Residency Art Gallery is beyond ecstatic to present HOMEBASE. This group exhibition will run from June 22ndthrough August 10th, 2019, with an opening reception that will take place on Saturday, June 22ndfrom 6pm to 9pm. HOMEBASE will feature work from Noah Humes, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Ramiro Gomez Jr., Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Patrick Martinez, Star Montana, Noe Olivas, Devon Tsuno, Raymundo T. Reynoso (EYEONE) and Felix Quintana.
For all intents and purposes, HOMEBASE serves as a love letter to Los Angeles. This exhibition’s endeavor is to draw attention to those stories of those Angelenos not seen in everyday media, as well as highlight unnoticed areas in our city. Stories such as homelessness, community, family and everyday struggles to just exist in a city with one of the largest wealth gaps in the United States. Participating artists were challenged to create works that aesthetically capture narratives, moments and settings that embody our internal, localized perception of this city we all love and call home. This exhibition came to fruition through Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, held in April of this year, in which Residency Art Gallery participated.
Noah Humes was born and raised in Mid-City, Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration. Noah explores and revisits the convergence of experience, memory, history and expression. Within these happenings he shares his thoughts and interpretation on political and social issues that occur throughout the world around him. He paints sports heroes, friends, family members, celebrities etc. who all of which share personal moments with him as they are recreated through his visual language. Portraiture is a large portion of Noah’s work as they are executed with vibrant, confident, expressive and free techniques. As he reminisces on those experiences and memories, Noah recreates new moments that are destined to live within the canvas.
Kathie Foley-Meyer is a mixed media artist and student in the Visual Studies Ph.D. program at UC Irvine. Her work is frequently inspired by the history of African American life, and explores themes of interconnectedness, memory, visibility and transparency. Two mixed-media artworks, Twelve Voyages (2017) and In The Wake: With the Bones of Our Ancestors (2018) address the loss of generations of human life associated with the transatlantic slave trade and the African diaspora. She was the creator of Project Bronzeville, a multidisciplinary collaboration inspired by the WWII-era period influx of African Americans into the LA neighborhood of Little Tokyo.
Gomez was born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents who have since become US citizens. He briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to take work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his subsequent artistic practice. Gomez’s work is known for addressing issues of immigration and making visible the “invisible” labor forces that keep the pools, homes, and gardens of Los Angeles in such pristine condition.
Alfonso Gonzalez Jr. was raised and is currently based in Los Angeles. He is influenced by overlooked expressions of art found within the urban environment such as the local advertisements and distinct commodities found in his working class neighborhood of East Los Angeles and San Gabriel valley. He incorporates these references into his own work by re-appropriating and animating these vernacular objects and their presentation within commercial and cultural worlds. His painting practice draws on his experiences with commercial sign painting, advertisement, vandalism, and classical painting, as well as his own familial histories of labor and image making. His work incorporates the materiality of the landscape of his immediate surroundings, the concrete, wood, and paint that mark the boundaries of cities.
Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Patrick Martinez’s L.A. suburban upbringing and his diverse cultural background (Filipino, Mexican and Native American), provided him with a unique lens through which he interprets his surroundings. Influenced by the Hip Hop movement, Martinez cultivated his art practice through graffiti, which later led him to the Art Center College of Design, where he earned a BFA with honors in 2005. Through his facility with a wide variety of media (painting, neon, ceramic and sculpture), Martinez colorfully scrutinizes otherwise everyday realities of suburban and urban life in L.A. with humor, sensitivity and wit. Patrick Martinez, (b. 1980 Pasadena, CA) earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Miami, New York and the Netherlands, and he has shown in venues including the Vincent Price Art Museum, Biola University, LA Louver, Showroom MAMA, Providence College Galleries, MACLA, SUR biennial, Chinese American Museum and Euphrat Museum of Art. He has been covered by the Los Angeles Times, KPCC, KCRW, Fusion, Art News, Opening Ceremony Art Blog and Wired. He has work in the collections of Crocker Art Museum, Cornell Fine Art Museum, the Pizzuti Collection, and the Museum of Latin American Art. Patrick lives and works in Los Angeles.
Star Montana is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Star’s imagery deals with class, social environment, and identity within the personal, her family. Three dots and Tear drops: a long term project with her family that has dealt with fragmented histories, loss, and the hope of the next generation was on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. More recently, she has begun to work on her themes within a larger scope of Los Angeles residents via portraiture and video which resulted her in most recent solo show I Dream of Los Angeles at the Main Museum. Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013 and earned her Masters of Fine Art at USC.
Olivas is a Southern California-based artist. Through printing making, sculpture, and performance, he investigates the poetics of labor. He considers the relationship between labor as it fits into the conceptions of femininity and masculinity in order to play with and reshape cultural references, narratives, myths, traditions, and objects, ultimately employing a new meaning. olivas received his MFA at University of Southern California in 2019 and BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego in 2013. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native. His recent abstract paintings, socially practice projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights artist-in-residence, the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art. His long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his collaborations with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, the Theodore Payne Foundation, the grantLOVE Project, and Occidental College. Tsuno has exhibited at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo. His solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA and his exhibition Watershed curated by Aandrea Stang was reviewed in Artillery Magazine and Notes on Looking. Tsuno received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005 and a BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2003. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Eyeone is an artist and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. His work is rooted in graffiti, printmaking, photography, and punk rock. Often focusing on isolated objects and individuals, his art reflects on themes of alienation, survival, melancholy, resistance, and the myriad experiences encountered while navigating the chaos of contemporary urban environments. Eyeone co-curated and was a featured artist in the SCRATCH exhibition at ESMoA in conjunction with The Getty. Eyeone also co-curated and is featured artist in the Getty Research Institute’s L.A. Liber Amicorum blackbook project, now part of their permanent rare books collection. His work has recently been included in L.A. Heat and Dreams Deferred at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles and in the Pasadena Museum of California Art as part of their Street Cred exhibition.
Felix Francisco Quintana is an artist, photographer, and educator best known for his experimental photographs of the LA urban landscape. Quintana is a first generation American born and raised in southeast Los Angeles from Salvadoran descendants. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University, and is a current MFA in Photography candidate at San Jose State University. His work has been devoted to building an idiosyncratic language of image-making through visually sampling and remixing the city as a process to reclaim an American experience that often goes unseen. Quintana has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles, LA><Art, West Hollywood, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; The Dot Project, London, among others. Quintana has served as a teaching artist, teaching photography and digital media underserved youth at Las Fotos Project, Slanguage Studio, Self Help Graphics & Art, artworxLA, and Southern Exposure. He currently lives works in Los Angeles and San Jose, California.