Hybridity

Hi everyone, my first exhibit as a solo curator is upon us. If you’ve talked to me in the last couple of weeks you know that this show has been my life. I’m really excited to show the works of these amazing artists and hope that you check out the show and reception.

SOMArts Cultural Center Presents
Hybridity

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition: February 5 – 25, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 2:00 – 7:00pm, Saturday 1:00 – 5:00pm

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Hybridity, Curated by Rio Yanez

SOMArts Cultural Center will be presenting “Hybridity” during the month of February 2009.  Curated by Rio Yañez, it will present the idea of hybridity as artists combing their own native aesthetics and subject matter with those of another, including bi-racial and bi-cultural artists and how they express their identities though art. The exhibit will explore how utilizing themes, subject matter, or aesthetics of two cultures can speak to the relationship, permissions, and boundaries that exist between them.

Featured artists include: Tonia Calderon, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Susan Kitazawa, Sofia Maldonado, Morena Marina Santos, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, MariNaomi, Alex Neroulias, Niz, Shizu Saldamando, Jos Sances, Nicole Schach, Shizue Seigel, Mae Suzuki, Cynthia Tom, Miho Toyoda, Rio Yañez

I’ll be showing my latest series of prints in the exhibit: portraits of Japanese Teenagers emulating west-coast Chicano and Cholo fashion and culture. Created from profile pictures posted on mixi.jp.

Don Barba

Don Barba

Littl3 One

Littl3 One

Mona

Mona

Babu the Gangster

Babu the Gangster

Strange Hope

Galeria de la Raza presents

STRANGE HOPE
An ephemeral exhibition celebrating new beginning and creative economies

Opening Reception and Lottery Art Exchange:
Friday, Feb. 6 @ 7:30 pm


Exhibition Dates: February 6 – April 2

An exhibition featuring 8.5” x 8.5” works on paper created by 40 artists celebrating the advent of a new era of hope. The opening reception will include a “lottery” through which all artists will randomly swap their participating work among themselves.

WHERE:
Galería de la Raza|Studio 24 – 2857 24th St. @ Bryant
Gallery Hours: Tues. 1-7 p.m., Wed. – Sat. 12 – 6 p.m.

WHO:

Pilar Aguëro-Esparza, Raúl Aguilar, Juan Alicia, Jesus Barraza, Charles Beronio, Sylvia Buettner, Monica Canilao, Tân Khánh Cao, Victor Cartagena, Melanie Cervantez, Jaime Cortez, Rudy Cuellar, Ali Dadgar, Andy Díaz-Hope, Ana T. Fernández, Colleen Flaherty, Pato Hebert, Giovanni Higuera, Jason Jägel, Jody Jock, Sahar Khoury, John Leaños, Juan Luna Avin, Scott McLeod, Sean McFarland, Julio César Morales, Michelle Muennig, Angélica Muro, Mabel Negrete, Johanna Poethig, Sylvia Poloto, Juan Carlos Quintana, Rigo 23, Artemio Rodríguez, Favianna Rodriguez, Rosa Valdez, Jenifer Wofford and Rio Yañez
Galería’s new exhibition welcomes the Strange Hope of a new era. In honoring creativity and resourcefulness, we invited 40 artists to produce 8.5” x 8.5” works on paper that will respond both to the hopeful aspirations as well as to the uncertainty of these times. Through its collective message of transformation, renewal and collectivity, Strange Hope seeks to bring about unexpected artistic messages to motivate us through the coming times.
The opening night will include a one-time, on-site lottery during which participating artists will randomly swap their work among themselves. In anticipation of the resourcefulness we will need to develop in the current economic climate, this collective action and community exchange seeks to encourage the flow of artistic capitol and welcome an era that calls for refreshing creative economies.

Adventures with Lupe

My favorite birthday present was a Flip MinoHD camera given to me by Mariela. I fell instantly in love with it when I saw it online. I had originally come across the Mino line when I followed a link from the Sanrio website that boasted of Hello Kitty cameras. My eyes were transfixed by handheld video cameras bearing the likeness of Chococat and even Tuxedo Sam (Hella throwback!). When I explored the other designs in the line I was shocked and surprised to see one with the Virgin of Guadalupe on it. I knew I had to have it and sent Mariela the link.

guadalupeflipminohd
I’m fascinated that the semiotics of cultural tourism and Mexican kitsch have finally reached high technology. As a Chicano I know I’m not the primary audience for plastering the Virgin of Guadalupe on an HD video camera. The design is a product of the Santa Cruz skateboard company and it’s intended as pure hipster irony. It would have been a perfect accessory to Tulane Law School student Melissa Swabacker’s racist “Border Party”.

Melissa Swabacker and Friends

Melissa Swabacker and Friends

I’m not claiming any act of reclamation in using and loving my Guadalupe Flip MinoHD. I share my mother’s fascination, love of, and artistic & academic interest in Mexican kitsch and tourist icons (what she call “Mexicana”).

You can see the videos I’ve created with Lupe so far here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721637572&v=app_2392950137

Rio X Birthday Crew

My birthday party was a great success. I was humbled by everyone who came from distances large and small to celebrate with me. At Mariela’s suggestion I took some of my artwork and turned them into coloring sheets. They turned out pretty well and my peoples had a good time coloring them in. My favorites are below.

By Nicole Schach

By Nicole Schach

By Winnie Chow

By Winnie Chow

By Unknown

By Winnie Chow

By David Torres

By David Torres

To see a full gallery of the sheets check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/elrio/sets/72157612853005436/detail/. Thanks for the love everyone!

Peace,

Rio

World’s Finest Collaboration

I’ve been experimenting with my new Wacom Bamboo tablet. People are shocked to hear that I’ve always done my drawing with a mouse. I got the tablet for my birthday and have had to start to learn to draw all over again. After struggling through a handful of awkward sketches I came up with the image below. The image above is my second attempt using the tablet. World’s Finest Collaboration combines two of my heroes from two very different mythologies. Much love to the Dark Knight and GGP.

The tablet will change a lot of how I make my work. I’ll probably fumble a few times along the way but I’m excited about all the potential in it.

Peace,

Rio

Casting Call: Andy Warhol

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the father-son duo, Rene and Rio Yañez from SOMArts invite you to audition to be Andy Warhol. This project will be in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Warhol Live at the de Young Museum and Cultural Encounters:  Friday Nights at the de Young.

We are searching for models, actors and performers who would like to become Andy Warhol for a number of public appearances. Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 from noon to 5pm in the Piazzoni Murals Room at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

We are casting multiple Warhols, each having a special role that may include engaging the public, delivering lines, posing for photography, and demonstrating silk-screening. Performers will be paid for their involvement. Please arrive in your completed costume: wig, makeup and attitude. Don’t forget to bring your resume and 4×6 or 8×10 photograph of yourself, we will photograph you in your costume.

Warhol Live presents the first comprehensive exploration of Warhol’s work as seen through the lens of music. This exhibition brings together a wide variety of works depicting pop music royalty. The exhibition opens February 14 and runs through May 17. There will be a variety of events and public programming that will supplement this exhibition.

To schedule an audition, please contact the public programs office at 415.750.7694 or e-mail nschach@famsf.org.

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Come One! Come All!

Rio is turning 29! Come celebrate the beginning of the last year of his twenties with plenty of good food and good company. Rio will be having a mini-exhibit of his recent artworks on the gallery walls and great music playing throughout the night. Help Rio live it up and make sure the last birthday of his twenties is one to remember!