worley Gig!

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I’m all about giving credit where credit is due. So I’d like to take a few minutes out of my very not- that-busy Friday to acknowledge the two websites that have consistently been the top link referrers to Worleygig.com all year: OMG Blog Dot Com and DOMAI (Dirty Old Men Association International). These two sites have their own special way of rocking.

OMG Blog, the raddest Gay Blog on the internet, is run by my good friend Frank, who is always at least two steps ahead of me with the low down and dirty celebrity gossip or the latest trendy fad thing. More than a little of what you see on my blog – for example, the Banana Guard post – is stuff I stole from Frank (always giving a link-back, mind you). Frank also seems to find and post the hottest pictures of naked guy celebrities as well. You go, Frank!

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Speaking of naked people, if you’re not currently using a computer linked to a corporate server that blocks ‘pornography,’ why not click right over to DOMAI Dot Com: an amateur art photography site which “celebrates female beauty” – but, let’s get real here, is really about taking an artistic slant at looking at hot naked chicks. Domai is run by my friend Eolake, a Danish artist who lives in England. I met Eolake though the internet about a million years ago after he wrote me a fan letter in response to an interview I did with Ogre from Skinny Puppy. We’ve been friends ever since. Eolake is also responsible for turning me on to the miracle of Paypal.

As a favor to me, and because you know you really want to, please give a little year end love to Frank and Eolake. Because we’re all in this internet Blog-rolling thing together.