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Reception: January 13, 2017, 5 – 7pm Artist talk:January 14, 2017, 11 – 12pm Exhibit:January 6 – 26
200 Piopio Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
While living in the US, our heritage stems from the Philippines; and many of us continue to hold a strong bond to our customs & culture. “Burnt Rice” explores these customs through the form of a spiritual connection to both plants and animals. Flora and fauna can symbolize a type of ‘grounding’ of energies. Rice holds a special link to both our culture as Filipinos as it is a staple to our diet and the plant itself is commonly seen throughout the archipelago of the Philippines. This plant is so directly linked to our being, as it provides physical sustenance, nourishes our soul, and continues our connection to our heritage. This will be Epekto Art Project’s first out of state exhibit.
The Paolo Mejia Fine Arts and Design, and studio-FAB cordially invites everyone to attend our group art show entitled “Impromptu” by EPEKTO Art Projects.
EPEKTO Art Projects is a local Filipino-American arts group based in the Bay Area, California. The group was formed in 2011.
We have invited EPEKTO Art Projects to show at our collaborative space on Telegraph Avenue, Oakland this June. The group will be showcasing their members’ dynamic and artistic creativity through their selected medium. “Impromptu” was developed to (in)formally introduce this locally based Filipino-American group and to share their skillful talents to the community. Their diverse collective engenders their prolific and persistent pursuit of creativity and camaraderie through showcasing, sharing and informing art in a non-verbal visual expression. Come pass by our collaborative space this June, meet and greet the artists at the reception, learn about their art making and see their awesome artwork.
Paolo Mejia Fine Arts and Design cordially invites everyone to “Remnants,” an upcoming solo art show at our Oakland Annex facility in Jack London Square. Featured works by San Francisco-based artist Rea Lynn de Guzman, whose work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States.
In this series of work, de Guzman references the iconography of “Maria Clara” (a mestiza character from Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli me Tangere” and metonym for a traditional dress woven from piña fiber and organza). Influenced by Spanish colonization, “Maria Clara” embodies Philippine ideals of female beauty equated with light skin, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity and demureness. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, de Guzman utilizes the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes—material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies. Her work exemplifies complexity and historicity of the Filipino Culture.
Come pass by our annex facility in Jack London Square area and see our guest artist for the the months of May through July.
art show: MAY 17 – JULY 25
Jack London Square Realty (Annex)
311 Oak St., Suite 116 (between 3rd and Madison)
Oakland, Ca 94607
Pass by our space in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco and see Bill Jackson‘s mini solo show. His experimental photography captures color, composition and movement. Come pass by and see his show. Bill’s mini solo show will be up until April 26.
The Paolo Mejia Fine Arts and Design invites everyone to attend our group art show entitled “Inked” that will be held at our annex facility in Oakland this March through April. The group show will be exhibiting a collection of conceptual inkwork on unconventional art substrates. We are attempting to explore the various usage of ink and how it is applied and interpreted onto different materials. Come join us, meet and greet the artist, and see a fantastic show.
art show:March 14 – April 4 closing:April 1 (fri), 6 – 9pm <<<<<<
The Paolo Mejia Fine Art and Design invites everyone to attend “Istruktura 2” by Jose Johann Bitancor, a solo show exhibiting new and old mixed media paintings.
Jose Johann Bitancor have always been fascinated with the possibilities of transforming a given object or material from one state to another with the barest of means. This third solo show translates all of his past and current work in a culmination of intended and controlled spontaneity.
Bitancor’s third solo show continue to explore the technical aspects of composition, textures, material and processes. Come pass by our annex facility and see his art show.
art show: MARCH 7 – MAY 2
Jack London Square Realty (Annex)
311 Oak Street, Suite 116 (@ madison and 3rd)
Oakland, Ca 94607
The Paolo Mejia Fine Arts and Design cordially invites everyone to our March group art show entitled “The Beautiful, Surreal and Ugly”. This group art show will exhibit paintings magnifying the beautiful aesthetics of the floral form and reinterpreted in their own special perspective. Some work may reference Georgia O’ Keeffe’s floral influenced concepts, while others reinterpret the universal iconoclasm of beauty. The magnification of beauty and it’s iconoclastic duality, through the scopes of floral abstraction, will be explored. We invite everyone to our group art show this March that will usher in the Spring Equinox. Attend our reception on a First Friday art walk.