Allison Peck

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Statement:

The poetry and politics of plastic engage me in my formal investigation.  An experimental, economy-of-means approach to materials is essential to my process.  By heating and fusing plastic, I create sculptural and textile forms, using both semiotic and material characteristics of plastic.  Plastic is commercial, pedestrian, toxic, continually degrading without disappearing.  It equalizes even as it destroys—as parasitic as it is beautiful.

The moment of exhibition is central to my work, as my practice is largely site-responsive.  I make discrete objects that form fragments of an implied whole.  The configuration of these objects and gestures change with each installation.  The installations approximate one another; there is no ‘original.’  They demand moving through space, seeing multiple frames, correlating moments, and relationships between bodies in the room.  Color pulls vision across space.  Yellow slams into the wall, falls to the floor, bursts above the door.  Green undulates over pink, clashes with red, and sweeps across the room, peeking out from under black. 

Using space as a material, I seek to mimic the dynamic effects of landscape.  Weight, tension, energy, movement, expansiveness, and aspects of travel invoke moments of discovery.  A plastic gesture painted on the wall, rope running along the horizon where wall meets floor, are attempts to engage another type of form.

Contingency, provisionality, and impoverished materials are aspects of my work that seek the engagement of an audience and the challenge of new spaces.

Avila Santo

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Bio:

Avila Santo is a professional musician, composer, producer, Capoeirista and educator based in Los Angeles, California. He is a Graduate from Berklee College of Music which included studies abroad in Valencia, Spain. Avila's unique "Afro Future" style is rooted in traditional Afro-Diasporic drumming, Candomblé, Capoeira,and the Blues, to name a few. His portfolio of music catalyzes an alternative blend of Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronic and Afro-Latin. In 2016, he was recognized by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs with Artist in Residence grant.

Aydinaneth Ortiz

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Aydinaneth Ortiz received her BA in Art at the University of California, Los Angeles and MFA in Photography at the California Institute of the Arts. Utilizing documentary, landscape, and portrait photography, she focuses on intersections between urban structures, familial relationships, mental illness, drug addiction, immigration, and social contexts. Ortiz has exhibited her artwork internationally, most notably at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, where she is now part of their permanent collection.

Blake Baldwin

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My name is Blake Baldwin. And I am a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter/composer and a 2014 MFA graduate from the Herb Alpert School of Music's eclectic Performer/Composer program. Since 2014 I have been contributing performances and arrangements in a wild variety of collaborative efforts and have performed all over Southern California and the west coast.

Carlos Gacharná

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I’m Carlos Eduardo Gacharná, a Colombian artist who has made a life out of creating interactive spaces for others to explore. My hope is for these spaces to bridge gaps between communities – in the classroom, in the gallery, and across the globe. As a maker I construct material explorations of matter and light to express contemplative ideas surrounding identity, ritual, and the human touch.

Claudia Mercado

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Claudia A. Mercado is a multi-media artist, experimental documentary filmmaker and a cultural artivist, born and raised in East Los Angeles, California who has exhibited her films throughout the U.S., in art houses, universities, museums and film festivals.

In fact, her documentary work on the Los Angeles based women's artist collective, Mujeres de Maiz, which she co-founded, exhibited at LA Plaza de Artes y Cultura this March for their 20th anniversary. In 2011, Claudia's documentary short, AQUI ESTAMOS Y NO NOS VAMOS was selected by the Levi Film Workshop presented at MOCA in Los Angeles. She also co-produced and edited SAVING THE WATTS TOWERS for The City Project.

In 2009, Claudia co-produced, directed and edited, MUJERES DE MAIZ: LA SAGRADA, SHE THE SACRED a documentary trailer on the 13th Live Art Show of Mujeres de Maiz in Los Angeles.

In 2008, she directed and edited two web trailers: “CADA QUIEN SU FRIDA” (To Each Their Own Frida) for the Los Angeles theatrical play produced by acclaimed Mexican actress Ofelia Medina, and the INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHER GATHERINGS produced by Morning Star Foundation; She also produced, directed and edited a short documentary for the Acjachemen-Juaneno Band of Indians PAHNE: SAVING SACRED SITES co-produced by The City Project, and a short experimental narrative LAGRIMAS DE CAFE (Tears from Café) produced by Womyn Image Makers.

In 2006 for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Claudia, co-programmed and premiered her short documentary on the South Central Farmers struggle to save the largest urban farm in U.S. from corporate greed, AQUI ESTAMOS Y NO NOS VAMOS: Protecting Self-Sustainable Communities.

In 2005, she was awarded the inaugural Women In Film/General Motors Latina New Filmmaker Grant and was Assistant to the Director on Margaret Cho’s cult classic feature film, Bam Bam and Celeste.

Dewey Tafoya

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Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the view point of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade. As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools throughout Los Angeles teaching screen printing and graphic design. Deweyʼs recent exhibitions include, Rise, Love, Revolution: The Black Panther Party at Artshare LA and at LACMAʼs, Futbol: The Beautiful Game as well as Self Help Graphics, Día de los Muertos exhibition

Genevieve Mariani

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Genevieve graduated with a BFA in illustration from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. She now resides in Altadena, California. Her illustrations are heavy with themes of non-human animals and non-human - human relationships. Genevieve's goal is to use art to spread knowledge and awareness about animal welfare in an effective and non-sensationalist manner. Genevieve runs Wild Dogs Co.,where she not only creates apparel with her designs, but teaches a plein air Wilderness Painting Class. Genevieve does all her own screenprinting using eco-friendly materials. Genevieve generally uses watercolor, gouache, acrylic, or ink on paper or wood, though she is no stranger to the clothing industry, jewelry design, and sculpture.

Greg Grano

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Gregory Grano is a filmmaker and educator, new to Los Angeles in 2017. Greg's documentary and narrative work explores themes of human interaction and travel across hierarchical social divides. In 2015, he toured the US with his first feature documentary, and in 2016 Greg traveled in Asia, Africa, and Europe, developing a multimedia project on global connections and colonial legacies. He received his BFA in Film and Television from NYU and his MS in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. 

Isabel Beavers

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Isabel Beavers in a multi-media artist and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. She explores ecologies, environmental histories and scientific storytelling through range of media including video, animation, sculpture and sound. Her work has been exhibited at the MIT Museum, IceBox Projects, Museum of Fine Arts Boston's William Morris Hunt Memorial Library, Emerson Media Arts Center, the Waterworks Museum, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Humbol-Universität zu erlin Thaer-Institut, and Mountain Time Arts in Bozeman, MT. She is the recipient of the National Service Corps MLK Drum Major for Service Award and was the first artist to be awarded a Tufts Institute on the Environment (TIE) Graduate Environmental Research Fellowship. Her work is in the permanent collection of Boston Cyber Arts, The Association for Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators in Montana, and Framingham State University.

Javier Hernández

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I'm a DIY cartoonist, creator of such comics as EL MUERTO, MANIAC PRIEST and WEAPON TEX-MEX, which I publish under my own imprint, LOS COMEX. I'm also the Associate Producer of the award-winning El Muerto live-action film adaptation and in 2011 I co-founded the LATINO COMICS EXPO, the nation's first convention dedicated to spotlighting Latino creators. I teach comic book workshops throughout Los Angeles in schools and libraries.

Kate Lain

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Kate Lain is a Los Angeles–area multidisciplinary artist working in film, video, clay, and other media. In her varied works, Kate plays with material, texture, traces, and movement and is interested in ways humans understand and interact with nature. her preoccupations include family, memory, gender, land, texture, color, and place. She’s drawn to places where structures and materials break down. Kate’s experimental film and video work verges on documentary and spans a wide range—from essay film to stop motion collage to impressionist portraiture. her works have screened at festivals and venues internationally including the black maria film + video festival, Edinburgh international film festival, videoex experimental film & video festival, Los Angeles film forum, and the Portland underground film festival. Her work in clay highlights sculptural forms and delicate colors, shapes, and textures of desert landscapes and geothermal regions of the western and southwestern U.S. Kate has an MFA in science & natural history filmmaking from Montana State University in Bozeman.

Lluvia Higuera

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Lluvia Higuera currently lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the photography program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She has been published in Celeste, Latina Bride, Model Ephemeris, and CMYK. Her photography has a subtle point of view – not contrived but pointedly aware – that comes about from getting to know the people she captures, not as subjects, but as portions of the world itself.

Michael Carter

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Michael Carter (b. 1975, Cambridge, Massachusetts) lives and works in Los Angeles. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in 2010.  His work is an investigation into the possibility of universals and the history of science, philosophy, and religion. Recent solo exhibitions include Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) and Open House (Los Angeles, CA). He has participated in group exhibitions at Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles, CA and Bucharest, Romania), Laband Gallery at the Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA), Steve Turner (Los Angeles, CA), and Roberts & Tilton (Culver City, CA). 

Peter Wu

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Peter Wu (b. 1976, Windsor, Ontario) lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was the recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the YoYoYo Grant, a part of the Los Angeles Initiative of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Solo exhibitions include Greene Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Patrick Painter Inc (Santa Monica, CA), Power Galerie (Berlin, Germany), and Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo, Japan). He has participated in group exhibitions at Parkhaus im Malkastenpark (Dusseldorf, Germany), Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University (Orange, CA), Fellows of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Glendale College Art Gallery (Glendale, CA). Wu will open a solo exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park, CA) in November 2016.

Pola López

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Lopez is a prominent painter and muralist based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in many books and publications, and can be found in permanent museum collections as well as widely collected for private collection. She maintains an open working studio/exhibit space, known as 2 Tracks Studio in Highland Park, CA.