:: HOW I GOT OVER :: JOSUÉ ROJAS ::
:: Plus Michael Vasquez (in the West Room)
October 5 (6pm – 10pm)
Art Hop @Fres.Co
1918 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721
(next to the Crest Theatre)
( ( G A L L E R Y ) )
Artist Josué Rojas is a practicing visual creator and an educator who relishes in learning and teaching the articulation of a potent human language – by using art as a response and celebration, not simply to life’s inequities but to its bounty as well.
“I am a Salvadoran-born American Citizen, a Californian, a teacher. My work is informed by my bicultural and bilingual experience. Part of a continuum, my work and personal creative vision contribute to a visual heritage of creative critical consciousness.”
Investigations of identity, immigration, culture, and community weave themselves through my creative process. It is my experience that the practice of art making possesses a dialectical quality for both creator and audience. As an artist working within communities and schools (locally and abroad), I am interested in and seek to create artwork and courses that harness the dialectical quality innately found in art –– and place it in the service of the community.
Artist Diego Rivera once wrote, “an artist must be the conscience of his age.” I share this view and would add that the artist can spur a critical conscience into the public imagination. If there was ever a time urgently in of need the rousing effect of conscience, and of a positive imagination, it is now.
( ( W E S T R O O M ) )
Up-and-coming artist Michael Vasquez is a digital freelance designer based in Fresno. He’s a recent graduate from Fresno State where he studied visual art and graphic design. His artwork is influenced by Aztec and Native American motif designs. He uses motifs and minimalistic, colorful designs to express issues about the water, the environment, and endangered animals. He hopes to bring awareness to cultures and issues that don’t usually receive much recognition.
Fres.Co is a grassroots space for conscious cultural workers, movement builders, entrepreneurs, and artists to share their gifts with the community and vis versa. Whether it’s co-locating for our “9-5” jobs or offering workshops on art making, policy/research, or spoken word we hope to create a physical location where minds can meld and dreams can manifest into reality.