State of the Art LA: The Week in Latino Art

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Image: From This Crazy Life – Patrick Martinez, Michael Vasquez, Gregory Bojorquez

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.


Distant Parallels — The Collaborative

We’re really excited about this group show not only because it talks about common ground for all Latinos – like the meshing of cultures and memories of home — but because it highlights five emerging artists you should know. We previously profiled Ramiro Gomez Jr. and his cardboard cutouts throughout LA. For this show, he will display magazine pages in which he paints service workers into luxurious interior scenes. Adriana Baltazar will present an online search of distinct objects tied to memory. Miguel Ángel Mejía takes photos both in the US and Mexico and Luis Ernesto Zavala creates paintings that chronicle his life experiences in Mexico and Los Angeles. At the show you also get a unique chance – an invitation to actually touch an artwork. Gala Porras-Kim will recreate an Olmec stone called Mojarra Stela and ask visitors rub its surface. Head to the opening reception Saturday, April 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and the show will stay up until July 9.

The Collaborative
421 W Broadway Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-9119

This Crazy Life — New Image Art Gallery

This show is exactly what it sounds like — a reflection on the crazy, gnarly things that happen in what the gallery calls “rough lifestyles.” The show will include photographs, paintings and neon signs that address the people and place that make up urban life. Artists Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Martinez and Michael Vasquez will capture “hood environments” in explosions of color, monumental works and much more. “This Crazy Life” will also showcase a rare collage by Bojorquez that measures three by five feet. Head to the opening reception on Saturday, April 26th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. No worries if you miss the opening party — you have until May 23 to check out the show.

New Image Art Gallery
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

“Vital Signs” Artist Talk and Book Signing

We mentioned the “Vital Signs” show last week but if you missed out on the opening, this is a good chance to learn more about the book and exhibition. Through a collection of photographs and poetry, “Vital Signs” looks at the unique character of San Bernardino. The show stemmed from the book of the same name, created by poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern. The book was six years in the making and dedicates more than 100 pages to San Bernadino sights, such as murals. Head to the Robert and Frances Fullertom Museum of Art for a talk and signing on Thursday, April 24th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs until July 31.

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
Cal State University San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537-7373