Art Exhibit: Roll, Press and Print

February 16, 2017 - March 16, 2017

At The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101 Theater

Join us for the opening reception of Roll, Press and Print: An inside look into Ernesto Vazquez’s Social and Cultural artwork.

Curated by Jimmy Centeno

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6-9 PM
Closing: Thursday, March 16,2017


Linoleum Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, March 4th, from 10am-2pm at CASA 0101 Theater: Linoleum Printmaking Workshop presented by Ernesto Vazquez
In this workshop you will design, carve and print by hand, your very own linoleum block edition. You will print a small edition run (4-5 prints each student) using traditional printmaking tools and techniques.

Cost: $20 each person. Please e-mail [email protected] to RSVP


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am an artist born and raised in the projects of Boyle Heights. I found my love for art through my love for comics and cartoons. As a six year old, I would often re-create my favorite characters and everything that caught my eye. My teachers recognized my talent and encouraged me to participate in contests. I won several scholarships to art schools throughout my childhood. As an adolescent, I continued to explore art in its different expressions. I was captivated by graffiti art and the underground street art scene. I spent many hours studying the style but after spending even more hours in community service, I decided to enroll in a school for graphic arts. After two years, I re-directed my focus toward giving life to my ideas rather than someone else’s. Fifteen years later,

I share with you those creations. My first exhibition was in 2001 at Casa De Sousa in Placita Olvera. Through this event I was invited to meet with Chicano artists in a group called “Mental

Menudo” facilitated by the great Gilbert “Magu” Lujan. Mental Menudo awoke in me an appetite for cultural art. I started to appreciate the connection between art and my identity. In 2005, I began to learn the art of printmaking at La Mano Press. I learned linoleum and wood block printing from Artemio Rodriguez and screen printing from John E. Miner.

In 2007 I became more involved with community organizing which influenced me to create socially conscious artwork. In 2009 I joined a group of five community members in establishing Solidarity Ink, a politically driven screen-printing cooperative. Being a part of this cooperative allowed me to gain experience in managing a print shop and curating cultural and socio-political art shows. Solidarity Ink closed its doors in 2012, giving me the opportunity to re-evaluate my path as an artist. Around this time I was introduced to, and immediately captivated by, the art of Jiu Jitsu. Learning this art during the last three years, has taken my creative energy in a new direction. This show in itself is just one more turning point in my career. As a continual student of art in all its forms, I look forward to learning new ways to share my expressions with you. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and continues to inspire and encourage me.

Location: The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101 Theater

Curated by: Jimmy Centeno

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