Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Invitation: June 30 unveiling of "My Neighbor Series" new works

alexey steele
The City of Carson Cultural Arts Commission
a special public viewing
of my new works from   

"My Neighbor Series:  
Capturing the Soul of America's Diverse City"
 created in collaboration with The City of Carson
through a grant from The City of Carson Cultural Arts Commission

"Ricky of Carson" oil on linen, 31" x 25"
join me in presentation of my project 
of adopting the power of ART 
into a tool of social action
following in the footsteps of my father 
I am bringing the kind of ART I believe in 
directly to the people
in the community that overcomes adversity
Thursday, June 30, 2016 
6:30-8:30 pm
Carson Park Building
  21411 Orrick Ave, Carson, 90745

come to meet my remarkable neighbors and learn their story

"Mrs. O'Neal" sepia on Fabriano paper 30" x 22" 

The first result of this collaboration features Carson residents:
Mary Anne O'Neal, Lincoln Kaio
and Ricky Echevarria

"Ukulele Player" oil on canvas 48" x 60"
For me the answer to many difficult questions of modern world is in the simple principle "Love My Neighbor". I make my case with ongoing "My Neighbor Series" a collection of portrayals of my neighbors in the City of Carson, the 5th most diverse in the nation.
I was honored to be awarded a Cultural Arts grant for 2015/16 to continue working on "My Neighbor Series".

Every street and every neighborhood has its own widely loved neighbors. I want to capture that unique and iconic deeply human quality that makes those special people the true bedrock of the community, something real and solid to hold on to in the much troubled contemporary world. I want to capture people you cannot help but love and I want other people to see them and be inspired by them as much as I am.

At the kind of times that we live in I want ART to help people fill what I call The Dignity Gap. 
We look forward to seeing you. 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Social Action and Art: "My Neighbor Series" in Collaboration with The City of Carson as Part of Community Revitalisation

 Uncle Lincoln. Study for "Ukulele Player" Sepia on Fabriano Paper

It’s a great pleasure and honor to announce that I will be continuing the work on "My Neighbor Series" in collaboration with The City of Carson after receiving their special grant.
Centered around the idea "Love My Neighbor", the project is part of the larger effort to turn the city around after all recent screw ups by all sorts of political charlatans and power brokers that failed the beautiful people of this city, the 5th most diverse in the nation. In all this our city is the perfect metaphor for the current state of the US and the World. 

 Anayo. Sepia on Fabriano Paper

Among all today's anger, often well-justified by spectacular establishment failures, in a society plagued by cynicism, nihilism and relativism of the failed ideology of hyper-greed as national cultural identity there are some principles and core values that remain benchmarks of absolute good - the love of our neighbors, the Community and Humanity. This is what worth holding on to when all else fails. This is what will help us make it through anything. 

This is the greatest opportunity to apply all my cherished principles and skills of High Art that came down to me from my father and to create vital, authentic and compelling images of real people you cannot NOT love. This is the place of High Art in the first half of 21st century.
I ❤ Carson!