Julio Cesar Morales: Dilo! The Re-mix Project
Dates: August 16 – August 30, 2003
Opening: Saturday, August 16th, 6-9pm
Guest DJ: Sonido Apokalitzin (Mexico City)
Cuban born pop orchestra leader Damaso Perez Prado is best known for his musical innovation, “The Mambo”. He introduced the Mambo sound to the Havana club scene of the 1940s and later took it to the world when he relocated to Mexico City. Throughout the fifties and sixties Prado continued to explore and expand the vision of Mambo by experimenting with Dengue Mambo (Urban Sounds) and Mambo Rock (Psychedelic//Hard Rock).The exhibition is titled after his trademark yell, “Dilo” which functioned as a “cue” for his orchestra to end, begin, pause and change tempos within the performed song.
Julio Cesar Morales’ work has been inspired by the music of Perez Prado and the exhibition will feature recent works including “Exotic re-Mixes”, a video and film compilation, and a sound booth where visitors will be able to burn their own mixes with Perez Prado’s albums. A limited edition audio CD and vinyl LP entitled “Julio Cesar Morales vs. Damaso Perez Prado” (done in collaboration with Eamon Ore-Giron) will also be published on occasion of this exhibition.
Julio Cesar Morales (b. 1966, Tijuana, Mexico) utilizes a variety of mediums in his art practice including film, video, sculpture, installation, photography and mixed medias to explore a variety of issues including memory and identity strategies. In 2002 he received The Arts Council’s Individual Visual Artist Award and the Rockefeller Foundation PACT Grant. His work has been published and written about in Art in America, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Artweek and is included in the permanent collection of The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. This is his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.