The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) kicks off 2019 with two new artists exhibitions: José B Ramirez: Art for the People (SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall) and What’s News: The Front Pages of Merwin Belin (SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce). Both exhibitions run January 5 through March 1, 2019, with opening receptions to be held at both galleries on January 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Continuing through March 3, 2019 at SPARC’s City Hall Gallery, 2nd floor: Into the Unknown: A Portrait of South Pasadena by Cyndi Bemel. )
Merwin Belin’s collage and mixed media works, born out of his interest in the revolutionary avant-garde Situationists International Movement and its “detournement” approach to meaning, come from a place of social and political engagement. Altering the front pages of newspapers, Belin challenges corporate and political power structures with revelatory thematic connections and juxtapositions of text and images. Belin’s recent solo exhibitions were held at As Is LA and the “Assembly Gallery” in Los Angeles.. He is an adjunct professor at LA Valley College.
These exhibitions are curated by MICRONAUT (http://www.micronautart.com), a South Pasadena curatorial design firm. Information about SPARC: https://www.sopasartscouncil.org/