SELF/CONSCIOUS, a group exhibit by Oxnard College Alumni (Wed. July 8, 2015)


The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is pleased to present a group exhibit by artists and Oxnard College Alumni Olivia Jones, Gladys Rodriguez and Maria Villote. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, July 8th , 2015 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

SELF/CONSCIOUS is a group exhibit consisting of works that explore the theme of identity and consciousness. Each artist investigates this theme by experimenting with the use of various mediums, from the traditional – pencil, paint, paper – to the more experimental – re-purposed glue, mop heads, fabric – creating a discussion on the deep rooted idea of Self and the intersecting questions that arise and are central to the human condition and predicament.

Olivia Jones-Hernandez is an artist who creates both visual and sound works. She has been developing her style for over a decade and any medium she works in explores different realms of the abstract. Jones-Hernandez is continuing to build her visual and sonic portfolio that details alien landscapes and unfamiliar figures drawing inspiration from the worlds of science fiction and horror. She lives and works in Camarillo, CA with her cats PetenSteve and Grandma.

Gladys Rodriguez was born in Panama City, Panama and came to the United States at the age of 14. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Graphic Design. Gladys has exhibited at many galleries and alternative spaces in Ventura County and Los Angeles and some of these include CSULA’s Fine Arts Gallery, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, The W.A.V space in Ventura, McNish Gallery in Oxnard and 643 Project Space in Ventura.

Maria Villote received her Bachelor of Arts in Practice of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Maria is interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. Her work seduces her audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. She has exhibited at numerous galleries in Southern and Northern California like the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, The Control Room in Los Angeles, the Zughaus Gallery in Berkeley and most recently in Mexicali, Mexico.

Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, July 8th , 2015, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 827-1942, or e-mail or visit



“Lumber | ˈləmbər |” Exhibition

“Lumber |ˈləmbər|”

1. timber sawn into rough planks or otherwise partly prepared.
2. articles of furniture or other household items that are no longer useful and inconveniently take up storage space.
• figurative a collection of beliefs or concepts that are regarded as no longer valid and encumber one’s mental outlook.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:00pm

February 9 to March 8, 2012

Featuring works by:
David Bell
Aaron Dadacay
Maria Villote

Both verb and noun defines opposing terms, in which it can be labelled as either useful or obsolete, a constructive tool or merely a worthless burden. In this exhibition, three individuals collaboratively present a body of work that deals with re-identification, utilitarianism, and site specificity as they not only break the spacial boundaries, but also reconfigure the exterior within the interior.
These items often condemned as utilitarian objects are rendered useless by such gestures, almost like ornamentation because of works’ placement within an enclosed space. Indeed, the McNish Gallery in which the exhibition will be held was once identified as an idea of a home, now redundantly shares the sterility of the objects within its interior.

David Bell
After being raised on an ecological nature preserve in Murrieta, California, David Lucas Bell spent three years with the United States Forest Service fighting fires across Southern California and later worked as a Park Ranger in Central Florida, where he then decided to shift his focus to the arts. After two years of studying photography and design in Tampa, David traveled overseas and attended Santa Reparata International School of Art & Design in Florence, Italy, taking classes in architectural drawing.

He was later accepted to an Interdisciplinary Metafora School of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain, where he dedicated his energy purely to sculpture and installation art. During this time, he took part in numerous collaborative shows that aimed to show conceptual work in alternative spaces. In the Fall of 2009, David elected to continue his study at UCLA . Through performance and mixed media installation he articulated his need to problematize human relationships with support structures that can be both physically and mentally obtrusive. He is active in the art community, participating in various collaborative shows throughout Los Angeles, most recently a duo show with Noah Spindler at Control Room, entitled Lean On Me. He is currently heading a project titled Dave Gallery, that aims to provide the necessary video equipment and prepitory work for serious artists wishing to display their work “professionally” albeit in non-traditional spaces.

David Bells’s brief statement about “Trough”
Trough (Troth)
“The beer trough exists to support the exhausted art viewer, although it may be the least user-friendly object-it is the most fun, fitting as many as four at a time. Everyone is invited to participate in the artists’ shared regression.”

Aaron Dadacay
“I was born and raised in the bureaucratic capital of the Philippines during a discourse of one martial lawed regime, a successful presidential impeachment, and two People’s Power revolutions. After finishing high school in an “all boys” institution, acquiring experience in technical drafting, I’ve decided to abandon the career field of architecture and instead, devote myself in the field of fine arts. I moved here in Ventura County at the age of sixteen and attended Oxnard college in 2004. There, I practiced art for four years and received an associate’s degree in studio arts. In fall of 2008, I was accepted in the UCLA arts program and there received a very promising degree in art. Now, I work for the Fowler Museum as a carpenter.”

Maria Villote
Villote received a B.A. in Art Practice from UC Berkeley. She has exhibited around Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and also the East Bay in places such as Jaus, 18th Street Arts Center and Upfront gallery. As one of the founding members and co-curator of ONS Projects (Project: One Night Stand), site-specific, experimental projects throughout Ventura county which feature the work of local students, emerging and established artists. Currently, she is living and working in Southern California.

I’m interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. In the construct of a hypereality and the use of metaphors and parallels, I try to seduce my audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. Through the lure and allure, I pull the viewer in hoping that their experience and understanding of the work will unfold into a dialectic gaze.


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 or visit

FOR THIS PURPOSE ONLY – Group Exhibition

RECEPTION: Saturday, July 9th, 2011 (5pm – 10pm)
405 South B Street, Suite 3, Oxnard, CA 93033

Project One Night Stand presents, “For This Purpose Only”, an experimental group show of site-specific work including painting, sculpture, video and installation. The exhibition runs from July 9th through July 30th, 2011 with an opening reception Saturday, July 9th from 5pm to 10pm. The show will feature work by contemporary artists from Los Angeles, Oxnard and the Bay Area including Curt Lemieux, Kristina Farragher, SaeRi Cho Dobson, Gul Cagin, Ichiro Irie, Aska Iida, Christine Morla, Aaron Dadacay, Gladys Rodriguez, Olguin Tapia, Maria Villote, Raul J. Valdez, Sara Kono, Cole Montgomery, Eric Vrymoed, and David Bell.

Project O.N.S. will piece together fragmented trails of historical facts and fallacies, to reconstruct a site’s identity based on their experiential understanding of the physical location; in this case, a former law office in Downtown Oxnard. The legal term “For This Purpose Only” or “Ad Hoc” in Latin shorthand, is re-contextualized to fit in an art discourse that challenges the meaning of “purpose” as used in the legal term in relation to the exhibition site. Furthermore, the exhibition will demonstrate the role of experimental art in transforming an operative purpose of a site, from a law office to a discursive location for art.

Artists will explore themes centered around the many legal services provided but not restricted to sexual harassment, child abuse, personal injury, birth injury, green card law, car accidents and medical malpractice, as a means of narrative, identity and thought provoking analysis.

Project O.N.S. is an ongoing series of hit and run, experimental art exhibits that take place in unexpected settings throughout Ventura County. It endeavors to function as a forum for exchange between emerging and established artists and a wide reaching public, as well as the exploration of unconventional spaces in the area.

A reception for the artists will take place Saturday July 9th, 5 to 10pm, at 405 South “B” Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. Gallery hours are by appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm. For more information or to make an appointment please visit or reach Christine Morla at or (805) 986-5800, ext. 1929.

OC Art Department

The Fine Arts offers many courses listed in the college catalog in the areas of Two-Dimensional Art. Studies in the Fine Arts Include drawing, life drawing, painting, color and design, and printmaking. The Fine Arts program serves students seeking to transfer or to work towards an associate of art degree.

Oxnard College’s McNish Art Gallery is an integral part of instruction. It features eight exhibitions during the fall and spring semesters, which reflect professional work representing courses taught in the program. These include group and solo shows, a guest-curated show, and a juried student art show.

There is a very strong Ceramics Program at Oxnard College with students who develop their craft from beginner to advanced Ceramics levels. Students learning about the media of clay and learning how to sculpt, paint, and fire their ceramics work in the industry quality kilns in the department.

Welcome to the Oxnard College Art blog!

While Oxnard College is located in a quaint, agricultural beach town, tucked away between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the raw talent as yet to be discovered contributes to a great program. This blog gives you a chance to discover artwork, exhibits and projects involving Oxnard College art students, alumni and art faculty. It also features exhibitions that take place at Oxnard College’s McNish Art Gallery and Project ONS, a series of experimental shows lead by O.C. alumni.

Oxnard College is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, U.S.A. For more information email