Myth, Bricks, Prints
Arias, Fuentes, Banjo
August 14 - September 19, 2009
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco
Friday, August, 14th, 7-10pm $5
Luis Arias Vera
Juan R. Fuentes
Curators Rene Yañez and Art Hazelwood have organized this exhibition
which celebrates artists from three very different worlds and ties
their work together through a series of events.
Art Hazelwood is paying tribute to African American artist Casper
Banjo who was widely known in the Bay Area before he was tragically
Oakland Police last year. Banjo was known as the "Brick Man" for
his use of bricks which he used in a surprising range of imagery.
This memorial retrospective explores the breadth of his work.
Rene Yañez has put together the work of Luis Arias Vera and
Juan Fuentes. Vera, born in Peru, and now living in Berkeley has
strong ties in Spain
where he has been commissioned to create a significant public art
sculpture. He will present a body of paintings as well as the on
of new work in collaboration with his son Adrian Arias and other
Fuentes has been a part of the Chicano poster movement since the early
1970s. He has created screenprint posters for countless community groups
and political causes. He was director of MCCLA's Mission Grafica screen
print studio, from 1999 to 2007. Fuentes will be presenting linocuts
and silkscreen prints and displaying sketches and photographs from
his participation in a contingent of Bay Area artists visiting Peru.
For an essay by Art Hazelwood and more of Casper Banjo's
work go to M. Lee Stone Fine Prints' web site. look
EventsCasper Banjo Commemoration
Saturday, August 29, 3-5pm
The Casper Banjo commemorative event will include Tomye Neal-Madison and other
guest speakers and musical performances by Pastor Michael Robinson and the Gospel
Angels, with the participation of Casper's niece Akili Banjo. Artist/Curator
Art Hazelwood will be printing on site a limited edition commemorative poster
available to guests in attendance free of charge.
Juan Fuentes Linocut Demonstration
Saturday, September 5, 3-5pm
Featured artist Juan Fuentes will be creating and demonstrating linocuts, the
public is encouraged to come and participate and engage with the artist.
Bohemian Night Soiree
Saturday, September 12, 6-9pm
Luis Arias Vera will have a working studio at MCCLA's main gallery from September
8 to September 12; the public is encouraged to join Mr. Vera as he creates new
works of art at the center.
On September 12, join us and celebrate with friends of Luis Arias Vera for a