Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above. Intersecting the image are brightly colored Papel Picado and Prayer banners that read “For Love”, “For a Better Future”, and “Thanks Be to God” as an echo of good will. Acting as a vibrant signifier of celebration, the Papal Picado is an integral adornment for many special occasions and an homage to traditional Mexican Folk art. The mural sits above a restaurant in a fitting way, highlighting the idea of uniting friends and family through food and art to celebrate and give thanks for one another.
Segovia’s work seeks to find its place within contemporary art while still being deeply rooted in traditional practices. He attempts to redefine Christian themes and open up a conversation that is reinvigorated through new points of view away from conservative dogma.
To date, works by Terry Allen, John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Mark Bradford, Kelsey Brookes, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Jean Lowe, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Fred Tomaselli, and William Wegman, have been installed throughout La Jolla. Six of these have been replaced or temporarily removed. Overall, 23 murals have been commissioned since 2010.
“Art is really open and it can be liberating, but there is a lot of pressure to do something that goes beyond initial curiosity to be developed into a reached body of work and a reached thought. That’s the magical part. Something can be so simple, but become so special,” Segovia told the La Jolla Light. “I also think the public engagement aspect is great and I’m glad to be part of it by participating in the Murals of La Jolla program.”
Image: Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Demos Gracias, 2016 - 2259 Avenida de la Playa (Above Galaxy Taco)
Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia is an Assistant Professor of Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design. Demos Gracias was inspired by his painting “Por Luchita”, shown below. You can view more of his works at CB1Gallery.