A GREAT FIRST SATURDAY IN JULY!

We had a great First Saturday in July, marking the opening of new projects by artists Lucas Murgida and Nery Gabriel Lemus; a performance by laub and collaborators in association with the current exhibition by artist Kim Zumpfe; and our continuing exhibition by artist Sergio De La Torre.

Our sincere thanks to all who attended and engaged with our programs.

Here are some images from the evening for you to enjoy…

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Nery Gabriel Lemus: Yearning to Breathe Free

Nery Gabriel Lemus
Yearning to Breathe Free
July 7 – September 16, 2018

 

Immigrants leave the place they call home to seek a better life – to escape from a life lived in poverty, gang violence, scarcity, and political turmoil. These situations create a location of stress that metaphorically feels like one can’t breathe, as when one loses a loved one and feels like their lungs cannot hold air.

Yearning to Breathe Free delves into immigration through the lens of “The New Colossus,” a sonnet originally written by American poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The sonnet depicts a mighty woman that lights the way for refugees and immigrants seeking shelter, highlighting her desire to embrace such individuals as a mother would her children; Lazarus calls her the “Mother of Exiles.”

Through a series of highly detailed watercolor paintings, sculptures, and rugs, Lemus’s work explores the terrain that immigrants traverse on their journey(s) into the United States – the points of arrival and the beginning of new possible dreams.

Migration is a step to breathe free.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nery Gabriel Lemus was born in Los Angeles in 1977. The subjects in his work range from issues of stereotype, division, and immigration to problems in society that can lead to the failure of families, such as poverty, abuse, and neglect. Lemus received his BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (2007) and his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California (2009). Lemus also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2008).

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; The Bindery Projects, Minneapolis, MN; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. Group exhibitions include, Taste Makers & Earthshakers, Vince Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Day by Day, The 9.99 Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala; OZ: New Offerings From Angel City, Museo Regional Guadalajara, Jalisco; Common Ground, California African-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA.  He is a recipient of a California Community Foundation Fellowship, a COLA Fellowship Grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship Award. He is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Azusa Pacific University.

 

laub: Voice(full) – A participation within the liminality of becoming

Voice(full): A participation within the liminality of becoming
A performance by laub
in association with the exhibition by Kim Zumpfe
Saturday, July 7th from 7-10pm

abstract painting in gold and black

In the artists own words… I will be using the voice as a means to gather and disperse particulates of human potential. Kim’s exhibition will serve as a platform of an in between, or of a non-space – the exposed wall, the skeletal remains of the couch, the sleepiness of the crawl space – speaking towards the potential of liminality. The voice will radiate, suffocate, meditate and penetrate the space and its listeners moving in and out of emptiness and fullness and being and becoming.  It will be a durational piece for the entirety of the artwalk, incorporating silence and breath, tonal expressions, screams and melodic singing.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

laub is an artist living and working in Los Angeles using glass, video, drawing, performance, and music. He pulls traditions from an idealist, southern, Christian upbringing and meshes this with a colorful, queer, angst to construct and deconstruct patterns of Utopia. laub graduated with an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and with a BFA in Craft/Material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He studied Design at Bornholm School of Glass and Ceramics in Denmark in 2009. Throughout the exhibition Kim Zumpfe: outside the length of a room I OR I diving into the blue sun, the artist and Grand Central Art Center will host a series of performances that directly respond to the concepts and environment of the installation space.

Open Auditions for Artists-in-Residence Project

Audition
How might we sing our way through transformation of place? 
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere 
 
@ Grand Central Art Center
July 9 & 10, 2018
11am – 2pm & 6pm – 9pm
 
Looking for VOCALISTS and MUSICIANS to perform on camera for an artist video
Audition announcements with text for upcoming project

During the summer of 2017, while artists-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere began research toward a new project that builds upon their interests combining time-based media with songwriting, vocalizing, and civic participation.

They began their process with the question: How might we sing our way through the transformation of place?

While in-residence Nevarez and Tevere learned stories of spaces in Santa Ana, both inhabited and boarded up, of immigrant-owned entities that passed through generations only to be pushed out by rising rents and revitalization plans. Downtown Santa Ana, historically a thriving commercial area catering primarily to Mexican and recent immigrant communities, is now shifting its identity for potential newcomers. The stories of Santa Ana are the stories of Sunset Park in Brooklyn, of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, of Pilsen in Chicago – neighborhoods where real estate speculation supersedes communities.

With this in mind, Nevarez and Tevere have written a song.

The artists invite Santa Ana residents to join in this multi-layered work. Auditions for musicians and vocalists will be held on July 9th and 10th, 2018. Looking for amateurs and professionals alike.

For more information, please contact: nevareztevere@gmail.com

Lucas Murgida: None of This is Real

Lucas Murgida
None of This is Real
July 7 – Ongoing

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7 from 7-10pm

Through performance, installation, photographic documentation, and social practice, artist Lucas Murgida creates situations that allow audience members to experience very private moments in very public situations.  Thematically, his projects address ideas of service, perception, liberation, privacy, power, and labor by utilizing his employment as research to inform his art practice. Having dissected his careers as a professional cabinetmaker, busboy, locksmith, and yoga-teacher, the artist utilizes the mundane aspects of human existence – such as furniture, locks, teachers, and service professionals – as raw material to craft artistic experiences. Murgida’s most recent research, working behind the scenes in the adult film industry, spawned an artistic investigation into the intimacy-of-the-self through the lens of judgment, privacy, commerce, privilege, and the utility of the body as a tool of labor.

As current Grand Central Art Center artist in residence, Murgida takes over the storefront gallery as a location of research and development of new ideas.  It is a space for the open possibilities of discoveries through GCAC’s philosophy of listening, assisting and connecting, with the institution providing the artist as much freedom as possible, with no expectations required in terms of concrete outcome.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
In 2002, Murgida received a BFA with honors from the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in performance, gallery, public, and museum contexts and has been reviewed in Art Forum, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.  Selected exhibitions include Conflux, New York City; Charles James Gallery, Los Angeles; 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco; Portland State University, Portland, OR; and S.M.A.K. (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art), Ghent, Belgium. His works are included in the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2010, Murgida was an artist in residency with Vooruit Center for the Arts in Ghent, Belgium and he is currently artist in residence at Grand Central Art Center, through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Sergio De La Torre: Nuevo Dragon City

Sergio De La Torre: Nuevo Dragon City
June 2 – August 12, 2018
Opening Reception: June 2 from 7-10pm
Guest Curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda

Nuevo Dragon City, 2008, is the first in a series of works by artist Sergio De La Torre that explore the psyche of a seemingly invisible Chinese community living in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. The single-channel video aims to unveil this border town’s marginalized community through the lens of migrant teenagers living in the city.

The artist places his subjects within surreal atmospheres, employing cinematic cues from Luis Buñuel’s seminal 1962 film, The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador). Through his work, De La Torre captures the fears and uncertainties of being trapped – anxieties and alienation internalized by many migrant communities on both sides of the border. The work addresses the hidden histories that impact current realities of many marginalized communities, such as Santa Ana own history of erasing unwanted enclaves, notably, the Chinatown fire of 1906 during which the city eradicated a once bustling district.

The exhibition seeks to find common ground in the current political climate – an attempt to remind us of the downfall of alienating one another, and the options of uniting to create a community that fosters humanity, adaptability, connectivity, and the welcoming of individuals and cultures within ever-changing environments.

– Maurizzio Hector Pineda

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sergio De La Torre grew up in the border cities of Tijuana/San Diego and works as an educator, filmmaker, photographer, and activist. His practice explores immigration, labor, and transnational identities. He currently lives and works in the Bay Area Mission District and is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Fine Arts at the University of San Francisco. He has been honored with grants from the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, the Potrero Nuevo Fund, and the Creative Work Fund. He has exhibited at: SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, The Tunisian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy, The LA Biennial, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Arizona State University Museum of Art, Museum Contemporary Art San Diego, CA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA,

Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium, Centro Cultural España Buenos Aires, Argentina, Border Biennial, El Paso TX and Ciudad Juarez, México, Centro de la Imagen, México DF, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, California Orange County Biennial 06.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Maurizzio Hector Pineda is a curator from EL Salvador who currently lives and works in Santa Ana, California. His most recent curatorial post was at the Torrance Art Museum. During his tenure at the museum, he co-curated The Gilldless Age, 2016, and developed the 2017 SUR: Biennial with a focus on Cuban contemporary art for the TAM. This project was part of the Getty PST: LA/LA initiative. Mr. Pineda received his BFA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000. From 2001-2005 he was the owner and director of SWYS Gallery in Long Beach, CA, and has worked at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and for Regen Project in Beverly Hills. He has curated exhibitions for Togonon Gallery in San Francisco, was a visiting curator at The Tree House Gallery in Los Angeles, curator in residence at the NLE Curatorial Lab where he co-curated The Only Way Out Is Through (NYC) in 2014, and Curatorial Director at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art in San Francisco from 2009-2012.