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Friday, August 5, 2016

Jorge Gutierrez

July 9- August 14, 2016

Closing reception : August 6 (5:00-8:00 pm)

Gregorio Escalante Gallery
978 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA

"Scarface was my Star Wars"
by Sandra Vista

"Un hijo de norte america", Jorge began his education crossing the Tijuana frontera at the age of nine.  In San Diego he became "George".  Not speaking a word of English, he said a nun (parochial school) told him he would no longer be called "Jorge".  He said Cal Arts freed him to become "Jorge" again. Jorge's story is a bullet train of nature and nurture.  He was fortunate to have parents that were supportive of his creativity.  Funds were limited in the beginning of his college career so there was no time to waste.  A strong work ethic developed by necessity and creative drive have produced a lucrative career in his field of animation.  Currently, his animated feature, "The Book of Life" has garnered Jorge creative acclaim.

Jorge's current exhibition is his first solo show in a gallery setting.  Gregorio Escalante was introduced to Jorge's work while on a flight from Spain.  He felt compelled to look him up and give him a solo show.  True to his strong work ethic, Jorge began working on his paintings on a nightly basis.  What started off as nine paintings became 57.  The paintings are autobiographical interpretations of Jorge's virtues.  Each painting illuminates a life lesson-many focusing on familial advise. There is the allegory for "El Ultimo Super Macho", which was dispensed by his "Abuelito" distinguishing between a non-violent/faithful man and a reactive/unfaithful man.  Jorge describes it as Mexican Zen.  Abuelito bravely confessed that he was the latter-"Macho" not "Super Macho".  Jorge is aspiring to become "El Ultimo Super Macho". Jorge is a family man with Sandra, a lovely wife/creative partner and Luka, a young artistic son.  His son Luka was  included as part of the creative process by helping with the portrait of "Che" named "Presidente de Urban Outfitters".  Mexican Zen being channeled through generations, Luka's touch is more minimal.


Presidente de Urban Outfitters

Jorge, Sandra, Luka

 Jorge is an exemplary model of the creative energy of the Mexican-American borderline/ la frontera/the frontier.  Jorge uses the word "bootleg" for the art work, curios, tee shirts, music, CD/DVD's that are copied and sold by frontera entrepreneurs trying to appeal to the American market and the Mexicans trying to live the American life.  "Bootleg" is a form of deciphering, interpreting, and feeling what is being experienced by the people living near that border.  Jorge was a time traveler on a daily basis between Tijuana and San Diego.  Because of his creative mind he has been able to absorb information visually and emotionally.  An obvious example are the bold colors in his paintings: chile red, mango orange, pineapple and canary yellow. Respectfully, and trying to remain authentic to the local artisans, Jorge used house paint as the medium for his paintings.  Also, true to form, he substituted a paint color when the original one was depleted.  So a red apple may wind up being a blue apple-more Mexican Zen.  

One of Jorge's defining quotes: "Scarface was my Star Wars", encapsulates his youth in a "pop-nostalgic" manner.  Since l983 "Scarface" the movie and its anti-hero/hero Tony Montana, has continued to evolve into the ultimate immigrant story that epitomizes bravery, survival, diligence, crime, murder, and abstracted adaption.  Through his paintings Jorge communicates his experiences with frontera colloquials/Spanglish like "Escarface" for "Scarface" and "Bobesponja" for "Sponge Bob".  Also relevant is the work of an educated man. His Cal Arts education, has become a vital component to Jorge's success.  The paintings include art historical references of Aztec glyphs, Dia de los Muertos symbolism, combined with crown references to Basquiat.  

Alfred Korzybski said: "The map is not the territory."  Jorge is a man that moves the boundaries and demonstrates community, brotherhood, interconnection, ancestry, and love. A perfect example was during the opening night of the exhibition when a young girl came to the show dressed in the "Dia de los Muertos" costume from "The Book of Life".  Jorge Gutierrez-
El Ultimo Super Macho...

Antonio Raimundo Tony Montana 2016 (16"x 20")

Ese Mi Bob 2016 (16" x 20")

Gregorio Escalante, Jorge Guiterrez, and Dia de los Muertos

Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Vista

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Feminist Perspective...The Soft Sell...Yeah, Yeah, Yeah....

We Choose Art/ Shoebox PR
Feminist Perspective #2

4817 W. Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

May 21-June 5, 2016

closing reception : Sunday June 5, 2016 4-6pm

The current exhibition at MUZEUMM is the collaboration of We Choose Art and Shoebox PR, 
with curators Baha H. Danesh and Kristine Shoemaker. The exhibition represents a soft sell 
approach to a feminist exhibition.  The exquisitely displayed exhibition contains various familiar themes seen in feminist exhibitions with familial presentations.  There were also performance artists and poets during the opening night.  Today is the closing party from 4-6pm.  Pizza for the "symbolically starving artists and patrons.


Saturday, May 21, 2016


May 7-27, 2016

Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Currently at Beyond Baroque is the "Second Annual Mask Exhibition" curated by Dulce Stein.
The exhibition's flavor, essence, pheromones, are a familial spin at the historical space devoted to artists' creative endeavors.  Dulce Stein is a current "Curatorial Whirlwind" providing a multitude of exhibition spaces for local and worldwide artists.

The exhibition has various definitions/interpretations of "masks".  There are traditional pieces, paintings, and mixed-media pieces such as the "Mud People  Installation" found in a stairway "to nowhere",

The Mud People Installation

Dulce Stein, Curator

Mark Tovar-Thanks for the photographs


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mirrors as Abstractions-Moira Hahn and Deveron Richard


April 9- May 21, 2016

The Good Luck Gallery
945 Chung King Rd
Los Angeles, CA 
213-625-0935 /


The Night of 1000 Fire Monkeys
April 9-May 15, 2016
closing reception: 4-6pm May 15, 2016

Gregorio Escalante Gallery
978 Chung King Rd
Los Angeles, CA 
323-697-8727 /

Paige Wery (director of Good Luck Gallery) and Deveron Richard

Moira Hahn and Jason Gallo

Uderwater World- Moira Hahn

The Milkets- Deveron Richard

Spectra Knights Battle for Birdra Prime- Deveron Richard

Currently there are two artists exhibiting in Chinatown who depict animals with human virtues of family unity existing with instinctual  territorial aggression.   Fantastic situations that exist in the minds of Moira Hahn and Deveron Richard.  During the opening night of these exhibitions, I was speaking with Gina Stephniuk of Good Luck Gallery regarding the reciprocal connection of the two artists.  She said they both used the same materials and themes.  However, Richard has developed a unique technique with watercolor which gives his drawings a graphic quality.  Many viewers thought the images were pigmented prints or pastels because of their opacity. Good Luck Gallery works with artists who are not formally trained-"Outsider Art".  Gregorio Escalante Gallery, works with both formally trained and artist who are also " self-taught rebels".  (*All artists are rebels.")

Both galleries are re-defining what makes an artist.  There aren't hopes for a final definition, however the artwork is beginning to parallel.  Moira Hahn is a formally trained artist who combines Japanese allegory with contemporary Japanese Anime and pop images.  Anthropomorphic imagery has been used to describe both artists' work.  Part of Hahn's focus is on the Chinese-Japanese Animal Zodiac.  She is a "fire monkey" which is the title of her exhibition and the animal and element of 2016.  Hahn is a prolific artist and storyteller that depicts prosaic imagery of home and family as seen in "Under Water World"  where the "blessed trinity" is a pair of tigers wearing traditional Japanese kimonos, a baby tiger, and a monkey as a guardian angel and guide.  Tigers in the animal zodiac are characterized as playful and child-like.  They are good with children because they never grow up themselves.  Hahn's animal themes are also providential in terms of animals' safety and protection from abuse and extinction.  PETA , ASPCA, and other animal protection groups are increasingly providing awareness to human society.  Hahn's empathetic delivery  explodes like Japanese fireworks dedicated to pattern, color,  and haptic desires.  Through her artwork audiences experience playful, palatable and multi-cultural messages for inter-species relationships.  

Deveron Richard's work time travels through multiple dimensions with females flying the flags of resilience. Adaptability does not mean conformity.  In "Milkets" Richard portrays an assembly-line of cows attached to milking machines.  Even though the cows look "contented", as advertised by dairy companies, there is a broader message of solidarity to prevent extinction.  The cow is also a symbol of the sanctity of motherhood.  Additionally, the watercolors portraying emotionally familiar interstellar combat are messages for preserving our planet and in the case of "Spectra Knights Battle for Birdra Prime"- multiple planets.  

It is evident in both exhibitions that Hahn and Richard are artists who understand the value of "life in the details".  Their work is a definitive example of how an artist's mind selects and dissects imagery through all their senses and produce artwork that extols all life forms.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016



water music/fire dance

New Paintings and Sculpture

Mary Paxon Art Gallery

May 10-28, 2016

Reception: May 13, 2016 / 7-9pm

Cultural Arts Center
13200 Clarksdale Ave
Norwalk, CA 90650

exhibition hours: Tues-Friday 3-7 pm/ Sat. 11-3

he's moving to the bold, to the roots of it all
each painting begins with foreplay, the proper dimensions,
there is some pacing, foxholes, crop circles, cerebral massages
grace with haiku poems, elemental tinctures, flags in the garden
commune, dance, love some more


Roy Anthony Shabla is a fine artist living in Los Angeles area.  His primary work is large-scale abstract paintings.  He is a Director of  Collections for the Downey Museum of Art and curates its exhibits.

His digital artwork and film are represented by Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.  He sits on the Advisory Boards of both Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts and GlennFest, a Los Angeles are film festival exhibiting movies of special interest.

Shabla hosts a monthly gathering of artists, poets, musicians, and other creative people called the green salon.  Join the green salon on facebook for more information.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Abel Alejandre "Public Secrets" Installation of acrylic paintings on panels.

APRIL 9- MAY 22, 2016

974 Chung King Rd
Los Angeles, CA 

ABEL ALEJANDRE, "Rodin de Cross-Hatching

Rodin dice: puedo elegir un bloque de mármol y cortar lo que no necesito." Alejandre del "bloque de mármol metafórica" funciona en sentido inverso. He observado su dibujo maestría con diversos grados de grafito. Su exhibición actual mantiene su firma rayado transversal técnicas definidas con pintura acrílica.
Alejandre emociones autobiográfico imágenes guiadas y espiritualmente. La representación de imágenes familiares evolucionan a partir de las líneas que se cruzan ferozmente como águilas construyendo sus nidos.

Las pinturas de la exposición denominada "secretos" público, parecen ser tocado por la divinidad. Alejandre comparte su lucha con su creencia en Dios. Él viene de una familia de devotos católicos. Su obra representa su formación religiosa combinado con su arte educación secular y la puntualidad en las luchas políticas de inmigrantes mexicanos. Alejandre y su familia emigró desde Apatzingan, México a Wilmington, California. Alejandre actualmente vive y tiene su estudio en Long Beach. Él me escribió: "Yo le digo a mis amigos que soy una recuperación católica. He leído todo ahora y tomar lecciones que me hablan, más notablemente ha sido Siddhartha. Ahora, yo tome la ruta de menor resistencia, excepto cuando se trata de trabajar. En ese caso, voy a ir en contra del grano en esperanzas de lograr algo grande o ser un fracaso espectacular...ambos son aceptables."

La pintura titulada "La Trinidad" que representa al Padre, al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo, también está dedicado a su padre, su hijo y él. Las patatas con los cables eléctricos se conoce como un proyecto científico de la niñez, Alejandre afirma: "Hay patatas metida en un acto carnal bajo el ojo vigilante del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Se trata de mi fe o falta de ella para este asunto." La pintura habla a su espiritual-creativo-itinerario educativo-su vida. El ape podría representar la teoría de la evolución, las patatas copular, como introducción a la infancia la ciencia proyectos combinados con Kris Kristofferson y "Jesús fue un Capricornio". Eclesiastés 1:18 :" con mucha sabiduría hay mucha molestia; cuanto más conocimiento, más dolor." Alejandre crea conmovedora belleza desde su corazón y su talento y él no está solo.

by Sandra Vista

Abel Alejandre "The Rodin of Cross-Hatching

Rodin said: I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."  Alejandre's "metaphorical block of marble" works in reverse. I have observed his drawing mastery with various degrees of graphite. His current exhibition maintains his signature cross-hatching techniques defined with acrylic paint. Alejandre emotes autobiographical and spiritually guided images.  The representational-familial images evolve from lines that fiercely intersect like eagles building their nests.

The paintings from the exhibition named "Public Secrets", appear to be touched by the divine.  Alejandre shared his struggle with his belief in God.  He comes from a family of devout Catholics.  His work represents his religious training combined with his secular art education and the timely political struggles of Mexican immigrants.  Alejandre and his family emigrated from Apatzingan, Mexico to Wilmington,California. Currently Alejandre lives and has his studio in Long Beach. He wrote to me: "I tell my friends that I am a recovering Catholic.  I read everything now and take lessons which speak to me, most notably has been Siddhartha.  Now, I take the path of less resistance, except when it comes to work. In that case I will go against the grain in hopes of achieving something great or being a spectacular failure...both are acceptable."

The painting titled "The Trinity" representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, also is dedicated to his father, his son and himself.  The potatoes with electric cables is known as a childhood science project, Alejandre states: "There are potatoes engaged in a carnal act under the watchful eye of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It deals with my faith or lack of it for that matter." The painting speaks to his spiritual-creative-educational journey-his life.  The ape could represent the theory of evolution, the potatoes copulating, as the introduction to childhood science projects combined with Kris Kristofferson and  "Jesus was a Capricorn". Ecclesiastes 1:18 :" For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief."  Alejandre creates soulful beauty from his heart and his talent and he is not alone.

Wall of Silence 2016 (acrylic on panel)

The Doctor Is In 2016 (acrylic on panel)

Baseball caps with images/ acrylic

Coagula Curatorial opening night