An Art Exhibit.
May 2-25th, 2013
Opening Night May 4, 6-11pm
Art has always been a catalyst for shift in point of view, attitude or perception. The works in this exhibition ride on a subtle subversive and mystic thread of humor that doesn’t quite reach the waking brain but instead seems trapped in our toe or on the back of our memory . . . It tickles when we think, like a hotwire from the subconscious. Although their work is visually quite diverse, the three artist's in this exhibition are well connected by their intention. The Mystification, Manipulation and Subversion of our ordinary mental and visual perceptions are alive and well in all of their efforts.
In Richard Bohn's elegant work, humor and mystification of the ordinary play a fine duet. Common objects and pop imagery are transformed into new, surprising and beautiful constructions which delight the viewer, make comment and invite a meditative and new way of seeing.
Mark Bryan's whimsical paintings of political, social and psychological topics subvert, manipulate and mys- tify with their deadly humor and imagination. His bizarre juxtapositions and parody of iconic and pop subject matter manage to leave the viewer both disturbed and entranced.
David Ordaz: “I have always been fascinated with taking things apart to see how they are constructed. This process of de-constructing and reconstructing is intriguing and continually satisfying as I try to understand the world in which I live. I am amazed at the capacity that we alone have to make an object or a machine or an elegant work of art from a mere thought.”
Art is a convergence, a balance of many, sometimes opposing forces that lead us to a point, in time and space. In a minor subversion of perception, a mystification of the regular way if we might think, a manipulation of the items we touch, use and take for granted every day, evoking a combined and multiplied continuing history embedded in the object. Door handles, keys, locks, the key to our thoughts, the key to the back door, the key to a treasure chest, the key to the present moment. Mystification of the ordinary is a logical progression from previous work, based in found-object, provisional and relational constructions and derived from experimentation and waste from completed and non-completed projects of the recent past. The Bohndala Series manifests a transformation into the digital realm but not without the safety of analog back-up. I ask you to stay with the art for a moment or longer, there is something more within the surface.
While attending Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles (MFA, 1974), Bryan took up with the early founders of the Chicano Art movement (Los Four). They introduced him to the Mexican Muralists’ work of the early 20th century and the value of a tradition of accessible work with social/political content. All these diverse influences have come together in a strange brew and are manifested in his work today. Although most known for his political work savaging the Bush administration, Bryan directs many of his efforts inward, producing work from the imagination. At first impression, this surreal and whimsical work seems just for fun but usually contains underlying symbolic comment about life in these times and human nature in general. In spite of the mixed and sometimes disturbing nature of his topics, Bryan always manages to portray them in a humorous and seductive fashion. Bryan has exhibited his work throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. His work appears on numerous satirical and political web sites across the US and internationally. It has also been featured as illustration and cover art for publications, including Juxtapoz and Adbusters magazines.
You may see more of Bryan’s work at: artofmarkbryan.com
Saturday May 25th 11am-4pm
United Artists of Santa Ana (UASA) nominated Emigdio Vasquez, one of the most prolific and famous artists to come out of Orange County, to receive the prestigious “Maestro” award from the Latino Arts Network (LAN), a California association of Latino Museums and Cultural Centers in partnership with the California Arts Council.
We are proud to announce that Mr. Vasquez was chosen as the winner of this prestigious award!
Mr. Vasquez’ art will be on display for the duration of Saturday’s event and the Maestro himself will be present along with family & friends to celebrate his 74th birthday!
Hosting the event will be United Artists of Santa Ana (UASA) and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) who will exhibit Mr Vasquez’ work March 1-29, 2014.
Main speaker for the ceremony will be: OC Weekly Editor and Nationally Syndicated Columnist *Gustavo Arellano*
Others speakers will pay tribute to Emigdio Vasquez throughout the evening as well. You are all invited!
Concerts At OCCCA
Sunday May 26th, 2013, 11am-5pmDuring the Patchwork Indie Arts & CraftsFestival
2pm The Rose Bandits:
Art for All;
A series of free hands-on arts
Workshops will be facilitated in English and Spanish.
Los Talleres seran impartidos en Inglés y Español en el Centro de Artes Contemporaneas del Condado de Orange (OCCCA).
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