Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery Presents: Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez

January 15 2013 . 04:04am

Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery Presents:
Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez
A group exhibition of three dynamic artists who share roots in Homeboy Industries

LOS ANGELES, CA – October, 2012 – The Ben Maltz Gallery continues to present new work by
artists in the SoCal region with the three-person exhibition Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian
Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez on view January 2 – March 23, 2013. Guest
Curator: Annie Buckley (MFA 2003). Reception: Saturday, January 26, 4pm-6pm

Bridging Homeboy Industries features the work of Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos
Muñoz Hernandez, three working artists who share roots in the East L.A. neighborhood of Boyle
Heights, a close-knit community beset by poverty and violence. Though their paths and practices are
unique, each has benefited from the services of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention
program in the nation. Founded as a jobs program by Father Gregory Boyle in 1992, Homeboy
Industries continues to thrive as a network of successful businesses supported and run by former gang
members. Two decades on, Debora, Kizu, and Muñoz Hernandez all count Father Boyle—or G, as he
is fondly referred to by many—as a mentor, supporter, and friend. He is the person who saw in them
the artists they would become and who fostered a sense of hope and possibility for them during times
when these were scarce. This encouragement, combined with their own relentless passion for art, fed
their development as artists.

“During what G [Father Greg Boyle] calls the ‘decade of death’, I got into a lot of trouble, but Father
Greg, no matter what I did, was always encouraging me to do my art. … I felt hopeless, but G would
hire us to do murals and artwork, and now I realize that those acts of faith helped me to overcome
many of the obstacles that I faced as a youth.” —Alex Kizu

Fabian Debora, who is now a staff-member at Homeboy Industries, makes compellingly honest
paintings influenced by Chicano and contemporary representational art. Alex Kizu’s color-infused
canvases feature variations on the highly complex and ornate graffiti lettering he learned as a boy from
local street artists and knowledge gained as a recent graduate of the Art Department of California State
University, Northridge (CSUN). Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez’s bronze sculptures and spray paint
and marker paintings fuse graffiti with diagrammatic architectural drawings and grow out of an 18-
year apprenticeship with the sculptor Robert Graham and a background in street art. This exhibition
includes several works by each artist and a new, large-scale collaborative mural.

This exhibition is organized by the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design with Guest
Curator Annie Buckley. Buckley (Otis MFA ’03) is an interdisciplinary artist, author, art critic, and
Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She thanks OTIS
Ben Maltz Gallery, Homeboy Industries, and Alice Buckley for their support in the presentation of this

Exhibition Programs:
Public Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4pm-6pm, Free with live music by Incendio
Conversation: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 11am-12pm, Free
Stories and conversation with Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, Homegirl Café,
and author of the award winning book Tattoos on the Heart (2010).

Bus Tour: Saturday, February 23, 9am-4pm, $25
Exhibition curator and artists lead a tour of Homeboy Industries with brunch at Homegirl Café, and
present and discuss two significant murals created by the artists in the neighborhood. Contact Otis
Continuing Education to register: otisce@otis.edu or (310) 665-6850.

Gallery Tour: Saturday, March 2, 11am-12pm, Free Gallery walk-through with curator and artists

Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Parking & Admission: Free.Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera.
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm / Thu 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays & Mondays
Gallery Tours: 310.665.6909 to schedule tours for school, museum or other groups
Gallery Info: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo@otis.edu, www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery

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The Legendary Belmont Tunnel art show at Crewest Gallery

May 22 2009 . 04:17pm

“A tribute to the birthplace of Los Angeles Graffiti Art”
Opening Reception on June 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm

Crewest Gallery is proud to announce their upcoming graffiti art exhibition The Legendary Belmont Tunnel, a curation by Carlos Marquez. With the influx of Hip Hop culture from the East Coast in the early 1980’s, the graffiti movement began to take shape in Los Angeles. Young graffiti artists began searching for their own voice and spaces to create. One space that became crucial to that development was the Belmont Tunnel. Due to its central location in Downtown LA and open layout surrounded with massive walls, it quickly became the city’s most popular urban canvas. Over the next 20+ years,
Belmont became a meeting place for hundreds of developing graffiti artists to hone their craft, settle their differences through graff battles, and pass on codes of ethics to the next generation. Although the tunnel no longer exists and has now been turned into The Belmont Station apartments, the impact it had on the development of Los Angeles graffiti art will not be forgotten.
This exhibition will feature paintings, prints and giclees by the following exhibiting Legendary LA Artists: Acme, Aloy, Antonio Pelayo, Axis, BaBa, Besk, Bumper, Cab, Cale, Charlie, Cre8, Dash, Danny D, Defer, Duster, Earnone, Elser, Eriberto Oriol, Fearo, Fever, Frame, Frank Martinez, Gabe, Genius, Ghostone, Gilone, Graf One, Grande, Hex, Hyde, Jero, Jiro, Kopy, Make, Mandoe, Man One, Mosh, Nuke, OG Abel, Omega, Pale, Panic, Relax, Relic, Retna, Rickone, Risky, Ruets, Saber, Sacred194, Shandu, Siner, Size, Skept, Skyone, Sleez, Swan, Teler, Volt, Vox, Vyal, Wisk, Zender…and others
Additional Events:
– Saturday June 13 from 7-10pm:
Fundraiser event for The TemptOne Foundation with music by Stirfry and the Hammerheads. $10 donation at the door with proceeds going to the TemptOne foundation.
– Saturday June 27 from 6-9pm:
Closing Reception featuring a slideshow presentation by famed L.A. photographer Steve Grody.

*Opening and Closing Receptions are free to the public.
The exhibit can be viewed throughout the month from June 6 – 28 during regular business hours.

Crewest Gallery
110 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

ph | 626-458-2444
fax | 213-559-0525


For further info contact:
Luna George

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