San Francisco-based artist Steven Vasquez Lopez, born to a seamstress and a mechanic, continues on a tradition of labor-intensive work through his own ink drawings. Meticulously detailed drawings that explore line, pattern, and color that in a way pay tribute to his mother and the sewing work she did.

Some Strings Attached 001, 2012

Some Strings Attached 001, 2012

The Some Strings Attached and Patches series are hyper-controlled explorations done with hand-drawn ink on paper that “construct and unravel” his first generation, middle-class American upbringing in the 80s and 90s with all things MTV, Nickelodeon, plastic toys, and bold fashion choices.

Some Strings Attached 005, 2012

Some Strings Attached 005, 2012

From the artist:

Pushing the cannon of Chicano art beyond graffiti or large-scale murals, these works also investigate identity through the lens of such a richly traditional infrastructure. My paintings and work on paper create a new kind of iconography, symbolically operating on the micro level of the personal, able to be inserted into a larger historical and cultural dialogue.

Some Strings Attached 007, 2012

Some Strings Attached 007, 2012

Some Strings Attached 008, 2012

Some Strings Attached 008, 2012

Some Strings Attached 009, 2012

Some Strings Attached 009, 2012

Patches 001, 2013

Patches 001, 2013

Patches 004, 2013

Patches 004, 2013

Patches 006, 2013

Patches 006, 2013

Patches 012, 2013

Patches 012, 2013

Patches 015, 2013

Patches 015, 2013

Patches 016, 2013

Patches 016, 2013