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Aether Magazine - Issue Three - Fall/Winter 2012 - Sandra C. Fernandez

“Sandra C. Fernandez: Teaching by Example”
by Catherine Zinser (from Aether Magazine)

Excerpt from Aether Magazine – Issue Three (Fall/Winter 2012)

Aether is a semi-annual e-magazine that aims to engage collectors, artists, and galleries in conversation about the visual arts in our community and beyond, inspired by the diverse art scene in Austin where new ideas and creativity are abundant.

Sandra C. Fernandez participated in the Serie Project’s Artist in Residence XII (2004-2005) and XV (2007-2008) series. Born in Queens, New York, but growing up in Ecuador, she says, “I have sought to explore the meanings of my own personal history. I grapple in my art with my own past, which included abandonment and exile. But I have also sought to go beyond the merely personal. Intimate narratives of pain, loss, and hope are universal.”

Fernández adds, “They are part of the human experience and surface in all eras and cultural geographies. Issues of abandonment, isolation, sexism, political freedom, war, and dislocation have for millennia haunted the human psyche. Through the exploration of different media I have sought to confront these issues and communicate my understanding to anyone experiencing my work.”

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Sam Coronado

Sam Coronado
Artist, Mentor, and Friend

The Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA) has announced the recipients of the 2012 awards. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 15th, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, with YNN’s “Arts Minute” Host Carla Stanmyre McDonald as the Master of Ceremonies. In an effort to recognize Austin’s top artists for their achievements in the field, as well as to expand, promote and document Austin’s role as a leading arts destination, AVAA will launch its third awards ceremony to pay tribute to the many noteworthy Austin artists who are making an impact in the community.

There will be a courtyard cocktail reception for artists, patrons and industry leaders with delicious hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30, followed by the awards presentation in the AT&T amphitheater. During the ceremony, the winners will be announced by a great mix of Austin art supporters. Presenters include, among others, Robert Faires – Austin Chronicle Arts Editor, Bruce Willenzik – Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Founder, Artist Edward Povey – Winner of the 2010 President’s Award, Arts Commissioner Gloria Mata Pennington, Arts Writer Salvador Castillo, Artist Hank Waddell, AVAA President Donna Crosby and more. A video display of the artworks from current and previous award finalists and winners will be shown throughout the event. The ceremony will be followed by a wonderful array of desserts.

Categories consist of Artists of the Year (2-D, 3-D, Photography, Early Career, New Media), Service Award, Collector’s Circle, President’s Award and Lifetime Achievement. Past honorees include among others, Kelly Fearing, Ken Hale, Edward Povey, Roi James, Mike Chesser, Jade Walker, Robert Dale Anderson, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Beili Liu, Will Klemm, Michael Smith, and Jana Swec, Shea Little, Joseph Phillips for East Austin Studio Tour.

AVAA chose 13 different groups and/or individuals from various segments of the arts community to select the 2012 honorees.

AVAA selected Sam Coronado as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Coronado founded the Serie Project, a non-profit organization in Austin with a mission to create and promote serigraph prints created by Latino artists and others in a workshop environment. Artists from Texas, the United States, and abroad have participated in this project. In conjunction with Coronado Studios, a print shop that produces screen-prints exclusively, the Serie Project administers and produces fine art prints, which travel at exhibition venues around the world.

Tickets for the AVAA Awards Ceremony are $20. Please RSVP to kelli@avaaonline.org if you plan to pay at the door.

I strive for restraint as I feel issues involving science and ethics are most powerful when revealed subtly. I want my message to reveal itself slowly through the viewer’s investigation of form and materials. I hope this project will initiate a dialogue with the ethical issues surrounding the use of genetically modified organisms and be an engaging way of disseminating information on a subject that is little known outside of the sciences.

Jessica Halonen received a MFA in Painting in 1999 from Washington University in Saint Louis and a BA from Kalamazoo College. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Austin Museum of Art, Park Project, Los Angeles, University of Texas Dallas and San Antonio and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Museum of Southeast Texas.

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Cacahuate en Pasta

Peanut Butter and Mole

It turns out November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month. But many of us who grew up in the Latino culture weren’t hip to PB&J sandwiches – quesadillas or fideo were a more likely lunch time snack. Peanut butter is popular in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and Canada – but did you know it’s also popular in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand? At least for those of who spent time in Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s, peanut butter wasn’t a hot item – at least not in a sandwich.

Ironically, the first peanut butter was ground up peanut paste made by the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations – the Maya and Aztecs. They would use this paste as one of the main ingredients to make a variety of “moles” (a word that comes from the Náhuatl molli, which means “salsa”.)

Below are some of the favorite childhood foods of some of the people in our Serie Project community…we’re sensing a theme here. It’s all about the pigs!

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Paloma Mayorga is an Austin based artist and currently works at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, earning her BA in 2010, with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. She has been commissioned to create the portraits of the composers honored at the annual Georgetown Festival of the Arts since 2009, and to paint four murals at the Sacred Heart Community Clinic in Round Rock. She also participated in a collaborative performance with Aztlan Dance Company and Proyecto Teatro, and in a group art exhibition at the MACC.

Paloma Mayorga’s Artist Statement:

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Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Scherezade Garcia‘s work focuses largely on her cultural experiences. As a child she became involved in the arts by participating in mural painting projects with visual artists Elias Delgado and Nidia Serra, influenced by their portrayals of racial and sociological themes.

“[My art] has to do with the Caribbean in general, and especially the Hispanic Caribbean – about heritage, the process of being civilized, and what civilized means, and the selling of the Caribbean as a paradise,” says Garcia.

In 1986, Garcia moved to New York as a student at Parsons School of Design, where she obtained the Parsons Institutional Scholarship and the Dana Foundation Work Grant. Garcia’s work has been continuously exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean since 1990.

Garcia is also part of Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, a printmaking collective of twelve artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City. Their first project, Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York, was conceived by Pepe Coronado, a peripatetic master printer whose life crossed paths with the Chicano movement.

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El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican and Mexican American holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, during which the graves of loved ones are decorated, special foods such as mole and pan de muerto are made, ofrendas (altars), are built to honor the dead, and special festivals and processions are held.

Jose Guadalupe Posada - La Calavera Catrina

José Guadalupe Posada, La Calavera Catrina, 1913

The Day of the Dead has its origins in ancient Mesoamerican cultures that blended with those of the Spaniards who arrived in Mexico in the early 1500s. During the early 20th century, Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada popularized the skeleton images – the calaveras – associated with the holiday, through his humorous drawings of calaveras,  establishing a uniquely Mexican style of art.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, the Chicano Movement embraced El Día de los Muertos as a way to reconnect with pre-Hispanic and Mexican identities. Today, the Day of the Dead continues to be celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans across Mexico and United States every November.

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Carlos Donjuan - Porque Te Vas?

Carlos Donjuan, Porque Te Vas?, 2012
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Carlos Donjuan was born in San Luis Potosi, San Luis, Mexico in 1982. He immigrated to the United States with his family at the very young age of 3. He grew up in Dallas, Texas where he discovered graffiti art, which helped him develop a passion for art and painting. He holds an M.F.A from The University of Texas at San Antonio, studying under Ken Little. Donjuan is currently a professor at The University of Texas at Arlington where he teaches drawing and painting.

Currently residing in Dallas, he remains an active graffiti artist painting murals throughout the city. His paintings have been exhibited in several galleries nationally and internationally. The Cheech Marin Collection – which houses the largest private Chicano Art collection in America – recently acquired several of Donjuan’s paintings. Visit Donjuan’s website to learn more about his art.

My work deals with the combination of several subcultures that I am involved with or interested in. Some examples of these movements include graffiti, street fashion, and underground music. These subcultures are rich, diverse and always growing and changing. I attempt to present work that interprets and, in some way glorifies, the people that are part of these scenes. My portraits, like these movements, are influenced and created by mixing the old and the present to create something new.

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Jonathan Rebolloso and Sam Coronado

Jonathan Rebolloso and Sam Coronado

Sunday night (September 23, 2012) I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a special artist’s reception for the Estampas de la Raza exhibit at the McNay in San Antonio. It was an amazing show, along with Vincent Valdez’ America’s Finest. I felt so lucky to be there. I got to chat with some of the artists that I had met before and also met some new ones.

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Adriana Corral is a third-year MFA candidate in Sculpture and Assistant Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin. She was born in El Paso, Texas and received her BFA from The University of Texas at El Paso. She recently had a solo show, Voces de las Perdidas, at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, and her work has been featured at the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago.

“Since the 1960s hundreds of women, usually students or maquiladora workers, have been kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Juárez, Mexico. Many cases go unsolved, the remains often so disfigured that identification is impossible. My installations navigate between Juárez and El Paso, where I grew up, translating my sense of mourning and outrage into political thought and action through visual means. From rubbings of court documents to ceramic body tags, my work aims to redress the obscurity and erasure associated with these crimes.” (Excerpt from Sculpture.org)

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