Exploring the notions of Lucha / Historia / Cultura / Arte in new works created for his solo exhibition Mascaras, native Los Angeles artist Oscar Magallanes evokes the embodied power of the mask. Concealing the identity of those who wear them, masks create new hybrid identities between the wearer's hidden body and the mask's projected traits of power. Magallanes' works for Mascaras unveils the complexity of mask wearing in contemporary culture. Bright colors and supernatural qualities used in historical masks throughout Latin America are echoed today in the masks of luchadores, transforming the wrestlers with the attributes they seek to impress. With the necessary use of masks to protect wearers in the midst of conflict, masks serve as a buffer between a hostile environment and the individual beneath it. Wear your mask for Mascaras' opening night. Partida Tequila Doble Diablos will keep the party rolling along to a set from DJs Wayne Lyons & Will 'Reelsoul' Rodriguez.