1. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: Vincent Price Art Museum, September - December 2013 exhibitions.

    CAM:

    During Thanksgiving break we took the opportunity to attend the three September - December 2013 exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in Monterey Park, California. The exhibits we visited at VPAM were Shizu Saldamando's, When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias’, La Luz de Germs site-specific installation, and Chicano master John Valadez's, SANTA ANA CONDITION, all which will close simultaneously at the museum on December 7th, 2013.
    (Shizu Saldamando - “La Martha”, 2013, oil on wood)


    Arriving at Vincent Price Art Museum we were greeted by the friendly staff, and after picking up a couple showcards at the museum front desk we began our self-guided tour on the 1st floor where artist Shizu Saldamando's, When You Sleep survey was located. Walking up to the entrance of gallery we were welcomed in with three of Shizu's ball point pen on bed sheet artworks directly placed overhead that guided us into the exhibit. Anita and I were both intrigued in viewing the survey, but for different reasons. For myself it gave me the opportunity to view many of Ms. Saldamando's artworks I had observed separately in gallery and museum events through the years, along with recently created pieces all accumulated at the Vincent Price Art Museum for her 2013 survey. All the artworks were quality, but my zenith piece was Shizu's "La Martha" artwork, the portrait was an exquisite Photorealist oil painting rendered on wood. I was fixated with Shizu’s meticulous alluring brushwork on the "La Martha" composition, and absorbed it in all its eminence. Other notable artworks were “Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser Concert, Azuza, CA”, 2008, graphite on wood and “Juan, I Heart LA” 2010, colored pencil and collage on paper.


    More images CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page
    (Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias - “Tribute to Magu”, 2012, acrylic on panel)


    After fully basking in Shizu Saldamando's, When You Sleep survey, we proceeded to the 3rd floor where artist Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias, La Luz de Germs site-specific installation was located in the HOY SPACE gallery at VPAM. Entering the HOY SPACE gallery my eyes first gravitated to the hand embellished walls. Artist GERMS engulfed the walls of the gallery with his signature haloed pinto bean image along with other painted designs. Mr. Zacarias site-specific installation also consisted of La “Luz de Germs”- four multi-colored Stained glass, teak, bamboo lighting sculptures on pedestals, and three acrylic original paintings on large panels. The artwork that had made a impact on me in the installation was Jaime’s amazing homage to Chicano Master Gilbert “Magú” Luján (October 16, 1940 – July 24, 2011), in a painting entitled, "Tribute to Magu", 2012, acrylic on panel. Just by subject matter I knew this was a Magú inspired piece with Mr. Luján’s actual lowrider, and his signature dog character depicted by Mr. Zacarias in the painting.
    Anita favored and desired to be the guardian of all four multi-colored “La Luz de Germs” Stained glass, teak, bamboo lighting sculptures for her future abode.


    More images CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page
    (John Valadez - ‘SANTA ANA CONDITION’, 1985, pastel on paper)


    After partaking in the La Luz de Germs site-specific installation we proceeded to the 2nd floor which was our last stop at Vincent Price Art Museum tour for artist John Valadez's SANTA ANA CONDITION. Which we had previously viewed in 2012, you can read my post here: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla 2012. I was joyed to revisit Mr. Valadez's extraordinary realist artwork and photography compiled for this exhibition that has traveled to a total of three cities (La Jolla CA, Chicago IL, and Monterey Park CA). Anita and I did note the survey was edited for the VPAM showcase, as a few artworks from the inaugural 2012 survey at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego @ La Jolla were absent from the Monterey Park exhibition.

    More images CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page
    (Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias - “La Luz de Germs” (Detail of Red) Stained glass, teak, bamboo lighting sculpture on pedestal, 2013)


    After our date at the Vincent Price Art Museum we stopped at The Hat, World Famous Pastrami on S. Atlantic Blvd. for lunch, and also visited artist Robert Palacios ‘Slice of Life’ exhibition at Chimmaya gallery, which I will share with you on my next write up. Stay tuned!

    I would like to thank the artists who participated in the exhibitions and Vincent Price Art Museum for the culture and education.

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  2. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla 2012

    chicanoartmovement:

    imageimagePayasa 1978-80 digital print on archival paper 25 X 16 1/2 in


    JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION:
    through Sep 02, 2012
    MCASD La Jolla

    700 Prospect Street
    La Jolla, CA 92037-4291


    CAM:
    On a very beautiful August day, my hot date and I took a trip to La Jolla, California to view John Valadez’s,”SANTA ANA CONDITION:” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla.
    I have been waiting to attend this exhibition since first hearing about in January from Mr. Valadez at the opening reception of “Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park” exhibition at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park C.A. This exhibition and Mr. Carlos Alamaraz’s show coming up at the Vincent Prince Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA are the two shows that have brought some excitement to this follower of the Chicano Art Movement this year.

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    (left) Getting Them Out Of The Car 1984 pastel on paper 50 X 100 in (right) Santa Ana Condition 1985 pastel on paper 52 X 121 1/2 in


    Upon entering MCASD La Jolla I was instantly hit with the amazing color used by Mr. Valadez on massive pieces of paper. As I got closer to the first works on paper my eyes got bigger and so did my smile. Mr. Valadez’s Pastel works and his photography pieces are my favorite of his various mediums he is amazing at. Mr. John Valadez’s water themed pieces coexist perfect with this venue, as you can see in the image I took (below) of the spectacular multi-million dollar view. This was also my very first time viewing so many works by Mr. Valadez in one place. Prior to this exhibition I had only seen his colored street series photographs jointly, so for me to tour so many pieces in one place was a ocular delight.

    imageThe view from MCASD La Jolla is worth the admission alone.
    Dr. Davies (MCASD Director) can I move in and be the guardian of this spectacular view unitl the show runs? I promise not to have too big of party (maybe).


    Having attended Santa Ana Condition on a weekday for me was sublime, with easy to find parking and a minimal of museum goers made the experience for me that much more enjoyable.
    Being able to examine and appriciate the works of art at your own pace is always great right?
    A few of the first pieces that grabbed my attention were from Mr. Valadez’s Car Show Series of artworks. I have never partaken in a lowrider carshow event (I like my cars sporty), but having seen videos and heard stories from friends who had attended, I think Mr. John Valadez catpures these events very vividly.

    MCASD Education department produced an audio guide for the exhibit. To listen to an excerpt of Mr. Valadez’s interview about the carshow scene paintings dial: 858-384-3321 then #29 to listen.

    imageCar Show 2001 oil on canvas 76 X 96 1/4 in


    The Pièce de résistance for me though was “Mesoamerica.” With its surrealist qualities and the dipiction of a civilization form its beginings to modern day, Mr. Valadez’s Right Encephalon Entophic vision make this masterpiece one that will stay lodged into this artgoers visual memory. I first caught a glimpse of this piece transitioning from one wing of the gallery to the other, restraining myself from going off course to view, I focused straight ahead onto the next wonderful Valadez work. Arriving in front of “Mesoamerica” with much anticipation built up, I knew it was worth the wait. This pastel on paper was the beauty of the ball for this artlover.
    As a whole this show was very a satisfying event and was curated excetionally by MCASD, the spectacular choice of photography and original artworks made the exhibition flow flawlessly. I highly suggest attendance to Santa Ana Condition at the Museum of Contemporay San Diego La Jolla which runs until September 2, 2012. If you attend and enjoy the exhibit as much I did Purchase the catalog, it contains detailed insight by Mr. Valadez and the MCASD curators on the artworks exhibited in show. Even if you do not attend JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla, but would still like to own a copy of this catalog purchase HERE.


    image(detail) “Mesoamerica”


    I would like to thank the freindly staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
    More photos of JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: exhibition at Chicano Art Movement Facebook Page.
    Enjoy!

    CAM: I wanted to reblog my 2012 post of Chicano artists John Valadez’s exhibit SANTA ANA CONDITION which is currently at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in Monterey Park, California which is on view until December 7th 2013. The SANTA ANA CONDITION exhibition also made CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blogs TOP 5 picks, Museum/Gallery exhibitions of 2012
     

  3. saldamando:

    Cards for the September exhibition. (at Vincent Price Art Museum)

     

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  5. saldamando:

    http://koplindelrio.com/content/artifex 

    Opening at Koplin del Rio Gallery. 

     

  6. JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: @ National Museum of Mexican Art - April 25 - August 11, 2013

    National Museum of Mexican Art
    1852 West 19th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608

    CAM:
    Read my write up on Mr. Valadez’s exhibition when it debuted at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (@ La Jolla) in 2012

    HERE:
    CHICANO ART MOVEMENT VISITS: JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD LA JOLLA

    and HERE:
    CHICANO ART MOVEMENT BLOGS TOP 5 PICKS, MUSEUM/GALLERY EXHIBITIONS OF 2012

     


  7. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blogs TOP 5 picks, Museum/Gallery exhibitions of 2012

    CAM:
    Here is a list compiled of the Top 5 exhibitions I here at CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blog have attended in 2012. There were no board members or a prestigious art magazine imposing their influence on CAM. I decided on and viewed every exhibition myself or with friends in tow. I had partaken in a total sixteen gallery and museum exhibitions in Southern California area in 2012. Out of those sixteen I selected the most memorable five. I do not have a criteria to just attend Chicano art related events, as I also have an appreciation for Modern and other contemporary art movements.


    1) John Valadez: SANTA ANA Condition - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at La Jolla (MCASD La Jolla) Jun 10, 2012 through Sep 02, 2012

    I chose John Valadez: SANTA ANA Condition as my #1 pick, this survey was the best visually curated show that I attended in 2012. The water theme pieces selected and the ocean front view from MCASD La Jolla made SANTA ANA Condition flow flawlessly from one art piece to the next at this venue. Mr. Valadez’s artwork is thought provoking and visually amazing.


    2) In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) January 29, 2012–May 6, 2012
    Kay Sage (United States, 1898-1963)

    All I should have to say is Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo being exhibited together at LACMA. This was also my first time viewing so many of Frida Kahlo’s artworks in one place, the masterpiece that made this exhibition memorable had to be “Las Dos Fridas”. I never knew how massive this work was until I stood in front of it in person at this exhibit. Being situated in front of this Pièce de résistance made me understand why so many artist reinterpret this Frida Kahlo oil on canvas.


    3) Alice Bag: Alice Bag reads from her book “Violence Girl” and performs small acoustic set - AAA Electra 99 Gallery (Anaheim CA) - ONE NIGHT ONLY August 16, 2012 (AAA Electra 99 Galleries last Anaheim event)

    My #3 pick goes to legendary punk rocker, Alice Bag’s one night appearance for her book “Violence Girl” East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story at AAA Electra 99 Gallery. Alice read from a few chapters in her book and performed a small set with a three piece band. What made this great for me was the intimate setting it took place in and the amazing performance by Mrs. Bag. If you ever have an opportunity to attend a performance by Alice I highly recommend you partake in it.


    4) Smogtown Presents: Chaz Bojorquez: “End Of The World” - Plaza De La Raza, Boathouse Gallery December 21, 2012 - January 31st, 2013

    I had been waiting to attend my first solo exhibition by Chaz Bojorquez for many years. One of my opportunities came this year when his “From The Streets To The Cloud” exhibition in Chicago, IL at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in November, but the great distance from CA to IL and the lack of the all mighty dollar voided this show from me attending. Luckily on December 21st I had a second chance to see my first Chaz solo art show. Prior to this exhibit I had only been able to view single pieces in group shows, but when I heard about “End Of The World” I knew I had to attend this incredible exhibit in Lincoln Park, California. Chaz’s work was exceptional, from his behemoth canvas paintings to his limited edition “Señor Suerte” skate decks. Bravo Mr. Bojorquez!


    5) "Maldita Frontera" (Damn Border): Artists from Mexico - Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) July 7- 28th, 2012
    Eduardo Kintero - “El encobijado” 2012 instalacion, acrillco y encobijado 244 x 244 x 244 cm

    "Maldita Frontera" was a group show that consisted of four border artists Ramon Carillo, Pablo Castaneda, Fernando Garcia Rivas and Eduardo Kintero. I learned about this exhibition at OCCCA a week prior the show closing, so attending was high on my priorities list for that week. I was very interested how our brothers interpreted life on their side of the border. What I did not expect was this astounding, surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking exhibition by these four artist in showing Orange County, California. OCCCA is an immense art space, and these artist used every bit of wall space wisely, and even used the floors and ceilings. Mr. Eduardo Kintero even created a permanent outdoor tile mural on the north side of the gallery. Good show gentlemen.

    Special recognition goes out to Avenue 50 Studio’s “Resurrected Histories” exhibition January 14 through February 5, 2012


    Most anticipated future exhibitions: Carlos Alamaraz retrospective and Thomas Hart Benton exhibition at LACMA in 2014/15.

     


  8. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla 2012

    Payasa 1978-80 digital print on archival paper 25 X 16 1/2 in


    JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION:
    through Sep 02, 2012
    MCASD La Jolla

    700 Prospect Street
    La Jolla, CA 92037-4291


    CAM:
    On a very beautiful August day, my hot date and I took a trip to La Jolla, California to view John Valadez’s,”SANTA ANA CONDITION:” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla.
    I have been waiting to attend this exhibition since first hearing about in January from Mr. Valadez at the opening reception of “Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park” exhibition at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park C.A. This exhibition and Mr. Carlos Alamaraz’s show coming up at the Vincent Prince Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA are the two shows that have brought some excitement to this follower of the Chicano Art Movement this year.


    (left) Getting Them Out Of The Car 1984 pastel on paper 50 X 100 in (right) Santa Ana Condition 1985 pastel on paper 52 X 121 1/2 in


    Upon entering MCASD La Jolla I was instantly hit with the amazing color used by Mr. Valadez on massive pieces of paper. As I got closer to the first works on paper my eyes got bigger and so did my smile. Mr. Valadez’s Pastel works and his photography pieces are my favorite of his various mediums he is amazing at. Mr. John Valadez’s water themed pieces coexist perfect with this venue, as you can see in the image I took (below) of the spectacular multi-million dollar view. This was also my very first time viewing so many works by Mr. Valadez in one place. Prior to this exhibition I had only seen his colored street series photographs jointly, so for me to tour so many pieces in one place was a ocular delight.

    The view from MCASD La Jolla is worth the admission alone.
    Dr. Davies (MCASD Director) can I move in and be the guardian of this spectacular view unitl the show runs? I promise not to have too big of party (maybe).


    Having attended Santa Ana Condition on a weekday for me was sublime, with easy to find parking and a minimal of museum goers made the experience for me that much more enjoyable.
    Being able to examine and appriciate the works of art at your own pace is always great right?
    A few of the first pieces that grabbed my attention were from Mr. Valadez’s Car Show Series of artworks. I have never partaken in a lowrider carshow event (I like my cars sporty), but having seen videos and heard stories from friends who had attended, I think Mr. John Valadez catpures these events very vividly.

    MCASD Education department produced an audio guide for the exhibit. To listen to an excerpt of Mr. Valadez’s interview about the carshow scene paintings dial: 858-384-3321 then #29 to listen.

    Car Show 2001 oil on canvas 76 X 96 1/4 in


    The Pièce de résistance for me though was “Mesoamerica.” With its surrealist qualities and the dipiction of a civilization form its beginings to modern day, Mr. Valadez’s Right Encephalon Entophic vision make this masterpiece one that will stay lodged into this artgoers visual memory. I first caught a glimpse of this piece transitioning from one wing of the gallery to the other, restraining myself from going off course to view, I focused straight ahead onto the next wonderful Valadez work. Arriving in front of “Mesoamerica” with much anticipation built up, I knew it was worth the wait. This pastel on paper was the beauty of the ball for this artlover.
    As a whole this show was very a satisfying event and was curated excetionally by MCASD, the spectacular choice of photography and original artworks made the exhibition flow flawlessly. I highly suggest attendance to Santa Ana Condition at the Museum of Contemporay San Diego La Jolla which runs until September 2, 2012. If you attend and enjoy the exhibit as much I did Purchase the catalog, it contains detailed insight by Mr. Valadez and the MCASD curators on the artworks in the exhibited in show. Even if you do not attend JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla, but would still like to own a copy of this catalog purchase HERE.


    (detail) “Mesoamerica”


    I would like to thank the freindly staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
    More photos of JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: exhibition at Chicano Art Movement Facebook Page.
    Enjoy!

     

  9. SANTA ANA CONDITION: JOHN VALADEZ 1976 TO 2011

    Jun 10, 2012 through Sep 02, 2012 at MCASD La Jolla


    John Valadez is widely considered the most significant artist to have developed a realist pictorial language recording the Chicano experience in Los Angeles during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. His work has come to define the iconography of Chicano identity of the period, situating it within the changing dynamics of the city rather than nostalgically attempting to reconstruct a mythical and distant past. His style is derived from street photography as he records the life of his community and of other inhabitants of downtown Los Angeles. Yet, his interest in the documentary photographic tradition is also closely related to the use of this genre by experimental L.A. artists who, since the 1960s when portable cameras became ubiquitous, have directed their lenses toward artistic ends. Valadez turned the ordinary snapshot into a source for his portrayal of a large, diverse cast of urban inhabitants drawn from his everyday life. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, Valadez began as a muralist, in which he presented themes of invisible borders and histories binding together Spanish, Mexican, and American culture. Valadez’s intense and colorful artworks express the Chicano experience in a contemporary representational style infused with elements of magical realism. His virtuoso pastel drawings present intense contrasts: the formal and narrative interpretations resemble unlikely photographs that offer social commentary on everyday urban life.

    Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez 1976 to 2011 is the first survey exhibition of this important Mexican-American artist and muralist, who has had profound influence on the Chicano art movement in the United States. This exhibition spans 35 years of Valadez’s photographs, paintings, pastels, and other works on paper. Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez 1976 to 2011 presents, for the first time, the development of Valadez’s studio works: from his early use of documentary and street photography to the influence of European baroque and rococo painting and sculpture, and finally, to his more recent amalgamation of photography-based imagery with a spatial and temporal structure pointing towards Surrealism. The exhibition explores the specific documentary implications of Valadez’s paintings, pastels, and drawings of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and their later evolution into cityscapes imbued with his desire to depict the nitty-gritty of urban life in L.A. and its ethnic underclass.

    Pastels and paintings from the 1990s and 2000s will also be included in the exhibition. These works, which depart from his earlier strict adherence to deadpan representation towards a more baroque compositional structure, are marked by a need to push the boundaries of structure and style. Memory, desire, intuition, and humor blend in these masterfully accomplished works on canvas and paper, which are thrust by their very excess into a territory that materializes a personal iconography beyond the limits of cultural identity. In his later works, Valadez aims to make familiar the unfamiliar—whether dreams and fantasies, or the cultural identity of others.


    CAM:
    This exhibition is not to be missed, from my prevoius conversations with Mr. Valadez there will be many pieces from private collections that have not been seen by the public for many years on view in this exhibit. For more info of events in conjucton with this exhibition visit: MCASD

     

  10. image: Chaz Bojorquez @ MOCA L.A. “Art In The Streets” 2011

    Radio Sombra is a community based radio station housed at the Centro de Communicación Comunitaria in Boyle Heights, Califas. Programming is created by the community and for the community.

    CAM:
    Here are two interviews via Radio Sombra with Chicano artist John M. Valadez and Chaz Bojorquez. They are both interviewed by Tropico de Nopal gallery co-owner Reyes Rodriguez. Both artist tell great stories about their art careers and they let you in with some of the music they like that was the soundtrack to their lives.


    Art & Grooves interview with John Valadez click (HERE)

    Art & Grooves interview with Chaz Bojorquez click (HERE)

    (Source: tropicodenopal.com)

     

  11. JOHN VALADEZ - Summer Festivals in Orange County, 1998 (Mural) - Oil on Canvas, 15 x 70 ft., Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse and Office Building, Santa Ana, California


    About the mural:
    The curved “Piano wall” in the pavillion, "We The People: Summer Festivals of Orange County." The epic mural painted by John Valadez, brings people of Orange County- their cultures, history and traditions- inside the courthouse in a visually dramatic way.

    For the mural’s central metapjor, Valadez chose summer festivals - the community’s celebrations of its history, traditions, and rich mix of cultures. He spent a year attending festivals throughout the county and researching its history, economy, and social development. Two more years were required to bring the work from sketch to completion. Painted in oils on canvas, the mural comprises 7 panels; its total size 15 feet by 70 feet.

    Artist John Valadez was born in Los Angeles, and earned his bachelors degree of Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach. He has achieved an international artistic reputation. He has exhibited widley in the US and Europe, and in 1987 he was selected as the first American artist to receive an artist-in-residence fellowship at the Foundation of Art D’La Napoule in France. His other honors have included the 1994 Getty Fellowship Award from the California Community Arts Foundation and the 1996 General Services Adminstration Design Award for the El Paso Mural Project.

    CAM:
    The times I have spoke to Mr. Valadez have been mainly about this mural and its exact location. I heard this mural existed years back and also heard you needed security clearance to view (not true). Inbetween learning about the location of the mural Mr. John Valadez also shared some good stories with me. One story I remember about this mural Mr. Valadez told me is that his fellow Chicano art peers were not too pleased with him painting a mural for a building named after "The Gipper". But, as you can see that did not deter him from creating this immense artwork for the city of Santa Ana, California. I highly suggest if you are in or around the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse you go inside and view this mural by Chicano great Mr. John M. Valadez.

    If you go view this mural, try to spot the depiction of our former President of the United States. (Hint: balloons)

     

  12. Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement outside East L.A.

    Painter and muralist John Valadez shares his experiences as an artist participating in the Chicano art movement outside of East L.A., especially Highland Park and Downtown Los Angeles. This “Culture Fix” talk was presented in conjunction with the L.A. Xicano exhibition “Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement” at the Fowler Museum at UCLA

    (Source: chicano.ucla.edu)