Work and Progress

July 29, 2013

Masked Portriats, Prints and works on paper Folio Summer 2013

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Work and Progress @ 5:32 pm

I began printmaking at NYU during grad school but took it on as a serious activity in the basement of New York Central Art Supply (where I worked as a sales clerk for a little over 3 yrs in the early 2000’s).  For the last several years I have been devoting my summers to printmaking and making work on paper.  I try to take a class at a studio so I can do the more complicated techniques.   Here are some pieces from summer 2013.


Doppelganger, collage and painting 2013

I started the summer with this little collage and painting done on a cigar box-top. I had some specialty papers i wanted to try out, and it resulted in this little composition.


One arm Wrestler, printmaking 2013

This is a 20″x 30″ multiple technique print utilizing woodcut (figure) and silkscreen (background).

On the pressjpgHere is the woodcut layer on the press. Made  at the ArtCenter College of Design.


La LLave, Linoleum print 2013

Here is Linoleum print in red, this is from a series of tarot card images I’m working with. This would be the Key Card in the book of tarot a la wrestling.


Two Sisters, Linoleum reduction

I have a great archive of family photos I have been re-organizing as well as referencing for artwork. Many are images of relatives during the 1950’s through the 80’s.  My mother, in her 70’s now,  has never been good at remembering, let alone, explaining the family lineage, so I usually look to our photo archive. It has helped me to understand who we are.  This piece is from a recent series of masked portraits taken from vintage family photos.

Here is another reduction blockprint made with 3 color layers, red, yellow and violet-brown. The edition of prints was run through the press once for every layer of color seen on the print.


“Dos Hermanos” Etching and aquatint on paper. Inspired by a 1970’s image of my two cousins.

The process of making prints at times, requires special facilities that can house and safely manage the use and recycling of acids, solvents, or emulsions. Even more important with printmaking, is having access to a press. This print requires all of that, just to make one delicate little piece. The result: velvety, black, ink on paper, is always worth the trouble.

Block Ladies2

Wrestler peel back

woodcut test print. summer 2013

Some printmaking processes can be very immediate. Here is a woodcut made and printed in my kitchen/studio at home.

July 26, 2013

Rolling City Graphic Short in Block Prints/ cutting room floor

Filed under: 1. Rolling City: A Graphic Short in Block Prints — Work and Progress @ 8:20 pm

Yellow Church2Here is the complete essay that inspired Rolling City Vol.9

The Yellow Church

My association to churches is a positive one, mostly because I didn’t actually attend as a child. My family was not the church-going type like regular folks. My mother taught us about God and how to pray at home.  All my friends who were forced to attend church and catechism on Sundays and Thursdays envied my Catholic home school set-up. Personally, I didn’t understand why. Not going to church made me feel a bit different and lonely when the neighborhood was at mass. But though I didn’t attend, I did frequent a church.

Down the block from where I lived there was a yellow church connected to our residential neighborhood. In the 80’s the building changed ownership and had gone through some renovations, so it was rarely occupied. I’m not sure if it had been a Christian church, but the structure showed that it might have been in the past. The architectural details of the church were round and smooth, arched windows with stained glass and white trim. The front of the church was south facing with a large grassy area, to the west (side of the church). The lawn was always trimmed and green. It was a great place to relax or catch a summer snooze behind the church marquee. There was even an available water faucet when thirsty.  But the best feature this castle of God, had to offer were the steps and paved walkways. The front of the church had cascading steps with a U shaped walkway, which led to the entrance of building. One could skate from the doorway all the way down to the sidewalk in a single, smooth push. The challenge, or the fun, was doing this while having to Ollie two sets of stairs, before hitting sidewalk. Two or three strong pushes and you could catch enough speed to end up in the street.

These were times before skate parks. The yellow church was available, skate-able, and safe. Almost as if God said, “Yes, its o.k. to skate here.”  And I did.

On those quiet days when families were sitting at pews and participating in mass, church was truly a sanctuary for me.

Text and original block-print Images © by Sergio Teran

Me in 85 Stale boneless2

June 16, 2013

Rolling City Graphic Short in Block Prints Vol.9 : Blood Money

Filed under: 1. Rolling City: A Graphic Short in Block Prints — Work and Progress @ 3:20 am

Rolling City Spray Paint3

Church Rolling City

 My association to churches is a positive one, mostly cause I didn’t actually attend as a child. My family was not the church going type like regular folks. My mother taught us about God and how to pray at home.  All my friends who were forced to attend church and catechism on Sundays and Thursdays envied my Catholic “home school” set-up. Personally I didn’t understand why. Not going to church made me feel a bit different and lonely when the neighborhood was at mass.

Cuffed Ready

Cop car at church


Cop bubble Manga no words

“Man said you almost killed him with a rock and you also managed to break his window.”

YOUR PAYING no glass
When they found me, Augustine’s dad was real mad.

TheKickno words
But nothing compared to the fury I had inside.

He knew 2

                     At school a rumor started that I was crazy because  I had followed Augustine home and attacked his Dad with a rock. I had my moments of madness but crazy I was not.

Blood Money 2
                  In the end, the money I had earned and saved for a new board went toward paying for the window I broke.

Night landscape

                It was truly lonely when the neighborhood was at mass.                                           Rose Bush publish

Rolling City Static

Text and original block-print Images © by Sergio Teran

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May 24, 2013

Patron Saint of 80′ Skateboarding oil mix media on paper and hardboard panel.

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Work and Progress @ 6:08 pm

In my psyche, skateboarding in the 1980’s use to be a completely different landscape than what it is today.  Skate parks for street skating didn’t exist and it wasn’t as safe as it is now. In those times, skateboarders had to be creative with both landscape and neighborhood. That is,  you avoided the hood while looking for skate-able land. Although a similarity from then to now is how segregated L.A. is. Often a skateboarder was a reflection of the environment he/she most frequented.  There were types of skateboarders based on the environment they had access too. There were the wall riders, pseudo-bank, skaters… staircase- jumpers, straight grinders,  DMV-curb, sycophants (also known as slappers).  Today skate parks artificially feature those urban conditions we sought out as kids. Skating from neighborhood to neighborhood in hopes of discovery. Not sure what it all means (never am) but this portrait is the keeper of those conditions.


 This began as a portrait of my son on a 5″x 6″ piece of gesso paper that morphed into a 12″ x 35″  arch panel. made w/ oil and mix media. Half the skateboard, the black T-shirt and head are the piece of paper I glued onto a hardboard panel.


May 8, 2013

Studio Struggle, Easel Self Portrait, 2013

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Work and Progress @ 6:34 pm

Easel portrait Studio Struggle, Mix media on masonite, 2013

Studio Struggle….

This is a mixed media portrait made from 4 different sections of wood-panels glued together.  My most recent work involves construction and painting. To those who have not experienced my work in person, I describe the look as very physical, almost architectural.

At one time, I desired to paint realistically, but I quickly realized I was only addressing issues of technique. This was a problem because I also wanted to talk with my painting or communicate ideas with the work.

Painting for me is a constant self examination. I experiment with convention as well as non-conventional approaches  (more so these days). As a  student I closely studied traditional approaches. Today I have done things in my painting that would make Rembrandt and Giotto puke.  Painting has been a life of constant striving and pushing in my work, experimenting, failing, re-working, and adjusting.

Today I find that painting is more of a discovery,  A religious, habitual activity that causes you to react so that you can find yourself through it. Every now and then there are little moments when I do find myself in the work, but after 18 years I am still learning. This makes me want to continue.

May 2, 2013

Urban Last Supper Shoot-Out! By Jacquiline Gonzalez and Elmer Guevara

Filed under: Uncategorized — Work and Progress @ 4:57 am

Two of my advanced painting students from East Los Angeles College,  Jackie Gonzalez and Elmer Guevara, took on a project which pared them up to work on one painting.  Leonardo Da Vinci’s last Supper was the reference for their collaboration.


The painting composition was split down the middle and each artist took on a one-side of the tableaux and invented their own version of a 7 figure setting. (which would come back together as a diptych.)  Elmer Guevara’s comp gives us  7 graffiti artists sitting at a table in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. Sketchbooks and beer bottles spread across table, velvety haze of smoke in the air, as they discuss strategies for their next piece.  Jacqueline’s scene places the audience in a lighted room w/ artificial lighting.  Six uniformed officers loading and cocking weapons, one holds back his dog as it lunges toward the viewer in a growl. Two of the officers wear pig masks.  The whole picture is reminiscent of a Leon Golub painting or a scene out of a Tarantino movie. The viewer is offered two scenes they can choose to identify with. Together the painting raises questions of legality/morality,  power and or powerlessness.


Detail of graffiti artist.


Jacqueline next to her side of the project.


Elmer on his side of tableaux.

February 6, 2013

Calendar Print Project

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Work and Progress @ 7:28 pm

I have had a chance to be included in a fund-raiser for The Armory Center for the Arts, Letter Press Studio. The fund Raiser is a Project Calendar for the year 2013 with original work by 9 artist. the Project is entitled Flea Market Finds and has been letter press printed by Denise Figueredo @ Figgy Press.

The project proceeds go to funding the  letter press assistant and additional equipment for program. Calendars are $35 and there is a limited stock.  If your interested in purchasing a calendar contact Armory Center for the Arts Letter Press Studio director at

1. Calendar Project

Cover, October by Sergio Teran, December by Denise Figueredo


January by Denise Figueredo


April by Madelyn Kerber


May by Sergio Teran


September by Charity Capali

January 14, 2013

Sketchbook San Francisco 2013

Filed under: 3.Events and Visits — Work and Progress @ 7:38 pm

I have lived most of my life in Los Angeles, and had never spent time in San Francisco until this past winter. I was really surprised at the historical impression I got from S.F. It had that old America, industrial, quality (whatever that means) that I had only experienced on the east coast, like in New England or discovered in books. Los Angeles lives and dies by the new.  Lack of efficient public transport (although its getting better) and segregation makes it difficult to experience little nuances of the city. But the landscape of San Francisco really was inspiring. All the Diebenkorn’s I had damned as a student made sense after walking the hills Of S.F. landscape. Wayne Thiebaud  paintings become more vivid.  These are some  selected sketches from this brief trip(4 days).

Hill, ink sketch S.F. 2013
Trolly and Bus ride Sketches.
In front of Hotel TOMO Japan Town 2013

The San Francisco Landscape was the biggest inspiration during this visit but I did get a chance to work in some drawings of the family doing stuff.

Emilio on Mason St. in San Francisco 2013

Images of my son in the city as a backdrop are a motif that I seem to have developed in my current work.


I have all was been inspired by coffee shop culture  one of my favorite things to do is frequent a place with good coffee good tables and not so many people talking on cell phones. Basically the opposite of Starbucks.

Drawing hand
@ Gallery Coffee Shop on Mason St.

Mural Emo Ninja
Emo bundled-up

December 28, 2012

Oval Wrestler Portrait Part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Work and Progress @ 5:59 pm

 This little painting started about a year ago. I had posted about how my developmental process involves some steps: first, finding a surface or a frame that has potential and second, experimenting with an image and frame to find a cohesion between materials. The experimental stage can last from months to years. (Early Stage)

Here is the finished result a year later with a whole new frame to hold it in. I have distorted the original look of the figure and adjusted background color to work off the reds and yellows in the painting. I am not accustomed to making things fast. Being patient with the work gives me stronger results in the end. Sometimes experiments take longer to conclude than others, but this little painting, having gone through some significant changes, has reached its potential.

As Mil Mascara 2

November 2, 2012

Blockprint: Portrait of the Father.

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Tags: , , — Work and Progress @ 6:37 pm

I would assume that nepotism is slightly different in wrestling than it is in other art forms such as acting. That, is a good ass kicking always makes you appreciate things a little bit more. Its also scarier to take on the legacy of your father when the legacy involves fighting 250 lb masked men, each with the ability to flip, fly and kick at the same time.

This is a part of my recent Blood Portrait Series. A subject I like to take on in my work is the “Portrait”. Now this is not exactly a portrait but a narrative depicting a portrait being done.  Even more specific, this is a narrative about taking on the legacy of the father, a common tradition known in Lucha Libre. The three subject that are present for me in this work are the “Self” as a subject, the legacy of the father (as in life and Lucha Libre) and the artist in his or her studio.

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