This exhibition features traditional altars honoring loved ones who have passed, as well as installations dealing with broader contemporary issues and concepts about death. Also on view is a large selection of work in various media by local artists and Mexican folk art commemorating this major Mexican holiday, which falls on November 1 and 2. The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, October 6 from 1 - 6 P.M.
From 1-3 P.M. on the day of the reception, The Folk Tree also presents live music by "POETAS DE LA CULTURA", featuring Stephen Ramirez: Turntables, Laptops, Beat Poems in English and Calo and EFX; and Martin Espino: Indigenous Mexican Instruments, 14th Century Poems in Nahuatl by Nezahualcoyotl, Rancho & Electric Guitar, EFX, Loop Stations and Voices. Theirs is a mix of modern electronic sounds with low rider, zoot suiter moods combined with Mexico's indigenous sounds of the Aztecs and Mayas. For the reception, they have compiled a special Muertos Mood Mix.
Ritualized worship of the dead has been practiced in Mexico since at least 1800 B.C. The modern observance is a combination of pre-Hispanic and Catholic influences. Day of the Dead participants prepare elaborate feasts and altars as offerings. A celebration of life and its aftermath, the holiday is a time of reflection and has inspired a rich folk art tradition.
Altars on view at The Folk Tree are often highly personal and include photographs and other mementos, letters, candles and offerings of food. In the past individuals have created altars for deceased family members, pets and other animals, famous individuals, anonymous victims of tragedy and violence, as well as altars dealing with social and environmental concerns. Some of the altar themes this year are: Rita Almanza's homage to Dick Clark; Elizabeth Espinoza's altar for victims of teen suicide; Edna Torres' and Victor Solis' altars honoring their parents; and Nancy Ann Jones interactive altar where visitors are invited to write their own messages and tributes.
Related work in a variety of media is on view by over 50 area artists, and featured work from Mexico includes pieces by Mexico City paper mache artist Joel Garcia and ceramic figures from Capula, which are hand built, painted, and glazed. The many local artists represented include: Joe Alvarez (paintings); Ulla Anobile (paper mache & felt); Cathy Ashworth (paintings & mixed media); Elizabeth Carranza (photographs); Mary Clark Camargo (mosaics); Ruth DiNicola (assemblage); Daniel Gonzalez (sugar skulls); Yolanda Gonzalez (paintings); Leonard Martinez (calavera t-shirts); and Day of the Dead themed jewelry by Carlos Gutierrez, Diane Owens, Lisa Rocha, Rone Prinz, and Juan Sigala.
Mexican folk art objects created for the Day of the Dead are sold in the streets throughout Mexico in the weeks preceding the holiday. Many examples of these items are available at The Folk Tree. They are often made of clay, paper maché, tin and sugar. Those forms most commonly found are skeletons and skulls, often decorated to include a person's name.
A time of celebration and contemplation, the appeal of the Day of the Dead holiday has widely spread outside its origins in Mexico. For its 29th consecutive year, The Folk Tree is pleased to participate in the observance of this rich tradition.
Sponsored by: The Folk Tree
Saturday, October 6, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
11:00AM to 5:00PM
The Folk Tree 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA, CA 91105