Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

The Aftermath of Bazuco…

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on June 22, 2009

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I snapped this at the end of an art opening at Boots Contemporary Art Space entitled, “Bazuco”. From Boots’ website:
“On June 19th Boots Contemporary Art Space will be the next hot spot for the art collective, Bazuco. This exhibition will include a storefront headquarters filled with T-shirts, skateboards, zines, posters and stickers from the American Flags collection, Professor Bazuco’s latest book, CDs and singles by Juan-ex-Band, DrumKit, Nofuturo and Los Famosos. Plus a special release of a limited edition vinyl single by the band Drumkit, both for sale and visual delight. Behind this storefront, a continuous rotation of video projections featuring live shows by Bazuco Bands, clips from the BZC TV web show and video commercials. Opening night will feature a double shot of Bazuco live music: American band DrumKit will bring their casual pop-punk style while the Colombian Latin mash-up duo DEAD DRUGLORDS will finish the party with their narcotic ensemble. Dead Druglords is a one-night party/event involving a dj set, Latin mash-up and live performers with a visual and interactive show. The presentation develops a narco-aesthetic language, heavily influenced by the imaginary of the Latin drug lords of the 80s and 90s in the USA. Visiting dead drug lords Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo Fuentes will dance from the dead while an airplane piƱata waits to be smashed down by the St. Louis crowd. Live video projections of animated sequences and DJ sets of Salsa and Reggaeton-mashups will entertain and engage the public.”

Boots was created by an old associate of mine, Juan Chavez, who won the Great Rivers Biennial in 2004. It was a fun show, and we all wound up at a local pub for the afterparty. All in all, a great night out in St. Louis. If you haven’t yet been out to Boots for one of their events, I would highly recommend attending the next one!

A video from previous engagements:

DEAD DRUGLORDS – LIVE from BAZUCO MEDIA CORPORATION on Vimeo.

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