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The Date Farmers Create Striking Collages from Found Materials
Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 31, 2011 @ 12:58 pm In Art,Green Materials,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, aka “The Date Farmers ,” take regular trips from their homes in Southern California to scavenge Mexicali and Oaxaca for found materials  to create their collaged art work. The pair pick up everything from cracker tins, old signs, and discarded toys to paper advertisements, stickers and bottle caps, which they then assemble and embellish with drawings and paintings.
The Date Farmers transform collected garbage into canvases and art supplies. Cracker tins (which may seem like a vintage material to Americans) are hammered out and painted on, as are signs advertising Coca Cola or 7Up. Found corrugated metal  (perhaps from awnings) and metal serving trays are also common in the Date Farmers’ work.
As Americans with Mexican descent, The Date Farmers’ work is influenced by race, wealth and their own heritage- culturally as Americans and Mexicans. With roots in graffiti, Mexican advertisements, sign painting, ancient indigenous art and folk art, the artists use the trash from their families’ homeland to create art that discusses the inequality of the classes and social injustices. Iconography such as Native Americans, crucifixes, corporate logos, and comics are seen throughout, juxtaposed with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
The art world has noticed — the reputable Ace Gallery  picked up The Date Farmers for a show in December 2010, and they are also are currently showing at the Oakland Museum of Art . Last summer, The Date Farmers took their concept of reusing materials to the next level with their show at the San Diego Museum of Art . Here, they focused on branching outside of the exhibition, creating a series of murals in a downtrodden urban area. The permanent murals focus on urban renewal  and the rehabilitation of parts of downtown San Diego through art that inspires change.
The Date Farmers transform waste materials into thought-provoking artworks that inspire social change.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-date-farmers-create-striking-collages-from-found-materials/me-no-sugar_72/
 The Date Farmers: http://www.thedatefarmers.com/
 found materials: http://inhabitat.com/isaac-salazars-book-origami-gives-dusty-tomes-new-inspiration/
 corrugated metal: http://inhabitat.com/modern-mexican-school-keeps-cool-with-solar-shading-skin/
 Ace Gallery: http://www.acegallery.net/
 Oakland Museum of Art: http://museumca.org/
 San Diego Museum of Art: http://www.sdmart.org/
 urban renewal: http://inhabitat.com/seoul-recovers-a-lost-stream-transforms-it-into-an-urban-park/
 + The Date Farmers: http://www.datefarmers.com
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