A Tribe Called
March 14 ~ April 13, 2018
Reception & Art Talk: March 14, 4-6pm
An experimental group exhibition featuring artworks by five immigrant artists from Ventura County and Los Angeles: Aaron Dadacay, Gladys Rodriguez, Olguin Tapia and Maria Villote.
A Tribe Called attempts to engage the viewer in a visual discussion that confronts the audience with themes of alienation, assimilation, repetition, awareness, dissonance and identity using various unconventional mediums and installations.
Aaron Dadacay was born and raised in the bureaucratic capital of the Philippines during a discourse of one martial law regime, a successful presidential impeachment, and two People’s Power revolutions. He practiced studio art for four years and received an associate’s degree at Oxnard College. In fall of 2008, he was accepted in the UCLA arts program and received a degree in art. He has an interest in the sculptural aspect of the human psyche that’s been developed from cultural affiliations and personal mythologies. As a multidisciplinary artist, the term ‘work’ in relation to his artistic practice pertains to cultural arrangement that forms a person’s identity.
Maria Villote was born in Manila, Philippines, 1984. Ten years later, she immigrated to the United States. Villote lived and worked in the Bay Area, where she received a B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. She is one of the co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects), an ongoing series of site-specific art exhibits that utilize unexpected and unconventional settings/spaces throughout Ventura County in order to showcase experimental work by local art students and local and established artists. She was also a recipient of the 2012-2013 Oxnard Cultural Arts Grant.
Olguin Tapia Heredia was born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in Oxnard, CA. He received his Associate in Arts degree in Studio Art from Oxnard College and his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts at CSULA. As a young, emerging artist, Olguin has received many awards for his art and has exhibited in numerous art exhibitions including, 18thStreet Arts Center (Santa Monica), Bell Arts Studio Complex (Ventura), Upfront Gallery (Ventura), McNish Gallery (Oxnard), Scorpion Bar (Hollywood) and 643 Project Space (Ventura) among many other venues and most recently was the guest artist in residency at CAM gallery and studio for the Carnegie Art Museum. Co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects).
Gladys Rodriguez was born in Panama in 1987, and came to the United States at the age of fourteen. While attending Oxnard College she developed a serious interest in art and design and immediately started experimenting with different mediums, creating paintings and drawings as well as video and sculpture installations. She later developed work that playfully explored organic and geometric forms as a visual narrative to discuss issues of self-identity, conflict and acceptance. This transition was very important in her career as an artist especially when she transferred to California State University, Los Angeles in 2007. She re-developed her work and uses a variety of ready-made recycled materials and unconventional objects to create her art work.
Oxnard College McNish Gallery
4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033
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