Monday, November 19, 2018

Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre

Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre
November 2- November 30, 2018

28 W Main St, Ventura CA 93001
(805) 644-92-14

Pájaros en el Alambre /Birds on a Wire is a new body of work by renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This exhibition explores our connection with birds in a symbolic, environmental, and philosophical manner through a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawing, works on paper, printmaking, photography, and ceramic objects.

In these works, birds often serve as a humble but powerful metaphor for Latinos in America: caught in permanent migration towards opportunities and socio-political liberation, wings extended with flying potential, clipped often by the laws of the land or nature.
Some interpretive text is provided by renowned animal ethologist and bestselling author Dr.Jonathan Balcombe. “Scientists are constantly discovering new aspects of birds’ lives, including how they think, and what emotions they are feeling. In this exhibit, I share some of these discoveries to compliment Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s thought-provoking artworks,” says Dr. Balcombe.
An inspired poetry reading by former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, David Starkey, and Philip Taggart
current Ventura County Poet Laureate, and friends will take place on November 30th at 7pm.
Rafael Perea de la Cabada has lived in Santa Barbara since 1987 and in Ventura since 2015.
Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking inMexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California,Santa Barbara.  He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica.  He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain and Germany.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States.
Rafael teaches Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund.
He recently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.

Monday through Friday 10am - 4 pm, Weekends by appointment

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