- Oil painting by Mark Vallen
This Press Release last updated on Thurs, Jan. 12st., 2006 ]
SIDES OF THE BORDER:
American & Chicano Art
Passion Fine Art - Eagle Rock California
19th through January 7th, 2006.
the recent upsurge in popularity for Latino art, Carlotta's
Passion Fine Arts intends to present a proper historical and
aesthetic context for what is quickly becoming an internationally
renown school of art. As an expression of a newly independent
hemisphere, Latin American art has long delighted and inspired
a world audience. Vibrant, compelling and rooted in the unique
experience of the Americas, the genre provides a bridge for
a new contemporary US art movement.
Art is the visual language of the Mexican-American community
in the US, and domestically it has already made an impact
with its bold aesthetics - now it is poised to become popular
with the worldwide community. To help broaden that recognition,
Carlotta's Passion Fine Arts presented - Both Sides of
the Border: Latin American & Chicano Art from November
19th 2005 through January 7th, 2006.
Sides of the Border focused on original and limited edition works
of art by Latin American and Chicano artists. The Latin American
artwork included pieces by Raul Anguiano, Juan Sebastián Barbera,
Elsa Chabaud, Vladimir Cora, Jose Luis Cuevas, Jean Charlot, Ever
Fonseca, Jose Fors, Ana Marini Genzon, Wifredo Lam, Vanesa Martinelli,
David Martinez, Eleazar Martinez, Jose Esteban Martinez, Roberto
Matta, Lucia Maya, Carlos Merida, Gustavo Montoya, Cristobal Ortega,
Salvadore Salaza, Jag Sanchez, Francisco Toledo, Victor Uhthoff,
and Francisco Zuniga.
Chicano artists whose works were in the show included Ramon Atilano,
Carlos Bueno, Yareli Cobian, Diane Gamboa, Margaret Garcia, Gronk,
Sergio Hernandez, Leo Limón, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Manuel Martinez,
Abe Mendoza, Xavier Montes, James Osorio, Felix Perez, Ramon Ramirez,
Sergio Rebia, Frank Romero, The Royal Chicano Air Force, Hector
Silva, Patssi Valdez, Mark Vallen, Israel Valenzuela, Benjamin Venegas,
and Antonio Ybanez.
Sides of the Border opened with an Artist's Reception on Saturday,
November 19th., from 6:00 pm to
9:00 pm. The opening Artist's Reception was well attended by
some 300 people, and during the opening Martin Espino and Christopher
Garcia of MEXIKA
performed indigenous music using traditional instruments.
Both Sides of the Border, Carlotta's Passion
offered educational presentations and activities.
Dec. 16th., 8:00 to 9:00 pm: Educator
Diane Velarde-Hernandez and artist Mark Vallen gave lectures on
the influences of identity and social activism on Chicano art. Vallen's
lecture included an exciting slide presentation on the aesthetics
of socially conscious art.
the Artist Series
Both Sides of the Border, Carlotta's Passion offered a Meet
the Artist series. Each friendly and informal gathering gave
collectors an opportunity to get to know artists on a more intimate
basis than allowable during a typical Artist's Reception. In the
course of the Meet the Artist social events, artists walked
collectors through works on display, going into detail about each
piece, taking questions, and giving insight into the artist's background,
motivations and influences. Additional works not on display were
offered by the artists. The Meet the Artist series was well
attended by a number of interested individuals. The following artists
were participants in the series:
- Sun., Nov. 20th, 4:00 pm.
- Fri., Nov. 25th, 8:00 pm.
- Sat., Dec. 3rd., from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
- Fri., Dec. 9th, 8:00 pm.
- Sat., Dec. 17th at 4 pm.
- Sat., Dec. 17th at 8 pm.
by Zuniga [ detail ]
Reading: Luis J. Rodriguez
December 3rd at 8 pm.
J. Rodriguez read from his latest poetry collection, My Nature
is Hunger: New & Selected Poems.
Luis J. Rodriguez is an award-winning writer of poetry, children's
books, fiction, and nonfiction, best-known for the memoir, Always
Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. He is a cofounder of
Tia Chucha's Cafe & Centro Cultural - a bookstore/cafe/art gallery/performance
space/workshop center in the San Fernando Valley. He is also editor
of Tia Chucha Press. You can discover more about Luis J. Rodriguez
at his official
Vallen's latest oil painting appears as the cover art for My
Nature Is Hunger, and the artist was on hand to talk about his
work created especially for Luis J. Rodriguez. Some 40 people turned
out for this evening of socially engaged art and poetry.
Both Sides of the Border exhibition booklet now available
in PDF format
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and printout a complimentary copy of the 36 page booklet containing
biographies and artist's statements for all 45 participating artists
in this impressive exhibition. Sure to be a collector's item, printed
copies of this book were given away at the opening reception.
by Victor Uhthoff [ detail ]
Passion Fine Art
continues to present ongoing exhibitions of fine paintings, prints,
and drawings. The gallery is located at:
2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, California (Eagle Rock,) 90041.
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Business hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00
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