Must see show at MOAH!

Must see show at Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). Flora exhibition features artwork by Nancy Macko, Terry Arena, Debi Cable, Candice Gawne, Gary Brewer, Lisa Schulte, Jamie Sweetman and Mud Baron. In addition, there will be an exclusive historic artifact exhibition curated by archeological expert Dr. Bruce Love. The exhibit will close with a special Artist Talk by Nancy Macko on June 28th from 2 – 4 PM.

by Abel Alejandre

ARTillery: Contemporary Art Influenced by Weaponry

Since the inception of our great country, firearms and weapons in general have become an influential part of American society. This fascination remains prevalent in our current culture and is reflected in movies, news, politics, government policies and even childhood memories (Who can say they have never used a squirt gun growing up?). This exhibition examines the appearance and meaning of weaponry in contemporary art.

Abel Alejandre, David Amoroso, Richard Ankrom, Kii Arens, Jackson Boelts, Sandow Birk, Al Farrow, Lisa K. Blatt, Elyse Pignolet, Chaz Bojorquez, Angel Cabrales, Colby Caldwell, Shepard Fairey, John Wayne Gacy, Steven Gavenas, Kevin Grass, Jesse James, Michael Knowlton, Charles Krafft, Joshua Levin, James Mooney, Garry Musgrave, Odd Nerdrum, Eve Plumb, Scott Scheidly, Alan Simensky, Alyson Souza, C. R. Stecyk III, Charles Swenson, Jon Swinhart, Jaime Scholnick, Robert The, Fred Tieken, Lena Verderano, Brian M. Viveros and Dawn Whitmore

Mesa Contemporary Art Museum at Mesa Art Center
April 24 20152015- August 16, 2015

Magic and Realism



Magic-and-RealismA Featured MOPLA Event (Month of Photography Los Angeles)

TWO DAYS ONLY: Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19 12-5pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18 7-10pm


Magic, truth, objectivity, reality. What differentiates photography from other visual art forms is its indelible, inescapably direct relationship to the external world. This tether is both a semiotic and technological constriction, a challenge that has given rise to a seemingly endless debate about photography’s status as a “fine art” rather than say, an “applied art” — and is ultimately also the source of its unique, evolving appeal.

The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff — contemporaries working independently — explores photography’s paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The interaction between their work is particularly well suited to exploring this dynamic, because Brewer and Refetoff are uncannily drawn to many of the same specific topographies of desert and industry, yet they return with vastly different works of art.

Some of these differences result from the intentionality of how they work. Brewer could be said to work somewhat loosely, guided more by cultivated serendipity than by an agenda — his camera functioning as an extension of an intuitive attention, his series grouped by evocative formal or narrative suggestions in a subsequent process sorting the harvest of his wanderlust. Refetoff, for his part, sets out in a nearly cinematic quest for certain specific stories he feels require telling, set against and among the details and vistas of an archetypal set of lands — speaking directly to how humans have historically manipulated these lands throughout the mythology of the American West.

By considering them together, it is our hope that not only will further facets of their individual practices be highlighted, but so will certain fundamental circumstances of their shared medium’s paradoxical ability to preserve evidence of actual events while sustaining personal interpretation, in so doing reconciling documentation and invention, experience and imagination — and, by somehow showing more than can be seen, to reconcile magic and realism.
–Shana Nys Dambrot

Interview with Artist Jose Lozano

Interveiw with Jose Lozano from Atelier Visit on Vimeo.

Jose Lozano is an artist and published author based in Fullerton, California whose works include public projects, paintings, murals and serigraphs. He received his MFA from Cal State Fullerton. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely at venues which include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art, Patricia Correia Gallery, Self Help Graphics, and Avenue 50 Studio. He has received many awards including a J. Paul Getty Mid-Career Grant in Painting and a California Arts Council Grant for Drawing and Painting. Lozano prefers to work in a series and focuses on particular themes and topics, such as Mexican wrestlers, paper dolls, Mexican movie imagery, clowns and loteria playing cards. Lozano was also granted and completed his own Metro train station located at La Brea’s Expo line.

Reel Rasquache Film Festival 2014


Reel Rasquache Film Festival 2014

Don’t miss Jose Lozano’s take on Greg Brady and Viejas in a short film by Atelier Visit with Abel Alejandre

There is a great line up!
• There will be over 25 features and shorts to choose from
• There will be three workshops, Awards evening and lots of networking

Actor Carlos Carrasco, Career Achievement Award
Actress Marlene Forte, Pioneer Award
Actor Douglas Spain, Trailblazer Award
Artist Yolanda Gonzalez, Vision Award and featured artist

MAY 16-18, 2014
It all takes place at: CASA 0101
2102 E First St. (Boyle Heights Area)

Check out the film list here:

Yours truly filmed by Eric Minh Swenson

Published on May 10, 2013

Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Josh Garcia

Abel Alejandre is an international artist who works with several mediums including painting, drawing, and printmaking. He immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 from Apatzingán, Michoacán, Mexico with his mother and his siblings. In 1984, Alejandre painted his first mural for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics. More recently, has had his work included into the National Museum of Mexican Art’s permanent collection in Chicago. He also colloborated on a film documentary called “Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park”. Also, was selected to create the artwork for a Metro station as part of the “Expo Line” on Exposition and Westwood. Although, most of his work deals with issues of masculinity, Alejandre also deals with contemporary: culture, class, politics, and race. He uses his art as a buffer between himself and the world. Alejandre creates aesthetically inviting work on the surface, underneath, he confronts his own issues with his emotional experiences and his understanding of the human experience. Alejandre’s work is a personal experiential journey with himself, his viewers, and his art.
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :