Visual Arts & Exhibitions
Breaking Point: June 5 - August 8, 2015
Glass, a medium valued for its visual and tactile qualities, is used inventively by these contemporary artists to provide clarity on contemporary social issues. Guerrero and Paredes use glass as a vehicle to explore and critique issues as diverse as the effects of over-hunting to the extinction of dialects and cultural customs. Though MACLA has previously exhibited these artists as well as other artists who work with glass, this is its first exhibition dedicated solely to the medium. Focused in scope, it illustrates the emergence of glass as a key medium in terms of visual activism, and its journey from purely decorative to exciting contemporary, abstract art. Breaking Point coincides with the Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference taking place June 5-7 in San Jose.
Artist Talks: Friday, June 5, at 7:00 pm, on South First Fridays.
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About the Artists
Viviana Paredes is a Bay Area native born and raised in San José, California. Paredes graduated from the California College of the Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. Influenced by her grandmother Petra, a native of Chihuahua, México, Paredes was initiated into the ancient tradition of medicinal plants and curanderísmo (physical and spiritual healing through medicinal plants). Paredes’ work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and México. Visit http://paredesarte.com/.