This body of work is from a series entitled “Last Stop” depicting various food trucks and stands throughout Texas typically at night when most of the venues are populated or well lit. The popularity of the food stand and taco truck have become a staple of the American landscape, regardless of the food that each serves. They are an escape from the monotony of the common fast food establishment and offer so much more in terms of a communal experience in the discovery of new cuisine or a refuge of comfort in food and individuals.
Viewed as an extension of my paintings of meats associated with my Mexican culture (lengua, tripas, etc.), this current series of food trucks began with a late night visit to pick up a couple of tacos from a truck that I often frequented and on the way had noticed an unusual sight. The streetlight that illuminated the area was not working and the only light visible was the glow coming from inside the truck. While not necessarily unusual in itself, from a distance this view gave the truck the appearance of it almost hovering in the rich black emptiness of space. It was a mysterious and surreal scene. I quickly took out my phone to snap a couple of shots, picked up my tacos, then went home to make some sketches (while eating my tacos of course.) Since then I’ve visited numerous food trucks /stands to take photos and sketch while observing the atmosphere both in and outside of these locations. Each truck/ stand has its own presence and the visitors become its culture.