Practice and Pedagogy (At LBMAx Location)
September 8, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Arguably there is no place where art practice and pedagogy are as inextricably linked as in California. Art schools here have played a pivotal role in the history of modern and contemporary art, functioning as hotbeds for new ideas and experimentation. Practice and Pedagogy features a selection of work by the full-time studio art faculty in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Long Beach City College (LBCC). This exhibition aims to provide insight into the diverse studio practices of the LBCC faculty and the ideas that drive their work as both artists and educators.
CAROLYN CASTANO: Tropical Geometries Series Tropical Geometries (Ruana Interruption, Red and Gold) 2017 Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouche on Arches Paper 51” x 40”
Jane Brucker: Fragile Thoughts
September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The exhibition, Fragile Thoughts, is a 25 year survey representing Jane Brucker’s exploration of personal and collective history, mortality and fragility. A hallmark of Brucker’s work is the combining of found objects and heirlooms with other materials – textiles, wood, glass, paper, text, and cast metals to create works with a resonant poetic spirit and a tactile sensibility. Objects and materials are transformed through Brucker’s attention to detail. Simultaneously, narrative passages from her own family invite the audience to relate to shared themes and stories. Generous grant support for the new Fragile Thoughts installation, a part of the Fragile Thoughts exhibition, is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance. Additional in-kind support graciously provided by Judson Studios, Pasadena.
FARM FRESH: Narsiso Martinez
October 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Since moving to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, Narsiso Martinez (B. 1977) immersed himself in pursuing an education by first enrolling in English Language courses and later getting his GED. It was not until taking an art history class at the Los Angeles City College that Martinez realized his passion for art, stirring up childhood memories of when he would sketch the faces of his family members. The artist plowed through, eventually earning a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Long Beach, while working in orchards between schools to earn a living. As an undergraduate at CSULB, Martinez began developing his practice and researching into the lives of field workers. The empowering story of the artist’s journey and his achievements first captivated the Long Beach community when he was invited to participate as the Museum’s Artist in Residence in 2017.
The inaugural solo exhibition, FARM FRESH explores Martinez’s artistic practice, which continues to be deeply influenced by his own experiences, the familiar landscapes of the fields, and his personal relationships with field workers. Sourcing imagery from his own photographs, the site-specific, new body of mixed-media work and sculpture in the exhibition aim to give voice to the marginalized group.
John Sonsini – Daywork: Portraits
October 12, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Daywork: Portraits, the first comprehensive exhibition of one of the most celebrated series of portrait paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, John Sonsini, surveys a compelling body of work that captures the personalities and characteristics of Latino day laborers living in Los Angeles. Spanning nearly two decades, the exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art explores the history of Sonsini’s subject matter and the development of the artist’s distinct, expressionistic painting style. Accompanied by his still life paintings, the compilation of these works provides powerful insight into Sonsini’s career as a painter of people.