2/6 pieces I’m currently working on. They were commissioned by one of my big collectors in the west coast. This series should be done this week.
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Celebrate the opening of PAL / Pilipinx American Library at the Asian Art Museum with a special Artist Edition Tote Bag based on original artwork by artist Matt Manalo.
You can preorder now on www.pjpolicarpio.net/pal/
Oak Cliff Cultural Center is excited to present OC3: Identified, a selective retrospective exhibition of artists featured in previous years (2013 – 2017).
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center has provided gallery space for several individual artists (local/regional) and organizations resulting in furthering the evolving Dallas Art scene. OC3: Identified is a celebration of the relationships that have been built and an opportunity for our community to see the growth and development of the artists’ work.
Join us for a reception on Saturday, July 28th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.
Pedro Perez Jr
So, I did a thing with Voyage Houston.
Here’s the link: http://voyagehouston.com/interview/meet-matt-manalo-matt-manalo-houston-texas/
The effect of the cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other peoples’ languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces that would stop their own springs of life. It even plants serious doubts about the moral righteousness of struggle. Possibilities of triumph or victory are seen as remote, ridiculous dreams. The intended results are despair, despondency and a collective death-wish.
(Ngugi wa Thiong’o)
“Assimilation 01, 02, and 03” (2017)
Immigrant assimilation is a complex process in which immigrants not only fully integrate themselves into a new country but also lose aspects, perhaps even all of their heritage. Social scientists rely on four primary benchmarks to assess immigrant assimilation: socioeconomic status, geographic distribution, second language attainment, and intermarriage. William A.V. Clark defines immigrant assimilation as "a way of understanding the social dynamics of American society and that it is the process that occurs spontaneously and often unintended in the course of interaction between majority and minority groups.