Guerrero Gallery is currently showing exhibitions from two talented artists. Umar Rashid's The Free Radicals, and Tosha Stimage's These are not isolated events, are both viewable at the gallery right now, and will be up until December 9th. Guerrero Gallery has been a prolific presence in the Bay Area for over a decade, and these two artists continue the legacy of imaginative alternative art at the gallery.
The gallery provided the artists' statements to give some context to the work in the show.
"Umar Rashid’s art stands as an ever-expanding series of primary documents for his fictionalized colonial narrative that parallels our own histories of pillage, dispossession and power. The artist’s illustrated tales have been a work in progress over the past 12 years, unfolding piece by piece in episodic fashion, with the stories fluidly addressing issues of colonialism, identity, race, gender and politics. Generally taking place throughout the 18th century, Rashid invites culture clash and time travel throughout, interjecting elements of contemporary fashion, Hip Hop, street and gang culture–providing an immediacy and accessibility as well as reverberations through our modern day to day. As a self taught artist, Rashid borrows from a range of artistic traditions and modes of making, citing particular influences from Native American ledger drawings, Romantic era painting, African and Caribbean folk art, fetishes and map-making–with his latest body of work incorporating canvas, paper, elk hide, and wood amongst other materials. Much like the reverberations of colonial histories both past and ongoing amidst our anxious present, Umar Rashid realizes that, 'I will never run out of material within my lifetime.'"
"Tosha Stimage has become well known for her probing into the color, material and conceptual frameworks that surround the color orange, employing these vast and disparate ideas as analogies through which to unpack Blackness. Seeing language as limiting and unfit to speak to these complexities, Stimage instead employs a rich lattice of symbols and historically laden images through which we can begin to understand and discuss elements and experiences that relate not only to Black experience but humanity at large. Her latest solo show, Death Valley in Flowers, presented at Oakland’s City Limits Gallery, organized the artist’s thoughts through varied images and objects, including a woven tapestry depicting an ornately braided scalp, flanked on the left by two oddly-resembling astroturf labyrinths, and divided by a wall-size mural depicting a numbered target utilized in the artist’s first experience firing a gun–realized in Stimage’s color of choice: orange. The artist’s forthcoming exhibition, These are not isolated events., will act as a continuation of the visual, symbolic and spiritual explorations laid forth by Death Valley in Flowers."