Star Wars has developed into a powerful element of our cultural identity. Constantly weighing the light and the dark, republic vs the empire, it mimics our struggles and our politics. In every culture, the Hero of 1,000 faces appears in its oral history. A hero goes on a life changing adventure to oppose strange forces. In this unusual world, the hero faces their opposition and is victorious! Returning home, they share the power and the knowledge they have gained from this fantastic adventure with their community.
Growing up in Oakland, you know what it’s like to grow up in Tattooine. Obi Wan Kenobi said Mos Eisley was a "Retched hive of scum and villainy" much like the media portrays the Oakland we grew up in. What are the parallels you find in your own life in Star Wars? We asked 22 artists to explore their own culture of Star Wars and how the films have influenced their creativity.
Opening reception: Saturday May 5th 7p-11p
Exhibition dates: May 5th - June 30th 2018
Dance performances by Adrián Funky Fyutz Fuentes and @BoneBreakingDJ
Tacos by the Hernandez Familia
Mural in Solano Alley at 18th Ave by Urban Aztec Jesse Hernandez
Photo booth by Amor Eterno Arte
Jesus Barraza @jesusvbarraza
Bryan Blanco @birdstrike
Billy Boston @billybostonink
Renee Castro @ladyreniart
Melanie Cervantes @melaniecervantes
Oscar Cisneros @tu_tienda_azteca
Justen Cortese @justtatts510
Chamuco Cortez @chamuco510
Paco Excel @pacoexcel
Paco Garcia @pacogarciajr
Jesse Hernandez @urbanaztec
Leslie DIME Lopez @ladimeuna
Sam Rodriguez @samrodriguezart
Marie Scherping @scherptagram
Jilliann Silva @breadnbuttuh
Ques Williams @irkoriginals
For detailed information please email Amy George Cortez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amor Eterno Arte was started by local artists Amy George Cortez and Chamuco Cortez.
Amy has been working in art galleries and museums with a community + non-profit focus for 15 years. Chamuco has been tattooing for 17 years all over the Bay Area. Chamuco is known for his black and grey, Aztec and portraits tattoos.
They began Amor Eterno Arte to present a safe space for folks to experience art, create and express themselves.