Downtown Pomona kicks off the New Year with a mixture of the old and the new, offering residents and visitors the chance to catch shows from December that they missed while immersed in holiday frenzy, as well as experience new exhibitions that offer fresh and powerful perspectives on our humanity for 2019.
Metro Gallery opens with “Superior Animals,” a series of paintings and sculptures from Kai Ma that seek to find the animality within the human form through exaggerated expressions that reveal the noble and elegant nature of the Earth’s most domineering mammal. An internationally acclaimed artist and recent transplant to Los Angeles, Mao believes that every animal represents a human attribute or human character, with special emphasis placed on pride, beauty and elegance.
Progress Gallery presents “Of Gods and Other Flawed Creatures,” a solo exhibition from Mark Thomas Bunner, a faculty member of the School of Art and Enterprise in downtown Pomona, uses form, line and texture to tell stories that explore time and motion. From majestic depictions of the female form floating through atmospheres meant for winged creatures to subtle observances of petals of a flower that often elude our gaze, Bunner asks for a deeper empathy from “a world that rejoices in the image of its blurred lines” in hopes of rejoining us to the small moments in life that we often fail to grasp in our flurry of living.
The Alley Gallery greets 2019 with an invitation to rumble in “The Roller Derby and Art Exhibition,” an evening celebrating the sport of roller derby in the modern era featuring work from HitSquadTV, Michael Wise II, Tristan King, The Angry Artist and others – so lace up your quads and roll on over to honor deliciously dangerous derby dames!
For January, The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) continues “The 2018 Creative Arts Year in Review,” a collection of the best student art from last year chosen from more than 1000 student artwork entries by a jury of arts teachers and educators. Thirteen of these winners will be featured in the upcoming “The Art of the SAE” calendar, debuting this year.
The Latino Art Museum also continues its December shows “Jambalaya,” a solo show by Mati Russo, featuring “thought-provoking” works that “champion the truth,” as well as the duo show from Rigo Rivas and Juan Carlos Boxler in the Main Salon.
Lastly, don’t forget to stop by and show your support for the dA Center for the Arts fundraiser for Inland Empire Harm Reduction (IEHR), hosted by the Alternative Gathering Collective (AGC) and friends. This local, community-based public health project works to improve the health and well-being of people affected by drug abuse in the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. $5 donation.