Very excited to have some new sculptures in this exhibition:
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 4 pm–7 pm Exhibition runs: January 9–February 13 Where: K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda Info:firstname.lastname@example.org| (510) 865-5060 http://www.rhythmix.org/events/overloaded-opening-reception/ The artists featured in Overloaded respond to the frenzied realities of the Information Age with translations of the everyday that mix synthetic materials, pop culture references, a desire for human connection, and the beauty of surfaces. From the expansive to the pared back, from the interactive to the layered, their works explore cultural histories, family narratives, intracellular processes, personal transformation, and field notes and color studies on friendship. Additional ephemera from each artist’s studio provides context and insight into their practices, as well as a reflection on how they filter the world through a distinctive artistic lens. With a reading from New York Times Magazine critic-at-large Wesley Morris on “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.”
Pictured: Sydney Cohen, afternoon is the loveliest word (Language of the Alchemy of Friendship), acrylic on panel, 4” x 4”, 2014, Courtesy the artist.
Out of Shape, Out of Order Ceramic
H14” x W10” x D5”
Will They Believe Us Now? Ceramic, Acrylic Paint H14" x W12" x D5”
A LOT is a community-wide initiative presented by the Arts Council for
Long Beach in collaboration with partners throughout the City of Long
Beach, California. A LOT seeks to broaden audience and artist
engagement, linking arts and culture with local neighborhoods. Through
music, dance, theatre and numerous other art forms, A LOT presents free
arts experiences on vacant lots in traditionally underserved areas of
the city through the end of August 2014. Our hope is that Long Beach
will become just a bit smaller and more intimate, drawing residents
together to celebrate the City’s rich culture. Mark your calendars,
grab your friends and family, and get ready for a good time!
The A LOT experience in Long Beach will add to the national conversation
about creative placemaking. As the City’s arts agency whose mission is
to foster creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a
thriving economy, the Arts Council is honored to be leading this
initiative. Founded in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable
organization and governed by a local board of directors, the Arts
Council believes the vibrant art scene makes Long Beach a premiere
destination for residents, businesses, students and visitors.
A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), 2012-2013 Clay, Wood, Wire, Video Game H10' x W16' x D12'
From PAAC press release:
“My work is a collision of pop culture
and cultural heritage. I draw from 1980s video games, Mesoamerican
Minimalism to make sculpture that refers
to times of transition and change. I use clay as a material to create a
slippage between the digital age and the ancient: high tech and low.”
Carlos Ramirez creates sculptures and installations that he
calls “monuments in progress.” For his Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), Carlos created a wood
structure that makes reference to Mesoamerican architecture. Leading up to and
during the opening celebration on October 6, Carlos will work with the community
to cast red clay tiles that will be placed on the structure. Over the course of
the exhibition, the unfired tiles will shrink, crack, and decay—slowly turning
into their own ruins.
To create the imagery on the tiles, Carlos
worked closely with youth at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club of the
Peninsula in East Palo Alto and the Center for the New Generation. He explored
symbols with the youth, then they worked to create imagery for the tiles, using
the pixelated style that recalls 1980s video games—a reference to our own
Silicon Valley. The tile form not only creates associations to the use of clay
in Mesoamerican cultures, but also in Mexican and Spanish revival architecture
visible throughout Palo Alto and California.
With Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), Carlos asks us, “what do we
value and honor in society enough to create a monument for”
prints by Carlos Ramirez focused on imagery from the project are available in
The Gallery Shop.