Sirron Norris Victorion: A Modern Art Analysis

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San Francisco is one of the country’s most expensive cities to live. Its high standard of living only increases as the years go by because of the ongoing gentrification. This gentrification transformed the city into being a place for those of middle class or higher and caused struggle for low-income families. By creating the piece, Victorion, Sirron Norris strives to visually express gentrification going on in the Mission District within terms of marginalized groups within Western societies through the use of text, exhibiting a futuristic style, and the exaggeration of scale.
Sirron Norris’ Victorion is located in Balmy Alley of San Francisco’s Mission District amongst other ever-changing Chicano murals. At first glance of Sirron Norris’ Victorion,
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Norris uses futuristic imagery, seen by the use of the robotlikeTranformers comic image, to connect with young audiences as well as warning them of the future state of their community. Similarly, Judith Baca’s Great Wall of Los Angeles (1976-1984), at the Tujunga Wash Drainage Canal, San Fernando Valley, CA, illustrates a fictional and dystopian representation of the building of the Dodger stadium. Baca represents the tragic event that occurred behind the building of the Dodger stadium: the construction resulting in the forcible removal of Chicano family homes. She illustrates the forced removal of families by using fictional portrayal of the alien abduction. The grounds of a family are detached from each other by government officials and wrapping highways. The stadium is depicted as a UFO invading homes; pillars of the freeway are busting and intruding into homes; a woman is being “abducted” by an officer. In Tomás Ybarra Frausto’s article, “Arte Chicano: Images of a Community,” he states that within Chicano communities, there is a “vigorous tradition of satirical caricature and illustration...[which in turn can be] nostalgic, humorous, historical, or informational”. Norris’ use of vibrant colors and of an robotlike action-figure allow young audiences to understand his work as well as the message. With the blend of old Victorian buildings, he is able to build up an action-figure hero to the youth of the Mission District. Victorion is destined to stomp out contractors, like those officials depicted in Baca’s work, who are tearing apart homes in order to try to “rejuvenate” the neighborhood. His use of cartoon style calls upon young audiences to intervene in the new business and community constructions. By targeting primarily on young audiences, he gives the message that gentrification is not something that only has

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