When I was a Cuisillo



The music videos made by the Mexican band the Cuisillos fascinated Jankowski. They are the Cindy Sherman of banda! In each video, they adopt another visual style and identity. In one, they dress as Harley Davidson rockers, in the next as kung fu fighters, then as Cuban rumba dancers, or as rappers from LA – wearing white suits, sitting by the swimming pool at their villa.
Having met with the band’s manager, Jankowski was able to convince them to play artists in an upcoming video. He then included himself in the video, as a life model, and the band members painted pictures of him. During a one-hour shoot, they generated 24 paintings, which Jankowski kept and later exhibited in a solo show. They range from paintings made from observation to abstract paintings created while dancing (as part of the song’s dance routine, a women spun around while holding a brush and marked a canvas being held by another woman). The video, Tu no vales la pena (You’re Not Worth It), has been shown on TV and can be found on YouTube, where it reaches the band’s fans – who regularly fill stadium concerts – and has the potential to influence what they think of art.


5 Kopie

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Cuisillos 15 Kopie7 Kopie

Video (1 Digital Betacam, 1 DVD), 2:57 min, NTSC, 16:9, color, sound, Spanish, edition of 5, II


Installation view, Oficina para Proyectos de Arte, Guadalajara, Mexico

20 figurative paintings (musicians), acrylic on canvas, 73 x 52 cm
3 abstract paintings (dancers), acrylic on canvas, 73 x 52 cm
1 abstract painting (trumpet player), acrylic on canvas, 73 x 52 cm



C-print, with 21 signatures, 20 x 35 cm