The Rendon Gallery // Build Bridges Paint Walls - Opening Reception

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THE RENDON GALLERY and the UCLA DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE present BUILD BRIDGES, PAINT WALLS, a multimedia exhibition featuring murals, graphic art, and photography celebrating latinidad and the international cultural exchanges that make Los Angeles great.

The exhibit at The Rendon Gallery, hosted by Los Angeles artists Ralph Ziman and Maria Greenshields-Ziman, will include pieces from Colombian street artists DJLU/JuegaSiempre, El Care Barbie, Erre, and Toxicómano, alongside work from the Los Angeles-based Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression.

The opening reception on May 3 will celebrate the vibrant, provocative, in-your-face aesthetic of Bogotá street art with a performance by California punk band Deseos Primitivos, and a DJ set by Skwirl Sauce, who spins ska, punk, reggae and música Latina. That evening, the corner dive bar, Licha’s Bar and Grill, will be open, serving beer sponsored by Angel City Brewery and Topo Chicos. Sus Arepas will have arepas and other South American inspired cuisine for purchase and Memije's Tacos & Catering will be dishing out their tacos and other savory treats.

The exhibition is the culminating event of a series organized by the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese. BUILD BRIDGES, PAINT WALLS received support from the UCLA Arts Initiative, which aims to foster deeper connections between the university and the Los Angeles community by supporting and enriching the public’s understanding of the arts.

THE RENDON GALLERY is a contemporary art space located in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Launched in early 2019, and named for the landmark hotel in which it is situated, The Rendon Gallery is a supportive platform for a diverse range of artists both local and international. Inspired by the rich cultural history of the surrounding area, the gallery’s focus is to develop a creative hub, energizing L.A.’s artistic community. The Rendon Gallery presents work across a wide variety of media, disciplines and culture from traditional to installation and performance based art.

Friday May 3 | 7 - 10 pm – Opening reception / fundraiser (Ticketed event)
Saturday May 4 | 12 - 6 pm – Open to the public
Sunday, May 5 | 12 - 6 pm – Open to the public

BENEFITTING // 100% of donations will benefit Las Fotos Project.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // Angel City Brewery // Cartwheel Art // Graphaids Art Supply // Memije's Tacos & Catering // Picture Perfect Music // Smile South Central // Sus Arepas // Topo Chico // UCLA Arts Initiative

MUSIC // Deseos Primitivos (California punk rock) // DJ Skwirl Sauce (ska, punk, reggae, música latina)


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DJLU// Artist
An architect and street artist since 2004, DJLU uses stencil and other techniques such as stickers, posters, mural painting, publications, and stamps. His series Street Pride consists of large-format, multi-layered stencils. His character portraits, based on photographs that he has taken, pay homage to the anonymous people who inhabit public spaces, challenging commercial stereotypes. He has participated in over 100 collective and 10 solo exhibitions in Colombia and abroad.

El Care Barbie // Artist

LA-based El Care Barbie makes Colombia blush with collages combining the people and artifacts seared into his homesick memory and the cultural memory of his birth country. His work uses wordplay, satire, and seemingly-unrelated images to challenge his viewers to rethink current events, history, and one’s own positionality. His posters and stickers grace the walls of Bogotá, Tijuana, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Van Nuys.

Erre // Artist

Erre is a visual assault against the grey backdrop of the urban metropolis. Combining techniques like illustration, stencil, posters, and stickers, her style reinterprets the codes of modern urban art with a personal twist; a hybrid of slang, music, and youthful vigor. Erre is a palindrome that entangles languages, rescues the gaze from indifference, and reveals possible aesthetic alleyways towards resistance. Stencil-making for over ten years, she has created artistic interventions of all sizes in the streets of cities from Bogotá to Berlin.

Toxicómano // Artist

Since 2001, Toxicómano has worked with graffiti, street art, stencil, and murals. His style consists of high-contrast images almost always combined with a critical, ironic, or assertive message. His work is attention-grabbing, as it plays with elements of popular culture, current events, and highly symbolic content which generate new possibilities for meaning.

Las Fotos Project // Photography and Visual Arts

Las Fotos Project is a community-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression. They provide girls with access to professional cameras, quality instruction and workshops that encourage them to explore their identity, learn about new cultures, build leadership and advocacy skills, and strengthen their social and emotional well-being.

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