January 28th, 29th, 2017 Cerritos College
Participating Artists: Chris Hernandez, Cynthia Luján, Daniel Antonio Rivera Echeveria, Galileo Gonzalez, Gloria Elisa Margarita Sanchez, James PneuGnosis, Jeff Dulla, Marcos Andrade, Marlene Tafoya, Monica Andreina Martinez, Pati Lomeli, Romina Del Castillo, Sea Althaea, Sean O'Brien, Tida Lek
Guest Artists: Nsrgnts, Alvaro A.S.F. in "Responsive Art to Mozart’s symphony No. 41 "
Sponsored by: Foundation for Art Resources [FAR], Cerritos College
In 2017 Far Bazaar created a once in a lifetime opportunity for 50 art collectives and a diversity of artists to participate in an exhibition that had no limitations in regard to space or process. Cerritos College having constructed a new arts complex was making preparations for their original building to be demolished. After an exciting invitation to participate, we chose to work with the front face of the building and the painting room, which had a large walk in locker space attached. Immediately we began meeting and preparing on a weekly basis. Thus our project Respawning took life. The locker room became a space where each president we have had occupied a locker, paired with controversial statements they had made during each of their terms. The main room included a diversity of pieces that served as a reflection of our fears and anxieties surrounding our future under another conservative administration: a 20ftx45ft mural inspired by Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ a large scale sculptural installation addressing homelessness, a sacred meditation mandala structure with floor mural, hand printed posters expressing indigenous rights and female empowerment.
The front face of the building exhibited two large scale murals spanning over 20 feet that acted as commentary about the impact of technology on communication and psychology of being, while the 3rd served as an interactive platform for fellow artists and audience members to comment/paint about current events and personal dreams. Opening evening we had the pleasure of hosting a performance artist who did a classical music breakdance covered in paint on a giant canvas followed by a star lit sacred fire dance ceremony facilitated by Dragon Rising. Our installations remained exhibited for a number of weeks until the demolition of the building brought everything back to the earth.