Shadowshop Commission: Juan Luna-Avin

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Fifth-floor overlook gallery

Join us for the launch of Juan Luna-Avin's boxed music set "In Tepito We Trust," Shadowshop's third and final artist-commissioned project. "In Tepito We Trust" is inspired by the artist's obsession with music collecting and Mexico City street markets. Named after Tepito, Mexico City's black market district, the project explores the business — and art — of counterfeit goods in the underground economy. His box sets, produced in a limited edition of 10, will each feature five CDs of obscure and underground music by Latin American bands. In keeping with the theme of piracy, Luna-Avin has also invited local artists to create their own unique mix CDs that look like bootlegs, including cover art that reflects a DIY aesthetic and process such as a collage or handwritten song list on a piece of paper.

Luna-Avin is a multidisciplinary artist who examines individual and collective identities through the lens of youth cultures and rock 'n' roll music. This project is part of a current body of work that examines punk ideology and its relationship to his hometown of Mexico City. He is also part of the DJ-artist collective Club Unicornio, which plays rare, kitschy, and experimental music from Latin America.

Photo: courtesy of Juan Luna-Avin