Luis Franco | UNC Campus: Sonja Haynes Stone Center | Exhibits | Indy Week


Luis Franco

When: Nov. 11-Jan. 20 2012

If you missed Luis Franco's recent show at Durham's Carrack Gallery, here's your second chance to see his colorful, politically in-your-face graphic art. Much of Franco's work would be as appropriate bobbing atop a broomstick at an Occupy Wall Street march as showing on gallery walls. His post-pop posters combine an AutoCAD crispness with stylized paint spatters and grainy newsprint renderings of pop stars and activists. Many works feature his trademark image—an Afro pick with its handle terminating in a raised Black Power fist. Others, such as neon-tinted prints of Goya green pigeon peas and red kidney bean cans, a smart updating of Warhol's Campbell's soup concept, more subtly implicate racial oppression. Franco has the graphic artist's knack for combining humor and critique in a single iconic image. Even if you saw his Carrack show, this exhibit features 10 works that have never been publicly displayed before. —Chris Vitiello

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