September 1 - 22, 2018

Opening Reception September 1st, 6-10pm

Solo Exhibition by Dino Perez

Dino Perez’s “It’s Time The Tale Were Told” solo exhibition explores his family’s migration from Mexico to the United States, his coming of age in Santa Ana, and the struggle of identity being the child of immigrants and finding himself through art. The series of work encompasses a surreal style—using iconography that is representative of the artist’s life story. Perez’s art will bring inspiration and comfort to those struggling with the pressures of being first generation in Santa Ana, California.

        During the first section of the exhibition, Perez’s work introduces his family’s migration from Mexico to Orange County. Perez’s father traveled through tunnels and snuck into the United States with his older brother, leaving his daughter and pregnant wife behind. That is where life began for Dino Perez. His mother and sister would later cross the border to meet his father in Santa Ana where Perez was eventually born. His heart had traveled from one place to another.


Dino Perez, Here Began All My Dreams

Coming of age in the 1990s, Perez identified with various subcultures, music, TV, urban street art and pop culture. Perez often wonders what his life would be like had his parents not left Mexico. He grew up first generation along with most of his neighbors, friends, and relatives. The struggle with identity and not knowing where he truly belonged was something he faced daily. In an interview Perez stated, “Art allowed me to express my thoughts and feelings as a child and I continued to do so as I grew up. Through Chicano Art I feel comfort and acceptance while trying to navigate through the borders of two cultures—rural migrant and urban living.” While music, street art and cartoons clearly inform his work, what really drives Perez to create is the desire to relate to his cultural upbringing.

The multi-media, performance exhibition will tour attendees through his parents’ meeting in a night club dancing to cumbias and their courtship in Mexico, their migration experience including the separation of his family and border crossing journey, along with his coming of age in Santa Ana through the bright 80’s and turbulent 90s—all expressed with visual art and vinyl records. His work consists of large scale acrylic on wood paintings, personal illustrations, live DJ spinning and childhood memorabilia.

Dino Perez is currently an Artist-in-Residence at CSUF Grand Central Art Center through a partnership with Community Engagement where he brings art to an underserved community in the Lacy neighborhood of Santa Ana. He works directly with the residents of the Triada Court Apartments where he hosts monthly coloring events for families and mentors local youth through art workshops. In 2017, Perez co-founded Crear Studio—a free interdisciplinary arts studio program that aims to support local youth and adults who aspire to obtain education in social justice and social engagement through the arts. He was also recognized as one of OC Weekly’s People of the Year and honored by the City of Santa Ana. Most recently, Dino Perez was awarded with the City of Santa Ana Artist Opportunity Grant for the “It’s Time The Tale Were Told” project and solo exhibition.


Dino Perez, I Dont Want to Stay

The opening reception for the “It’s Time The Tale Were Told” exhibition is scheduled 6-10pm September 1st, 2018 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). The solo exhibition will be featured at OCCCA from September 1st through September 22nd, 2018. For more information call Dino Perez at 714-673-8479 or email dino@dinoperez.com.



Un-identified Objects

October 6 - 27, 2018

Opening Reception October 6th. 6-10pm

Richard Bohn, Candice Gawne, Steven Roberts


"Un-Identified Objects” whose real identity is a total abstraction of reality. An object whose only identifier is that it is art or said to be art. What it may have been before is un-known. Manipulated in its treatment and juxtaposition to other elements the un-known object takes on a new elevated identity. The distance in time and space between a scrap pile or mountain trail to a pristene gallery becomes small. l declare that I’m an artist therefore I am. My work is roughly if not probably based on a process called “Intuitive Collecting”. This raw material of un-identified displaced objects is not yet art. Art is therefore the transformation.

Candice Gawne’s work has been featured in over forty museum and gallery exhibitions, worldwide. The Frederick Weisman Art Foundation, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Corning Museum of Glass are among the several institutions that contain Gawne’s sculptures in their permanent collections. Gawne’s work derives its essence from the symbiotic relationship between light and darkness, and the energy emitted from this codependency. Her translucent glass sculptures echo the sinuous forms of flora and fauna found in nature and the deep sea.

Steve Roberts takes ordinary objects and alters their identity by placing them in a different context, then combining them with other materials to create dream-like scenes. Radio tubes found at a flea market–when juxtaposed with figures used in architectural models–are transformed into factory dynamos. A simple piece of wire is transformed into a burst of electricity, and a drawer from an old Victorian desk is transformed into a shadow box world. The scenes are not meant to represent any literal person, place or time. They are anonymous figures in a timeless surreal landscape. Incorporating light into the work casts shadows that create an additional level of abstraction and make the objects in his work even more un-identifiable


There is mystery in art. How was it done, how long did it take? What were you thinking? Was a special technique or material employed? Were you at the beach when it happened? Does the art take you away to a distant space when you spend time with it? Away, to the depths of the ocean or the depths of your thoughts. The world of the miniature, where the viewer is omnipotent and all-seeing, where ordinary objects in time and space of the common perception become transformed and elevated in esthetic stature, to an essential role in the collective whole. Un-Identified objects whose real identity is a complete abstraction of reality, where an object’s only identifier is that it is art or said to be art. What it may have been before as un-known now is known. In its treatment and juxtaposition to other elements the distance between a scrap pile or mountain trail to a pristine gallery becomes small. l declare that I’m an artist therefore I am. The work is based on a process called “Intuitive Collecting”. This body of raw material of un-identified displaced elements is therefore transformed. Art.




Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective

December 1 - 29, 2018

Opening Reception December 1st. (World AIDS Day) 5-10pm

Kurt Weston, Barbara Romain, Alexandria Allan

The history of AIDS activism and the losses of the ongoing AIDS crisis continue to resonate with multiple generations. Remember is a memorial retrospective exhibition commemorating those lost to AIDS while they were still in their prime before the symptoms of the virus took hold.  The exhibit offers a snapshot of the 1980’s underground, rife with counter culture indignation, sexual exploration and a resistance to the socio-political systems which marginalized alternative, queer lifestyles.  

AIDS Then & Now - a panel discussion 5 – 6PM
Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s the underlying causes of HIV/AIDS such as poverty, homophobia, racism and stigma are still rampant. The panelist will focus on the impact and status of the epidemic then and now.

The Panelist:
Dr. William Thompson IV – Infectious Disease & HIV specialist. 
Philip Yeager – Executive Director/CEO at Radiant Health Centers
Alina Oswald – Author and Editor for A&U - America's AIDS Magazine

Kurt Weston – Artist, Educator and Advocate




January 3 - 26, 2019

Opening Reception January 5th. 6-10pm

Kebe Fox, Stephen Anderson

A blind, uncritical follower of an ideology or belief.

One who does tedious, menial work or appears to lack emotion, concern or enthusiasm.

An individual who contributes nothing and lives off the labors of others.

A pilotless, remotely controlled aircraft utilized as a weapon, for surveillance, transporting or recreational use.

A sustained, monotonous sound, hum or buzz.


Recommended listening for Drone:

Everyday Robots | Damon Albarn

Clones |  Alice Cooper

Mini Mall | Dancing Lethargic

Monoculture | Soft Cell

Atomic Cafe | OMD

To preview the Drone show in progress and visit the artists studios inquire at: kfoxart@aol.com
occca.org          kebeforum.com     mixedmediaexpressions.com


Kebe Fox, Pipe Dreams


Stephen Anderson, The End is Calling

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