Germination by Rude Calderón
Alameda Swap Meet by Juliane Backmann
Güero bz Eloy Torrez
Hope Is Here by Linda Arreola
Sarape by Mario Trillo
Utamaro Lounge #2 by José Lozano
Mario Trillo was born on a New Mexico chile farm the day after the aliens landed in Roswell. When he was five, his family moved to East L.A. adjacent to the Maravilla Projects, where he attended local public schools and was introduced to formal art classes. He received an AA in photography and a BA in cinematography. His work spans various art forms and an array of materials. The images for this exhibit are created using a photographic process known as Polaroid image transfer. His aim was to blur the line between photography and painting, which was his first discipline. It took a couple of years of experimentation, but you are now viewing the results.
“When I’m in the process of creating something, composition, design, line, form, and rhythm are always foremost in my mind.”
Linda Arreola is a Los Angeles based artist with a background in sculpture and architecture. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in sculpture from California State University Los Angeles and received a Master of Architecture from UCLA. Following her studies in architecture, she went on to explore painting, installation and printmaking. She completed a Public Art Commission for the East Los Angeles Civic Center main plaza and was a recipient of the Durfee Foundation ARC grant and the Cultural Affairs Department of L.A. (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship. With a background in sculpture and architecture her work has sought an order and three-dimensional quality from which she has developed the use of the “grid”. It is the foundation on which she builds and layers her paintings. It suggests an interconnection between all things and is the vehicle that transmits spirit.
“I believe there is a connection between the domestic and the sublime, the commonplace and the spiritual, and the material and the soul. This has been the nature of my work.”
José Lozano was born in 1959 in Los Angeles. In 1960, he moved with his mother to her birthplace of Juárez, México. There, he found many of the cultural touchstones that continue to influence his work today: Bad Mexican cinema, fotonovelas, ghost stories, comic books, and musical genres such as bolero and ranchera. He returned to Southern California in 1967 where he attended Belvedere Elementary School in East Los Angeles at which his teachers encouraged him to draw and paint. He began creating revealing, yet not always flattering, works about his neighborhood and its residents: Demonstrations, parties, quinceañeras, weddings, and baby showers. Later, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from California State University at Fullerton.
“My work is figurative with an emphasis on the narrative. I use the figure to comment on the folly and seriousness of life.
Rude Calderón was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he spent the first seven years of his life. His family immigrated with him to Los Angeles, California in 1964 where he has remained all his life. Rude’s father apprenticed and worked in his uncle Manuel Zuñiga’s sculpture studio where religious sculpture in the Spanish baroque tradition was produced. His deep respect for the materials and craftsmanship of sculpture stems from this history. Stone sculpture is at the center of his art, the past fifteen years have been largely devoted to this medium. His artworks reflect a reverence towards the handling and natural appearance of materials that infer the omnipresent mystery in nature. The City of Burbank, most recently awarded a public art commission titled: ‘Dancing Sisters’, in collaboration with artist Roberto Delgado, which is to be completed and installed in Incheon, South Korea. His sculptures are approached with a vision of dynamic integration, that allows the natural force imprinted into the stone through millenniums, to inform the form and spirit of the idea. Ever-unfolding consciousness and the energies that drive our physical and inner world are a source of great interest and inspiration in his work.
“I honor the dexterity of craftsmanship in art, paying homage to a family tradition that goes back generations, while acknowledging contemporary humanity’s growing understanding of our common spiritual nature.”
Juliane Backmann was born in Muenster, Germany, studied photography at the Academy of Photodesign in Munich and after graduating worked in Hamburg and Munich for a year. She came to Los Angeles where she now spends most of the year and has been working on numerous fine art projects that include documenting urban landscapes as well as a number of portrait series, utilizing different photographic approaches, like assemblage and collage and unconventional darkroom techniques.
Her photographs, collages and installations have been exhibited throughout the United States and Germany. She was awarded a residency from the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy in 2013 and won several awards from the APA and PX3.
“When I approach my subjects and themes I try not to categorize them but let them reveal themselves to me through the lens.”
Eloy Torrez is a painter and musician. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he moved to California at age 13 and graduated from Otis Art Institute in 1982. Torrez has completed numerous public and private art commissions and has exhibited his studio work internationally. His murals include “The Pope of Broadway”, “Entrada a un Nuevo Mundo” in St. Denis, France and the “Portrait of Hollywood” at the Hollywood High School. He was awarded the C.O.L.A., the California Community Foundation Grant and the Brody Fellowship for the Humanities. He received several awards for Public Art and numerous artist residencies.
“My painting process can be tedious and exhausting. Composing music helps me to reach parts of the brain that have ripe ideas ready to be plucked. Music relieves me from mental exhaustion. I paint using the right side of my brain and create music with the left”.