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

Exhibition Dates: February 22nd to April 14th
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22nd • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM • Tea Served 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Opening reception Special Guest: DJ Carlos Montoya will provide an evening of tunes and video

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.

Drug Tunnel, 2018 by Jesus ChaidezJesús 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.

Luna, 2017 by Amelia Amell 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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Exhibition Dates: May 3rd through June 16th
Opening Reception: May 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

“Morphologizing” aims to explore ancient through contemporary pottery utilizing morphological analysis. The exhibition will focus on the forms, technologies, and materials that comprise pieces of pottery and how these features tell us something about the cultures in which pottery is produced.

Morphology began as the ancient impulse to understand, categorize, and name the natural world. It’s a scientific mode of analysis that originated when prehistoric humans started considering shapes, sizes, and structures of plants and animals.

Over time, morphology has become a defining field of study in biology, anthropology, and topology. But more importantly, it’s become a means of thinking about the reflexive relationship between elements and structure, culture and function, parts and wholes, tooling and technology. And for pottery, morphology helps articulate the significance between cultures and vessels, agriculture and tools, and materiality and ideologies.

The narrow-necked pots in Nigeria, for example, illuminate the need to transport liquids across long distances without spillage. And yet, the same shapes can also be found in numerous cultures across the world. What differentiates these artifacts are the processes they undergo, the materials that concretize their forms, and the ornamentation specific to their individual cultures. The project/aspiration/endeavor/inquiries of this show engage the following critical/morphological questions: How does process reflect or impact object? How do individual elements support overall function? What’s the relationship between parts and wholes? How does ornamentation relate to culture? What’s the relationship between methodology, tools, and object? In what ways does materiality define morphology? In what ways are parts and pieces meaningful in and of themselves, and to what degree do they depend on the whole?

This show aims to not only engage a conversation about pottery, but also provide an entry point to think about the infinite/innumerable intersections between pottery, culture, and our day-to-day lives.

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

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