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Alejandro Diaz: "It Takes a Village"

Artist Alejandro Diaz lives in New York City, but his influence can be felt all over his native San Antonio. It seems about every third house I go into here in SA has one of his hilarious neon pieces ("Make Tacos, Not War"), and his former Southtown house, now known as Sala Diaz, is one of the premier cutting-edge alternative spaces in Texas. Diaz created the space because he wanted to create "a living, breathing sculpture, a high-low mix of art and craft." Diaz comes back to San Antonio to install "It Takes A Village," a much-anticipated show opening at the Linda Pace Foundation's SPACE gallery on April 17. In a phone interview, Diaz offered the following preview of the exhibition: "I'll be making some works of art in which I reinterpret iconic styles to address current issues of class and culture. I'll be using Allen Jones-type furniture made by local craftsman (and a relative by marriage) Carlos Cortes. I'll have a tapestry handmade in Guadalajara using the Gobelin style that was popular in France in the 1800s. It looks like something from Mexico in the 1970s. I'm using many different styles and craftspeople, because it really does take a village to get all of these ideas across."

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