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November 16, 2016

Myth and Materialism

Salvador Rosillo's Face On Mars Sculpture was first shown to the press on July 4th, 1997 in conjunction with the Pathfinder's Mars Landing, which was the first Mars Landing in 21 years. Salvador was interviewed by Jeanne Moos for CNN News on July 22nd, 1997, and the above image is from that broadcast.

Myths give us symbols and stories that have multiple meanings to our subconscious. They are the keys to our inner life and a great source of symbolic creativity. Materialism is the natural world around us. It permits us to create art that communicate to other people. Both are needed in to create art that is an expression of human existence.

Moderator: Vernita N'Cognita, artist, curator, director of Viridian Artists Gallery
Art Guerra,
artist. owner Guerra Paint and Pigment
Maria de Los Angeles, artist
Pedro Lujan, artist
Alfred Martinez, artist
Salvador Rosillo, sculptor Canceled!

Organisers: Irene Christensen and Pedro Lujan

Vernita NCognita in performance wearing mask
Vernita N'Cognita in performance

Vernita Nemec AKA Vernita N’Cognita, has been creating visual and performance art since the 70’s, when she first met Nancy Spero at meetings of the Artworkers Coalition and WAR (Women Artists in Revolution). Her performance work incorporating Butoh movement and autobiographical text has been presented internationally in Japan, Ireland, France, Hungary & the U.S. & most recently in Frankfurt Germany in a project about Moondog with Gabriele Juvan, Theresa Buschmann and David Rodgers. In her visual art, she is currently attacking plastics, creating "Plasticism" constructions of vacuum formed plastic packaging and continues to create her “Endless Junk Mail Scroll” as well as other mixed media & installation artworks creatively addressing environmental and feminist issues.

In the nineties, Nemec served as Director of Artists Talk On Art, interviewing art world luminaries, and was an independent curator at Henry Street Settlement for the Arts. She is currently the director of Viridian, a contemporary gallery in Chelsea, serves on the Board of Advisors of Soho 20, a feminist gallery in Bushwick. Nemec also curates exhibitions independently at Sabay Thai Cafe in Jackson Hgts and since the mid -nineties, she has been curating exhibits of art from recycled materials throughout the U.S. A more complete bio about her can be found on Wikipedia.

painting by Pedro Lujan
"Sunrise and Sunset at the same time - Marcos"
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas 34"x 66"
by Pedro Lujan

Pedro Lujan got a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a MA from Godard College as well as studied art at San Francisco Institute and San Francisco State University. Pedro danced with Ann Halprin and Laura Dean, and he rode a horse 300 miles as an art event. For some years Pedro also ran a gallery called Inframundo on Spring Street in New York City. Among his awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council for the Arts. He had residencies at Everglades National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Roswell Art Residencies, and the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy.

Gun Drawing
by Alfred Martinez

Alfred Martinez is a mixed media painter, watercolorist and photographer. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Connecticut. In 2007 The Oxford Roundtable Forum on Public Policy English j ournal published his research paper: The Gap Narrows in Fine Art/ Modernism and Women’s Art. His works are included in the art collections of Abbey Regina Laudis of Connecticut, in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2013 his work was exhibited in the Whitney Museum’s “I, You, We” exhibit.

Pigment Painting
by Art Guerra

Maria de Los Angeles

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