Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Mis Papeles Vincent Price Art Museum Small Gallery January 24- April 18, 2015
Segovia's exhibition consists of large scale paper weavings, 3-D Poles "Scepters" and childlike paintings. His work reflects his Mexican heritage and his art education in America. He was born in Juarez near the border of Texas and Mexico. Being from the "frontera" Segovia innately understands the need to stand up for his creative freedom and to express Mexican people's rebellious nature. He speaks of combining "politics and graphics". The fight is in him-"El Grito"-the Cry. He also speaks of wanting his artwork to be recognized as fine art, deserving the acknowledgement of the art world as being more than a domestic effort and craft. He is not devaluing these art forms; on the contrary, he recognizes their place in art history. Also important to Segovia is integrating his Christian faith with his artwork. The titles of the pieces such in the "segundas" paintings are a metaphor for the Resurrection. The mixed-media poles are defined as "scepters" based on the sense of the divine. Segovia stated that some audiences do not want to hear about Christianity, many are content with him speaking of the "spiritual" aspect of his art and art practice. However, his intention is clear the way he "interweaves" spiritual inspirations with his faith. And also, the titles are in Spanish to express what he calls "cultural nuances". Weaving is an art form that has been with us since the beginning of weaving branches, vines, and tree bark for territorial purposes. The art of weaving is a male and female art form. Segovia expressed his role in his own family as sharing the domestic role of child-rearing (he has two children) with his wife as well as working outside the home. The kind of art that Segovia creates does have a domestic thread but also contains sculptural aspects similar to Christo's "The Gates" infiltrating a space. Obviously on a smaller scale in the gallery but still purposely dividing space with pattern, form, and color.
Last week during the first leg (rabbit's foot) of the exhibition at Chung King Studios, Chinatown, Los Angeles (March 27, 28, 29) I was speaking to Shana Nys Dambrot regarding the rabbit themed exhibition. Shana said that rabbits, as a subject for art work, are currently in the "zeitgeist"-the spirit of the time.
"Zeitgeist"defines a universal consciousness that artists and "average Joe's/Jane's", can tap into. The ubiquitous cell phone/texting/calling/Facebook/"selfing", is an indicator of our need to connect/reconnect with our loved-ones and to be heard and acknowledged. Rabbits as shape-shifters match the times and make adjustments to help us through our unexplored journeys.
Artists are obvious candidates for communicating our basic human needs. BUNNYMANIA
artists exhibit work that focuses on the spiritual realm of the rabbit such as works by Sarah Stone and Karen Florito's buddha-like rabbits. Additionally, are photographs of actual rabbits by artists like Lara Jo Reagan, who bring us back to reality and the need for protecting our furry friends.
Rabbits serve as prey and prayer. They will sacrifice themselves as food to serve others and remind us to pray when they position their paws in the prayer position. Adonna Khare's finite pencil drawing of a rabbit appearing to be trapped, bound with rope, with an imminent boulder above its head, is a definitive example of the power of rabbit medicine. This rabbit appears to be serene under its adversity and impending death. Notably is the prayer asana position representing a rabbit in meditation designing a virtuous contingency plan.
The curators Delia A Cabral and Peter Frank are both rabbit owners. By owning rabbits as pets versus food, they are already making political statements against animal cruelty. The current BUNNYMANIA exhibition provides animal welfare education and support via whimsical albeit politically powerful presentation of rabbit themed art work.
Lara Jo Reagan
Peter Frank and Delia A. Cabral (curators) Photos from Wilding Cran Gallery -opening night
Patron with her pet rabbit.
artists/patrons @ Wilding Cran opening
Delia A. Cabral & Sandra Vista @ Chung King Studios,Chinatown, LA
Participating Artists: Addona Khare, Alexandra Lakin, Bibi Davidson, Bogdan Dumitrica, Brian Duda, Corrie Gregory, Dana Feagin, Daniela Schweitler, Dave Ghilarducci, Debra Broz, Deidre Sullivan-Beeman, Dilip Niroy, Georgie Flood, Gretchen Ryan, Heather Matton, Inge Dehenin, Jane O'Hara, Karen Florito, Karrie Ross, Kathryn Pitt, Kelly Thompson, Kim McCarty, Kim Tucker, Lara Jo Regan, Marina Hebert, Mary McGill, Mark Blatchfold, Megh Raj Thapa, Michelle Waters, Monique Rebelle, NAMAAK Collective, Nina Salerno (Perfect Reject) Osceola Refetoff, Paul Evans, Paula De La Cruz, Rafael Perea De La Cabada, Raul Contreras, Rhea Korito, Rikki Niehaus, Sally Ann Field, Salomon Huerta, Sana Haroon, Sandra Vista, Sara Hardt, Sarah Stone, Susan Coastes, Suzanne Walsh, Trine Churchill, Valerie Daval
hours: Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 11am-2pm and by appointment
CACTUS GALLERY CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND THEIR FIRST EXHIBIT OF 2015. FIFTY ARTISTS HAVE INTERPRETED THE 54 ICONIC LOTERIA CARDS.
THE ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION WHERE GIVEN ARTISTIC LICENSE TO INTERPRET THEIR IDEA OF THEIR CHOSEN LOTERIA CARD. THE ONLY CONSTRAINTS WERE SCALE APPROXIMATELY 10"x 10"-12"x12" AND PRICE POINT OF AROUND $500. MAX...
SANDRA MASTROIANNI, DIRECTOR OF CACTUS GALLERY, STATED THAT SHE SOLD MANY PIECES PRIOR TO THE OPENING DUE TO HER SUPPORTIVE COLLECTORS THAT CONTINUE TO DEPEND ON CACTUS GALLERY TO WHET THEIR ARTISTIC BELLIES.
THESE SMALL SCALE PIECES EXHIBIT THE MAGICAL, MYSTICAL AND ETHEREAL QUALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LEGENDS OF THE LOTERIA CARDS. IT IS MORE THAN A BINGO GAME. THE IMAGES ASSIGNED TO EACH NUMBER CARRY WITH THEM THE POTENCY OF EACH IMAGE. "LA MANO # 21" AS ILLUSTRATED BY ENCARNI DIAZ, REINFORCES, FAITH, STRENGTH, THE HAND OF GOD/SPIRIT/POWER.
NICOLE NORMAN'S "LA RANA #54", SYMBOLIZES CLEANSING OF THE EMOTIONAL WATERS, HOPE OF LOVE IN DISGUISE/AND/OR VARIOUS FORMS , APPROPRIATELY CREATED WITH GOUACHE ON PAPER. THE GALLERY IS LOCATED IN PLAYFULLY NAMED "FROG TOWN" ELYSIAN VALLEY. "LA RANA" CAN ONLY BE AN ASSET.
La Mano #21 by Encarni Diaz
oil on wood, 9.5"x 12" framed to 13.5"x 16"
La Rana #54 (Mr, Lily) by Nichol Norman
gouache on paper 8"x11" to 10"x13" framed
El Arbol #10 by Janrt Olenik
acrylic on bass board 6"x12"
El Nopal #39 (A Right Prickly Pair) by Norman Gray
mm sculpture, each 5"x 5", total 10"x 10"
El Gallo ( Psicodelico) #1 by Michelle Waters
acrylic on wood 9"x 12"
La Corona #47 by Sandra Vista
mm,/acrylic/crown/ 8" x 2.5 "
El Catrin #4 by Eden Folwell
acrylic on canvas, 9"x 12"
Michelle Waters, Mavis Leahy, Holly Wood, Eden Folwell, Valency Genis, Miriam Martinez, Jon Measures, Carlos Villez, Vera Paras, Janrt Olenik, K Howell, Roger Trivinos, Kelly Thompson,Carlos Villez, Sherri Miranda, Simona Candini, Sara Polzin, Lacey Bryant, Johnny "Zurdo" Quintanilla, Walt Hall, Encarni Diaz, Alea Bone, Gabriela Zapata, Joshua Coffy, Jose Alvarez, Patricia Krebs, Miriam Martinez, Sarah Stone, Chatismo, Bobby Rojas, Lea Barozzi, Jaclyn Alderete, Yo-yMis Kosas, Sam Russell, Ulla Anobile, Andie Bogdan, Patricia Krebs, Douglas Alvarez, Norman Gray, Terri Berman, Ulla Anobile, Jazmin Molina, Elisa Belloni, Angela Maria Ortiz S., PECA, Rasa Jadzeviciene, Sandra Vista, Joe Bravo, Bill Wheeler, Catherine Bursill Moore, Rosie Garcia, Ashley Fisher, Jessica Ward, Nichol Norman