ART SHOWS

OCT 2015 - DISPLAY WINDOW
@Wells Fargo Bldg., downtown Long Beach


1st Street between Pine Ave & Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90810

Curator: Anita Sinclair, Long Beach Arts
Casa 0101 Theater
2102 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
323-263-7684

www.casa0101.org
2102 E. 1st St., Los Angeles
Luz, Heart and Unity: The Convergence of Them All
Currently exhbiting at the Casa 0101 Jean Deleage Art Gallery through November 8th

By Jimmy Centeno
Published in LatinoLA:  September 20, 2015


Luz, Heart and Unity weaves together artist Raymond Kitamura's use of a non-western Japanese aesthetic known as Wabi Sabi to call attention to social injustice with Megan James's differential approach that questions the making of history from above. Both artists challenge the alienation of individuals prevalent in today's modern world and call for the revaluation of existing norms such as power, dominance and authority. Luz Heart and Unity: The Convergence of Them All is a multi-dialogue between viewers and the artwork, between ideas and ways of being.

This exhibit revolves around art as a contestant that refuses to close its doors to truth and memory as is with Raymond Kitamura's artwork. His decolonial approach breaks with the traditional perception of Wabi Sabi, one that contemplates the beauty of imperfection. Kitamura's series social justice adds to Wabi Sabi's aesthetics; memory, protest and hope. His use of oxidized steel and rescued weathered objects such as wood brings about a poetic aged statement for the philosophy of Buen Vivir (good living), a concept of harmonious development that takes into consideration the individual coexistence with nature. He challenges capitalist's creation of emptiness, a constant void to be filled and satisfied by consumption. Kitamura's expressive sculptures are memorial testimonies that cease not to forget those who have and continue to struggle for a world where many worlds can coexist.

“Curator Jimmy Centeno brings to Jean Deleage Art Gallery at Casa 0101 a unique art show featuring two outstanding artists with two distinct textural perspectives. Raymond Kitamura uses the traditional Japanese technique of Wabi Sabi, or “finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature,” using found wood, metal, plants, and other natural and man-made materials to produce an aesthetic of contemplation, meditation. When looking at Kitamura’s art one is taken by the lines, breaks, and slits in the wood, to the sharp edges of the barbed-wire crosses, to the unexpected elements evoking the transitional quality of all matter, to the ephemeral quality of life. These materials converge in the beauty of simplicity, creating a composition that truly represents the contemplative nature of imperfection, or Wabi Sabi.

Megan James’ conceptual drawings and paintings show attention to fine details revealing beauty and style in each piece. The diversity of her artistic expression shows a prolific and talented young artist. Along with her drawings of archaeological drawings , which can be seen in her website, James drawings present in this show display the true heart of an artist. We don’t see strokes of pencil or charcoal; we see shades, shadows, lines, and patterns texturizing her art. In both Kitamura and James we see the unity of form, grace, and simplicity to convey lightness and the heart of the artist.”

- Ariane Dalla Déa

Professor of Global Studies at UC Riverside. Her research is multi-sited and interpretive, with a focus on intersectionality to examine the applications of art in political resistance, and as symbols of cultural expressions and collective experiences. Her research maps the use of these cultural representations in maintaining, transforming, or breaking cultural patterns resulting in social change.


PAST ART SHOWS

AUGUST 2015 -  'SOCIAL JUSTICE EXHIBIT'
SCA Project-Visual Artist's Guild/Long Beach Arts group show
281 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA
Curator: Anita Sinclair, Long Beach Arts

JUNE 2015 - Norma Jean Memorial Show
LELA International Art Gallery
333 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

APRIL 2015 -  'SHUT IT DOWN'
Multicultural Artist United Art Gallery
220 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Curator: Felix Debs

FEB 2015 - 'SALON DE CALIFORNIA 2015'
International Show
Korean Educational Center
500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90005
Curator: Hideo Sakata

JULY 2014 - 35TH ANNUAL 8.9 PEACE SHOW 2014
Nagasaki Prefecture Fine Art Museum
Nagasaki, Japan
Curator: Hideo Sakata

MAY 2014 - 'ART & DEMOCRACY V'
Visual Artists Guild & Building Bridges Art Foundation
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

JULY 2013 - 34TH ANNUAL 8.9 PEACE SHOW 2014
Nagasaki Prefecture Fine Art Museum
Nagasaki, Japan
Curator: Hideo Sakata

MAY 2013 - MUJO GALLERY
137 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Curator: Noboru Mishima

APRIL 2013 - INTERNATIONAL SHOW AT THE CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
HOUSE OF ARMENIA
346 N. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91203

APRIL 2013 - LELA International Art Show
LELA Gallery
333 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Director: Hideo Sakata

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