In celebration of its 40th Anniversary and in honor of its unique relationship with Los Angeles, Aardvark Letterpress owners and operators Cary and Brooks Ocon (along with myself and co-curator Lisa Jane Persky), invited a wide variety of artists with strong ties to Los Angeles to create a series of original, limited edition letterpress prints based on a game of chance: Loteria.
Traditionally, Loteria is played with cards that represent significant Icons in Mexican culture. For Aardvark, artists were asked to select and interpret some part of the Los Angeles experience in their own style and process for an L.A.-centric Loteria card. In the project’s infancy, I created several examples to inform the other artists of the format and stimulate discussion. Below are details of a few of my prints, including one I created in honor of Aardvark’s anniversary that was not for sale, but only included in the boxed sets.