Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - “New­works: Michael Men­chaca.”

Up-and-coming San An­to­nio artist Michael Men­chaca re-fig­ures the con­tem­po­rary events and pol­i­tics of the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der with an orig­i­nal cast of car­toon characters. In his col­or­ful, highly sym­bolic and seem- in­gly play­ful work, Men­chaca re­cast the tough sto­ries of drug smug­gling, mi­grant im­mi­gra­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing. Men­chaca clev­erly com­bines pre-Columbian vi- sual sto­ry­telling with Pop Art style to un­der­stand cul­tural con­flicts and mis­un­der­stand­ings. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues­days-Sun­days through Feb. 17. La­guna Glo­ria, AMOA- Art­house, 3809 W. 35th St. Free. www.amoa-art­house. org.

Contributed by Michael Men­chaca

“El dia de la In­va­sion” by Michael Men­chaca. The artist will have a solo ex­hibit at AMOAArt­house Tues­day through Feb. 17.

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