July 18, 2014
Dax Gallery presents “PRISON ART” by Assif Assefi
Saturday, July 26th 2014
PRISON ART is a collection of works by Orange County-based abstract artist Assif Assefi produced during his 16-month incarceration in a federal detention center. Born in Afghanistan and living and working in the US since the 1980′s, Assefi was arrested in 2011 for drug possession after a long period of substance abuse. In prison Assefi became a prolific and dedicated artist, bartering for commissary bags, toothpaste, pencils and coffee grounds to create his work. The result is a subtle yet compelling collection of images that tell a story of personal transformation alongside the formidable challenges of prison. Connecting personal experiences with larger themes on the human condition,
PRISON ART examines social injustice, racism, freedom, violence and substance abuse through the eyes of an Afghani citizen and US federal prisoner. The exhibition at DAX Gallery marks the first time this personal and powerful collection of work will be shown to the public. The artist specifically sought to debut his work in Orange County where he was arrested and imprisoned. In a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world PRISON ART demonstrates the redemptive power of art, hope, and survival of the creative spirit.
Dax Gallery | 2951 Randolph Street | Costa Mesa | CA | 92626
July 17, 2014
Matix takes a road trip up to the Sierras, an adventure with the whole Matix team. Skating Lone Pine and Mammoth skateparks, adventures out to an old ghost town , hot springs, and some fun stops in between. Its not about the destination, its about the adventure getting there. Join us. Matix Fall14
July 16, 2014
New work by Saner Solo exhibition on view now at the museum of Contemporary Art in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
The Madness of A Stranger Man
words by Javier Iglesias Algora
We are all strangers. Nobody really knows us. Nobody knows us as deeply as ourselves, if we even know ourselves at all. We live in a masked ball, where the outside knows one face and the inside knows another. Day by day we perform a different character in each scene of our life: at home, at work, on the street, with our friends, our family… And thus life becomes a tragicomedy theatre with a mixture of humor, drama, suspense, horror, fantasy…
Many people don’t realize the character they play throughout their lives. They just live, work and love. They perpetuate the species and give continuity to history. Supporting actors, extras, set. Only a few remove their mask to express their inner world and reveal who really breathes behind the character. Only a few are truly protagonists in history. Those few who dare to confess the unknown are often considered insane. Only time will turn them into visionary geniuses.
We are all strangers and many of our secrets will go to the grave with us. We all share a world of ideas and images but everyone sees reality from their own perspective. That point of view is inevitably unique. No one else has taken our steps, and lived our emotions as ourselves, as the protagonist of our own fiction. Our way, our whole life, is shaping that vision and coloring what is shown to us. We can accept the world as they say it is, or we can choose to believe what we experience by ourselves.
There are few who dare to capture their own colors and share their own visions above the socially established norm, above the little expected from a stranger man. Those who do are often hijacked by madness and loneliness. But when someone knows his mission there is no outside, madness or loneliness to stop him. Everything conspires in his favor and everything is necessary. His mission is bigger than him. The closer he gets, the further he separates from society. The deeper he delves, the crazier it seems to others. Loneliness against siren songs and destiny shining on the horizon. There is a point of no return, where creation is life and fiction is reality. This is the great magic act of the artist. The others are just spectators that can only appreciate and celebrate that crazy and generous sharing of that stranger man, who is now a visionary artist.
Edgar Flores Nández, Saner, stranger, friend, madman, artist… is one of those men. For years he’s believing in his own fiction, forging his own path and making a dream come true, where other minds would find it impossible. Therein lies the madness of a majority, in the faith that one professes to its mission. Despite being a large majority, the crazy stranger they call Saner continues his way against the tide, pursuing his dreams and sharing them on paper, canvas and wall.
Javier Iglesias Algora.
Artist and director of Belio Magazine.
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July 15, 2014
For those who missed out. Feel free to surf on over to eswic.com to watch the video recap of the Skate City / Lost and Found photo show by Hagop Najarian.
July 14, 2014
Extra footage of Alex Knost from the RVCA “10 Days in Central America” web series released in Spring 2013. Video by Jimmy Jazz James