It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of artist, arts writer, and arts advocate Ed Fuentes. We send deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and everyone in the community who loved him. Ed was about to have his first solo museum exhibition here at RAM; he fell ill before his artwork could be delivered to the museum. A passionate supporter of RAM, The Cheech, and the arts, he was a kind and funny man who will leave a hole in the hearts of Riverside and the art world. We miss you, Ed.
We hope to work with his family to open the exhibition he was so very excited about. We will update this post with memorial service information when it becomes known.
Homeboy Fauxism is an exhibition of works by fictitious street artists responding to artifacts left behind by a fictitious artist as discovered by a half-fictitious arts writer. Inspired by the mythologies of Las Vegas as a semiotic landscape and the political climate surrounding the 2016 presidential election, designer turned arts writer, Ed Fuentes, explores the differences between the traditions of Mexican muralism and temporary works in the street.
There are two “exhibits” within Homeboy Fauxism. The premise for the first exhibition, Bunko: The Lost Archives, is about how an arts writer found a trove of never-before-seen works by the imaginary “Bunko.” The arts writer then placed them on exhibition to introduce a Chicano political artist from the early ‘80s whose work matches the aesthetic now known as contemporary street art. The second exhibition, Fauxism, is based on fictitious artists responding to “Bunko” with new works in design, sculpture, installation, and film.
About the Artist
Ed Fuentes is a practicing artist and cultural journalist with a focus on murals and street art in the West. Fuentes has been a contributor for KCET and Hyperallergic and been cited and published in landmark publications on street art. Fuentes, who holds a MFA in Studio Art at UNLV, was born in Riverside, California, and raised in Casa Blanca.