GALLERY AZUL - Art representing the culture of our city.




MER YOUNG SOLO EXHIBIT

MEYOUWE (me-you-we) is an oeuvre that explores beliefs in immigration, supports indigenous and native cultures, and women. It commemorates women who have fought for women’s rights and uplifts those who continue to overcome adversities, barriers, and social discrimination. While schematics of discrimination across the globe remain, the women who carry on rapid efforts to combat and position themselves to have equality should be acknowledged. This artwork collection aims to inspire, celebrate and elevate women of color, immigrants and indigenous cultures. 

The collage works are mixed-media compositions with a variant of black and white photographs of women. The use of mixed-media intends to express emblem to a mixed people. Black and white images of native and indigenous women are sought out and implemented to the works to demonstrate the kaleidoscope of people we are without adhering color. These photographs are found from postcards to magazines and printouts. The background of each piece is hand painted in color with acrylic or watercolor paints. Cut out motifs are arranged and layered with glue. Gold paint is used to display symbolism of illumination, understanding, enlightenment, love, compassion, courage and wisdom. The objective of these collage works is to promote attention of women from different ethnic, cultural backgrounds and dedicated to people who have migrated to other parts of the world for a better life.

The painting works were inspired by quilts from different cultures. Quilt making is traditionally a communal activity among young girls and women. They are made for various purposes such as commemorating a major life event. Internalizing these notions of community and cultural tradition dawned a narrative. The comparisons between quilting fabrics and the characteristics or relationship people have are similar. Some fabrics, comparable to people, overlap. Some are too close; some are hanging on by a thread; some pieces are new and some are old; some are different colors; shapes and sizes but once they are all layered and sewn together it creates one gorgeous spectacle just as people do.  People like quilts are bonded together by the hands of other people. The intent of these works is to show how cultures and traditions cannot be possible without the human touch.  
 
The drawings are small works that adhere to the ideas placed on women globally that they are small or less than. These drawings, however, display courage, resilience, and strength of women from different walks of life who have faced different hardships and overcame them.

While this body of work pays tribute to women, embraces immigration, and salutes indigenous and native cultures, it is also a response to repel the hostility shown to women and immigrants under the current U.S. Administration. After all, without ME without YOU, there would be no WE.

STAND WITH STANDING ROCK


11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition


For The Love of Guitar
2 artists one show
Ray Vasquez 
and 
Mark Metzner


Gallery Azul Presents 
10 Year Anniversary Artists Showcase
  Show dates
June 2 - July 16, 2015


Yes! It has been 10 years. Gallery Azul opened its doors in 2006. We have moved 3 times, it can be a challenge to maintain an art gallery part time, but we have hung in there due to our passion and desire to support the arts. The arts are always the first cuts when it comes to education or other government funding. Our vision has been to provide a platform for emerging artists that are proud of their heritage and cultura, who have a message for the masses, and who are open to creative growth. 

Artist's Exhibiting
Mark Metzner, Paulina, Cora Ramirez-V, David Flores, Robyn Feeley, Ray Vasquez, Alexia Kutchner, Rick Rodriguez, Jonathan Bueno, MER, Tania Jazz Alvarez, Rachel Madrigal, Chuymosca, Alan Papaleo, Gerry Bonilla, Mado, Nancy Webber, Navia Alejandro, Reidar Schopp, Chatismo, Brandon Harrison, Alex Rios, David Martinez, Velia Martinez, Estela Gama, Zuela, Daniel Quinones, Harmony Azul, Peter Buchan, Pinchi Michi, Pervo


Revolutionary Women
   Group Art Exhibition
  Show dates
April 7 - May 6, 2015


Join us for the artists' reception of Revolutionary Women. This show is dedicated to the women who through their efforts promoted change and caused waves regardless of consequences. 
Artist's Exhibiting
Ryosuke Ishii, Mark Metzner, Paulina, Cora Ramirez-V, Annie Appel, David Flores, Robyn Feeley, Ray Vasquez, and Jesus Ortiz



PERSONA NON GRATA
 WORKS BY 
ERIC DANIEL ALMANZA
Show Dates:
March 3 - April 7, 2016

Artist Statement
 
My current body of work examines social and political issues such as Chicano identity, the criminalization of immigrants, urban life both present and future, and visualizes how they are weaved into the fabric of mainstream twenty-first century American society. Often it is said that Chicanos feel caught between cultures. Not fully American, yet at the same time unable to identify as Mexican. I was born in the United States to parents of Mexican ancestry and I have struggled my entire life justifying my identity to others as well as to myself. I am not fluent in Spanish and I am told that I don’t particularly “look Mexican”. With a plethora of labels such as American, Mexican, Mexican-American, Hispanic, Latino and Chicano in which I may use to categorize myself, one can see how I might struggle with the idea of self. Thus, I craft my work through the lens of a Chicano Artist because it is the only label that seems to fit. 
 
The calculated objective of my work is to revise what mainstream twenty-first century American society looks like with the inclusion of both immigrant and minority populations. Over the past 50 years the demographic of Los Angeles, California, and the nation has slowly shifted to a majority that consists of Latino Americans. However, that same demographic shift has not translated into the art world. My work continues to establish both the existence and relevancy of classically trained narrative painters who identify as Chicano, Mexican, or Latino American to the national artistic dialogue.
 

My work draws inspiration from traditional history and easel painting and artists such as Michelangelo Caravaggio, Jacques Louis David, Gustave Courbet, José Guadalupe Posada, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, John Valadez and Vincent Valdez.


Iconic Mugshots

Show Dates
September 3 - October 25, 2015 


ARTIST'S EXHIBITING
Mark Metzner, Alan Papaleo, Reidar Schopp, Steven Amado (Chatismo), Cora Ramirez-V, Ray Vasquez, and Harmony Azul Vasquez

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 5PM - 9PM

ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

Trilogy: 
Tango/Nudes/Tango Nudes

A one night only photo exhibition and artist's reception. 
Featuring original works by 
  Gayle Goodrich


Show Date:

Saturday, August 15, 2015 
5PM - 9PM


Complimentary Wine and Cheese












La Sirena (The Mermaid)

A group art exhibition dedicated to La Sirena (The Mermaid)

Show Dates

June 27 - August 8, 2015


Las Sirenas (The Mermaids) legendary aquatic creatures with the upper body of a female and the tail of a fish. Mermaids are part of folklore in many cultures worldwide. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Artists created their version of La Sirena.

ARTISTS SHOWING

Tania Jazz Alvarez, Jose Flores, Kitty Gallanis, Robyn Feeley, Edie Pfeifer, Gayle Goodrich, Reidar Schopp, Melissa Nebrida, Divad de la Rama, Rachel Madrigal, David Flores, Mado, Mark Canto, Blanca Soloria, Alan Papaleo, Chatismo, Chee-Bo, Gerri Chow, Lorena Maese, Mark Metzner, Cora Ramirez-V




The Tarot of Ray

NEW WORKS 
By 

Ray Vasquez

 May 2, 2015 - June 20, 2015


Ray used the Tarot deck to guide his show. The Tarot is centuries old and the ancestor to our modern playing cards. A journey through the Taros is a journey of the self. Utilizing the tarot deck Ray embarked on a journey of the self. He has projected his inner world onto the outer via artworks. Join us for this in depth show and see what is triggered for you.


Un Mundo Raro
new works by
Navia Alejandro



9th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition
Recordando a Nuestros Idolos
Remembering our Idols/Icons
Show dates
October 2-November 6, 2014

Artist's Exhibiting
Reidar Schopp, Ray Vasquez, Robyn Feeley, Mark Metzner, Grace Schwab (age 12), Cora Ramirez-Vasquez, Michael Falzone, Tony Bozanic, Crystal Karr, Rachel Madrigal, Fabian Rodriguez, Paulina Clothing, Elaina Soto, Shannon Mulvaney, Ricky Hernandez, and Melissa Nebrida












About Dogs and Cats
celebrating the gift of love, loyalty, trust, and wisdom
a fundraiser for Dharma Rescue (www.dharmarescue.org)
Show Dates
August 7 -September 14, 2014
Dogs and cats, for many of us are family, we could never imaging our lives without them. But not all dogs and cats are fortunate enough to stay with their families. Sometimes, financial hardships, death of their owner, homelessness, or healht problems lead owners to have to let go of their beloved pets. For many owners the aging or disability of a pet becomes the impetus to turn their pet in to an animal shelter. These elderly or disabled pets will eventually be euthanized, because the odds of adopting them out are minimal. Luckily, organizations like Dharma Rescue exsists and focuses on saving these cats and dogs, providing them another chance at life.


Crossing Over
A Dialogue about immigration via art
Show Dates
April 3 - June 1, 2014

Immigration appears to be an issue that is grey. There are those in favor of helping those that are here already, and those that are against those that are here. They have committed a crime by entering illegally, how could we condone that? They should all be deported, but what about the babies that were brought here without their knowledge, who grew up in America and knowing America as their home, should they be deported to a land they don't know? What about those that have married and have children in America. It seems that maybe we are seeking a one size fits all solution, when there is none. Denying non-citizens benefits, driver's license, health insurance, jobs, --is that the solution? If theyare deported and have no connection in this other country --they are destitute, is that ok? Non-citizens who commit crimes in America, should be deported? What if their crime was a non-violent crime? Will that matter? Should Justin Bieber have been deported, he is an immigrant after all? 

Artist's exhibiting
Navia Alejandro, Mark Metzner, Ray Vasquez, Diego Yeyo Aguirre, Tania Jazz Alvarez, Cora Ramirez-V, Lee Frank Perez, and Jose Flores




Gallery Azul Presents:

PEACE IN CHAOS
New Works
by
Estela Gama
Show Dates
Sept. 5 - Oct. 12, 2013


Estela Gama: Peace in the Chaos
     Peace in the Chaos is an exhibition that echoes that struggle of trying to feel happy despite the environment that surrounds us. That fight every human has with themselves, of trying to fit into a society that has forgotten about the true meaning of coexisting. The way beautiful people should look, what kind of music we should listen to, what we should watch on TV and when, what kind of clothes make you better than the person sitting next to you. We become mental slaves to norms that are put upon us, norms that make us question our individuality.
     In this exhibition I intend to expose my own self-struggles and the battles that I've overcome, simply by getting to know myself as an individual first, then a mother, a friend, a partner, and a lover. Spending time with myself I began to realize that I am capable of reaching peace from within. That peace is what allows me to feel happiness in the middle of the chaos that surrounds me.


Gallery Azul Presents
L.A. Shine
New Works
by Mark Metzner
Show Dates
July 13th - August 24, 2013



Artist: Mark Metzner
Born in New York City and Raised in Detroit, Michigan. Currently Mark is a 15 Year resident of Venice, CA
Style: His own combination of Freestyle Fine Art and Expressionism.
Mediums: Oil on canvas, Acrylic on Canvas/Wood/Vinyl, and pen on paper
Subjects: People, Experiences, the Inanimate, and Abstract Thought
Influences: Takashi Murakami, Banksy, Gerhard Richter, Picasso, Van Gogh, Escher, Goya..life itself..and so many more

Artist Statement
When I first arrived in Los Angeles 15 years ago I had to take the first available job I could get so I could get an apartment, pay the rent. I was hired by a housecleaning service in Santa Monica and spent my time cleaning mansions in the Hollywood Hills and Malibu. The person training me, Joe, noticed I was taking too long to get the job done. He said "Don't spend too much time with the deep cleaning ...just focus on anything that shines like the chrome on the faucets, sinks, showerheads..etc. Polish that stuff so it sparkles and you can go lighter on the rest of the house. That's the 'LA Shine'!!". I took advice and my tips went up and customers specifically started requesting me by name. That was my first introduction to the superficial nature of Los Angeles. Since then I have been amazed to find a contrast to this; deep people doing courageous things, wonderful culture and some of the best friends I have ever had.
There is much more to Los Angeles than vanity and I am making Los Angeles my muse for this show......This show will be called "The L.A. Shine". The show will consist of street influenced paintings, with fine art sensibilities, on Wood Panel, Canvas, Paper and Vinyl Figurines. Each piece has a central object, theme or idea that comes from what the artist has seen/experienced while living in Los Angeles. Around the object, embedded in the detail, are personal stories, thoughts, comments and observations all of which challenge the viewer.

Gallery Azul Presents
The Wild Feminine Group Exhibition
Show Dates
June 1st - July 6th, 2013




The focus of this show was an exploration of what encompasses the wild feminine. The wild feminine is a free spirit, she is not restrained, rather she gives in to the wild and passionate side, maybe sometimes or maybe all of the time. Artists, both male and female, submitted art work for this show and created art about their perspective of the wild feminine; what she looks like, what she would do, and/or what she is willing to release from within.


Artists' Exhibiting


Mado, Brandon H. Harrison, Tania Jazz Alvarez, Rick Rodriguez, Maribel Nuno, Reidar Schopp, Erick Guadarrama, Vanessa Beckrum, Jennifer Siegal, Estela Gama, Cora Ramirez-Vasquez, Gus Brethome-Avila, and Ray Vasquez




April 4 - May 11, 2013
The Speckinside your eye
new works by Gus Brethome-Avila


This exhibition brought together an array of eclectic mix of artworks combined and interpreted creatively to challenge the imagination. The “Speck Inside your Eye” was an interpretation of the artist's view of how the world sees us and how quick we are to be judgmental. No matter how different things may appear on the surface, appearance isn’t the whole story. Each piece of work has its own meaning in which we can create our own story
behind it.
“You can't depend on your eyes when your
imagination is out of focus.”
― Mark Twain
Artist's Bio:
Gus Avila enjoys working with vibrant colors with different subjects of his Artwork. Gus earned his Bachelor degree in Urban Sustainability studies from the University of Antioch Los Angeles and also an Associate of Science degree in Graphic design from the Art Institute of Los Angeles. Gus uses materials that are all recyclable, from the hand-made wood frames to recycled paint; he calls it “sustainable art”. Gus creates all his work himself, from making his own wooden frames, to mixing his own unique color palates. Gus’ favorite philosophy statement quote is “Our expression comes from the beliefs and choices within our own
composition, it could also come in forms of colors, patterns, human beauty and nature gift”. As a Graphic designer and naturalist resource advocate, Gus connects his artwork with what he sees in the everyday’s of life. His subjects are connections of his past, present and future. Gus’ Art is fun, energetic, colorful and lighthearted with a hint of old and new pop culture.






Somos Animales
 New Works by
Rick Rodriguez
Show Dates:
February 7th - March 16th, 2013



For the past two years I have been living and spending time inJoshua tree. During this time, I have been embarking on a spiritual evolution,a subject that has always been a part of me. In this journey my art has alsobeen influenced. Somos Animales is about realizing that we are animals,therefore we have an animal spirit, and as such, we should to be in the samerhythm with the elements and the planet. It is about realizing that goingagainst the elements, the planet, and against our own evolution is leading toour destruction. --Rick Rodriguez      Artist



Gallery Azul Presents:
7th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition
November 1st, 2012 - December 6th, 2012
Artists Exhibiting
Pat Estes, Estela Gama, Cora Ramirez-V, Dana Wyss, Ray Vasquez, MER, Rachel Madrigal, Mark Metzner, Patty Grau, Maribel Nuno Navarro, Zuelaforce, David Flores, Jonathan Bueno, David Martinez, Paula Herrera, and Harmony Vasquez




Gallery Azul Presents
The TRUTH Means NOTHING
A solo Art Exhibition by
BRANDON HARRISON
Show Dates:
September 6, 2012 - October 6, 2012
In 1799 Spanish artist Francisco Goya published a controversial body of work known as Los Caprichos; a series of 80 aquatint prints that condemned the decline of rationality that was prevalent in Spanish society. Los Caprichos were comprised of works that dealt with anti-clerical themes, the lack of morality within the ruling class, and the common prejudices and ignorance that contribute to the decline of most so-called civilized societies. Shortly after publishing Los Caprichos, Goya withdrew them from public sale due to fear of reprisal from the Catholic Church during the Inquisition.
      Bank collapses, monetary disparities between the rich and the poor and increasing militarization of the police have created an atmosphere of increasing tension and frustration for the average person. Artist, Brandon Harrison, has decided to delve deep into the deterioration of our present condition and present a visual dialogue about the nefarious and disconnected forces behind politics, religion, and law enforcement; and the psychological impact these forces impose upon our society. “The Truth Means Nothing” is a collection of brand new works from artist Brandon Harrison meant to emulate Los Caprichos with respect to their classical composition, but also to reference contemporary atrocities and social injustices which the artist is known for throughout his past and present bodies of work.
“The sleep of reason produces monsters.” – Francisco de Goya
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Brandon Harrison (b. 1973) is an American artist based in Long Beach California whose intention is to comment on and analyze contemporary popular culture, politics and social injustices through the artistic mediums of fine art and graphic design.
Educated in graphic design in 2006, after years of doing freelance graphic design projects for high profile clients, Brandon was commissioned to paint his first mural for Harbor View Adolescent Center.  In 2007, Brandon was awarded two additional commissions to paint murals for Bayfront Youth and Family Services in Long Beach and College Hospital in Cerritos.  Later that year, he was introduced to the owners of Gallery Azul and participated in his first gallery group exhibition themed for the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
In February 2010, Brandon had his first solo exhibition named “Uncivil Disobedience” at Gallery Azul in San Pedro. Brandon continues to participate in group shows at different galleries and venues throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay Area. “The Truth Means Nothing” will be his second solo exhibition with Gallery Azul.


1950's and 1960's ICONS
Show Dates:
               July 21st - September 7th, 2012
Featured Artists:
MER, Diego Yeyo Aguirre, Cora Ramirez-V, Hector Silva, Steven Chatismo Amado, Brandon Harrison, Mark Metzner, Annie Dubber, Ray Vasquez, Mario Torero, Scooter, Nancy Webber, Gabe Razo, Marisol de las Casas, Gus Brethome Avila, Krystal Campos, Gerry Bonilla, Pat Estes, Erick Guadarrama, Guadalupe Maria Garcia, and Angel Amado


 Femme Fatale
March 1st - April 5th, 2012
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