Currently on view at Impact Hub Oakland: August 9, to November 1, 2019

 

The Art of Remembrance

“Remembering is redemption” 

RJ Blizzard

How do we express what is embedded in our hearts? Do we take time to honor our lost innocence? Do we remember to stop and embrace nauture? How do we remember forgotten cultures and traditions? How do we honor our ancestors and loved ones? 

The beauty of this show is seeing how we can artfully express and maintain our treasured memories.

This group art show features artwork from the late aManda Greene of Youth Impact Hub; Adrián Gomez Gusmán, International Artist from Costa Rica, Tiffany Rose Naputi Lacsado of the Lei Company Cooperative; Desi Mundo; Melitta Tchaivovsky, aManda Greene’s mother living in Brazil; Aida Sizova of Petals and Pods; and Planted Design. This show curated by Ayana Ivery, Visual Designer, will hopefully leave your heart filled with harmony, peace and nostalgia. 

 

More about the artists below.

Tiffany Rose Naputi Lacsado of the Lei Company Cooperative x Desi Mundo

 

“Leis are a fragile art form, and giving lei represents love, affection, respect, and honor. Leis exemplify arms entwined about another person’s neck – mother and child, lover and beloved, friend and friend. And the memory lasts forever.”

 ~Marie A. McDonald, Master Lei Maker

 

Artist Statement

This is a collaborative effort forged by ocean, sand, ice, snow, flora, and coffee. The stars have aligned just right so that seemingly different people, from seemingly vastly different places have all converged here at the Impact Hub Oakland.

We chose to use this opportunity to not only forge into the American consciousness that lei is indeed an art form of remembrance but we choose to also use this opportunity as kuleana/chenchule to those in our community who are caring for our Mother Earth and illuminating the beauty of the voices of our Island Women Warriors. 

Oakland, also known as OAKalani in our Polynesian communities, lost a precious one this year. Jennifer ‘Ana Finefeuiaki was a beautiful Tongan woman well known in her community. Jennifer always carried herself with grace and respect for all cultures. She inspired many women who came across her path through her resilience. Before she transitioned, she found the courage to face her deepest traumatic experiences, trust in love, and let them go. Her husband, Oakland muralist Desi Mundo, created the paintings displayed here before she passed in order to celebrate her life. He is currently developing a new mural in East Oakland that will honor her courage in the face of terminal cancer that will commence on NET Cancer Day, November 10, 2019 and completed in time for its dedication on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on November 21. 

Instagram: @theleicompanycoop

Instagram: @withoutmyego Desi Mundo 

Tiffany Rose Naputi Lacsado of the Lei Company Cooperative

Desi Mundo is an Oakland-based spray paint educator, hip-hop cultural diplomat and the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project, a pavement to policy mural organization that has produced more than 250 murals, throughout the Bay Area as well as nationally and internationally. His largest mural, the “Universal Language” galvanized the Oakland community in the struggle against gentrification resulting in $20 million in community benefits, as documented in the feature documentary film “Alice Street.” Desi’s legacy as an educator and youth worker in K-12 schools spans two decades. He received the “Rising Leaders” fellowship from the Youth Leadership Institute in 2005 and has been awarded the Individual Artist grant from the City of Oakland eight times.

 

 

Adrián Gomez Gusmán

Bio

Adrián Gómez Guzmán (1962), a Costa Rican artist who lives and works in San José, Costa Rica, initiated his artistic endeavors at the age of 10 in the city where he was born, in the Cartago province, 22 km east of the capital city. He was first working under the guidance of a costumbrist painter Marco Aurelio Aguilar M. and later for two years attended an art school, Arte Juan Ramón Bonilla, where he spent time with other artists from the same region. From this moment, in 1978, he began to develop his own artistic style and to this day continues working in this unique way. Being a self-taught artist since the beginning, he is his own harshest critic and remains receptive to all opportunities to learn.

Figurative works of art of Adrián Gómez Guzmán from the very beginning included many themes among which were also traditional landscapes, still life and works painted in a traditional academic style. However, it was not until 1980 that his individual exposition indirectly indicated his emerging interest in African descendant groups present in the Caribbean region of his native Costa Rica. The initial traces of gravitating towards this new theme were expressed in his paintings through presence of colorful details and representative characters. These elements initiated the henceforth present link to the topic of African descendancy and later prompted him to create his first series titled “Espacios de juego…” (“Playgrounds…”) with paintings that recreate the fellowship and joy characteristic of children’s playing especially on a swing or a hammock. Later his quest to enrich his pictorial world resulted in creating two series “Mujeres del viento…” (“Women of the wind…”) and “Caribe Soy…” (“Caribe I am…”) which strengthened his imagery and ability to evoke feeling and understanding of what his “Caribe,” spaces of peace, harmony, color and play, all linked to the richness of the Caribbean color, means to him as an artist.

The works of Adrián Gómez are representations of a wide range of the artist’s interests which include painting, drawing, sculpture, murals, graphics, luminous art, glass, utility objects and recycled materials all used to create figurative art filled with Afro-descendant culture imagery which explains the language of the Caribbean, its people and their way to approach life… breathe… and lets the viewer perceive the Caribbean area as a colorful universe of its own kind…

To see more of his beautiful artwork please contact Tracie Johnson of Traybay Productions at 415.819.1918

Statement

I often find inspiration in my culture. Particularly the people who inspired and shifted the culture. Whether it be the music, the art, the literature, political movements or revolutionary ideas, I navigate this world with what motivates and defines me in mind, so naturally, I create the same way.

Instagram: @adriangomezart

 

 

aManda Greene

Bio

aManda was raised between the Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Her bi-cultural upbringing has had a strong influence in her believes, values and how those manifest through her work in the world. This led her to spend a decade between Santa Fé New Mexico, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India working on various arts and ecological development projects. It was during this time that she saw one can’t address long-term sustainable development without first addressing short-term economic development. In 2013 she received a gMBA in Social Enterprise driven by the belief that the current paradigm of ‘development’ can be transformed into one that is valued based on ecological regeneration and social equity.

Since 2009 she had engaged with young leaders to address the problems in their own communities by supporting the development of youth-led social enterprises. Responsible for the Youth Hub programming, she worked to translate MBA level content into culturally relevant curriculum.

 

Statement

My main greatest teacher is the Earth.

My inspiration is drawn from her patterns, textures & from specifically how the patterns interact with each other, sometimes in a subtle way sometime drastic to create unique expressions that last anywhere from moments to centuries. In my work, I co-create every step of the way, in an improvisational dance between my imagination and nature. Many of the material I use I have found & collected from different places around the world. I am mindful of what I collect and only take what is abundant or I feel a special connection. (I talked to it, ask permission & listen) Some pieces want to stay others are happy to go.When working on a piece, I find natural mediums provides the perfect element of restriction that forces my creativity to reach and to be in the present moment.

My favorite pieces to create are those that inspire me to do something I haven’t done before. They make me think & try new ways and research new methods. The Best is when I get it wrong & discover something new in the process.

 

Instagram: @vidaverde_ag

 

 

Melitta Tchaivosky

 

Bio

Born in Brazil, Melitta Tchaicovsky is a documentary photographer and videographer. A Bay Area resident for the last 35 years, she earned her BFA in Visual Communication from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Working as a free-lancer she has traveled extensively. Her photographic images and documentaries have been exhibited internationally

In film festivals and galleries around the world as well as published in newspapers, magazines and book covers in India, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Israel and the USA.

 

Statement

“In 1998 a grant from the WUJS Institute, gave me the opportunity to spend six months living as a student-in-residence in the town of Arad, in the Negev desert and travelling to the Sinai Desert in Egypt, working on a visual research project of documenting Bedouins tribes I found along the way. A deep respect for nomadic people and their intimate relationship with the natural world inspires my work. The Bedouin ancient way of life,is like a window to the past which reminds me of my roots to the earth and my forefathers. I believe in the importance of the documentary photography to portray a social reality and as a memory of our time.I feel compelled to continue to document the human dimensions and the beauty I see behind the cultures that are on the verge of transformations and extinction, forced to adapt to the uniformity of the modern culture of the technological age. My intention is to help promote cultural understanding and appreciation between people”

 

Photographs on the exhibit, and images from my archives are available for licensing or sold as fine arts print. DVD’s of “Jaisalmer Ayo: Gateway of the Gypsies” available upon request.

For aditional information: email: melitta@artnetwork.com

www.artnetwork.com/Melitta/Bedouins

www.artnetwork.com/projects.html

www.youtube.com/ARTNETWORKTV

 

 

Raquelle Turner

Bio

Raquelle Turner  (b.1989) is a self-taught artist who works with various mediums, including acrylic, graphite, and pastels. Raquelle has shown in multiple Galleries around the San Francisco Bay Area including The Mama De Luna Gallery in Crockett, Ca, The 310 Gallery in Oakland, Ca and the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, Ca.

 

Statement

I often find inspiration in my culture. Particularly the people who inspired and shifted the culture. Whether it be the music, the art, the literature, political movements or revolutionary ideas, I navigate this world with what motivates and defines me in mind, so naturally, I create the same way.

 

 

Petals and Pods

Bio

Aida and Allison are Bay Area transplants who share a passion for event logistics, floral design, vulnerability and building meaningful relationships. Floral artistry has been a point of intersection to take risks, make authentic connections and nurture intimate moments. Through these exchanges, they have found greater awareness and gratitude towards the community, which is expressed in their designs.

 

Statement

Beyond Life: Floral installation by Co-founders of Petals and Pods, Aida Sizova and Allison Downs. Inspired by late summer road trips and the ever-changing Bay Area floral landscape, this expose honors transitions of life through all its stages