Day of the Dead is a culturally festive art exhibit showcasing five of The Main Gallery artists including Robin Apple, Elizabeth Gomez, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, and Diana Krupka. The show opens Wednesday, October 15th, and runs through Sunday, November 16th. The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting an opening reception with the artists in collaboration with Circulo Cultural (http://www.circulocultural.org/diademuertos/), a community organization which was founded by Veronica Escamez to keep Mexican culture alive in Redwood City.The reception will be held on Saturday, October 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will kick off a festive month throughout Redwood City including a large Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos party at the Courthouse Square and at Redwood City’s Public library on November 2nd 6 – 9 p.m. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for honoring and celebrating the memory of those who have passed.
A small sampling of what you will find at the Day of the Dead exhibit celebrating Mexico’s most important holiday:
Photographer Robin Apple considers it a privilege to have attended the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico last fall. Apple describes the experience as “both celebratory and somber, as folks paid their respects to recently and long ago departed loved ones by paying homage to the beauty of life and the living.” For this show Apple’s photographs highlight a style that is a mix of abstraction and representation and are printed on metal. The matte finish intensifies the saturated high color of Apple’s photographs while displaying depth that enhances the eerie and intriguing aspects of the experience.
Mixed media artist Elizabeth Gomez is from Mexico, and Day of the Dead is part of her personal tradition. Because Gomez grew up celebrating Day of the Dead she represents herself “using traditional and authentic art and craft pieces” in the show. Gomez describes that she “aims to create memorials through her art as a happy celebration of life.” She is happy that the Dia de los Muertos tradition is alive and well with many artists making images in respectful celebration of this day.
This Day of the Dead-themed art is just the type that multimedia artist Katinka Hartmetz enjoys making. Hartmetz describes “having a lot of fun” doing these whimsical pieces that poke fun at death and celebrate the lives of those that have passed on. After collecting objects for many years, Hartmetz builds tiny, humorous environments that lure one in, but amusingly ensure us that “death is not the end”.
Through her painting and printmaking, artist Diana Herring re-imagines folk art themes in original ways. “I’ve always been concerned with the meaning of life, and Mexican folk art talks about just that,” says Herring. She explains that the strong forms and colors of Mexican art “encourage boldness and living life to the fullest, but most often in a lighthearted way.” She adds: “this is a philosophy that I can identify with. It is so much more enjoyable to be knowing yet accepting of fate in a humorous way than an overly solemn one.”
Love and fascination of colors in nature have drawn Diana Krupka into pursuing her art. Krupka is one of The Main Gallery’s newest jewelers and has an obvious fascination with color. Bright, vibrant Day of the Dead colors influence Krupka’s new work for this show. The new pieces further demonstrate her command of color relationships, texture, and process. Krupka incorporates many mediums into her work, from stone and glass beads to metal and felt, to create whimsical, two sided sculptures.
Come Celebrate the Dia de los Muertos Mexican holiday and ritual with us at the Day of the Dead exhibit at The Main Gallery. All are encouraged to bring items to honor those special people from your life who have passed on. The Main Gallery will have a public alter for visitors to leave offering.
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 22 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area.† The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City. The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.themaingallery.org or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018