Thursday, October 25, 2007
THE RED ROOSTER
What a name! I'd kill for a name like that, seriously. It has great character, I'd dare say an epic ring to it. It reminds me of those larger than life, mythical Mexican Charros from the golden age of " El Cine Mexicano", the kind of bohemian Charro who hangs out in seedy bars, picks up dangerous (and desperate) women with nothing to lose, writes and sings break-up songs and can drink an Irishman under the table. Strangely enough, that description pretty much fits Balandrán's personality, plus one more thing: he's also a hell of an accomplished sculptor!
What's really in a name? I don't fucking know but I tell you what I do know, Balandrán is a gentleman and a damn fine artist, we've talked about a collaboration over the years we've known each other, I kept thinking "One of these days he's going to blow me away with one of his masterpieces" Well, he does that on a regular basis, on his blog: Beware The Red Rooster, where you can also read about his many disadventures in the "bowels of Los Angeles" but this time he went above and beyond.
Here's a piece Juan is sculpting for an upcoming gallery show, he based it on one of my doodles, needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) I am both, flattered and honored by this gesture. These photographs of the work in progress are courtesy of "The Red Rooster" himself. Hop over his blog and check his stuff out, you owe it to yourself.