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Art Exhibition: TWO by Two- Stories Beneath the Surface

Amelia Amell and Jesús Chaidez

Post Date:02/08/2019 3:31 PM

Drug Tunnel, 2018 by Jesus ChaidezLuna, 2017 by Amelia Amell

TWO by Two- Stories Beneath the Surface
Amelia Amell and Jesús Chaidez
Painting, Drawings, and Prints

Exhibition Dates: February 22, 2019 to April 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22nd • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM • Tea Served 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) presents TWO by Two- Stories Beneath the Surface with artists Amelia Amell and Jesús Chaidez.

Both artists have been informed by their rich cultural backgrounds, one from the island of Hispaniola and the other from Culiacan, Mexico. As a whole, the exhibit examines artists living in two worlds and the impact of global politics, personal histories, and cultural symbolism. Curated by Singletree Arts, the exhibition highlights two important contemporary artists and their art making practice.

Jesús Chaidez was born in Culiacan Sinaloa and immigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. His work explores the importance of under painting (the layering of paint). The work is inspired by the burial mound traditions and through meditative mark - making the layers of color form mounds of dramatic grass. They tell the story of “Illegal immigration,” and the drug trade which shares the same infrastructure and destination. Chaidez is also an expert in the art of tea and will be hosting a few workshops throughout the exhibition.

Amelia Amell was born on Hispaniola and is currently a resident of Manhattan Beach. She has always been haunted by a sense of separation, a feeling of not belonging to a family, a society, or even a body. Eventually understanding that this feeling is common to the human experience, she is searching for security in a constantly changing world, forever longing for belonging. Her art emerges from this universal desire to make things whole again, especially to bridge the mundane and the divine.

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Special Exhibition Events at MBAC:

Gallery Information:

Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC)
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday, Tuesday, and Holidays Closed

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