To commemorate ComicCon I am releasing two new songs from THE GATES OF HECK, a rock opera that mythologizes our deep obsessions with super heroes and the underworld. Full release of the album later this fall.
ABOUT THE GATES OF HECK ALBUM
In 2008, I was inspired to create a painting as an homage to Auguste Rodin's monumental bronze sculpture, Le Porte de l'Infer (The Gates of Hell). In the two years it took me to complete the work I expanded beyond the canvas and wrote an album's worth of songs and music. My goal was to give wider expression to the themes, symbols and motifs inherent in the subject matter while placing them in a contemporary context of businessmen, immigrants, cheating lovers, demons and super heroes.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am an American-born visual artist and musician whose work covers a wide range of issues related to popular culture and border politics. His work tracks the cultural, phenomenal, linguistic and material boundaries that form consciousness and which define the complex nature of bi-national regionalism.
My career in performance began in 2007 after he attended a performance art workshop with Guillermo Gomez-Pena in 2007. In 2009 I brought together local artists, actors, musicians and poets to form the Border Corps.
The Border Corps made their public debut with "Coatlicue, Mi Amor" a multimedia performance and art happening at Agitprop Space in February 2010. SInce that time Vasquez has performed at MCA San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles.