The Chicano movement in Southern California, born out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, gave rise to art, murals, west coast handstyle graffiti, tattoos, and literary works along with lowrider culture and fashion as forms of self identification and cultural pride in the midst of oppression and segregation. This unique style has spread to many countries but in Los Angeles it has faced persistent attacks whether in the form of criminalization or steep fines placed on unsanctioned murals. This has created an erasure of the cultural markers that speak most clearly in opposition to systemic racism. There is a heightened urgency to preserve and document this work in the midst of rapid gentrification. This exhibition brings together artists that not only continue to use Chicano aesthetics but also uphold the use of art as a means of challenging dominant narratives.
At Salt Fine Art, Laguna Beach
This exhibition is proudly associated with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Participating Gallery site: pacificstandardtime.org/en/gallery-exhibitions/
Descendants and dissonance: Cultural Iconography in contemporary L.A. brings together the work of three graphically inspirited artists, Oscar Magallanes, Linda Vallejo and Sonia Romero, Los Angeles based and deeply tied to Chicano culture and the tradition of challenging propagandist iconography through the use of irony and appropriation. This exhibition seeks to correlate directly with How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney and The Making of the Modern: Indigenismo, 1800-2015 at the San Diego Museum of Art in the idea of creating identity and the use of iconography as political and cultural tools.
Oscar Magallanes, creates across a spectrum of different interlocking mediums. Laser cut wood, video and stenciling create a hyper-detailed narrative that speaks directly to the history of propagandist iconography sourcing its power from the emotional experiences of the people who have most suffered from corporate imperialism. Through an alchemic combination of imagery, the work aims to be a visual documentation of suppression and creation, life and death.
Linda Vallejo created one of the most inspired bodies of work on the subject of popular culture and the effects it has on the hearts and minds of the people it seeks to influence with her series, Make ’Em All Mexican. Drawing from her experiences growing up in Europe and the United States, her overwhelming sense of feeling “other” and the complete lack of any reflection of herself in the strain of popular culture strong enough to make it around the world (Disney films, Saturday morning cartoons, Barbie, etc.)
Sonia Romero is an artist who utilizes traditional forms of printmaking with deep heart and narrative power and a strong emphasis on micro over the macro. Having studied print making at the Rhode Island School of Design, craft and history anchor the core aesthetic while it is her ability to present deep psychological and inwardly drawn images that speak to feelings community and shared trauma.
Salt Fine Art
346 North Coast Highway | laguna beach, ca | 92651
Sculptures by Six
May 7 – October 28, 2017
A Garden Gallery Installation in the Maloof Lemon Grove
Join us on Opening Day, Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Dee Marcellus Cole
Apr 23 – May 27, 2017
April 23, 2017, 4pm—7pm
Reconstitution is a group exhibition that is an update and recasting of the 1987 exhibition Constitution originally organized by the art collective Group Material. The exhibition will include work by: Kathryn Andrews, Shagha Ariannia, Gretchen Bender, Dawoud Bey, Mary Ellen Carroll, Ching Ho Cheng, Tseng Kwong Chi, Sonya Clark, Joeff Davis, Sid M. Duenas, Melvin Edwards, Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman & A.L. Steiner), Rafa Esparza, Lauren Davis Fisher, Arshia Haq, Rachel Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Edgar Heap of Birds, Brendan Fowler/Election Reform, Gronk, Anish Kapoor, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Kang Seung Lee, Zoe Leonard, Steve Locke, M (aka Michael Chow), Van McElwee, Harold Mendez, Mike Mills, Jenny Perlin, Jefferson Pinder, Christina Quarles, Umar Rashid, Marie “Big Mama” Roseman, Peter Saul, Augustus Sherman, Maryam Taghavi, Mark Themann, Danh Vo, Christine Wang, Timothy E. Washington, Lawrence Weiner, and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Legacy of the Chicano Movement: A Discussion with Emerging Los Angeles Artist
Friday, March 3, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00pm
Oscar will be participating in this panel discussion at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.
Writer and historian Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre leads a panel discussion that will focus on the legacy of the Chicano Movement as it relates to the work of today’s emerging Latino & Chicano artists.Topics will include muralism and social justice movements in the context of Frank Romero’s politically charged work of the 1980s and 1990s.
Museum of Latin American Art’s Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 12, 2016 – December 4, 2016
My work will be included in this juried exhibition of Southern California artist. The art and altars are displayed to the public in the MOLAA galleries and are featured as a part of MOLAA’s Día de los Muertos curriculum.
“Never give up on your dreams baby.”
Venice, California- Rose Room
RealEyes print release
May 4th, 2016 Wednesday 7-11 pm
6 Rose Ave.
Venice Beach, CA 90291
Charly West in conjunction with Oscar Magallanes invite you to the RealEyes print release party benefiting Inner-City Arts. Inner-City Arts is one of the nation’s most widely regarded arts education provider located in the heart of Skid Row area of Los Angeles serving disadvantaged children and youth.