When Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar in 46 BC and created the “Julian” calendar, he also named July after himself (yes, his humility knew no limits). Two years later, he became a pin cushion for the Roman Senate, of course, but, hey, until then, July was one hell of a good time.
Likeminded leaders and movements have also chosen the month for their commemorations, including, our own billionaire founders for Independence Day, and on Bastille Day, the French got rid of their nasty old elitist monarchy in one fail chop (thanks for the help against the Brits, though). For we in the Inland regions, July is really just bloody hot, and yet, no degree of Dante’s Inferno can ever deter the true artist from artisting.
Speaking of heated spiritual allegories, the Metro Gallery presents “Impressions on Paper,” the printmaking mix-media works of Giovanni Rodriquez, and his piece Holy Corruption (pictured here) is an apt metaphor for the checkered history of so many dogmatic entities. Rodriquez studied under famed printmaker Dirk Hagner, and his self-proclaimed morbid outlook on some subjects only serves to further fuel his artistic inspiration and that’s how you ignite a positive from a negative, no guillotine necessary.
All rays of light and positivity shine down on the Latino Art Museum this month with their group show, “Love is Back,” which includes a festival and awards event. The rager of adoration will close down part of Thomas St., in fact, because there’s just too many good vibrations to be cooped up down below. The stage will feature ten different performance groups and ceremonies, with awards presented to Marc Anthony, the founder of Maestro Cares Orphanage in Colombia, Juan Carlos Arciniegas from CNN en Espanol, and Lisa Pion-Berlin, the founder of Parents Anonymous. The art exhibition will include 23 international artists and the entire event is dedicated to children. Mu-wah!
LOFT on 2nd is equally geared up for spreading some love and inspiration with “Let’s All Fly a Kite,” a group show of kites decorated and constructed by children and local artists. You can even adorn your own opening night, so get it up to the highest height and send it soaring!
Flying your kite is a metaphor for independence and freedom, of course, as well as raising yourself up to higher levels and in 57 Underground‘s “Time+Space,” featuring the paintings of Kendall Johnson and Ken Sheffer, and the photography of Gene Sasse, all the world can be viewed through various points in space and time, each offering a unique and hopeful perspective.
Punk rock is all about perspective that and electrical taped nips and in SPACE Gallery‘s “Punk Echoes” you get a veritable slamdance of photographs that illustrate the vision and enthusiasm it offered artists from the 1970s through today. Opening night also features live performances by Alice Bag, The Subtitles, and Guttersnipe Rebellion.
The dA Center for the Arts continues its popular “IMAGINE!”, a gala exhibition of colorful illustrations for children’s books, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) invites you to join Los Angeles creative duo Dog Knit Sweater (Daisy Rosas & Danny Miller) in a collage and zine workshop during the Art Walk. Through a series of collaging exercises meant to upcycle materials from AMOCA’s resource library, you will explore the formal qualities shared between ceramics and 2D works on paper, creating an art zine in the process. Tools and source materials provided, but feel free to bring images you’d like to use in your own collage!
Written by Stacie Davies | Writer at Visual Art Source / Art LTD / IE Weekly / OC Weekly