Jaque Fragua (right) is an artist from New Mexico, whose work features visions drawn from traditional Native American ceramics, blankets, tattoo designs and more. Fragua authentically repurposes his culture’s iconography, which conceptually subverts our overconsumption of misappropriated Native American design and identity.
Mauricio Ramirez (left) is an architect of letters and icons since childhood, when each family gathering was an opportunity to replicate a gang symbol or sketch by an older cousin. His work is a contemplation on copying and recording the forgotten lives of signs, entangling references of the traditions of “tagging” and “throw-ups” from graffiti culture with sublime colors, familiar figures, and satisfyingly straight lines. Recently, Ramirez ended his position as artist in residence at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago and made his way down to the southwest to continue his artistic endeavors.