The End Is Nigh?

Enrique Chagoya is a giant in the art world, known for skill, heart, and wit. Maybe that's why he feels he can poke fun at the gods. At “2012: Super-Bato Saves the World,” Chagoya's centerpiece is an apocalypse-mocking slot machine, fully functional and retooled to replace “jackpot” with “save the world.” Every scrap of imagery found on a regular machine has been replaced with a funnier and more portentous icon. The main character, Super-Bato, draws on Batman and Mexican tough guys for his style, for example, and the whole concept rests on the 5,125-year Mayan calendar and its “end date” of Dec. 21, 2012. The playable game even has custom tokens, which cheerfully report “Life's a Dream, Then You Wake Up.” The show also includes multiples and prints.
May 7-July 2, 2009

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