Acholi Mother. (Detail). Gustavo Garcia. 2013.
Join us on Second Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Lady Base Gallery for an opening reception featuring artists Adela C. Arellano, Gustavo Garcia, Roy Martinez and Dolores Valles.
Second Saturday, October 12, 2013
Opening Reception 6:30 PM -9:00 PM
Artist Talk 7:30 PM
Roy Martinez (Dallas,Texas) works towards bridging cultural and sub-cultural perceptions that band in solidarity latin@s, mexican@s, chican@s and other people of color, within heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual communities in order to further social change, acceptance and to reclaim our rich ancestral histories.
Gustavo Garcia (San Antonio, Texas) depicts work inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts involving rebel leader Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Collaboratively, Adela C. Arellano (Photography/San Antonio, Texas) and Dolores Valles (Installation/San Antonio, Texas) visually capture the uncensored and unspoken anatomical billboard of the uncharted shapes, lines, scars and curves of a woman’s body.
Adela C Arellano
I visually capture the uncensored and unspoken anatomical billboard of uncharted shapes, lines, scars and curves of a woman’s body. This is done in hopes of unveiling a new cultural and global perception of unedited beauty.
This installation works to break the stereotypes and barriers of what society, culture and our families say about what to look like and how we should act. The acceptance of one’s skin color, scars, stretch marks and body hair are not to be frowned upon but as a remembrance of strength, wisdom and our ancestors.
The initial inspiration to create art was my clash of cultures; being the 1st American born generation to Mexican parents, I always had this identity issue. My realization of the differences between both cultures and the source of it, didn’t come til my 20s. I looked back on my school career and couldn’t pin point any time my Mexican culture was mentioned in American history. [[besides the battle of the Alamo where they were portrayed as victimizers, instead of victims of American expansion.]] I took it upon myself to begin a long journey to correctly identify my Mexican heritage through personal experiences. I’ve taken trips to México these past years with the intent to analyze and internalize it. I’ve seen its unspoken beauty from Tulum, Guadalajara, DF, to Zacatecas. I’ve seen the faces of people who, like my parents, just want a better opportunity to provide for their families. I saw firsthand traces of the environment my parents were born in [[after decades filled with instability due to governmental corruption, a weak financial system, and, recently, mass murders attributed to ongoing drug wars]]. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the thought of my parents leaving a place of such rich ancestral history for an opportunity in the U.S., whose payment, was/is cultural suicide. [[Which I was a direct product of]] Throughout my life, I’ve been exposed to slurs that I was always quick to debunk because of their demeaning nature being known as “one those people” came with embarrassment, shame, and thoughts of it being a personal flaw, or so I was lead to believe.
My art has evolved in the past year to include my sexual orientation and gender expression. partly through the use of imagery of bisexual/gay artists and writers, like Frida Kahlo, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Andy Warhol. I also included myself in a juxtaposition of traditionally feminine specific activities, by using crochet items made by my mom previously, and recently doing my own embroidery. Being homosexual, androgynous, and of Mexican decent in western culture has come with obstacles from trying to identify myself to myself to defining myself to others that haven’t been exposed to androgyny or atypical homosexuality. I’ve come to a point in my life, now, that i do not see these aspects of myself as a defect, and with my broader understanding of my Mexican heritage, combined, have been a source of great empowerment and inspiration. I’ve found great solace in creating radical xicanoqueer art that is a direct reflection of me within this society. I hope of bridging cultural and sub-cultural perceptions that bands in solidarity latin@s, mexican@s, chican@s, other people of color, within heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual communities to further social change, acceptance, and to reclaim our rich ancestral histories.
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me, and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde
I see art as a way to spread a message or enlighten others of issues they may not know about. My work exists to raise awareness about injustices in the world and provide an opportunity for the viewer to do something about the issue being presented. People can live their everyday lives not knowing about the issues that surround them both near and far. Perhaps if they only knew they might be able to play a part in resolving these issues. Sometimes people know about an instance of injustice, but they don’t do anything about it because they aren’t inspired to take action or given the opportunity to help. Whatever your situation is, here is your information, your inspiration, your opportunity.
This work depicts images inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. For 27 years, a rebel leader named Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have abducted innocent children to be child soldiers; they have raped girls forcing them into a life of sexual slavery; and, have killed and mutilated innocent people. Due to fear of being abducted, hurt or killed, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. What originally started in remote communities in Uganda has spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Southern Sudan. What if this was your life?
My work includes both printmaking and mixed media. I used photographic images of people affected by the conflict and the information learned about this issue to inspire the hand-drawn imagery I then used to create prints. The printmaking process used allows for the charcoal drawings I created to be photo transferred onto plexiglass plates, developed through a chemical process and printed to resemble the original drawing. The mixed media piece is a compilation of various prints that I’ve done and reworked with some compressed charcoal. I wanted to recycle imperfect prints to create a new piece of work with them. The mixed media piece includes prints that were made using the process described above specifically, a lithograph made using a toner wash and charcoal. The dark and muddy colors relate to the horrific and dark nature of the issue being represented in the pieces. There are also subtle images in the pieces that serve as clues to help the viewer get a better understanding of the subject being shown.
How can one man and his army now terrorize four countries in Africa and for so long? Unfortunately, it is because too few people knew about what was happening or too few cared enough to do anything about it. Luckily, in recent years there have been a couple of organizations who have dedicated themselves to bringing a permanent end to LRA atrocities, one of them is Invisible Children. Through media, mobilization, protection and recovery this organization has made amazing progress in bringing this issue to light, getting people involved, protecting those who are vulnerable to Kony and the LRA, and helping communities that were previously affected become sustainable. #ZEROLRA refers to Invisible Children’s current campaign and a commitment to a world free of Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Invisible Children’s protection programs have proven to be extremely effective in encouraging victims and members of the LRA to peacefully surrender causing Kony and the LRA to become weaker, but it’s up to us (people like you and me) to keep these initiatives going. Learn more at http://www.invisiblechildren.com and be a part of the solution by giving whatever you can. A portion of my artwork sales and 100% of any donations I receive will go towards funding these life-saving programs. It’s up to you. I challenge you to do something.
Please visit http://give.invisiblechildren.com/100forzerolra to help Gustavo raise money to help women, children, and kidnapped soldiers escape from Joseph Kony and the LRA.
“Do more than just watch.” – Invisible Children-
Adela C. Arellano
Adela is a single mother who finds stillness in writing poetry. A world music lover, she uses her lens of choice to capture poetical candid shots.
Dolores Valles is a full-time mom with a part-time job at the front desk of a hotel on the infamous River Walk. She is a volunteer, a mentor, Bonham Academy Booster President, a chaperone and a fundraiser coordinator. She has been involved with San Anto Cultural Arts for 7 years where she has discovered the importance of community and healing through the arts. She is a Chicana poet, artist, photographer, researcher, writer, jewelry maker and Zine maker. Her activism in the community involves efforts against domestic violence, violations of civil rights, educational inequalities and other local injustices. Last, she is a plus size model for Lorena Auguste Model Agency.
Roy Martinez was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mexican emigrants. My parents are from a town called Estancia de Animas in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. I spent my early childhood in Chicago, and moved to Dallas when I was 10. I’ve been living there ever since. I’m currently working towards a BFA in printmaking. I’m hoping to transfer to the California College of Arts in Oakland by Fall ‘14, then pursuing a MFA in Studio Art. I ultimately want to teach college level art, while also taking steps towards having my own gallery/studio space in DF, Mexico. I want to become a sort of bridge between Chican@s and Mexican@s and form a safe space where artists can work, exhibit, and hold open dialogues.
Gustavo was born in and currently resides in San Antonio, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Art and a minor in Nonprofit Management. He is also a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certified Nonprofit Professional. Gustavo currently works as the Development Associate at SAY Sí, a year-round, long-term, nonprofit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. His artwork is inspired by issues of social injustice particularly the issue of Joseph Kony and his rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Gustavo first learned about this issue in 2007 when he was introduced to Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring a permanent end to LRA atrocities through media, mobilization, protection and recovery. After watching Invisible Children’s first film, “Invisible Children: The Rough Cut” (2004), he continued to stay actively involved with the organization through the University of Texas at San Antonio and advocate for those that have been affected by this 27 yearlong conflict. In fall of 2012 Gustavo went on to work for Invisible Children, headquartered in San Diego, CA, as a full-time regional representative donating over 1500 hours of community service and speaking to over 18,100 people in formal high school, college and community assemblies throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mexico. Through his involvement with Invisible Children, Gustavo has had the opportunity to meet people that have been affected by Kony and the LRA and hear their personal experiences living through the conflict. His goal is to inform people about this ‘invisible’ war and other issues of social injustice through his work and inspire people to do something about it. Gustavo has exhibited with SAY Sí in Small Scale Works for a Larger Cause in 2012 and 2013. His work with SAY Sí and Invisible Children is proof of his dedication to making a positive change in both our local and global community.
We hope that you will join us to honor the work of these artists. Artists will be given the opportunity to share more about their work during the opening reception. Artist Talk starts at 7:30PM.
Visit us on Second Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM at Lady Base Gallery, located inside Gallista Gallery at 1913 S. Flores where we will be hosting an opening reception presenting the work of Arellano, Garcia, Martinez and Valles.
Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204