"Treat IV Your Gland is intended to be an evening of live-art in Fontana for the community to engage with local artists and creatives. There are glands in your eyes and mouth that will be satiated by art and yogurt respectively throughout the evening. Artists will be creating work all night: from painting to screen printing. Please join us for an evening of yogurt, painting, and being merry."
This gallery is a small space; however the work itself incorporates interesting motifs and social themes that have been relevant for many centuries, ever since there has been a group of people trying to make a change within their community. When one walks into the gallery one can quickly survey the art on display. My gaze was immediately drawn to a wall composed of numerous bold graphic images.
PEDERSEN Projects Gallery
This is the work by Chicano artist, Oscar Magallanes, who has become known for his work on wood and his political statements made through his art pieces.
Cosme Cordova, an accomplished and professional artist in both oil and graphic art, was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. at a young age by his father. He has lived here in the United States ever since and currently lives in Riverside, Ca. Cordova’s artwork depicts his experience living between two worlds, being a Mexican living in America and juggling both cultures. He attributes his powerful and symbolic images and paintings to his dual cultural heritage and his adopted American lifestyle.
DAVID CHARLES ROSALES & JACALYN LOPEZ GARCIA AT THE HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY OF THE DEAD, 2009
THIS PHOTO IS COURTESY OF DAVID CHARLES ROSALES FACEBOOK PAGE (https://www.facebook.com/dcrosales)
By: Isabel Garcia, Pomona College ‘14
The Inland Empire is fortunate to have many artists in its midst. David Charles Rosales is a life long resident and Chicano artist. He was born on March 8, 1959 in Loma Linda, California. His educational background includes a Bachelors’ degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, class of 1983, and his Masters’ degree at Claremont Graduate University, class of 2000. He is a current professor of drawing and painting at San Bernardino Valley College.
Marco Zamora is an artist that currently works out his studio in Los Angeles. Until recently, he lived in his hometown of Pomona, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in 2004. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions in Los Angles, and around the world, such as “Sensory Overload”, “Give and Take”, “One Nation under a Canvas”. Some of his collaborative work includes “Nuestra Historia”, “Vans Sky Gallery Exhibiton”, “Claimin Space”, and “Collabro Show”. According to his website, he juggles his time between his personal work in art galleries and his work in graphic design (http://marcozamora.com). His inspiration originats from the “urban locations, the chaos of city life, awkward moments, cycling and the working class”; and his use of photographs and improvisation of figures results in a “beautiful and complex tension between humankind and the urban landscape”(http://www.thecitrusreport.com/2009/features/marco-zamora/).
Image from homepage of artist's website: http://artelunasol.com
Connection. It’s the moment you look at an art piece and can’t look away.
I thought I would be able to identify with Jacalyn Lopez Garcia’s work when I read her self-description on her website:
“I strongly believe that as a documentary photographer and multimedia artist, I am able to explore California stories in an effort to deconstruct the negative stereotypes often associated with the Mexican immigrant experience. By offering a 21st century, Mexican-American perspective, I believe I am further able to present positive reflections of today's Mexican, Mexican/American, Latino and Chicana(o) families with images and stories that can inspire a new hope for a better life.” http://artelunasol.com
I was drawn to Juan Thorp’s art for several reasons. One, I’ve always been fascinated by abstract art. Two, I’ve always been one to say that it’s not the parts that matter but the whole thing. Three, I was completely wrong about reason two, and his artwork proved it to me.
Before I came across Ken Gonzales-Day's work, specifically his work in Erased Lynching, I thought that the historical weight of lynching was only located in the south where hundreds of Black bodies were targeted because of racist ideologies that became fused with law, sexuality, and the policing/criminalizing of (certain) bodies. This history, much documented by the late Ida B. Wells-Barnett in Southern Horrors (1892) and A Red Record (1895) is more known in our national discourse. When it came to terrorizing communities of color with that practice, Ken Gonazales-Day brings to light this historical significance in our own Californian backyards; the history of lynching in the west.
Ida B. Wells, Southern Horror. Lynch Law in All Its Phases, 1892
Being an artist can at times be a very big challenge. Now I‘m not saying that the challenge comes from within the artist such that the artist is unable to find adequate inspiration or finds that their talent and skills are not sufficient to accomplish what they envision. Rather, several other challenges that many artists face can be discovered from a simply one-on-one conversation such as the one recently had with Chicano artist Oscar Magallanes.The issues facing artists, and in this particular instance Chicano artists, are having the right amount of exposure and support so that the work is noticed. Artists also face the challenge of creating art that can draw in the viewer and stir up thoughts that lead to meaningful and learning conversations.