Featured roundtable to Out of the Blue part I
Over the next two years artwork will be selected on an ongoing basis that employ storytelling techniques to encourage dialogue on issues relevant to the South Bay/Harbor community and/or shared history. The artworks encourage us to think about our lives and how we communicate our story with each other.
Miyo Hernandez's narrative photography is based in and around Los Angeles. The stories are presented in the form of images and text, which offer a momentary look into events that reflect conflicts and experiences within her community.
Miyo Hernandez is a Los Angeles based artist whose narrative work reflects life in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. Other projects based in the Midwest and southern United States, trace her own family history, including her experiences as a biracial child and also the local histories of her birthplace in Indiana. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. She received her BFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA in 1996, and received her MFA in photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. She currently works as an adjunct professor in photography at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita and Pasadena City College. In addition to photography, she also works in the medium of printmaking, producing linocut, woodcut, and limited edition prints in collaboration with Self Help Graphics. Go to artist's website
The series, Thinking of You, consists of hundreds of old family photos that the artist merged to create a visual "mash-up". The images were inspired by a recorded conversation between the artist's mother and older sister when she was a little girl; the conversation is about the family's emigration from Vietnam to Malaysia by boat. As each image is lost within the collective whole, a new image emerges that is both specific to the artist and open to our own interpretation.
Ann Le is a Southern California native and a recent MFA graduate at California State University Long Beach with an emphasis in Photography and Mixed Media. She is interested in voyeurism and finds it pleasing to look in while others look away. Fascinated by the ever-engaging memory in the midst of the present. She correlates the artificial with her remembrances of family drama, alongside with her ethnicity and culture. Sentiment is vital in her works as she pulls from her personal experiences to construct imposing art. Go to artist's website
Karena Massengill's work begins in her heart as emotions, and as she start to build the concept becomes clearer. For many years she was involved with creating visual sounds. The idea of someone's eyes hearing, and ears seeing, fascinated her and is evidenced within her early work.
More recently socio political ideas manifested within communities and families have captivated her interest. Presently she is also exploring these ideas within digital media as well as more traditional materials for sculpture, drawing, and painting.
She created the installation "Looking In, Seeing Out" just after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Within her neighborhood, she saw burning buildings and angry desperate people.
The idea of the work evolved as she began casting old and young people of all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicities. It intrigued her to see how people experienced the installation, largely dependent upon their own life perspective. Some viewed them as arms that were reaching out in desperation, in need of help. Others saw them as wanting to grab and or take advantage of the viewer.
She has always wanted people to think and feel something when they experience her work and she is pleased with the timelessness of this artwork, even though it was made over 20 years ago!
Karena Massengill is an artist working with socio political ideas expressed through the use of multi media including traditional materials used for casting and fabrication, digital imaging, drawing, and painting. Massengill has an MFA in Sculpture from California State University at Fullerton, BFA in Jewelry and MetalSmithing from Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Education in Visual and Industrial Technology from the University of Toronto in Canada. She is an adjunct professor teaching Photoshop at Harbor College and is Department Head of Digital and Visual Arts at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach. Go to artist's website
Dusty Tailor pulls inspiration from his surroundings and interactions with animals and nature. Being raised in a family of immigrant farmers, plants and produce goods find a place in his work as symbolic imagery of his upbringing and heritage. The work symbolizes the travels and exploration of his family's migration from central Mexico to the Central Coast of California, and personal exploration and interaction with the environment around him. In this context, the Humpback Whale, anatomical drawings of the fruit and flower from the Mission cactus are a direct representation of his migration, exploration and heritage .
Dusty Tailor is a printmaker currently attending the School of Art-California State University, Long Beach with a specific interest in lithography, silkscreen, and relief printing. He finds a form of mysticism in printmaking, nostalgia, and a world of perfect resonance from the moment of prepping to printing.
Terminal Island reflects a visual and psychological journey inside a recycling company, where the world of materials ends and restarts. Through nuanced manipulation of documentary footage, the artist is interested in presenting an alternative perception of time and space in a physically specific and yet philosophically ambiguous environment.
Xiaowen Zhu is a media artist, scholar and curator. Described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. She uses video, performance, installation, and web as platforms to communicate the complicated experience of being an international person and to wrestle with the notion of a disembodied identity. Her questions are often raised from her observation and reflection as a critical thinker and an active communicator.
Currently, Xiaowen Zhu resides in San Pedro, the port of Los Angeles, for a yearlong artist fellowship program. She received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and a BA in Film, TV Production & Media Art from Tongji University, China. During her undergraduate study, she attended an exchange program in Academy of Art and Design Offenbach in Germany.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at institutions such as: ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2 Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China). Go to artist's website