State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.

Group Show: Circle Logic – Bleicher/Golightly Gallery

Consider this: how many times in the day do you see something in the shape of a circle? It seems silly but this simple shape plays a lot into our lives, whether it be in that mug of arroz en leche you just served yourself or when you tell your amada to stop talking in freaking circles! That’s the undeniable fact that gave rise to Circle Logic, a group show where artists must take the circle and transform it with their own meanings and through their own mediums. Among the exhibiting artists is Texan-born Fausto Fernandez who spent most of his life living in Mexico. The painter boasts a number of awards and big commissions and this Saturday, May 18 you can check out his work – among that of other talented artists – at the opening reception of Circle Logic from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prepare to feel your brain walking in circles.

Bleicher/Golightly Gallery
1431 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr. and more – Artifex

It’s rare that a group of such innovative artistic movers-and-shakers get together for a show but this weekend, Angelenos are in for a real treat. Koplin Del Rio Gallery‘s “Artifex” will display the talents of not one, not two but five important Latino artists. Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez all made an impact of Latino art history and you can check out their work in this significant show, opening May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If the names sound familiar to you die-hard Latino art history lovers, they should – for one, Harry Gamboa Jr. founded the dynamic artist collective ASCO. John Valadez executed the complex work at Pasadena’s Memorial Park Station based on ancient pictographs made up of aluminum, steel and paint. The list goes on and on so don’t miss out on the chance to see work from these important Latino artists.

Koplin Del Rio Gallery
6031 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Antonia Wright, Marisol Rendon, Hugo Crosthwaite – Luis de Jesus Not too far from Koplin Del Rio, another group of Latino artists will collectively spark curiosity in your cerebro. Of Cuban-American, Colombian and Mexican roots respectively, Antonia Wright, Marisol Rendon and Hugo Crosthwaite present their distinct aesthetics in different mediums. This marks the first Los Angeles solo show for Wright and Rendon. Expect tantalizing video work from Wright, included “Be” in which the artists covers herself in bees. Rendon takes her visit to Colombia and transforms it into inspiration for her drawings and installations while Crosthwaite uses carpas as his muses. All three artists boast multiple shows throughout the country but now you can see them all in one place at the opening reception May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. If there work really moves you, look around – they might be right there in the gallery for you to pick their brains.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S. La Ciniega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034