David Mejia’s Before and After Thanksgiving

Finally, finally made it to the fourth floor of my beloved King Library, after a bitter monthlong absence, to be shit last in seeing San José old hand David Mejia’s exhibition Before and After Thanksgiving. It’s a painting (watercolor, right?) exercise and a modest history lesson. Mejia has been pushing his stuff for years. One of my favorites is the profane and puerile Ballman. It’s excellent that he’s getting some love at the library. Go see the paintings before November 30! I’ll let the paintings speak for themselves:

 

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Low-res, off-center photos posted for collegiality and appreciation only. I really dig the playful but purposeful use of color and the comic book-style planning in general. It gives an emotional directness needed by the subject, just as an improvised shamanic performance would in a more advanced culture than our own.

I also like how he mentioned using fish as fertilizer in poor soils, because it reminded me of the many years of my life I spent wondering why the fuck, as it said in some school textbook of mine, they “planted fish.”

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4 thoughts on “David Mejia’s Before and After Thanksgiving”

  1. Interestingly, there’s a guy who works in the King library who’s very nice, so look for the very tall, very nice guy who works or worked in the children’s area, who does excellent caricatures/quickie portraits. I mention this because his last name, amazingly, is also Mejia. The warm kindly vibes that emanate from this guy tell me that he’d be the No. 1 pick for your next children’s party or family-friendly even that would be brightened by a caricature artist. His work is excellent!

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