Work These Days is a presentation of two current bodies of work; Pieces of the City and WhataMachines. The series Pieces of the City is made up of paintings and drawings on concrete fragments that reflect sentiments of construction, the working class, and current events. In his WhataMachines, Raul uses screen printing as a tool to create multiple hand-rendered painting-drawing combinations that form a connection between Texas, Whataburger, and construction.
“While my work remains diversified in subject and style, I find it very important to continually use construction and work as a muse for discussing social issues, representing the working class, and finding beauty in the constant creation that is a part of construction. It becomes a symbol for growth, opportunity, struggle, and can be found in every civilization.
Construction became a part of my studio art practice in 2009 when I started a public art project called Work Harder|Hope Still Ahead. The body of work used construction, road sign paintings, and stickers as ways of communicating and redefining ideas about work and the working class.”
top three photos courtesy Luis Garza Photography
bottom three photos courtesy the artist