Viva El Gato!

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As the defining centerpiece art, I wanted  this to be  one big, beautiful mash-up of the multi-faceted El Gato theme:  A Luchador Hero's Mexican Fiesta, complete with Dancing Senorita,  the Guitar-Smashing Godzilla, and  a Rocket-Riding Space Surfer, all celebrating together in an energetic burst of riotous color and form.  It had to vibrate with a controlled mayhem, cheer the heart, and exude good-will and hospitality.  It also had to be accessible to the general public; graphically crisp, powerfully engaging, well-crafted, and fun.


It was important for me to set the bar high on this first large composition , as I knew it would force me to try to "out-do myself" on subsequent pieces.  Getting a

"Wow!-response" was also extremely motivating, and added to the excitement about the upcoming opening. 

I would be lying if I said it all came together smoothly... Quite the opposite, it was artistic boot-camp!   For me, the first work in any series is usually  a proto-type.  I make and remake, working-out all the kinks, determining what elements will be common to the entire body of work.  I look & think.  Then look again.  Shuffle stuff around, re-work, cut, start-over, look & think... again and again.  Letting the piece reveal itself is the key.  Anytime I try to force it, it always falls short.  This intuitive process sometimes causes yuge anxiety, especially when there's a deadline looming and it just won't work!  It's really an exercise in faith & trust, and very humbling to realize that I'm just a channel...   Eventually, things go from bad, to ugly, to worse, and then... YES!  That's always a great big giddy,  moment.

Viva El Gato! by Teresa Bosko

I enlarged & transferred the sketch, making a template from freezer paper. This allows me to play around with the shapes before cutting them out of plywood. Copyright 2015 Teresa Bosko. All Rights Reserved. El Gato Taqueria, Akron, Ohio.