Studio 24 Presents: Natalia Anciso
A series of window installations and displays by local artists
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Sunday, March 16, 2014
Galería de la Raza is proud to continue with Studio 24 Presents, a series of window installations and displays by local artists to be featured at our new administrative offices. By effectively utilizing our corner space (the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets) and large windows, Studio 24 Presents will be an extension of our public art programming, which includes the Digital Mural Project billboard on Bryant Street. This program will provide an opportunity for artists to interact with the general public by inserting a bit of whimsy into the everyday, whether it be strolling down 24th Street or waiting for MUNI.
Studio 24 Presents also offers visual artists another point of entry into the organization, apart from Galería’s institutional exhibition programs. This new program seeks to raise the visibility of artists and promote artwork sales, providing both the artists and the organization new opportunities for economic sustainability.
We are delighted to introduce the third artist for this program with artist Natalia Anciso.
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About her work:
“Growing up, I heard stories about the ‘Rinches,’ who often took the law into their own hands and lynched Tejanos along the Border. Having not learned this in my Texas History books through high school, I would later discover that the ‘Rinches’ were the Texas Rangers. In graduate school, I decided to do further research on lynchings of Mexicans and Tejanos. However, I found it very hard to find information or photos of these lynchings specific to Texas. It was as if these events were erased from Texas history, despite the fact that these events were indeed lived, and that knowledge of these events were passed on within the consciousness of Tejanos, generation by generation.
The Pinches Rinches series recontextualizes a history along the border that has been lost. Drawing from both historical references and stories of my own family, I give testimony and retell the forgotten history of my native borderlands, the Rio Grande Valley.”
About the artist:
Natalia Anciso is a Chicana-Tejana visual artist and educator. Born in Weslaco and raised in Mercedes, hardscrabble towns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas, she received her BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Anciso recently earned an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Over the past few years, she has taught art to a diverse array of youth through non-profit organizations, ranging from the Oakland Leaf Foundation's Urban Arts Program in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland to the Summer Institute for the Gifted at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked most recently as the Art Director for the Mission Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. She currently lives in Oakland and works primarily out of the East Bay.
Natalia Anciso creates art predicated on realities and legends of her upbringing. Her works are visual records of family, community, and border culture along her native Rio Grande. These Borderlands are currently ravaged by poverty, human trafficking, and the escalating Mexican Drug War. The Rio Grande cuts one land and people in two, like a wound, bleeding a legacy of pain, tears, and struggle that have beset the area for generations. Anciso’s family has resided in this geographic territory for four generations.
Anciso researches vernacular arts like pano arte, handkerchief art believed to have emerged from Chicano prisoners in the 1940s, and the huipil, embroidered Mayan textiles worn by indigenous women in Southern and Central America. These art forms are reconfigured to tell contemporary stories of life along the Texas/Mexico border. Juxtaposing beautifully colored, watercolor-drawn images of flowers indigenous to Texas against stark, monochromatic media images, meticulously rendered in pen, Anciso offers the beauty of home against grisly depictions of the Mexican Drug War. Using these tools on domestic textiles such as handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and bed sheets, Anciso's work examines psycho-political struggles of life along La Frontera.
Current Exhibition - "In Reference To"
Works by Alejandra Regalado
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Saturday, March 29, 2014
Galería de la Raza is pleased to present In Reference To as its inaugural 2014 exhibition, featuring documentary photography work by artist Alejandra Regalado. In Reference To explores the experience of Mexican female immigrants across America, and investigates issues of cultural identity and femininity.
The series features portraits of women who immigrated to the United States at different points in their lives, and couples each portrait with an object the subject chose from among all of their belongings to bring on their journey. The objects depicted serve as reminders of their lives back in Mexico and carry significant personal meaning as they are, in many cases, the only tangible connection to the participant's country of origin that can be passed down to future generations. The participants come from all socio-economic backgrounds and ages in an effort to highlight the diversity within this community as well as the commonalities present in their collective experience. Each woman and her object tell a unique story, and together form a visual narrative that has a life of its own. As a series, this project serves an evolving archive of the Mexican female immigrant experience, and as snapshots of life in the diaspora.
In Reference To is an ambitious five-part series, which began in 2010 and culminates this year with the goal of creating 1,000 images, or 500 portraits, or women and their objects. Regalado has already completed the New York, Idaho/Oregon, Illinois, and Texas portions of the project, and seeks to culminate the series in California.
In addition to exhibiting in the main gallery, Regalado is also serving as Galería's second Artist in Residence. During her residency February 19 through March 6, Regalado will be using the gallery space as a photography studio to interview and take portraits of female Mexican immigrants based in the San Francisco/ Bay Area.
Interested participants are encouraged to contact the artist directly. Download the informational flyer about participating here.
- Opening reception: Saturday, February 22 @ 7pm with the artist in attendance
- Work from the California part of Regalado's series will be shown on Saturday, March 8 at Galería in celebration of International Women's Day, alongside a discussion of the project. More information can be found here.
About the artist:
"My work explores issues of cultural identity, femininity, and our relationship to these themes through personal objects. Like most women who have immigrated to the United States, when I moved to New York I had to leave behind a lifetime of memories and was only able to bring with me a few prized possessions. The objects that traveled with me symbolize what I cherish most: my family and my culture. The longer I have lived outside Mexico, the more important these objects have become to me, and the more they have shaped and influenced my own personal identity - not only as a Mexican woman, but as an immigrant in the United States.
In Reference To combines all of these elements by exploring how a group of Mexican women who immigrated to the U.S. at different points in their lives went through the process of choosing which personal objects, among all of their belongings, were important enough to take with them on their journey. These precious objects are literally references to their past lives, backgrounds, cultures, and femininity. These women treasure their objects not only because they represent their lives back in Mexico, but also because these objects represent a piece of the past that can be held onto by future generations. Each woman and her object tell a unique story; taken together, they form a visual narrative that has a life of its own."
- The Blue Review Article: "Gallery: Mexican Women and The Things They Carry, a photographic exploration of migration"
- En Foco Exhibition: online catalog
- Telemundo interview: as featured on MSN Latino about the project's stop in New York
- Watch In Reference To behind-the-scenes on shoots with the subjects on YouTube
About the Galería de la Raza Artist in Residency program:
In keeping with Galería's mission to serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, as well as advance intercultural dialogue, the AIR Program will provide a dedicated space within gallery walls where artists can explore artistic concepts, thoughts, and ideas, and present their findings in a public forum. By engaging the public in the creative process, we hope to deepen the relationship between the art creator and the viewer, and expand the dialogue of socially committed art.
Galería de la Raza's programs are made possible with the generous support of: The California Arts Council, a state agency; Grants For the Arts - San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture - NALAC Fund for the Arts/Nescafé Clásico; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; San Francisco Arts Commission; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The James Irvine Foundation; The San Francisco Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation and Galería members.
Next Studio 24 Presents: "In Homage To Rupert Garcia"
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Sunday, May 4, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, March 29 at 6pm
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In recognition of Rupert Garcia’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Graphics Council International, Galería de la Raza is pleased to present In Homage To Rupert Garcia.
The exhibition will feature prints by the artist taken from Galería’s own permanent collection and the collection of fellow print makers, reflecting Garcia’s impact on not only Galería as an institution but his marked influence on other artists and the medium itself.
As an institution dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of Latino / Chicano art and culture, Galería is honored to celebrate such a renowned artist whose work embodies the intersection of art and activism, creating some of the most iconic and compellingimages of the social and political issues of our time.
The reception will be in conjuction with the SCGI conference and Mission Art Walk on Saturday, March 29. More info here.
Free and open to the public
Upcoming Exhibition: "Paper and Blade: Storytelling under the Knife"
Works by Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Presented in partnership with Kua'aina Associates and the de Young Museum
View the final installation of new works by four diverse paper cut artists as their de Young Artist Fellows project comes to an end.
Cut paper is the medium that brings these four artists together, and while each has developed personalized techniques to obtain unique styles and aesthetics, the fundamental materials are the same. Meditative in nature, the cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality. In order to create with cut paper, the artist must first destroy, an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of creation and destruction.
The artists' individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. They are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. The framework for this artistic collaboration will allow for the intersection of historical identities and create a model for transmutation of past episodes into their effects on the present and how we might approach or look at the future.
A team of four cut paper artists will engage in an artistic process inspired by cultural and historical phenomenon. Each artist comes from a different ethnic background; national origin and aesthetic style thus bring to the project diversity of beliefs and practices that is the dynamic foundation for this artistic convergence. The artists will engage in an installation experiment to explore their disparate cultural histories charting separate and intertwined chronologies through the context of universal and the sacred, and forging science and magic from multiple directions. Their individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. The framework of this artistic collaboration will allow for the intersection of historical Identity and create a model for transmutation of past episodes and its affect on the present and how we might approach or look at the future. The artists are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. The cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often a solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality – an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of destruction and creation.
About the artists:
Mayumi Hamanaka uses historical photographs and references to examine memory and the mistakes of the past. She uses a subtle process of cutting topographies into photographs, where details start to disappear and amorphous white forms develop like oversize puzzle pieces. Up close they suggest topographical contour maps, but the contours are layers of paper cutouts secured by tiny metal studs. These layers speak to the layers of earth that consists of layers of formerly living things, including humans.
Adrienne Heloise researches historical events as the basis for her work and translates early European paintings into contemporary explorations of intimacy, gender and power. She cuts colored paper, recycled security envelopes and vinyl to recreate images from the French Romantic era paintings. She delves into the isolation and titillation of homosocial interaction by appropriating the symbols of 19th century western royalty, weaponry and fashion.
Ian Kuali`i’s creative process is "The meditative process of destroying to create." Blending the contrasting elements of loose graffiti techniques with detailed hand cut paper to manifest unique compositions. His work is a balance between the rough and delicate while exploring ideas of modern progress dependent on a foundation in one’s own history. His art is influenced by his ancestral ties to the Southwest United States and Hawaii, as well as Masonic symbolism, mysticism, global politics and themes of urban decay.
Kai Margarida-Ramírez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Mexico. This double sense of home has given her a unique perspective on post-colonial, feminist and border identity. Specializing in paper cutting and embroidery, Kai's artwork fuses her family mythology, pop-culture, and intricate handiwork. Her most recent paper cuts source from family stories and photographs taken by her great-great-grandmother, thereby establishing inter-generational collaborations with her ancestors. This process has allowed Kai to collapse time and explore her space as a woman between cultures, languages, and epochs. Kai is based in Brooklyn, NY and is an MFA Fine Arts candidate at Parsons The New School for Design.
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Opening reception and public program information to be announced soon