Two artists wrap up exhibits at VPAM

By Jesus Figueroa The Small Gallery’s Corporal Impulse exhibit has already closed. The Hoy Space Gallery’s Rafa Esparza exhibit and the Large Gallery’s Matcha Suzuki “This is the end” will close on April 25 at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Two contemporary art exhibits, Esparza’s dark and colorful Hoy Space gallery, and Suzuki’s take on the end; finish their runs at the VPAM. Esparza has accompanied his fine art exhibit with…

April 17, 2014

Artists explore Latino stereotypes and identity

By Jesus Figueroa and Jade Inglada Artists Rafa Esparza’s and Sebastian Hernandez’s “No Water Under the Bridge” explored Latino stereotypes and identity last Saturday in East Los Angeles. The performance was located under the bridge on Fourth and Lorena streets, where gang violence and murders have occurred in the past. It started with no warning as preparation became a part of the show. People in cars that passed by could…

March 20, 2014

Artist targets specific audience

  By Alejandra Carrillo The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College hosts alumnus Rafa Esparza’s,  first solo exhibition, “HOY Space,” now through April 25. Esparza’s exhibit displays casts of trees from Elysian Park and birds made out of Nike Cortez shoes along with spray-painted quotes on the walls. He uses a quote from Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet to represent the theme behind his…

March 19, 2014

Artist displays ‘Paletas’ at ‘MexiCali Biennial’

  By Jesus Figueroa   Rafa Esparza returns to East Los Angeles College with “Paletas de Sangre” (Blood Popsicles) on display in the “MexiCali Biennial 2013” exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum. “I liked how the work dealt  with the gruesome and violent subject of narco trafficking and revenge killings. It is terrorism intertwined with a seemingly harmless act of buying candy or in this case paletas from the…

March 6, 2013