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My Favorite Taco ~ Luke Chueh

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We've been fans of Luke Chueh's since we first discovered his art years ago at Gallery 1988. At first glance it might seem easy to categorize Luke as one of a number of artists working within the chasm between popular culture and surrealism, but his work has always been both funnier and darker than his peers'. The veneer of cute simplicity draws people to his paintings, but the depth of both his colors and his hilarious depravity turns them into obsessed admirers and collectors.

Chueh's new show, "Self-ish" (preview images below) adds new textures, colors, and juxtapositions while reprising some favorite motifs. “My work is an illustrative exploration of visual and narrative contrasts,” explains Chueh. “Drawing inspiration from comics and cartoons, my “cute/innocent” characters are juxtaposed into a world filled with addiction, illness, misery, and loss.” The opening reception for Self-ish will be Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa in Culver City. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through November 1.

With the art stuff out of the way, it's time to get down on what really matters here-- where Luke likes to get a taco. So, Luke Chueh, what's your favorite taco?

I'm particularly fond of is Leo's Tacos. Especially since it's close to my apartment. I'm guessing it's not the most creative reply since they're so popular, but I love that sliver of pineapple with the Al Pastor. If I'm in the mood for something a little fancier, I hit Guisados for the sampler, and though this isn't Tacos, my studio is walking distance from Cook's Tortas (in Monterey Park), whom I consider to have best Tortas in So Cal, if not the west coast.

Speaking of Monterey Park, do you have any good recommendations for tacos in the area?

We recommend Colonia Taco Lounge, less than 15 minutes away from Monterey Park, but we also invite our readers to weigh in and help Luke Chueh eat more tacos!

Please enjoy the following mini-gallery of preview images from "Self-ish".

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CHG CIRCA
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

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