Interview with Armando Delatorre 08/06/2020
Armando Delatorre is a local artist, born in Tijuana and raised in Chula Vista. His speciality is in site-specific installations and puppetry, collaborating with Father Joe’s Village and the San Diego Guild of Puppetry. He has worked out of Barrio Logan for over the last decade.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on “Magnetic Currents,” which is an exhibition of regional artists who mostly live around the US and Mexico border. The exhibit, which I co-curated, is located at the CSU Channel Islands. Sadly, it wasn’t able to have an opening reception due to Covid-19 and the campus shut down soon after. I felt it was a very strong exhibition and it was terrible it never got the viewing it deserved. Fortunately the exhibit will be traveling to The Front [an art gallery] in San Ysidro and hopefully it can have a reception and a viewing, all while respecting all social distancing protocols.
I’m also working on visuals for a music and video festival that will take place in Mexico City and was organized by the music label Antimateria Sonora: they paired visual artists with sound artists as a way to release a music compilation in support of the artists and the music. The sound artists have a very particular process for listening and producing sounds and the visual artists have their own visual approach, so it’s a great way to collaborate — I will be responding to the sounds I hear and hopefully making the visuals as interesting as the sounds.
I will also be starting up my yearly San Diego Guild of Puppetry summer camp at Father Joe’s Village, this year the theme is: “The world needs you to be you.” I’m always looking forward to it. This year will be online and we will be delivering the materials to Father Joe’s Village Children’s Center.
How has this pandemic affected or shifted your practice?
I think the pandemic naturally shifted my practice from being more of a site specific artist, to that of a studio artist. It just happened by chance, I was in between moving before having to self-isolate, but I have since found an art studio and am now working from it and slowly making the transition to a studio practice.
What has your journey been like as an artist?
My journey as an artist has not been easy and I’m sure no one’s journey on earth is, but there are so many things I love about being an artist, I enjoy working on many different kind of projects and working at weird times of the day so it’s definitely not a job but more of a calling otherwise you could not put up with the constant lack of financial security.
Do you have any tips for up-and-coming, or rising artists?
When you are starting out, do everything in the art world that you can possibly do and say yes to everyone who asks for your help or wants to collaborate with you, the experience you will get will be very helpful and in time you will know when to say no.
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