Luis Arias Vera's pre-Incan signs and symbols, Casper Banjo's brick walls, and the sharply graceful lines of Juan R. Fuentes' linocuts are the bedrock iconography of "3 Worlds." Curated by Rene Yañez and Art Hazelwood, the painting exhibition, which continues through Sept. 19, features work by the three very different artists. Vera's work recalls Picasso's flatter shapes and colors as filtered through a fabulously psychedelic love of ancient figures. Fuentes is a lion of world-class political posters. Banjo, a disabled 71-year-old, was shot to death by an Oakland police officer last year, so the exhibit functions as a memorial as well as a chance to see his bold and lovely paintings. Tonight, the exhibit provides the backdrop to the Bohemian Night Soirée, which features live collaborative painting from Vera and friends, as well as dance from La Tania Flamenco, poetry reading by Nina Serrano, performance art by Nadja Haas, and more.
Sat., Sept. 12, 6 p.m., 2009