1. lexxdigs:

    Vanitas… #changethebeat2 #design #digital #collage #art #affordableartforthepeople

    Artist: Lexx Valdez

  2. paperdollsteph:

    There, Here, Now is a new series of gouache paintings on paper at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, in Houston Texas. These works present a new kind of history painting. Reminiscent of imagery found in historical European art, these works examine signifiers of wealth, class and identity construction with a contemporary twist. Each image merges, juxtaposes and explores elements found in historical paintings with American pop-culture references to draw similarities between the two.

    Symbols found There in the past, have managed to manifest themselves Here, and the ideologies of what it means to be successful are more prevalent Now.


  3. lexxdigs:

    Whoa! It’s up! Got this shot of the digital mural I designed via @jessicasabogal! • @galeriadelaraza (@pachucastyle) in collaboration w/ @ybca in Community (@raquefella) and El/La Para TransLatinas present “¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas!” A Digital Mural Project honoring #LuchaTransLatina • Catch it at 24th & Bryant in #themission #sanfrancisco Why? Because #translivesmatter (at Galería de la Raza)

    via Galeria de la raza Title: ¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas! is a Digital Mural Project celebrating #LuchaTransLatina. We are honored to partner once again with YBCA’s In Community Program to present our latest installment of our Digital Mural Project (DMP) Residency Series, featuring artist Lexx Valdez and El/La Para Translatinas. The DMP Residency Series aims to connect local social service organizations, artists and the public with our historical billboard to address and respond to important civic issues. DMP is a public art project that explores the direct linkage between creative activity and community building, the potential “uses” of artwork in a social context, and the role of the artist as a public citizen. In celebration of PRIDE and in support of their advocacy efforts, we have partnered with El/La Para Translatinas to ignite dialogue and understanding about the issues faced by the Translatina community and beyond. We stand with El/La and ask you to join us in support at their upcoming June/July programs. About El/La Para Translatinas: Founded in 2006, El/La is a holistic support organization for transgender women of Latin American decent. By building a collective vision where transwomen are empowered to stand up against violence, abuse and discrimination; its mission to promote the survival and improve the quality of life of translatinas in the San Francisco Bay Area is realized. Thus, creating a space where translatinas are loved, valued and supported in self-determination. Visit their website to lean more. About Lexx Valdez: Valdez grew up in Guadalupe, CA, a coastal town at the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County line but she’s lived in the Bay Area since 2004 and considers it home. She now lives in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood where she shares creative space with her Townhaus Studios mate, Scott La Rockwell of Rockwell Creative. Dedicated to healing and transformation through the creative process, Lexx believes in designing cyclically for collective growth and sustainability. She studied at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, and in previous design lives, has been the Creative Director at Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. (BRL), Art Director at Missomnimedia.com, co-founder of the Daughters of D.I.G.—Developing Intelligent Girls—project, and has freelanced for ArtDontSleep, Los Angeles, Alameda Health Care Services Agency, California Endowment‘s Sons & Brothers Campaign, Community Health Resource Center, San Francisco, the Roy Ayers Project and 70×30.com. Lexx’s collage art and curating skills have been displayed at Betti Ono Gallery in downtown Oakland (“My Art, My Culture,” March 2013 collaboration with Daughters of D.I.G. and 70×30.com). About YBCA In Community: Is a new, community-based arts-making program that pairs professional artists with community members in various neighborhoods around the Bay Area—such as SOMA, the Mission District, the Excelsior District, and West Oakland. The program connects low-income, ethnically diverse, underserved community members; neighborhood organizations; and individual artists around collaborative art-making projects that address the unique needs and cultural traditions of each neighborhood. Each project is designed to reinforce cultural connectivity and community healing, and ultimately change how participants see their lives and the world around them.

  4. realmonica:

    CROSSING THE LINES - VBB Borderlines Production

    hosted by Voices Breaking Boundaries

    Curated by Rob Block, Jimmy Castillo, Michelle Garcia, Karen Martinez, Sehba Sarwar, and Monica Villarreal. Over 18 international and local artists will be participating in this production.

    (The images above are of an art instillation I’m creating with the assistance of a few local arts. Read more about it below.)

    By utilizing stencils of M16’s, Villarreal designed this installation to replicate a smaller version of the 18’ fence that separates US & Mexico, allowing the audience to experience what it feels like to live on a militarized border. Measuring 46” high and 100’ long, this art piece is created in solidarity with the Lipan Apache Women Defense and all indigenous people who are creating alliances to fight the illegal siege of their traditional lands.

    The wall instillation will be accompanied by a performance art piece entitled, “Living, Dying and Experiencing border - stories from South Asia & North America”. Human sculptures sharing human experiences with the USA/Mexico Border and the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent conceived by Rob Block and Monica Villarreal with support from Sabina Haque and Margo Tamez.


  5. paperdollsteph:

    Hooks-Epstein Galleries is pleased to announce, Print Perspectives, prints by gallery artists in conjunction with PrintHouston 2014. The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 7, 2014, with a reception for the artists from 6:00pm-8:00pm

    The exhibition will feature work by the following artists: Julie Brook Alexander, Wm. Kelly Bailey, Gregory Michael Carter, Kathryn Dunlevie, Teresa Dunn, James Falick, Desira Garcia, Leamon Green, Mark Greenwalt, Ann Johnson, Kurt Kemp, Edward Lane McCartney, Anna Mavromatis, Stephanie Mercado, Rahul Mitra, Kermit Oliver, Doug Randall, and John Mark Sager.

    Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to be a part of PrintHouston 2014! PrintHouston 2014 is a city-wide celebration of original prints, the artists who create them and the people who collect them. PrintHouston 2014 features an innovative series of print-inspired exhibitions at art galleries, art spaces, and museums throughout the city. A diverse selection of local, international, established, and emerging artists whose works fuse traditional styles of printmaking with contemporary ideas and aesthetics will be on display.

    Print Perspectives will continue through August 16, 2014.


  6. melaniecervantes:

    This summer @jesusvbarraza and I will be traveling to Bordeaux, France for the opening of this exhibit “Chicano Dream. We will both have several pieces in the exhibit. It will be our first time traveling to Europe. Wish us luck! #chicanodream #chicanoart #cheechmarin #art #screenprinting #dignidadrebelde


  7. thegetty:

    L.A. “was born as an idea” with a mission to be an intersection of cultures. —LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Pacific Standard Time is back to explore Latin American and Latin@ art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

    A list of the 40+ grant recipients here!



  8. image: Ricardo Valverde, Boulevard Night, 1979/1991, Gelatin silver print, hand applied pigment, 11x14 inches, Esperanza Valverde and Christopher J. Valverde Collection

    Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971 - 1996
    May 17 to July 26, 2014
    Large Gallery
    Opening Reception on Saturday, May 17, 4 to 6 p.m.

    The late Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Ricardo Valverde (1946-1998) is featured in a career retrospective at VPAM. The exhibition is guest-curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and highlights more than one hundred artworks spanning a twenty-five-year period of production.

    Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996, includes works in a wide range of media, from black-and-white and color photographs, to solarized and intervened gelatin silver prints, to painterly collages that incorporate photographs and are mounted on canvas. The exhibition includes several videos; slide projections from Valverde’s photographs of lowriders, Day of the Dead celebrations, commercial signage; a light box with experimental slides treated as sculptural objects; and ceramic sculptures that resonate with his photography.

    VPAM’s exhibition is the first survey of Valverde’s extensive body of work, and it is undertaken in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), which recently published Ricardo Valverde, a new monograph in its award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History series. “With Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996, we are working together in order to develop and present a comprehensive exhibition on a major L.A. artist who has been overlooked for too long,” explains CSRC director Chon A. Noriega. “Valverde was highly influenced by the New York School of street photographers and yet his photographs were never simply documents. They are works of art, visual artifacts of urban modern life in East L.A. during his lifetime, and a very personal expression unlike that of any other celebrated art photographer from Los Angeles.”

    Valverde’s artwork is included in collections in the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba, and his photographs were exhibited most recently in the Getty Foundation’s 2011-12 initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, with multiple works in two exhibitions: Asco: Elite of the Obscure at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles,1930-1985, at the Museum of Latin American Art.

    Public Programming:
    Panel Discussion
    Saturday, June 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Join Chon A. Noriega in conversation with the exhibition’s curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill,
    author Ramón García, and artist Rubén Ortiz Torres.

    Curator’s Walk Through
    Saturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.
    Walk through of the exhibition with guest curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.

    All events and programs are free and open to the public.

    About the Curator:
    Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is an independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art. She has served as chief curator at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and as director and chief curator for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. She is currently a visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

    Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) on the campus of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been open in its brand new facility since May 2011. At 40,000 square feet, it is the largest museum serving the San Gabriel Valley. And, as part the Performing & Fine Arts Center on campus, VPAM is dedicated to the presentation of significant and wide-ranging exhibitions that directly benefit ELAC and all of our surrounding communities.

    For complete exhibition descriptions, related free programs, public hours, parking, and other information: http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org


  9. robertvaladez:

    Art by Robert Valadez: Sub-Comandante Marcos.


  10. saldamando:

    La Sandraswitchblade

    colored pencil, spray paint, glitter on paper


    Artist: Shizu Saldamando

  11. Chicano Batman - "Itotiani" Live at the Hobbyshop

    Chicano Batman plays the Hobbyshop Recording Studios on February 4th, 2011. Engineered by Andrew Murdock.
    Filmed by David Reich, Jimmy Fusil and Ben High.


  12. philiplumbang:

    #deadrelatives #huglife @ernestoyerena

    CAM:Eagle of the Dead" Signed and Numbered. 8x10 inches Edition of 150 Signed by both Artists: Philip Lumbang & Ernesto Yerena