Frontera Magazine (Los Angeles, CA, USA). --- Jun. 1997
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In this short article, Karla Gutiérrez interviews prominent Chicano artist, Gronk, one of the members of the seminal Los Angeles performance art group, ASCO. Gutiérrez asks Gronk to discuss his views on the current state of the Chicano Movement and Chicano art. Additional topics covered in the interview include the problems and benefits of the politicization of art, the challenges of being viewed as a role model for the Chicano community, as well as the meaning of art to him.
This interview by Karla Gutiérrez, associate editor of Frontera Magazine, presents a brief profile with long quotes from a very important and innovative Chicano visual and performance artist, Gronk. Along with being a painter, muralist, and set designer, Gronk was a key member of ASCO, a visual and performance art group that was active in the 1970s and ‘80s that used Conceptual art to draw attention to the socioeconomic living conditions in East Los Angeles, and the racist, negative portrayal of Chicanos in the media. In this interview, Gronk continues to promote an alternative to the nationalistic and political definition of Chicano art. Of special note is his articulation of a definition for “Chicano art” as taking a stance (including a political one) that also allows “a lot of leeway and possibilities.” In true Gronk fashion, he is able to answer questions seriously, yet he also injects humor and irony in many of his responses.