Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer: A community-based art center managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis

STEPHANY SANCHEZ: GUERRERA / FALL ’19 TANA EXHIBIT

Posted on November 8, 2019

Stephany Sanchez: Guerrera

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 5-7pm

Dates: December 6, 2019 – February 21, 2020 

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 2-6pm
Fridays by appointment (530-402-1065)
Saturday 1-4pm
*Holiday Hours: December 20 – January 7, 2020 by appointment.

Join us Friday, December 6, 5-7pm for an opening reception featuring the work of Stephany Sanchez, a Oaxacan-American artist who’s woodblock prints compellingly address political views, pay homage to her culture, and use Oaxacan folk art as an influence. The exciting evening event will include music, refreshments, live-woodblock printing, and available prints for sale by Stephany Sanchez.

 

Biography

Stephany Sanchez is a Oaxacan- American artist from San Jose, California, currently residing in San Francisco. Through her work, she addresses political views and pays homage to her culture using Oaxacan folk art as an influence. Stephany enjoys working with a variety of mediums, printmaking being her current focus. She is currently working towards her Studio Practice degree at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in printmaking.

Guerrera: An Exchange with Stephanie Sanchez 

TANA: Can you share a bit about your background?

Stephany Sanchez: My father was born in Oaxaca and my mother was born in Guerrero but raised in Oaxaca. My brothers and I were born in the United States but have traveled to Oaxaca since we were less than a year old. We spent much of our childhood in Oaxaca, completing one year of schooling and taking yearly summer trips to ensure we could read and write in Spanish. During that time we would run around with my primos in my father’s small pueblo. Our family would take us out to visit places that they felt were important for us to appreciate. These trips taught us a lot about our ancestry and culture of Oaxaca.

 

TANA: What are some of your sources of inspiration?

Stephany Sanchez: Much of my inspiration stems from Oaxacan folk art, artesanías, and archeological sites. Apart from these, I find much inspiration in Mexican history. Moreover, I really enjoy studying the Mexican Revolution. I find it helpful to read into labor movements of the time and political topics still relevant today. I find myself seeking information about how these movements influence Mexican art, specifically printmaking.

 

TANA: Who are your biggest influences?

Stephany Sanchez: My art is highly influenced by 19th-century, Mexican photographers. I can alleviate any art block by looking at the photographs of artists Lola Alvares Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Nacho Lopez, and Victor Casasola. I am also influenced by artists like Saturnino Herran, Jose Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Francisco Goita. Lastly, family photographs sent from relatives in Oaxaca highly influence my work. Family portraits and candids, shared through our Facebook group chat, often display my family in their everyday pueblo life or enjoying cultural festivities. 

 

TANA: What does your work aim to say?

Stephany Sanchez: My work is intended to create representation for Oaxacan women and anyone else that can connect to my art. I seek to create relatable content for people like me. Having come from Oaxacan ancestry, I never felt represented in media or art. I want my work to serve as a platform for me to express my experience and stance on our current political climate as a woman of color. 

 

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Ricardo Flores Magon   Woodcut print,   18” x 24”,  2018

 

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Muerteada, Woodblock Print, 32″x28″, 2018

 

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Riot    Woodblock print,   22” x 30”,   2017

 

 

Dia de los Muertos

Posted on October 9, 2019

TANA’s annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration will take place Friday, November 1, 5-7pm, 2019. Join us for an evening of music, live-printing, participant silkscreen prints, and multiple community made ofrendas honoring friends, family, and loved ones.  Featured dance groups include Calpulli Tlayolotl Danzantes, Elementary Baile Folklorico, and UCDavis Danzantes del Alma.  Come enjoy delicious pan dulce, agua fresca, and food vendor options like elotes & raspados. Guests are also invited to contribute to the Pared de Ofrendas (community altar) with written thoughts, pictures, and paper flowers that commemorate loved ones.

We hope you’ll join us!

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Spring Exhibit: Minds, Bodies, Souls

Posted on June 3, 2019

“Minds, Bodies, and Souls” is an end of the year exhibition showcasing TANA intern posters with students from the silkscreen printing program in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.  Their exciting work represents various styles, techniques, and innovative approaches explored through the silkscreen process.

TANA workshop participants will additionally have posters on display and for sale. The Open House will offers a unique opportunity to connect with the artists and gain an understanding of their process, artistic point of view, and why the poster serves as a vehicle for change and continues to make a difference!

 

Opening:

Friday, June 7   5-7pm

Dates:

Through September 13, 2019

Event Details:

*Workshop participant,

Intern, & Chi Silkscreen artist work on display

*Live DJ

*Taco Truck Y Elotera

*Refreshments

 

Location:

Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer

1224 Lemen Ave. Woodland, CA

(530) 402-1065

 

Artists:

Jose Quintero

Marina Contreras

Wendy Hernandez

Gabriel Mata

Sheila Moreno

Jose De Jesus Quintero: Jose De Jesus Quintero born and raised in Woodland, CA. He is graduating from UC Davis with a double major in Chicanx Studies and Art Studio. Jose went to Woodland Community College where he was first introduced to TANA in 2015. Starting Fall of 2017 he was accepted to UC Davis and began his internship at TANA. Creating art, particularly with and for a cause took off for him. As the process of silkscreen printmaking became second nature, his sensibility of making art for others became a responsibility. His posters are focused on personal experience with limitations, distance, and self-care. Hoping that his imagery may inspire the community and others to tackle issues that are close to home. While serving as an intern, Jose realized the community of Woodland needs spaces like TANA; an outlet and hub for activists, as well as a space for freedom of expression.

Marina Contreras: Marina Contreras grew up in a small border town, Calexico, CA. and its sister city, Mexicali, BC, Mexico. Now a second year studying Clinical Nutrition and Chicanx Studies at UC Davis. She originally began her artistic work through acrylic paintings on canvas, and later developed the process of screen printing where she is now focused on creating posters that express issues she sees in her community. She creates thoughtful images about current issues with the expressed intention of generating hope in each topic and spark conversations that move toward a solution.

Gabriel Mata: Gabriel Mata (pronouns:they/she/he) grew up in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, CA. Graduating with a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis they hope to work within community spaces to address the pervasive cissexism and heterosexism within Latinidad. Throughout their time at Davis, they witnessed cissexism and heterosexism perpetuated by professors, students, organizations, and the Chicana/o department. Therefore they seek to highlight issues created through colonialist ideologies within the Chicanx and Latinx community. Through their position as the Gran Tardeada coordinator, they choose to center queer and trans identities for the 50th anniversary and created the “Queer and Trans Latinidad” gallery in commemoration of queer and trans labor towards a better environment for the Latinx community at UC Davis. Their art is centered around their experiences of having both queer and trans identities and navigating ethnic spaces designated for Latinidad. Their hope is to create pieces that spark dialogue that goes beyond the university and back to the communities the students originate from.

Sheila Moreno: Sheila Moreno (pronouns: they/them) grew up in K-Town Los Angeles, CA. They are now a third year at UC Davis, double majoring in Art Studio and Chicanx Studies. In high school, Sheila began their artistic work with drawing, and acrylic painting. Later in college, they were introduced to three forms of printing; silkscreen, woodblock, and intaglio. Through these mediums, their work centers around the cultural aspects and social issues that are part of their upbringing and are seen in their community today. They also work from personal experience.Given the skills to work with almost any medium (painting, drawing, printing), they have put their responsibility in creating a change in different forms of art. Sheila’s goal is to continue working with their community and creating art that their community wants to see and can connect with. To them, there is no better way of learning then through the beauty of art.

Wendy Hernandez: Wendy Hernandez is a fourth year Animal Science and Chicanx Studies double major from UC Davis. She is from South Central Los Angeles, California. Wendy was introduced to silkscreen printing through the Chicanx Studies department during the Summer of 2018. Starting Fall of 2018, she began her internship at TANA (Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer). Wendy’s work focuses on sharing the narratives of the working class population of Los Angeles. The collection of stories from her family and community have allowed her to advocate for a better immigration reform, among other issues which affect a broader population.

 

 

 

 

 

COSMIC MATRIARCHS: NEW TANA EXHIBIT

Posted on March 6, 2019

We are thrilled to share the opening of Cosmic Matriarchs, a new exhibition featuring the work of Dalila Paola Mendez, Lilia “Liliflor” Ramirez, and Suzy Hernandez. The featured work honors the earth, sacred elements, life-givers, and generations of birthing, healing, and love that align with ancestral remembering. This exhibition highlights the power of matriarchal lineages and femme roots amidst present-day realities that are destructive to our communities—from elders to youth, the earth, and generations to come.   Join us Friday, March 15, 5-7pm for an evening of thought provoking paintings and prints, refreshments, and live DJ!

EXHIBITION DATES: March 15 – May 1, 2019

In these images the viewer finds representations of the cycles of life and death, rebirth, regeneration, queer love, and an honoring of the earth as a life-giver of sacred resources, i.e. water, air, land, and fire, that are often disrespected, commodified, and currently out of balance due to climate injustice. The spirit-centered visuals these artists offer return the viewer to a humbleness and reverence for all that is sacred, especially life, breath, and our madre cosmica, as a pathway for healing and transformation.

Dalila Paola Mendez

Dalila Paola Mendez is an Indigenous Guatemalan/Salvadoran queer artist born and raised in Los Angeles. She was raised in an Armenian/Arab/Guatemalan/ Salvadoran household.   She credits Barnsdall Art Park classes for igniting her love for both photography and painting.

​She creates vibrant works that combine contemporary images with sacred references to indigenous iconography, knowledge, and folklore. Combining the new with the ancient, she explores ancestry as a way to reinterpret and navigate issues confronting our modern world. Through painting, printmaking, photography, and film her art visually narrates stories of resilience of cultures, elders, lgbtq, women, and the environment.

Lilia Ramirez

Lilia Ramirez p.k.a Liliflor is a cultural art educator championing youth in the arts, using art as a tool for healing and transformation. Since 1994 Lilia has been at the forefront of the Los Angeles youth movement; as co-founder of the Peace and Justice Center (PJC) in 1995, an innovative youth run center in Los Angeles. A decade later she received her B.A from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultural Studies. Lilia co-founded First Street Studios, soon after she served as Director of Annual Exhibitions for Mujeres de Maiz (International Women of Color Artist Collective & Zine), and curator at The Jean Deleage Gallery. Her current and past Artist Residencies include: LA Works, L.A.’s Best A.S.A.P, Casa 0101, L.A. Commons, City of Los Angeles Summer Night Lights, Arts 4 City Youth – Art As Resistance, African American Museum, Casa Coyo, Watts Labor Community Action Center, Theatre of Hearts, and Highways Art Gallery and ArtworxLa.

Suzy Hernández

Xicana artist Suzy Hernández, a radical tenderness bruja passing as a multidisciplinary artist viviendo en Davis CA, nacida en Chicanolandia (Los Angeles) Califas. Hernández has created works in performance art, fashion, pen and ink drawing, experimental audio y video, photography, and installation art for about two decades. A two-spirit being constantly trying to remember and return to where we originated from. No es de aqui ni de alla, pero de las estrellas. Her work concentrates on breaking down borders within ourselves to further decolonized the mind, body y espíritu. Invoking spirit personas como La Biker Curandera, Post-Apocoliptic Bruja, y La Llorona in her performances para ayudar a sanar las heridas. Creating images of these spirit personas in her two dimensional art work. Always drawing attention to the Xicano Indio raíces.

Since the late 90’s Hernández has had the privilege to show work alongside Karen Finley, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Leigh Salgado, y Guillermo Gómez-Peña of La Pocha Nostra. Hernández attended California College of the Arts & Crafts en Oakland CA, where she studied printmaking and fiber-sculpture.

Suzy Hernández  is represented by Mat Gleason of Coagula Curatorial en Los Ángeles.

Graduation Exhibition: Semillas Nuevas | New Seeds

Posted on June 6, 2018

Exhibit Dates:

Opening: Friday, June 8, 2018   5-7pm

Ends: Friday, August 31st, 2018

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New Seeds | Semillas Nuevas is an exhibition of recent posters created by Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer interns. Their work reflects a broad range of individual and collective concerns that include struggle, resistance, empowerment, and community growth.

Intern Statements:

Our exhibition reflects the time that we the interns have spent at TANA, and how this experience has influenced our individual work. The growth that we have all gone through during this past school year can mostly be attributed to the relationship we have with the community members that attend workshop and interact with us. Within the workshop it is our responsibilities as interns to interact with the community members and to aid in their journey of creating political posters. Sometimes this includes holding discussions of events that plant the seed of resistance in our participants that we hope blooms into a poster aimed at addressing a troublesome subject in our society and/or community.

Estela Tejada : 2nd year double major in International Relations and American Studies

The work that I am showcasing deals with themes of empowerment. My inspiration stems from the people who have helped nurture my identity and power as an individual. All of my prints are an homage to those who have helped me and a hope that I can impart my knowledge to others.

 

Jose Quintero : 1st year transfer with a double major in Studio Art & Chicanx Studies

As an intern I have been able to express my personal views on the struggle and resistance of students, educators and community members. Being at the shop is a constant reminder that the world is bigger than anyone’s capitalist agenda. The making of art has never been so moving.

Aurelia Montoya : Graduating with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chicanx Studies

The prints I have created during my time as an intern at the shop center community growth and empowerment. I try to pull inspiration from my experiences and from events that affect me and those around me. I think centering community is important and teaching ourselves and others that creating art is a powerful contribution to the community.

Spring Session Update!

Posted on May 16, 2018

With the sun bright and warming us up, we welcome the sunshine into our studio when we can bear the heat! This session has brought new students in with a bunch of beautiful ideas.

This Spring, Yolo County Office of Education asked TANA to participate at the first ever Youth Empowerment Summit. This event is to teach and help youth understand why civic engagement is important and how they are a strong voting block. Two of our high school participants created a logo to be up for vote to be the official logo for next years event. Long time participant, Miguel Alonso, was the winner!

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We also invite ya’ll to come join us at the end of this quarter for our Intern Exhibition June 8th, so that we may also support our up and coming young artists! Stay tuned for more details about this event.

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Spring Session 2018!

Posted on April 19, 2018

Hello all! It has been awhile since we have given you an update on here!

 

We start studio for Spring Session today, Thursday April 19th, from 3-6 pm! We will also be open Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm this week. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Drucella Miranda at damiranda@ucdavis.edu.

 

There is exciting news about what has occurred over spring break though! TANA currently has a show up in Santa Cruz, CA at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. Appropriately titled Intersections, the show combines work from our studio with the work created in 1401, which is the silk-screening studio at UC Davis, that covers a diverse set of identities and issues people may face due to the intersections of their varying aspects of their lives. If you find yourself in Santa Cruz, feel free to stop by and check out the work Mondays-Thursdays from Noon – 4 pm! The show will be up until May 22nd.

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