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Artist Luis Ituarte Exhibits in Pasadena

New Art Work by Luis entitled "Alambriques y Alambrones (thin and thick wires) Collage and Iron Work, is a solo exhibit at Aahoo Gallery, in Pasadena, opened March 30, 2012. After a successful opening the art exhibit will be extended until April 18, 2013.

Luis stated that in Tijuana, the city where he was born, like in most cities of Mexico, iron work installed on windows is used to protect houses from intruders. The tradition is making the iron work very decorative using the curved line inspired by all versions of the baroque. Ever since he was a kid he noticed and admired this beautiful iron work and by observing this usage created in my mind the idea that the curved line create shields to protect you with a beautiful work of steel. The iron work on windows protects us so we can be completely free and secure inside. In this work he stripped the curved line from any utilitarian function, elevating it to the conceptual idea that the curved line is a soft and charmed way to escape to freedom, and the straight line is the one that entraps us with the argument of practicality. In Tijuana, Ituarte with the collaboration of iron worker Jesús Flores and car painter Jorge Lizárraga, created the wall sculptures.

Ituarte explained that, as an artist, "I like to disclose the creative process by all the means available to me. The objects I create; paintings, collages, sculptures, poetry and writings, along with the activities I generate; art programs, art events, political art interventions, cultural celebrations, curatorial practice, art exhibits, and teaching, are all part of my expression of humanity. My work's real value is fulfilled when it interacts with people and brings out our cultural, social and individual personas to do the common good; it is then that I'm an artist! Art lives in human culture and it is with my art that I try to explain who I am in that culture. My intent is to create by reviewing history, observing nature's ways and participating in the politics of culture as a process to invite transformation for the best possible future.'

Luis has exhibited his art work in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. Canada; Florence, Italy and Los Angeles County, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Self-Help Graphics, Instituto Cultural de Baja California, Florencia Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, in Tijuana and Ensenada, Mexico; and City of Los Angeles Main Public Library Getty Gallery. He recently retired from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles where he worked as a Curator; Art Instructor at Barnsdall Junior Art Center; Director of Art in the Park Program; and an Advisor of Chicano and Latin American Art and Culture.

Ituarte created numerous murals in the City of Pasadena, "Cool Succulents," a digital mural on weather resistant plastic installed on the exterior wall of the Pasadena Fish Market Restaurant, Orange Grove Boulevard, funded by the City of Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs. Other murals funded by Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC) are located at the Scott McKenzie Child Care Center and the Boys and Girls Club in Pasadena. For more info about Luis' work go to www.luisituarte.com . Ituarte collaborated with his wife Gerda and created the cover and interior drawings for "Oh, Where is My Candle Hat?, a handmade, limited edition, poetry art book and CD in English and Spanish. For more information go to www.poetryartbookstation.com.

Luis attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico School of Law and Art School, in Mexico City, Mexico,1965-1968; University of Guanajuato, Mexico, School of Law and Art, Guanajuato, Mexico,1969-1972; and Victoria College of the Arts, Victoria, British Columbia, 1982. He is the founder/and art director of La Casa del Tunel: Art Center and Mariposa an artist residency and gallery located in La Colonia Federal, close to the border in Tijuana Mexico, where Luis has his studio.

Aahoo Art Gallery www.aahooartgallery.com is a new addition to the art and culture scene in Pasadena. They opened in December 2012 and exhibited four shows. Luis is the first Pasadena-based artist to show at this space. The Gallery is located in the art district and occupies a two-story building at 615 E. Walnut Street between Madison and El Molino. Gallery hours are Saturday from 4:00 p.m-7:00 p.m. or by appointment.


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