Wednesday, 24 March 2010

terrific american exhibitions a go-go in April/May


Bright Forest: Paintings and Prints by Sarah Utter + a Mecca Normal show
Land gallery will present Bright Forest: Paintings and Prints by Olympia, Washington, artist Sarah Utter. Utter is an artist, designer and musician (from the bands Bangs and Western Hymn)

Utter will be showing brand-new work and some from the past several years that hasn’t been seen outside the Puget Sound. She paints mostly birds, along with foxes and squirrels and will be showing archival giclee prints from her 2009 calendar. Her artwork highlights a love of the natural world, bright colors, and layers of pattern inspired by printmaking and textiles.

Mecca Normal will perform “Blue Sky and Branches”—a new piece written for Utter’s art opening at Land on April 30. Vocalist Jean Smith wanted to do something “vaguely collaborative” for the event—a response to themes in Utter’s artwork. Most recently, their songs have been about Smith’s dating adventures, but as she told Utter, “Unless the critters in your paintings have been doing more online dating than I suspect, there isn’t a real connection between your art and our music.”

Land is located at 3925 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon;
Come and help us celebrate Sarah Utter's work on Friday, April 30 from 6–9pm. Her show will be on display from April 30 to May 23.
Vancouver duo Mecca Normal will give a special live performance at the opening party between 8-9pm.

More info: on facebook

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Dignidad Rebelde, Artists in the Struggle: Creating Radical Graphics

Dignidad Rebelde is a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based activist-artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes. Their art is a reflection of community struggles, dreams and visions. Following principles of Xicanismo and Zapatismo, they create art that translates the stories of everyday people in struggle into images that they can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspired them. Jesus and Melanie will be presenting a slideshow of their work contextualizing their work in the history of social movements and the graphic arts traditions that have served those movements.
Thursday, 08 April 2010 19:00 - 21:00
Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

More info: on facebook

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The Black Dot Museum: "Political Artists from Vancouver" Northern Exhibit

The Black Dot Museum: Political Artists From Vancouver

In May 2010, David Lester and Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) co-curate a month-long, group art exhibit at Northern -- an all-ages project in Olympia, Washington. The show includes art by Lester and Smith, along with Brian Roche and Gord Hill. Mecca Normal plays the May 1 opening.

More info: on facebook

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Shouts from the Wall

Leeway's Spring 2010 exhibit, "Shouts from the Wall," features fifty limited-edition prints, posters, and apparel, covering issues of current national and global interest created by Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, and Melanie Cervantes, members of Taller Tupac Amaru; Beth Pulcinella (LTA '09, ACG '08) co-founder of RECLAIM; and bex (LTA '09). EXHIBIT RUNS March 25-June 25, 2010

Opening night: Saturday, 27 March 2010 18:00 - 20:30
Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA

Favianna and Jesus will give an artist talk on Saturday March 27, 2010 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Leeway office (1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832). An opening reception will follow their talk from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
RSVP for the Artist Talk and reception by emailing or by calling (215) 545-4078

More info: on facebook

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