Tuesday, November 08, 2011

El Velorio Artshow at the KGB Gallery

El Velorio: Day of the Dead Art Show at the KGB Gallery

The Day of the Dead has nothing to do with the holiday that falls the day before. It has nothing to do with dark forces and hiding from bad spirits and slutty costumes. It is about honoring life and the lives of those who came before you. It is about understanding that the fine line between this world and the afterlife is a thin string made up of flesh and bone. That is the only fabric that separates us.

It's about celebrating life and not taking it for granted.

The Buen Pastor Mural Project Crew teamed up with KGB Gallery and Antonio Pelayo (curator) and Eddie Paz (Public Relations and Marketing) to bring to the public and grand event of art, food, music, live painting, face painting and poetry.

I have the honor of being one of the 94+ artists featured in the show.

Over 1000 people came to the opening, which made the Buen Pastor Mural Project meet it's goal of $15k; that means 15 of my favorite artists will go to Mexico and paint murals at a community center for battered women and children.

I am proud to be part of that movement and can't wait to see the documentary of that trip.

"Lolo and Lola" 
Grandpa and Grandma in Tagalog
Mixed media, glitter on wood

Although I am Filipino, being part of this show felt very natural to me. We celebrate All Souls and All Saints Day on November 1st, which is in the same sentiment as Dia de los Muertos. I was taught never to be afraid of the afterlife or death, per say. At least not the Western ideology of what death is. I was told that spirits walked among us and often times, they are the ancestors that are checking up on us, guiding us, and protecting us.  

The piece above is not only interpretive but it is autobiographical; as a child, I did have a bunny like that and a shirt like that as well. It's what happens when you grow up in Los Angeles and there cultures cross paths.

Here is a video of the night by Oishi Media, just in case you missed the show.

Video by Oishi Media... Music by the Fight Cocks

Photos by me

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