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.


Juan Uslé – L.A. Louver

If you’re looking to get lost in some beautiful colors this weekend, Juan Uslé’s got you covered. The Spanish artist will present “Entre Dos Lunas,” a collection of abstract works that he creates by mixing his own paint. The title points to many themes, among them the fact that Usle works between Northern Spain and New York City. Expect complex works that bring to mind patterns found in anything tipico – works that somehow reference contemporary color theory and traditional looming. Head to L.A. Louver on Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. for the opening reception and spend the night reflecting on just how great colors can look when they’re brought together just the right way.

L.A. Louver
45 North Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 822-4955

Panel Discussion for Artifex Show – Koplin Del Rio Gallery

Ever wondered if celebrities visit art galleries? Well, you’re in luck this weekend. You can catch a great art show and a guest appearance from not only someone famous but someone really freaking funny. Cheech Marin will not only visit Koplin Del Rio Gallery, he will host an interesting discussion on the currently show “Artifex.” The talk, called “Artifex: Art Effects Beyond Identity,” will include all five participating artists – Einer & Jamex de la Torre,Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez – in conversation with art historian Dr. Susan Smith Bautista. Get your intelligent questions ready for Wednesday, May 29 and brag to your friends afterwards that Cheech chose you from everyone else in the audience. RSVP required for the event which starts at 7 p.m. – though if you get there early maybe you can snag an autograph.

Koplin Del Rio Gallery
6031 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836-9055
Marco Rios – Santa Monica Museum of Art

Being an artist doesn’t mean just creating something two-dimensional and hanging it on the wall. Here to make the case for artworks more involved and tons of fun to witness, Marco Rios will present his first exhibition with the Santa Monica Museum of Art. With an intricate theme – it takes inspiration from two movies and one TV show episode – the show does more than stick to one idea let alone one medium. Rios constantly explores the idea of the body – and goriness – along with displaying his love for noir films. In “Marco Rios: Anatomy of an Absent Artist,” visitors can scope out film, sculpture and photography with a distinct Rios twist include a gruesomely hilarious statue of a dead, stabbed cat based on a scene from the 1959 film “A Bucket of Blood.” Head to the museum Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. to see this and many other intriguing works up close and personal. Among the many things the LA native Rios can teach you, it’s that art doesn’t have to stick to one plain surface.

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Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 586-6488