KHFA exhibition archives

Group Exhibition: Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, Chubirka, Martin Delabano, Bill Haveron, Mandy Lyn Perez

January 25-March 1, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, January 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artists in attendance

To begin the New Year, KHFA is proud to exhibit a selection from our eclectic roster. The exhibition will feature the most recent works of five different artists, all of which vary stylistically.

Alejandro Diaz-Ayala
Heavily influenced by baroque artists Diego Velázquez and José de Alcibar, Diaz's works intermix classic subject matter with hints of pop and subculture. Colorful, iconic imagery may hover over the traces of old European master paintings. The exhibition will feature Diaz's most recent oil on canvas painting, along with a selection of new works on paper.

Despite their colorful nature and incorporation of the jovial Mickey Mouse figure, Chubirka's oil paintings represent a weighty statement. With titles such as "the Unhappiest painting on earth," the series on display comment on the artist's "mental revenge towards the Corporatocracy and its media puppets".

Martin Delabano
Delabano will exhibit his most recent sculptural piece referencing the legendary Texas blues artist Blind Lemon Jefferson, as well as several new collage works. Commenting on these pieces, Delabano states, "I have always been drawn to things that have been thrown away, broken or run over. I find an inherent beauty in the items others discard and take great joy in creating works from materials that would find their way to a landfill if I hadn't happened upon them." Many of Delabano's collage works directly reference aspects of his life, while some pieces are a result of his response to the materials he discovers. "Most of the time, my work is a combination of these two ideas."

Bill Haveron
Haveron's four new drawings are the first to be exhibited from an ambitious three-year project the artist is in the process of completing. As with many of Haveron's works, the pieces on display are deeply personal and visually complex—the premise consistently being that personal truths ultimately reveal universal truths. Specifically, their themes range from commentary on the implications and consequences of engineering nature and natural processes, to the rule of the mob and the importance of guarding one's individual rights and personal sovereignty.

Mandy Lyn Perez
Exhibiting for the first time at KHFA, Perez received an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and currently lives and works in Claremont, California. Her most recent work selected for the group exhibition hovers between sculpture and painting and combines an assortment of mediums such as oil paint, sewn canvas, gold leaf and resin, to create a unique protruding mass. According to Perez, the themes of the works vary, ranging from the shapes of santo imagery to the patterns and colors she associates with "the country"—the aesthetic of old striped pillowcases, retro button up shirts and farmhouses.

Chubirka (detail)
Mandy Lyn Perez