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Mexican sign maker and American abstract painter have teamed up to make works of Art. Profits will be split 50/50.
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The Pico de Gallo Commission: A Cross-Border Collaboration

Through this Kickstarter campaign, you can acquire an original piece of art, executed collaboratively by Pico de Gallo and Jonathan Frioux. This project connects issues about pictorial space and mark-making, in the spirit of Cy Twombly, with current political and economic issues, exploring the economy of the nostalgic, Endless Summer tourism of the Baja.

 The Inspiration: A Friendship with Pico de Gallo

While on a surfing trip in Mexico, Jonathan stumbled across a languid, sun-drenched fish market called Popotla. The place was packed like a big living room with locals conversing together casually next to the ocean. Everything seemed to be worn down and faded by a thick layer of salt.

As he wandered through the market, a few colorful signs caught Jonathan's eye: “Spicy Pineapple with Coconut and Mango. Papaya, Lime, Coconut and Jícama.” The Spanish words were written in sprawling, bended lines.

Inquiries about the signs led Jonathan to Ignacio, aka, Pico de Gallo, a charismatic vendor who serves fresh fruit bowls. In Pico’s signs Jonathan saw the visual language he learned at RISD, one of the top painting schools in the U.S., and a language he incorporates in his own work. Jonathan recognized the richness of Pico's letters and the symbolic gesture of a potential cross-border, cross-cultural, cross-occupational collaboration. A partnership was born.

Jonathan incorporates abstract elements and representational imagery, using a variety of techniques to carefully highlight the beauty of Pico’s signs.

 

Provide Your Input

Backing this project includes the option to collaborate with Jonathan and Pico. Choose a color from their palette and fruits for Pico to write. Pico and Jonathan will customize your piece based upon your choices.  

Jonathan Frioux’s Bio

Jonathan is a gallery artist and an adjunct professor. He has BFA in Studio Arts from Brigham Young University and MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. 

Link to Jonathan's websites: www. jonathanfrioux.com | www. jfworksonpaper.com  

GPS Cordinates to Pico de Gallo: 32.281721, -117.033481

 

   

Nautical stripes with GPS coordinates to Pico de Gallo
Nautical stripes with GPS coordinates to Pico de Gallo

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Logo front and center
Logo front and center

 

 

Risks and challenges

Pieces from this collaboration have been displayed in a gallery previously. So this project is definitely doable. Having worked as an artist for over a decade, Jonathan is comfortable with deadlines and is confident the pieces will be finished before May 2018.

Challenges could potentially arise with customization; however, Jonathan will contact backers before January 22, 2018 to collect color and fruit choices. He will be available to answer questions as needed.

In the unlikely case that a work is damaged during shipping, Jonathan will repair the damages or replace the artwork.

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    Signed Postcard

    As a way to express our appreciation for your support, you'll receive a signed, dated Pico de Gallo and Jonathan Frioux Postcard in the mail.

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    T -shirt with Pico de Gallo Logo

    You'll receive a t-shirt with "Pico de Gallo Popotla" written in Pico's style. Small writing, minimal, clean.

    Available in black or white.

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    Small Print

    Choose a piece of artwork to have printed.
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    Medium Artwork

    3 works available (Green, white, orange -posted in the Kickstarter description)

    Made by Pico De Gallo and Jonathan Frioux– using marker, collage, and acrylic paint on paper. They're original, one-of-a-kind, handmade works of art.

    25" X 19" inches
    (framed)

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    Large Custom Artwork

    Made by Pico De Gallo and Jonathan Frioux– using marker, collage, and acrylic paint on paper. They're original, one-of-a-kind, handmade works of Art.

    32 X 40 inches
    (unframed)

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    Large Custom Artwork on Canvas

    Made by "Pico De Gallo" and Jonathan Frioux–using collage, acrylic/oil paint on canvas. They're original, one-of-a-kind, handmade works of Art.

    The reward also comes with a video chat with Jonathan Frioux in his studio to discuss your custom artwork.

    50" X 40" inches
    (canvas 1 1/2 inch profile, unframed)

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