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Victor Hugo: Alive and Well in South Florida

tax revenues to be lost. Education will suffer. The decimated houses of Haiti could potentially happen here if the infrastructure is not addressed.” and Egypt. Rather than see the trip as an By A. Sebastian Fortino Vaca hopes that amazing educational opportunity, the nuns those who attended n Thursday, June 17, artist Victor threatened to hold him back a full year. the Modern Art His parents won out, and young Victor Hugo Vaca II held a Modern Music Movement got to see the marvels of the Holy Land. Art Music Movement event at After the U.S. Naval Academy, he came to event at Gelati MarGelato Martini Lounge on Wilton Drive tini Lounge on June South Florida in 1990. He settled in North and displayed some of his paintings. While Bay Village, and soon became the homeown- 17 were inspired to you may not have heard about the painter er’s representative at the Grandview Palace. contact their politidirectly, you may have spotted—or been cians to amend the “With 1,500 residents, that was a small shocked by—advertisements for the film situation in the Gulf town. I didn’t realize Crackhead Jesus. The of Mexico. The inspiration piece for the the level of power, film was advertised in being in charge of that evening was a Galliano T-shirt, in yellows Miami around Christand browns depicting newsprint. He then many residents,” said mastime this past Vaca. “That’s the high- created a painting as part of the evening’s year. The title was entertainments, accompanied by a saxoest constituency rate deemed so controfor North Bay Village.” phone that reinterpreted the music of his versial that Vaca was This rekindled Vaca’s film Crackhead Jesus, which played in the refused a copyright. interest in politics, but background. According to Vaca, he soon discovered Crackhead Jesus is not the only way he could meant to be an antifight his personal Christian slur. Crackhead Jesus was “Crackhead Jesus through art. It was is Bernie Madoff, his way of getting the Halliburton, and now building’s owners to the BP oil company. change, repair, and Corporate America is refurbish the property. Crackhead Jesus,” he Vaca at his easel The goal of the June said. “The people and 17 event was to create a dialogue through powers that are screwing up our country. art about the BP oil crisis.Vaca claims that He represents the modern evils in this many media outlets and journalists are bound world. He represents all the ills that are afby the mission, interests, and politics to fecting our lives right now.” Victor Hugo Vaca II, who admits his liter- which their editors or publishers subscribe. However, by having a journalist come view his ary family name has helped his work and work or to his events, the themes he works mission “go viral,” is a native to New York with will be discussed. City. Challenging society and the “powers He calls this brand of dispersing informathat be” began in his youth. His parents tion gonzo journalism, which he believes wished to pull young Victor out of paroallows journalists to not only entertain the chial school for a tour of the Middle East public but also allows for thought-provoking For more information, commentary. go to His two passions right now are the BP oil To see the show, crisis, which he fears will lead to black rain, visit Gelato Martini Lounge and the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. 2037 Wilton Drive “The black rain is going to decimate the Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Floridian real-estate market, and make it (954) 537-7731 worse than it is. People will leave, causing


“The truth is hard to swallow,” said Vaca. “But when you do it with music and pretty colors you manage to get people’s attention.” In addition to the Wilton Manors exhibit, running through August 1, the artist will take his work on the road, and will even go to Haiti in addition to stops up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

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