Ramon's Tailor Gallery
628 Jones Street @Geary
The Tenderloin, San Francisco
December 7, 2017 - February 1, 2018
Opening Reception and First Thursdays Art Walk: Thursday Dec 7, 2017, 6 - 10 pm
Closing Reception and First Thursdays Art Walk: Thursday February 1, 2018, 6 - 10 pm
Alhambra S.R.O. is a multidisciplinary art project that consists of a site-specific installation and a gastronomical experience drawn from a local immigrant community of the Tenderloin in San Francisco. This project not only playfully engages with the architectural features of the gallery but also comments upon the cultural and social dynamics of this neighborhood.
Inspired by the landmark “Alhambra Apartments” on Geary St, I call attention to the irony of the cultural appropriation of Arabic architecture in the early 20th century and the contemporary stigmatization of islamic people in what is perhaps the most culturally diverse neighborhood in San Francisco.
The “Alhambra Apartments” is among several buildings in the Tenderloin that are categorized as a Moorish Revival Style of architecture. This exotic style flourished after the 1906 earthquake, when the formerly residential neighborhood of single family homes was rebuilt as multistory buildings often with dramatic facades of the Exotic Revival style. Many of these buildings have become S.R.O. (Single Occupancy Room) Hotels.
As a native Spaniard from Jerez de la Frontera, I am aware of the profound influences that Arabic culture left in Andalucia, the Alhambra of Granada being the most important example. In fact, the name “De La Frontera" alludes to the border between the Christians and the Moorish Kingdom of Granada.
This Site-Specific installation consists of a geometric patten found in The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, made of hand-cut pieces of recycled carpet from a hotel in the Tenderloin. The pattern will be repeated through the gallery, including floors emphasizing the decorative style of Arabic tiles.
Parallel to the artwork, in collaboration with the local community and chef Tomas Marconi, I will create a pastry with influences from Yemeni cuisine and from the Arabic-Andalusi desserts of my home town Jerez de la Frontera. By transgressing the bounds of fine art and invoking gastronomy, we move from spectator to companion, literally one we share bread with. The food serves as a bridge from xenophobic stereotypes to conviviality.
The installation also engages the storefront window of the gallery, that will have a postcard featuring the stereotypical Moorish buildings facades of the Tenderloin. Guests are invited upon leaving the space of the installation to take a tour, guided by a copy of a hand-drawn map of buildings, restaurants, markets, and mosques—All features of a neighborhood, full of neighbors to meet as well.
Learn more about Tomas Marconi phd here
Daily Slots, the guerrilla art project in collaboration with Eliza Barrios, will be featured at the Luggage Store Gallery's next exhibition. Addressing artist who have to navigate or break the law in order to express themselves, this upcoming show called ILLEGAL opens this coming Friday.
Daily Slots is an ongoing project that reflects the issues that affect our city. Using the newspaper stands located along Market, Montgomery Street and Civic Center Plaza as “vehicles to deliver information”, my collaborator and I send messages through the windows of these structures. Altering the visual landscape of the pedestrian/urban environment, the messages are a mixture of iconography and slogans that call attention to the economy, consumerism and un-sustainability of the capitalistic culture.
The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
Nov 10 - Dec 16, 2017
Opening, Friday Nov 10, 6 - 9pm
(music performance by Tropical City)
Remembrance and Resistance
SOMArts Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition
October 6 - November 9, 2017
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Tejiendo la Vida de un Maya" ("Threading the Life of a Mayan") is the title of an altar in collaboration with Adriana Camarena and Jose Gongora Pat honoring the life of his brother Luis, killed by the SFPD in 2016. Both Luis and Jose are from a small village in Yucatan, Mexico. Women in their village have carried for generations the tradition of working with embroidery and textiles. Using the dichotomy text/textile, both with same origin, we used hand dyed threads to weave Luis' story, from his origins in Yucatan to his life as an immigrant in San Francisco. This non-traditional altar uses textile as the silent voice, as a metaphor for repressed or untold stories.
Adriana Camarena is a Mission District writer and researcher focused on social justice. More information about her work here
Carpet Diem is the title of a permanent carpet installation I created at the GO! office, downtown San Francisco. Its title points out to a new use of this recycled material. Over the last couple of weeks I hand cut 108 pieces of carpet that, following a geometric pattern, playfully engage with the almost 40' long office wall.
With my labyrinths I look for connection and interaction with the public, inviting them to wander along an alternative journey to the sometimes imposed urban layout. The same as the labyrinth proposes a new sacred territory for meditation and awareness, the geometric pattern of this carpet installation offer the public a powerful meditation tool. Geometric patterns, labyrinths or mandalas have taken me to travel around the world to places where I've witnessed the connection between these intricate constructions and ancient magical rituals.
37' x 10'
Permanent Installation at GO!, downtown San Francisco
I am honored to have my work featured at Rebecca Solnit's most recent book, The Mother of All Questions. Six large format charcoal drawings from the series HairScapes are part of this follow-up to her national best seller Men Explain Things to Me. Using a combination of humor and profound insight, Solnit's new book offers indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more. Feminism and femminity can empower each other and definitely The Mother of All Questions arrives at a crucial moment...
I see drawing as a form of connection with the space around me. When drawing and architecture coexist there’s no separation between the maker, the object and the viewer; between you and me. When this integration happens I see the world as an extension of who I am. Cavemen lived a fully shamanic experience of art and space, projecting onto the cave walls their own psyche. Drawing repetitive lines allows me to enter my subconscious mind and, like with Ariadne’s Thread, retrieve my most hidden secrets and bring them back to light.This is the game of life, a sutil thread that helps us to find our center in the labyrinths of our consciousness.
Last January 20th women from most of US states and around the world marched together in sisterhood to speak their truth and raise their voices. We walked, danced, sang and drummed! Our voices will be heard!
After a long day of drumming with my Maracatu fellows both in Oakland and San Francisco Women's Maches i met with my long time collaborator, artist Eliza Barrios, to do another guerrilla action in the street of San Francisco. We gather at our temporary office at Phil's Cafe on Market St in the evening. We divided our tasks and went out in the pouring rain to fill the newspaper stands with a message to the entire world: WE ARE POWERFUL. And yes, we are.
"Inhabitable Drawing, A Carpet Landscape" explores and expands traditional concepts of drawing. In order to “erase the limits of architecture,” I use hand-cut pieces of carpet (repurposed from cast-offs from a local hotel) to create an “inhabitable” space of artistic wonder and beauty.
Using a material like carpet, that alludes to the idea of home and comfort, and pushing those limits, I create a flowing environment that affects the way we perceive the space and where the drawing becomes inhabitable.
We'll also have two designers on hand for those interested in local artisan gift-giving. Deborah Sciales is a Bay Area-based designer specialized in wearable finery as art and Claudia Kussano, jewelry designer inspired by organic shapes that evoke a symbiotic awareness of the world and our spiritual surroundings.
Join me to experience this unusual installation while enjoying holiday treats and the “literate, melodic” music of two local acoustic singer-songwriters.
Inhabitable Drawing, A Carpet Landscape
Sunday Dec 4, 4pm, concert at 5pm
614 Alabama St @ 18th
San Francisco, CA 94110
Join me for Fall Open Studios at 1890 Bryant Street, Studio # 211
Home to over 100 artists, 1890 will open its studio doors to the public for a weekend full of engaging conversation and fascinating art discovery. 1890 Bryant St. is a friendly, unique and dedicated arts community practicing a wide range of mediums and disciplines; there is something for everyone!
1890 Bryant St, Studio # 211
Friday, November 4 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM (Preview Reception)
Saturday, November 5 | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 6 | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
In addition to my studio, the entire arts community at 1890 Bryant Street will also be participating in Open Studios. Please stop by to discover all the diverse talent we have in our building. To learn more, follow our Facebook and Instagram. We also have an event page with additional details!
The Nomadic Labyrinth was featured at Art Night SF, last September 30th, at UN Plaza in San Francisco. Many people came and walked the labyrinth and it was also the place where world class flamenco dancer "Farruquito" led a flamenco flash mob. What an incredible opportunity I had to celebrate two of my passions, labyrinths and flamenco, at the same time!
Art Night SF is a collaboration between artists, galleries and local institutions to promote the arts in San Francisco and reactivate the Mid Market area. By bringing people together for an outdoor exhibition, Art Night SF hopes to celebrate the impact that cultural contributors are making within the city.
Learn more about The Nomadic Labyrinth here
CREATIVE ATTENTION: Art and Community Restoration
The Mother of All Questions
in Crete and the creation of a labyrinth