Eastern Projects Gallery

John M. Valadez “Americus Taco” May 12 - June 24, 2017

Americus Taco, a collection of recent and not so recent work from Los Angeles artist, John M. Valadez running from Friday, May 12th- Saturday, June 24th. The various themes in Valadez’s work include forgotten Latino heroes from film and television, remixes of cinematic moments, and subtle humor. Valadez uses urban realism to further investigate his pursuit of allegory in our time; using the Southern California region as his palette. A selection of photography from the late 1970’s to mid 1980’s will be featured along with Valadez’s paintings, pastels, and drawings. This exhibition invites viewers to be stimulated, provoked, and view Los Angeles from a familiar but unique angle.

Erica Luedtke “Trash People” May 12 - June 24, 2017

This exhibition is a collection of work that is representative of the progress that happens through intense struggle. With the use of found, industrial materials in conjunction with bright colors at a large scale, value is given to things that are typically looked at as unimportant. This work is sad, lonely, and stressful. However, it is also cheerful, bright, and hard to ignore. 

Luedtke (United States, 1993) received a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia in 2016. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lacoste, France and domestically in Savannah, Georgia and Cincinnati, Ohio. Luedtke has participated in various solo and group exhibitions and is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. 

Gomez Bueno “Blockbusters/Grandes Exitos” March 18 - April 22, 2017

This exhibition is a collection of politically charged satirical work that analyze people of power and modern day culture. Gomez interacts with mainstream Western popular culture through his imagery and bright colors. His three dimensional objects allude to historical figures and literature while remaining whimsical. His large paintings link traditional painting and underground comics, satirizing political propaganda and current political figures. Despite their outward playfulness, Bueno’s work acts as a cultural critique using reference from the worlds of advertising, music, and cinema.

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