McNish Gallery – Oxnard College
4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033

OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 29, 2011

OCTOBER 6, 4:00 – 6:00 pm ; Artist Talk at 4:30 pm

September 19, 2011, Oxnard, CA:In celebration of National Filipino-American History Month in October, the McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is very proud to present Filipino Sensation, an exhibition featuring work by twelve Filipino-American contemporary artists. The exhibition will open on October 3 and run through October 29, 2011. A reception for the artists will take place on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with an artist talk at 4:30. The exhibition brings together emerging and established artists from Los Angeles and the Bay area including Christopher Sicat, Gina Osterloh, Cirilo Domine, Alvin P. Gregorio, Jay Lizo, Tala Mateo, Charmaine Felix-Meyer, Christine Morla, Aaron Dadacay, W. Don Flores, Maria Villote and Gerard Mercado.

In his most recent “Tag-A-Log” series, Chris Sicat (New York Academy MFA/Otis Parsons BFA) investigates the natural rhythmic process of marking with graphite on found tree trunks, planks of wood and branches resulting in a luminous graphite surface. Gina Osterloh(UCI MFA/De Paul University BA) creates surreal images of performances involving a lonesome figure and a room covered entirely with cheerful cut-up bond paper. Using the metaphor of camouflage Osterloh questions the boundaries between self and environment. After residing in Japan for four years, Cirilo Domine (UCI MFA) will feature a series on paper of forms reminiscent of cloud formations and topographies. The series documents Shibuya’s Hachiko station from the ground resulting in a traffic record seen from below of footsteps, grime, tobacco and hair trapped in postcards. Informed by psychoanalysis and feminism, Charmaine Felix-Meyer (Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA/SFAI BFA) explores elements of architecture and construction to create environments, drawings and objects that examine personal history and domestic space. Alvin P. Gregorio (CGU MFA/BFA CSUF) combines abstract painting and street art aesthetics to show expressions of immigration, fragility of family, spirituality and violence & war. In her Twilight series, Tala Mateo (UCI MFA/BA UCSC) reconfigures feminine products to negotiate the power and vulnerability of beauty and gender. Inspired by the simple and bold aesthetic of Hiroshige’s seasonal prints, Jay Lizo’s (UCSB MFA) paintings represent an imaginary “getaway place” for dealing with the repetition of daily work. Adopting traditional weaving techniques taught by her father, Christine Morla (CGU MFA/LMU BA) uses candy wrapper to create all over, geometric and floral abstractions that recall fantastical landscapes. Aaron Dadacay (UCLA BFA) often explores the body in relation to human-trafficking through sculpture and installation. Maria Villote (UC Berkeley/BA) refers to her practice as durational performances. Villote alters natural wood surfaces with hyper-realistic flesh paintings to create visually, vibrating displays of imagery. Often using digital weather maps from Google earth and packaging material as a source of inspiration, W. Don Flores (Ateneo de Manila University, B.S. Psycholgy/current MFA candidate at Cal Arts) paints abstractions of mental maps that incorporates memory and geography. Through the process of creating a series of brush marks, drips and scraping off of pigment, Gerard Mercado (LMU BA) explores the idea of art as the language of transcendence whose appeal is both sensuous and spiritual.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 6. 4:00 – 6:00 pm with an artist lecture at 4:30pm. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 986-5800, extension 1929, e-mail cmorla@vcccd.edu or visit http://www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.


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