2nd Saturday Art Walk January 2018

The New Year is upon us, and with it comes new adventures in sight, sound, and exploration. If you can’t afford the plane fare until you get your new yuge tax break, however, just pop on over to the Pomona Art Walk and get the same experience – without a travel ban or having to remove your shoes.

57 Underground kicks off the new year with “Home Grown: Revisiting Roots,” a duo show by Kendall Johnson and Desiree Engle. Engle, one of the founders and member emeritus of Gallery 57, stretches the limits of clay, using it to explore the connections of day to day life with a focus on the earth from which it arose. Johnson’s work includes paintings and writings selected from his recently completed series “Back to Modern,” which focuses on the aesthetics of mid-century modern painting featured prominently in the art produced in the Claremont area during the 50s and 60s – and, together, the artists seek to promote grounding in a tumultuous time. 

AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) opens Patsy Cox’s “Mouthpiece,” a new body of work that celebrates diversity and reveals the compelling times in which we live. The work, literally a collective assembly of mouths biting their lips without voice or sound in frustration and angst, has been created since January 20, 2017 and attempts to capture a personal reaction that is all encompassing and visceral. Mouthpiece responds to a constant upheaval of long-accepted American values and morals that have embraced civil and constitutional rights and comes from a place of shock, confusion, and contradiction. It is a retort to the changes in our long held ideals of freedom and liberty.

AMOCA also continues its exhibitions “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde; “We the People: Serving Notice,” an examination of themes of political divide, immigration, equality, gender and sexuality, racial injustice, money and power, the current administration, the environment, and war; and “Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales.”

The Latino Art Museum, in conjunction with LOGCinema, presents Art Films Festival, featuring almost two dozen short films from all over the world. The museum also continues their exhibition “Angels in Pomona,” which includes work from Alma Moctezuma, Alejandro Navia, Rosa Elena Osicka, Claudia Cogo, Claudia Cox, Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza, Jose Angel Hernandez, Gloria Montelongo, Ayuki Dickson, and Tymian Williams; and in their Grand Salon West, they unveil additions to their Chicano permanent collection donated by the Kevin Peron Family. The museum also continues its fundraising efforts for artist Susana Diaz Rivera.

“Hidden Messages” from artists Keith M. Klingonsmith and Stephen Rusher takes over the Progress Gallery, and it might be a slightly controversial show since the exhibition statement repeatedly tells us that the content is definitely only a representation of the artists’ experiences (in spirituality and religion?) and no one else’s, and the artists don’t claim to be experts or virtuous. Hmmm…what was it that Queen Gertrude said? We’re intrigued!

The Alley Gallery presents “Stippling,” by pointillism artist Christian Sarabia, as well as murals by Joe Ded, the Metro Gallery continues its show “Places and Faces” by Joey Martinez, and the dA Center for the Arts continues its 15th Annual exhibit, “Aztlan: A Sense of Place,” a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Co-Curators: Frank Garcia and Margaret Garcia have corralled artists, tinkers, thinkers, engineers, and urban planners who construct creative solutions and express voices of concern for our inherited and future, with works by Leigh Adams, David Botello, Art Carrillo, Jimmy Centeno, Margaret Garcia, Mario Guerrero, Wayne Healy, Naiche Lujan, Heather McLarty, Cathi Miligan, Frank Romero, Nancy Romero, Marc Salazar, Mario Trillo, Ivan Deavy Zapien, and others. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Stacy Davies