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SAN BERNARDINO\, Calif. — Art is usually a platform for discussion\, and this fall it will be a launching p ad.

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RAFFMA\, Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art\, will present “PERSPECTIVES\,” a new exhibition of contemporary art rich in Chicano and Latin o dialogue\, charged imagery\, vivi d color and captivating personal st ories.

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“PERSPECTIVES” will be on display at RAFFMA Oct. 1-Dec. 15. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the mu seum\, with a preview for Friends o f the Museum at 4:30 p.m. The recep tion is free and open to the public \; parking at CSUSB is $5.

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“PERSPECTIVES” features five artists – Luis G. Hernandez\, David Rosales\, Kathy Sosa\, Gregg Stone and Linda Vallejo – each of them in a solo e xhibition with its own title under the
unifying theme of “perspectives.”

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The artists vary considerably in their backgrounds\, life and professional experiences\, and even geographical locations. Working in a wide range of mediums\, they represent different styles and genres – from modern realism through post-postmodern appropriation in a form of repurpose d sculptures and collages focusing on comic social and political satire\, to more conceptual\, minimalistic and edgy\, socially and politically e ngaged art.

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The exhibition’s open formula allows for a dynamic intersect ion of topics\, themes stories or n arratives concentrating on issues such as cultural and national identity\, communication\, cultural and racial politics\, immigration and border tensions and beyond. It also includes the artists’ own personal stories lea ding to their professional choices and creative decisions\, and\, playfully\, “PERSPECTIVES\,” not only from t he artists themselves but also from the visitors and participants in t he exhibition’s accompanying progra ms.

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“The artists in the exhibition offer an array of perspectives on topics pertaining mostly\, but not
limited to\, Mexico and Mesoameri ca\, in a variety of narratives\, m ultiple layers of meanings and inti mate reflections upon cultural\, racial\, social and political matters\,” said Eva Kirsch\, exhibition curator and RAFFMA director.

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“Som e of the works in the exhibition are serious\, even somber\, while some are satirical\, with a
twisty\, biting pun\,” Kirsch said. “They all have an undercurrent of witty play fulness that unifies them in a curi ous sort of way. They encourage and often provoke a discourse\, which is necessary and needed.”

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Linda Vallejo's and Kathy Sosa's exhibitions o rganized through Katharine T. Carter &\; Associates.

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Abo ut the Artists and their Art
Luis G. Hernandez’s mixed media\, often text-based w orks and site-specific projects are rooted in the artist’s experiences of being raised in cities throughout Baja and Southern California. Not ove rtly political and visually evoking suprematism and minimalism\, his works persistently draw attention to the complicated narratives of the immig rant community – but in a subtle and playful way.

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David Rosales’s paintings combine art hi storical influences with snapshots of events or people from the artist’s life\, summarizing his experiences as a Southern California Chicano arti st. Frequent motives of flying saucer sombreros\, robot zombies and aliens in the artist’s works are witty met aphors for the common stereotypes a nd racial misconceptions.

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Kathy Sosa’s bright paintings combine the Western art tradition\, in particular Matisse and Modigliani\, with the Latino folk tradition and the artist’s commercial art experi ence. Her two series\, “Huipiles” and “Trees of Life\,” offer an enchanting\, contemporary take on the traditional
cultural icons of Mexico and Mesoamerica\, fully integrated into powerful portraits of women.

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Gregg Stone’s ar t results from the artist’s long\, devastating substance abuse episode in Tijuana. Recovered\, the artist became a keen narrator of life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. With sharp\, honest takes combined with masterful technique\, he records the process of blending the two cultures into a hybrid society – neither Mexican nor American.

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Linda Vallejo’s “Make ‘Em All Mexican” project is wickedly funny in its biting social and political satire\, which causes the viewer to laugh and then apologize for “thinking it’s a joke.” Enchanted by images charged with a specific cultural vi ewpoint used to interpret contemporary issues\, the artist appropriates and repurposes both sacred and pop Western icons\, turning them into La tinos.

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