I am honored to be one of the eleven artists selected to visualize the issues renters and displaced peoples face. My piece Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos is one of the 11 artworks chosen for “The Doors of Make Room” public art exhibit.
I'll travel to Washington, D.C. to paint the door that will be displayed as part of a public art display, in Washington, DC., “The Doors of Make Room” on the streets of Washington, D.C. in 11 different public and private spaces, from September 14 to 25, 2018.
I am very much looking forward to meeting the fellow artists and the folks at Make Room.
Make Room is exposing the human suffering and societal costs of the rental housing crisis and advocating for bold solutions that will end housing insecurity.
Learn more about Make Room
When I travel people always ask what kind of art scene is in Dallas? It's hard not to wonder with the news that comes out of our state and my hometown. For the past few years I've been seeking out and working with folks who are being the change and making Dallas a beautiful place.
They brought together artists from Dallas and key organizations addressing the housing crisis in Dallas, such as CitySquare and The Texas Tenants Union.
Meek and Chilomé invited artist Betty Yu a Chinatown based arts activist who has years of organizing around housing justice to share strategies of compelling community art actions for tenant justice.
Together with Alternate ROOTS, they utilized and crafted a planning grant particularly for artists of color who were born and raised in areas of the city allotted for “revitalization”.
I am honored to be a part of this planning grant alongside Montoya Williams representing Pleasant Grove.
>> Read more from Edyka Chilomé on the AlternateRoots website.
Con un corazón lleno this is a mini update on Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency in Puebla, Mx. The primary focus of the printmaking residency in Mexico was to study colonization through the lenses of race, class, and gender. Puebla was center of what was called New Spain and feels like a time capsule of wealth expressed in fancy ceramic tiles. While researching the Spanish invasion, this path led me to the Mexican Revolution and how artists use the tradition of social-political printmaking as a tool for social change.
The secondary and personal mission was to immerse Mexican culture. I had only been once before for a week with a fellow artist friend. We hit up all the museums and ate all the foods:)
The residency introduced me to Fernando (@amorfo888) of many printmaking talents and through him met an autonomous printmaker collective in Puebla making amazing work and challenging dominant narratives in their community.
There was just so much art and life that I am still processing it all.
Gio put together a fine crew of Latinx artists.
The SP/N Gallery at The University of Texas at Dallas presents the group exhibition Transmission Reentry which explores the Latinx diaspora in the United States and the disparate influence of American exceptionalism. The artists selected for this exhibit come from different backgrounds and explore different mediums. They examine their own cultural identity and its historical ambiguity. They are local artists who recognize the credence of western ideas but also have the coraje to challenge it.
This exhibition features artists: Sheryl Anaya, Sara Cardona, Carlos Donjuan, Alejandro Diaz, Angela Faz, Jonathan Molina-Garcia, John Hernandez, Benito Huerta, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Lucas Martell, Analise Minjarez, Rachel Muldez, Eduardo Portillo, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Sarita Westrup, Fabiola Valenzuela. Transmission Reentry is curated by Giovanni Valderas (Dallas).
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Saturday, February 17, 2018,
Venue: The new SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2
Reception: Friday, January 19, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Address: SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr., Richardson, TX 75080
Curator Biography: A native of Dallas, Giovanni Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. He served as an appointee of Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, under Mayor Mike Rawlings. Valderas, an MFA graduate from The University of North Texas, has taught at UNT, Mountain View and Richland College, and most recently was reappointed to the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission to serve under Councilman Omar Narvaez. His work has been featured in the 2013 Texas Biennial, New American Paintings Magazine, and Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in New York City. In addition, Valderas recently received a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas for his guerrilla site-specific project.
Mask Off: Curated by Darryl Ratcliff
Cactus protection mask
“It’s called Decolonize Dallas. Its premise is about racial, economic and structural inequality,” says Zou. “But at the same time, they’re trying to tell us that expressing something about inequality is too political.” http://artandseek.org/2017/04/21/a-west-dallas-arts-kerfuffle/
Childhood and generational memory of West Dallas are interwoven into my work for Decolonize Dallas: West Dallas. Drawing upon personal experience as a West Dallas native, my work explores two themes of environmental impact and familial history.
Read the full artist statement here.
I was commissioned by Kat Cole to create an interesting background to showcase her sculpture. The area space for the wall is about 20 x 16 feet. Her art is 11 x4 feet. My concept was to make a covering to help set the stage for her upcoming site specific installation. A few pics below show the graffiti and my proposal.
The wall on Beaumont and Akard has layers of paint and a history. Daniel Yanez had a lovely mural on this building until a ruffian tagged it. I didn't want to erase the mural entirely but wanted to work in the new covering.
Wheat paste paper maps and incorporate paper to work with original mural below.
Install of Project: Crossroads happens on August 27th.
Project: Create a poster with the theme "From Broken Hearts to Mended Hearts".
I was commissioned by Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow to create a poster for their "make-in" art event at UT Dallas. The poster below was live screen printed for use in the direct action.
Dallas Morning News: Texas activists rally for social justice, healing at Dallas City Hall
by Caleb Downs
Mothers Against Police Brutality and the Texas Organizing Project held a rally Monday morning at Dallas City Hall to advocate for immigration and law enforcement reform.
CW 33: Activists Rally Against Police, Immigration “Injustices” at Dallas City Hall
by Chris Skupien
Folks from the Texas Organizing Project and Mothers Against Police Brutality took to Dallas City Hall Monday, rallying for police accountability and immigration reform.
I have a little drawing in this. Come out and check out the other work. There's some pretty awesome stuff to be seen.
Latino Cultural Center
May 13 – July 2, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016, 6 to 8 pm
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St
Dallas TX 75204
This Two-Spirit monoprint and collagraph was accepted into the 4th National MGNE Juried Exhibition and will be traveling to Attleboro, Massachusetts.
APRIL 6-MAY 7, 2016
4th National Monotype / Monoprint Juried Exhibition
Attleboro Arts Museum | 86 Park Street | Attleboro, MA
Juried by Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
website info: http://mgne.org/4thnationalartists/
A very special thank you to Elizabeth and Cherí for allowing this piece to travel.
Saturday, February 6th at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
2650 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Come see fabulous art. One-night-only. For the Love of Kettle. Over one hundred and fifty, 9 x 12 works will be available for just $50.00 each, created by artists that exhibit & support Kettle. There are no previews or pre-sales available, so please get to Kettle early and grab a place in line, as the doors open at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Feast your ojos on this hot pink metallic glittery beast that I created especially for this event.
The Galaxy Hotel Band just released the first single called, Honey. Josh and Carleen's approach to music are joyful and authentic. They are about hit the tour road and when they asked me to make an artful image for their release I jumped at the chance.
Art for the people! Alley or gallery I am SO there. Matt Bagley of Iron Frog Press invited me to showcase my wares at Mighty Fine Arts.
Featured printmakers: Matt Bagley-Iron Frog Press, Terri Thoman, Andy Don Emmons, Carlos Hernandez-Burning Bones Press, Adam Palmer, The Amazing Hancock Brothers and many more.
Happy art collectors.
Aves and the World is a documentary and unique exhibition about climate change with a focus on our feathered friends. As an artist, the task was to venture into the great Trinity forest and create art from our experience. There were close to about 200 artists from neighboring Dallas urban jungle. I arrived late and happened to a stream of beautiful weirdos heading into the forest. Dallas is not known for her flora and fauna, so it was a beautiful site to behold.
2016 Spring exhibition date to follow. Below are a few pictures of the afternoon.
The Peace Puzzle was a great exercise as I examined my life to question what peace meant to me. I discovered my version of peace was an action. Peace to me is working in the garden, sowing a seed with patience and a pledge to give it the best possible start. The image I created for the Peace Puzzle is a representation of sowing a seed with an intention that can connect to many meanings. Using ancestral geometric imagery, I illustrated the strength one mighty seed possesses. The seed with nourishment can reproduce for many generations and this what I strove to convey in this block. Lastly, as an unknown author once said, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!” So there is that.
The Peace Puzzle website: http://1000woodcuts.blogspot.com/
Submitted a design for Cykochik and Art Con collaboration. Cykochik is an internationally awarded compassionate brand recognized for their creative, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and custom-made vegan handbags. In 2013, PETA awarded Cykochik the Compassionate Business Award.
3 Bags will be chosen and produced. Exciting venture http://custom-handbags.com/
The life of an artist is a wild pursuit. I, Angela Faz opened our home and invited a bunch of people I didn't know to come in and see some art! If you have a partner their support is crucial in this endeavor. Luckily, my partner takes particular pride in creating a nest so delightful that it was easy to say yes to the experience. But, I wasn't the first to do it. Chuck and George have been turning up the funk in Dallas for over a decade. Their home is a fun house of creative energy. H/T to Erica Felicella for including me in her bump back in 2009 and for always fanning the creative fire in her friends.
I showcased a series of prints in our converted breezeway. (thanks to CB city) Beasties is a series of prints based on gender identity. I also invited a few artist to join the fun. That Guy Joey a fabulous jewelry artist. Karla Garcia, a mythical beast conjurer. Danielle Ellis, a upcycle enthusiast and painter.