By: Ashley Solis
On a drizzly evening in January, we ventured to downtown Pomona’s monthly Art Walk to visit the Latino Art Museum (LAM), located in the basement of the Founders Building in the Pomona Arts Colony. The LAM is a non-profit organization that promotes art created by Latin American contemporary artists and offers art classes to children and adults. The museum houses a permanent art collection, located one level below their monthly exhibit. The permanent collection features art from Latino painters and sculptors from all over the world, and some works of art are available for purchase to the right collector. Each month the LAM features a different exhibit, and on this particular evening, we attended the opening reception of the group show, “Lines and Shapes.”
As we descended into the gallery, the industrial feel of the space contrasted the vibrant art hung on its walls and placed on its concrete floors. Artists from both The Antelope Valley’s Wild Bunch and The Latino Art Museum groups submitted their creations, and the resulting eclectic compilation was fascinating. The first piece that caught my eye was created by Nancy Deebe Scherich. Upon a piece of carved out wood, Deebe Scherich painted of a fair complexioned woman with swirling red hair cascading down where her body would be. The woman’s face seemed soft and peaceful as she looked off into the distance. Another painting that I enjoyed was by Marthe Aponte—silhouettes of trees were split through the center, creating a distinction of biological matter above and nature below. We continued to venture around the museum, taking in the various mediums and muses.
We noticed a crowd gathering around a local artist named Shane Love. Love’s smartphone was in his hand, and an image was projected onto a television screen. We were interested to see what he was creating. The image on his phone was that of the director of the museum, Graciela Nardi, a photo that he had taken just moments before. With the app, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Love used a stylus to trace the lines of the director’s eyes, lips, nose, cheeks, mouth and jaw line, and a sketch started to emerge. I wanted to know more about his process, so I decided to speak with him.
Shane Love is from Los Angeles and has created art for as long as he can remember. Love states, “Art has been part of my life, it runs through my family. I’ve tackled it; I’ve kind of mastered it.” He continues, referencing his current work of art, “I’m trying this new thing with digital art. I don’t like to get my hands dirty with paint. I took the digital approach, and it works for me.” After creating a sketch on his phone, he then has a high quality image printed. He motions to the framed portraits he created on the wall behind, which are of historical Latino figures. “People in general inspire me, sometimes people’s stories inspire me, and I’m very interested in people’s stories. I thought it would be a nice touch to bring to the museum.” His use of light and shadows on his renditions of Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara and El Chapulín has the quality of a photograph. If you want to see Love’s work for yourself and experience all of the different talent, “Lines and Shapes” has to offer, the exhibit closes January 31st.
Check out next month’s exhibit entitled, “Pampa Mia Art Exhibit” from Feb. 6-27. Come experience a group exhibit created by Argentine artists. Opening reception is Feb. 6, 2015. For more information, contact the Latino Art Museum.