Thank you everyone that came out to my opening of "Kit pa ça filé Bayou!" at Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia. Thanks to Adam Vermeire for helping me install and Baton Rouge artist and friend, Jonathan Mayers for the translating on my sentences and titles to Louisiana Creole (Kouri-vini).
I have about a week to go before installing my show at Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia. It's been a long haul, but I like what I have and it should be a fun show. If you are in the area I hope you can make it out. The reception and opening are on October 5th from 5 to 7PM. The last painting is by Baton Rouge artist and friend, Jonathan Mayers. He helped me with all the translations from English to Louisiana Creole (Kouri-vini).
I only have a few weeks left before my solo show opens at Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia. Come out if you can. Reception and opening is October 5th from 5-7PM.
Kit pa ça filé Bayou! / “Don’t let it pass/go Bayou!”
October 05 - November 17, 2019
A solo exhibition in our Benicia Gallery / Historic Arsenal / 940 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510
Opening reception: Saturday, October 5, 5:00-7:00
Jen Tough Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition by gallery artist John Yoyogi Fortes at our Benicia gallery, October 05 - November 17, 2019. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, having been in numerous group exhibitions in our Benicia and San Francisco spaces, as well as Art Santa Fe 2018 and Art Market San Francisco 2019.
John Yoyogi Fortes was born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan, and is a Filipino-American painter based in Sacramento. This exhibition will focus on work and ideas explored at his residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in the early spring of 2019. While John’s work has consistently had themes of identity and culture, upon learning that Filipinos had settled in Louisiana after escaping Spanish ships in the 1700’s, his work shifted to deeper explorations of Filipino life related to the bayous near New Orleans.
This new body of work is deeply personal, but not precious, and has darkly humorous undertones. In an installation consisting of a series of new paintings, numerous drawings and sculptural assemblages, John’s eclectic choice of materials, from water buffalo hide, plastic Mardi Gras beads to red beans and rice, reflects further explorations of culture specific to location, community and history.
Gallery open Wednesdays - Sundays, 12:00-5:00 or by appointment
Jen Tough Gallery
940 Tyler Street, Benicia, CA 94510
Had a great July 4th vacation with the family, now I'm back in the studio to finish up paintings for my show at Jen Tough's Gallery in Benicia. Will post more info.
This is a painting that I'm currently working on. It's a 15' triptych with each painting being 6' X 5'. I'll be showing new work inspired by my residency in New Orleans at Jen Tough Gallery in October. Will be posting more info as we get closer.
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I did these four Gris Gris paintings at the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans in April 2019 and now they are headed to Gallery Fritz in Santa Fe.
Went down to Los Angeles with my buddy, Oakland artist ,Nyame O. Brown, who was at Bemis when I was there. It was great three days beginning with a reception Friday night then studio visits and the Pit the following day. Sunday afternoon was spent at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) to hear three Bemis alumni talk about their experience, one being Trevor Amery who was also there with Nyame and I. It was an amazing experience and so nice to see the folks from Bemis, Holly, Devina, Ellie, Chris and Rachel.
After a two month long artist residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, I'm ready to get back to work in the studio.