La Tormenta

Glugio "Gronk" Nicandro (American, b. 1954)
Sheet/image : 29 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. (75.25 x 74.93 cm)
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Hope College Collection, purchased with funds donated by Ronald '62 and Gerri Vander Molen
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La Tormenta (Spanish for “Storm”) is a femme fatale character who has appeared in numerous paintings, drawings, prints, and performance pieces created by Mexican American artist Glugio “Gronk” Nicandro since the 1980s. The mysterious figure is always seen from behind, typically wearing an elegant, form-fitting dress and elbow-length gloves. She often seems to be surveying a scene—here, for example, she is looking calmly out a window at a volcano erupting in the distance. Her role as an observer invites us to consider our own roles as both actors and spectators in the dramas of everyday life. Gronk was born and raised in East Los Angeles. After graduating from high school in 1972, he became a founding member of the important Chicano Art collective Asco (Spanish for “nausea”) that aimed to challenge the social and cultural expectations of people within their own community as well as mainstream society more broadly. Today, Gronk maintains a studio in downtown Los Angeles where he continues to work on his own projects while also sharing his experience and wisdom with younger generations of artists.

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