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Skulls and Roses

Presented by Art Works Downtown and 2nd Friday Art Walk and Downtown San Rafael Arts District at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael CA

Oct 01 2021
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Nov 12 2021
Skulls and Roses

Group show: remembrance, rebirth, transformation – in correlation with Día De Los Muertos

2nd Friday Art Walk:
* Oct 8 (opening), Nov 12 (closing), 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Art Walk is in-person, mandatory masks, capacity monitored

Exhibition Dates:
* October 1 – November 12 / 1 octubre – 12 noviembre

Gallery 1337

Skulls and Roses – remembrance and rebirth
Calaveras y Rosas – recuerdo y renacimiento 

Skulls and Roses is about remembrance, rebirth and transformation in correlation with San Rafael’s Día De Los Muertos celebration.

To paraphrase juror Camilo Villa: “Remembering and honoring life is one of the most powerful tools art has offered since ancient communities imprinted beliefs and practices in their cave paintings. Art allows us to understand our ancestors in order to understand and honor where we come from. These exhibiting artworks will immerse the audience in the process of birth, life, and death. Drawing the audience in to question what it means to live and die in this world today.”

Artists / Artistas:

Timothy Armstrong, Vincent Avalos, Benjamin Benet, Harry Caldwell, Craig Coss, Linyu Diaz Arroyo, Marlee Durand, Matthew Felix Sun, Timothy Flanagan, Andrea Flores, Jo Ford, Django Golden, Vicki Gunter, Zoe Jackson, Jose Jimenez, Ruben Joy, Stephanie Jucker, Eric Kelly, Tom Kirk, Antonia Lawson, Sanda Manuila, Barbara McLain, Jeanette Monterio, Irene Schlesinger, Mary Serphos, Siana Smith, Andrea Speer Hibbard, Eliza Thomas, Paulette Traverso, Camilo Villa, Raffi Zaroukian

 

Juror:  Camilo Villa; artist, designer, educator

In my role as a juror for the Skulls & Roses exhibition, I responded to conceptually strong works that made me reflect about transformation and remembrance. In the process of selecting the work, I noticed a wide variety in technique and subject portrayal.

The selection process was very challenging, since the vast majority of the work demonstrated strong conceptual and technical skills. Remembering and honoring life is one of the most powerful tools art has offered humanity ever since ancient communities around the world imprinted frameworks of shamanic beliefs and practices in their cave paintings. Art allows us to understand the history of our ancestors in order to understand and honor where we come from.

Looking at the paintings, sculptures, prints, and mixed media pieces that made it to the final round of this exhibition, they all convey a narrative that immerses the audience into an intrinsic experience of understanding the process of birth, life, and death. The works selected are not a direct reflection of pieces I consider aesthetically pleasing, but rather works that draw the audience in to question their own thoughts about what it means to live and die in this world today.

I want to congratulate everyone who submitted their work for this exhibition and I don’t want anyone to feel discouraged for not making it to the final round. Every work had a story to tell and I thank you all for taking the time to convey your thoughts about transformation and remembrance. Remembering and trying to understand death is not an easy task, but it only brings us closer to the present moment, which you all did by creating and sharing your powerful work.

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Art Works Downtown presenta obras de arte sobre la transformación, el recuerdo y el renacimiento para la exposición Skulls and Roses.

La exhibición tiene la intención de ofrecer catarsis durante este tiempo para la transición de la pandemia mientras que se correlaciona con la celebración del Día de los Muertos en San Rafael. En correlación con la exhibición y la celebración comunitaria, AWD incluirá un altar comunitario como parte de la exhibición.

Altar artiste: Linyu Nicte-Ha Diaz Arroyo (b. 1984) inspirada en la tradición Maya de Hanal Pixan.

Miembro del jurado: Camilo Villa es un artista, diseñador, activista y educador interdisciplinario colombiano que vive en Oakland, California. Es el director de la galería de arte de la Universidad Estatal de San Francisco, de la cual tiene una maestría en educación.

Aunque este folleto está escrito en español, tenga en cuenta que los administradores de 1337 Gallery hablan inglés y todas las comunicaciones siempre se harán en inglés.

ADMISSION INFO

Free admission / entrada gratis

Contact: (415) 451-8119

Email: info@artworksdowntown.org

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Additional time info:

2nd Friday Art Walk:  October 8 (opening), November 12 (closing), 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours / horas de visita:
Friday / Viernes:  5:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat-Sun / fines de semana:  1:00 – 5:00 pm

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Art Works Downtown

1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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