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Mario Uribe

b. 1943, Mexican/American

"Toll Road (Immigration Control)," 1992 (quadriptych)

Acrylic on masonite
Each: signed dated and numbered (1-4) verso: M. Uribe / 92
Each panel: 20" H x 27" W x .5" D

  • Provenance: The artist
    The Cooprider Family Collection, acquired from the above
  • Notes: "In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, hundreds of illegal immigrants coming into the US from Mexico died crossing freeways in Southern California, unfamiliar with the speed that vehicles were traveling. The heavy toll prompted Cal Trans to create a freeway sign warning motorists of crossing illegal aliens, like we have for deer or cattle. I wasn't sure if the purpose of the signs was to protect the immigrants or the motorists.
    My perspective has changed in the last 28 years however, and now, when I contemplate that work I remember what my feelings were about the sign - not exactly positive. I feel the same about the sign, but now foremost in my mind and heart are the people who sacrifice so much in order to better themselves, and I am filled with admiration and respect for them. I'll never know what it's like to cross a border illegally or run across a freeway with my family in tow, and hope I never do." Mario Uribe
  • Condition: Generally good condition. Small dark surface marks lightly scattered throughout all panels, the largest a 1" line near the man's face.

    Unframed

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