Osorio makes his assemblages from found
objects. His artworks are flamboyant, covered with plastic trinkets
from toy stores and souvenir shops. Some people may call this kitsch
art. Since there is so much to look at in his works, viewers must
look again and again to see all the elements and understand what
is going on beneath the surface. As in life, the appearance of lightheartedness
and humor in this work is often a mask for a deeper seriousness,
sadness, and even political ideas.
In 100% Boricua, Osorio places typical New York tourist
souvenirs, which share the crowded space with Puerto Rican flags
and other Caribbean imagery, within lacy cabinet doors. For Osorio,
the key to family history, dreams, and goals can be found in a grandmother's
cabinet or on a keepsake shelf. He wanted to "collect an entire
community's events and feelings in one place." Over the New York
sunset scenes and coffee mugs, he has overlaid statistics written
in Spanish. These document the real struggles immigrants may face.
The work explores the sorrow that is sometimes beneath a cheerful
A visitor to the Walker Art Center said this about 100% Boricua:
"This piece reminds me of us as people and how we live.
We're all nice and made up and neat on the outside, but cluttered;
full of memories and thoughts of places we've seen. The glass is
like our eyes and when others look through it, they can see our
using popular culture icons, mass-produced objects; means "worthless"
three-dimensional collage created from a group of everyday objects,
many times pre-made and put together in a specific way.
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