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Artists Weekly Cerritos, ‘I found myself in a state of liberation’

Samuel Chako

After showing their art and explaining why they got into art, the three artists answered questions from the public on October 24.

The Art Department holds their weekly “Artist Talk” where they post the new showcase and art gallery while artists talk about their art on October 24 at 6 p.m.

The first artist who took the stage was Elin O’Hara Slavickwho was a professor of visual art, theory and practice at CalTech, she is the author of “Bomb after bomb: a map of violence and “After Hiroshima“, Just to name a few.

She first talked about the art series she called « Cathars/Anecdotes, which were writings of different words and phrases that were created with acrylic watercolors on paper.

“I started the ‘Catharses’ series as a therapeutic way to purge my mind of recurring negative thoughts and especially negative thoughts,” Slavick said.

“I found myself in a state of liberation working on these [art]“, she added, “the insults became compliments, jokes, reflections and revelations of the speakers”.

“I do not claim that this art is excellent on all levels. In fact, they are bad paintings, in an academic sense,” said Slavick, “The art that I admire most and the art that stays with me is art that addresses the difficulties of the world.”

The second speaker was Guillaume Camargowho is an artist born and raised in Anaheim, California, and is a photo-based artist, community archivist, activist and advocate.

“There are a lot of lived experiences in my community and I bring them back into my work,” he said.

The LatinX artist showed off one of his family birthday photos and opened up about the “cholo” upbringing he went through.

“The reason I show some of this work is that it was a bit of a neighborhood party,” Camargo said of the family photo, “Growing up in the 90s, everyone was invited into the apartment complex.”

The art series that Camargo does is called, “Origins and displacements”, which dealt with the story and he grew up not knowing it.

“These [the art from the series] are some of the places where I have this kind of rocky relationship or a place where I have memories that are tainted by the history of my city.

One such example is the artwork titled, “Damn, can’t I go this side of the park?” which was a park that Camargo played on.

“It’s the park I used to play football in when I was 10-14 and I later realized the park was separated in the late 1940s,” Camargo said.

The last artist who took the stage was Jose Guadalupe Sanchez IIIwho is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in West Los Angeles, earned an MFA from USC, and is a tenure-track assistant professor at Occidental College.

Sanchez III the work focuses on thinking about the future, vulnerability and self-reflexivity.

Sanchez talks about his realistic cartoon world where he trained as a road runnerwhat he watched as a child.

“The idea was to paint different family members in these spaces,” Sanchez says, “I often think about what kind of reality [this is my nana] was she presented when she emigrated to the United States? »

The art gallery artist also talked about some artwork with pigeons, but one of them was the only painting he had of five pigeons in an apartment in Inglewood.

“It’s the memory of my father’s apartment in Inglewood,” said the artist, “It’s five different pigeons, representing a family body.”

The interdisciplinary artist spoke about how certain parts of masculinity were negative and talked about the loss of his father, which he and a local artist were dealing with.

“We had both just lost our fathers and were thinking about this space that we had to navigate thinking about what we grew up with and the safety of crying in public spaces.”

“It’s thinking about and deconstructing or subverting those notions of masculinity that we always have to be stoic or strong and we can’t present a moment of vulnerability,” Sanchez III said.

After the artists gave their speeches, they took time for a Q&A, then everyone was treated to a free pizza and viewed the art in the art gallery.