Art@Work is a new collaboration initiated by Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC) and brings together I.D.E.A., Precision Dynamics International, and the Arts Council for Long Beach for a three-month rotating exhibition of varied artistic voices of the South Bay.
Art@Work’s third rotation will include Long Beach based artist Daniel Barajas and San Pedro artist Vanessa Madrid in a showcase of vibrant contemporary painting and sculpture entitled Resonance. The I.D.E.A. space will, for the first time in our partnership, exhibit work that is geometric and vividly colorful.
Vanessa Madrid was taught by her grandfather to look for the spark of the sacred that is
present in all living things, natural places and forces. In her words, “I still look for this spark,
the joyful presence in the world around me.” Madrid’s artwork is an attempt to visualize energetic
resonance; the spark within people, places, objects, elemental forces of wind and tide,
the animal and undersea world, the cosmos and the microscopic realm. Madrid distills shapes
down to an elemental state until they reference both the macroscopic and microscopic worlds
Daniel Barajas’s work explores the fragility of man through moral vices, specifically narcissism and greed.
With his large works, he paints the beauty and complexity of the figure emphasizing physical splendor
(youthfulness and delicacy) while also highlighting the figures naïve and egotistical behavior via their poses.
With his small work, he breaks down the complexity of traditional portraiture with the use of monochromatic
and highly desaturated colors stripping away the identity of the figures by obstructing their faces with flat
Art@Work will host an opening reception for the three-month exhibition Resonance will take place on August 23rd from 6-8pm.
100 Oceangate, Suite 375 (street-level northwest corner) Long Beach, CA 90802. The exhibition will be open by appointment only or can be viewed from the walkway on the west side of the building.