Happy to announce that my piece, "Puti", will be part of a juried group show in LA this October! I will be posting more details soon!
This is me in my senior III studio at the University of Houston in 2011. I was working late night and my friend David Salinas came by to take some photos of me painting. A lot of things has changed since then. I've already lost count of the wins and losses. Just recently, I turned thirty-three. Along with the celebrations came a whirlwind of emotions. Mostly, it was from sleepless nights during the hurricane with the endless flash flood and tornado warnings in my area. Although, I was doing several freelance jobs here and there, I decided it was also time to move on and resign from the job I've had for ten years. Now, I have the time to completely devote myself to my work and side hustles. It's a scary thought but I've always believed in trusting the process: working hard plus working smart, be humble, be genuine will bring results.
I'm still in this weird, surreal state of trying to find normalcy. Maybe it will never come. Maybe it will. Only time will tell but I'll get to something stable soon.
Now, I will have more time to catch up with everyone, have coffee, collaborate, make work, see more art, enjoy my family. Hit me up!
The Big Show 2017
July 7 - August 12, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017, 7- 9 PM
Awards announced at 8 PM
The Big Show is an ambitious annual exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. This year, Lawndale was excited to welcome Toby Kamps, former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection and soon-to-be Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum, as juror. Kamps reviewed work by 549 artists – the most artists to submit their work in the history of The Big Show - and selected nearly 200 works for the exhibition.
It is a truism that life moves fast and that change is a constant. In the 21 st century, rates of change in our ecological, economic, and political lives are accelerating and increasing at breakneck speed. Even consciousness itself is under constant pressure as new technologies transfer images, messages, and memes from the screen to the mind at the speed of light.
Introducing the "Rate of Change" as its organizing principle, The Big Show 2017 seeks works of art addressing change - in its myriad forms - and made within the last change-filled year.
Daniela Antelo + Elise Weber
Miguel Ángel Ávila
Kenneth James Beasley
Gaby Berglund Cárdenas
Mohammad Ali Bhatti
Gregory Michael Carter
Mary H. Case
Chadwick + Spector
Rebecca Elise Cook
Charlotte Cosgrove + Suzette Mouchaty
Adeleenne de Mesa
Heather den Uijl
David P. Gray
Ron Winston Hartgrove
Michael Sean Kirby
Patrick McGrath Muniz
Verny Sanchez Mitchell
Michael Patrick O'Brien
"Made in the Philippines" by Felix Fojas
--after my work "Spratly"
Felix Fojas is an award-winning, internationally-published writer and co-host of Pinoy Poets Circle, a literary website. With a BA in English and Comparative Literature and MA in Linguistics and Literature, he has two poetry collections: Port of Entry (1985) and Confabulations (1990). He is a member of the Academy of American Poets, Philippine Literary Arts Council and P.E.N. International. His poems have appeared in Paris/Atlantic Journal, Evergreen Review, Anthology Magazine, and Writers' Journal. He lives in Canoga Park, CA.
*Deeply humbled by this piece of poetry about my work
My creative processes include:
Wallowing in complete silence
Most works that I make aren't usually completed until I've come to a state of peace with it. It's just a feeling you get but sometimes you have to break that. Most of the time I'm working on 2-3 pieces.