S.O.S. @ D-Block


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Enrique Castrejon, Jeff Chabot, Daniel Collins, Greg Esser, McLean Fahnestock, Ismael Castro Garcia, Denis Gillingwater, Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, JEFF & GORDON, Olga Lah, Ivan Limas, Albert Lopez Jr., Caroline Maxwell, Joe Medina, Dominic Miller, M. Jenea Sanchez, Steve Schmidt and Arnoldo Vargas


03.5.11 - 03.26.11


D-Block Gallery, 218 N. Promenade Long Beach, CA 90802


Reception March 12, 6-9 PM

S.O.S. is a group traveling art exhibition showcasing artists from the states of Arizona and California programmed for display in the downtown areas of Long Beach, CA and Phoenix, AZ.  Fostering a relationship between neighboring states whose recent political disagreements stemming from legislation of Prop 1070, the exhibition seeks to explore the issues of personal and political identity, citizenship and the effects of media.

S.O.S., or Save Our States, refers to a controversial bill named Prop 187 passed in 1994 by the voters of California.  The law’s aim was to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving social services from the State of California.  After statewide protests and national threats of boycott, the law was deemed unconstitutional by then-Governor Gray Davis.

The exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between bordering states and the dynamics caused by political agendas and sensationalist media.  It is meant to be a show of solidarity in a time where partisan politics and hypocrisy overshadow neighborly concepts and civility. This mixed media exploration focuses on photography, video, performance and sculpture.

S.O.S. is organized by Ed Gomez and April Lillard-Gomez. It is made possible by generous mini-grants from the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund and the Arts Council Long Beach in partnership with the MexiCali Biennial, F.A.R. (Foundation for Art Resources) and Phantom Galleries Long Beach, phantomgalleriesla.com. For more information visit dblockprojects.com or email sos.ca.az@gmail.com.