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Janine Mapurunga

“Welcome home” (above)
Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.mapurunga.com
Location of box art: 16th & K Streets

“Who does your food come from? De quién viene su comida”
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Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.sacramentofarmersandchefs.com
Location of box art: 9th & Capitol Ave

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Janine Mapurunga is a native of northeastern Brazil. She grew up between Fortaleza, a bustling coastal metropolis, and Viçosa do Ceará, a small country town nestled atop forested mountains. This duality greatly influenced her decision to leave home at the age of 16 and embark in the series of movements that her life would become. The starting point was California, where she pursued undergraduate studies and developed a career in photography. At the Sacramento City College she discovered documentary photography through the work of Andy DeLucia and at UC Davis she was exposed to the study of culture and belief through theories founded in anthropology. Her teaching career began at the Sacramento City College where, at age 23, she was both the first woman and youngest instructor to teach in the photography department. While pursuing graduate work at the University of Barcelona, she began to discover the possibilities that can spring when combining documentary photography, installation, video and poetry.

Her first documentary project involving video took place in Sri Lanka, where she lived in a secluded village in the rainforest for 6 months. Since then her work has taken her to Costa Rica, the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, and back to Brazil. Today Janine divides her time between creating commissioned photography work and developing documentary projects in the United States and abroad.

Artist Statement

If you asked me to choose one word by which to define my work, I would choose Storytelling.

A curiosity about the human condition and an eagerness to connect with others are the main driving forces behind my work. In my projects I provide an opportunity for people to tell their story and, in so doing, I establish a connection with them.

Brenda Louie

“Rivers United Series 2014-001”
Original Medium: Oil on canvass
Website: http://brendalouie.wordpress.com
Location of box art: 7th & N Streets

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Brenda Louie was born in China. She received her BA degree in Economics and MA degree in Studio Art from California State University in Sacramento (CSUS) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Stanford University in 1993.

Brenda currently teaches studio art in the art department at CSUS; Brenda has been a visiting artist in several institutions including Northern Illinois University in 2012.

Louie is a painter as well as an art installation artist. Her works consistently demonstrate uniqueness in fusing both western and eastern aesthetics and thoughts.

Her large format paintings and art installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including Crocker Art Museum, Nelson Art Gallery in UC Davis, Zhejiang Museum in Hangzhou, P.R. China. Her art has been collected by private sectors as well as public institutions such as Wickland Oil Corporation in California, Farhat Art Museum in Beirut, Lebanon and Ningbo University in Ningbo, China as well as CSU, Sacramento.

A retrospective exhibition of work of Brenda Louie will be held at the CSUS Library Annex Gallery in Fall 2015. A catalogue of Louie’s works will be published in Summer 2014 with essays contributed by six international scholars.  She is invited to present her solo show at the Kenneth B Gallery in Florence , Oregon in August 2014. Louie’s new work is included in an invitational show, Bloom, at the Pence Gallery, Davis, California in March 2014.

Artist Statement

“The Rivers United Series 2014-002”, was created in response to the Sacramento State University’s One Word One World Initiative 2012 campus-wide event to the scientific and poetic interpretation of the word “water”. Furthermore, this work was inspired and intensified by the artists concerns of the safety in drinking water while I was working with international artists in Beijing in the summer of 2012.

I intentionally use blue palette in concert with methodological naturalistic painting techniques of flowers and contemporary painting attitude to create a visual experience that is to draw attention for collaborative efforts to promote and preserve safe water and clean air for all to enjoy. The positive visual presentation of this work symbolizes the optimism and the mutual desire that lead to the ultimate triumph of global efforts.

William Ishmael

“With Age comes Wisdom” (working title)
Original Medium: rusted steel plates
Website:  www.iamishmael.com
Location of box art: 16th & Capitol Ave

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William Ishmael has been a painter for the last 25 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstracts utilizing latex paint, sand, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his canvases.  His primary focus has been on commissioned work and he has an outstanding list of clients and is widely praised for the way in which his paintings enhance his client’s homes and offices.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014,  having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

Artist Statement

My art is typically abstract and spontaneous, occasionally bright and colorful and often reflecting effects of oxidation and corrosion.   The intention is to develop a multi-layered, rich texture reflected even in an image of the work, which hopefully induces the viewer to ponder.  To achieve this effect I often paint in the outdoors, or simulate the outdoors, to reflect the conditions of the time the painting was being done — whether that is wind, rain, fog, or searing summer heat.  They are done incorporating latex paint, American River sand, iron filings, acid, clay, water, and/or rust.

Erik Hosino

“Japanese Catfish” (above)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 3rd & Capitol

“Thief” (below, click to enlarge)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 16th & Q

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Erik Hosino was born in Spokane, Washington in 1980. After a number of career-related moves, Erik’s family relocated when he was an infant to Sacramento-a place that would become “home”. Erik began creating art at a young age and never stopped. Over the years he has been recognized for different art awards, including a Sacramento Gold Addy  and a Regional (West Coast) Silver Addy. In his spare time, he paints for local shows and partakes in local events including Sacramento’s annual “Chalk It Up” festival.

Artist Statement

Art is my life.

When I was a small child, my mother would often come home from her job at DMV with reams of computer paper—the perforated kind with holes running down the sides. At a very young age, I made it my life’s sole mission to unremittingly fill every square inch of that paper with crayon and marker. Born unto those pages were countless superheoes, comics and theme park master plans.

Not a lot has changed over the years. I am now, by day, a graphic designer. It’s the perfect fit for me because I love creating as much as I love problem-solving. In the evenings, I moonlight a bit as an illustrator. The designer in me informs the illustrator and vice-versa. I work in several mediums including ink, watercolor, acrylic and digital. Because I approach illustration with the same pragmatism I do design, my medium is often dictated by the subject matter, tone and canvas.

As a new dad, I look forward to the challenges of parenting as well as the many ways that fatherhood will undoubtedly sculpt me as an artist and as a person.

Sandra Hernandez

Original Medium: Oil Paint
Website: http://vergeart.com/artist/sandy-hernandez/profile
Location of box art: 15th & N Streets

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Sandra Hernandez’s work is focused on the nostalgia of childhood toys. Some toys are time capsules of the cultural context, others are simply memorable because they are tied to a child’s unique interests. Children create and project their sense of self onto the toys that they play with. So in many ways, the toys become a part of who that child is. Hernandez’s paintings remind us of the world we explored as children and our ability for boundless imagination.

Sandy Hernandez | Verge Center for the Arts
625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 30+ artist studios 2 galleries 1 classroom

Gioia Fonda

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: http://vergeart.com/artist/gioia-fonda/profile
Location of box art: 9th & O Streets

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Gioia Fonda is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in two-dimensional media (painting, drawing, sewing and photography) with occasional forays in sculpture, performance and new media. Her subject matter is wide ranging from working in a colorful non-objective manner to directly addressing the fallout of the Great Recession. A resident member of Verge Center for the Arts, she is a dedicated member of the Sacramento art community contributing as artist, curator, jurist and collaborating artist. She has a bi-coastal art education receiving her BFA at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a tenured professor of art at Sacramento City College.

Artist Statement

I’m a declarer of holidays, a transmitter of trivia, a cultural argonaut and a faux anthropologist. I am simultaneously both neophyte and virtuoso of many skills. I’m a hypothetical historian, a connoisseur of tedium and a collector of the world’s flotsam. It’s by virtue of these proclivities that I create. I wanted my electrical box to evoke a sense of color and playfulness that may be in short supply during the average workday downtown. Many of the elements of this composition were created with repurposed materials familiar to all. It is my hope that a person that walks by this piece often will notice new things with subsequent viewings.

Mark Emerson

Original Medium: Painting
Website: www.markemerson.info
Location of box art: 15th & S Streets

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Mark Emerson is a fine artist with a concentration in painting.  He received an Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College, California in 1974. He also at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in 1975 with a concentration in painting and film. Emerson received a BA from California State University, Sacramento in 1979, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1984. To date his work has been featured in 24 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions.

Emerson has taught art since 1986.  He is currently a Lecturer Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento art department.

Emerson’s work is found in many private, corporate and public collections, including in California: the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; the University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento and Roseville; California State University Art Department, Sacramento; the University of California Art Department, Davis; Sacramento City College Art Department Permanent Collection, Sacramento; Kaiser Hospitals of California; and in Ohio, the Progressive Insurance Art Collection, Cleveland. Emerson lives and works in Sacramento, California.

Roma Devanbu

Original Medium: Paper Cut-outs
Website: www.romadevanbu.com
Location of box art: 16th & S Streets

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Roma Devanbu was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey, making things and climbing trees.

Her undergraduate art education at Carnegie-Mellon University had its roots deep in the western traditions of Europe and America; figure study, renaissance perspective, Greek ideals of proportion, and 19th and 20th century movements and masters. Hungry for other perspectives, Devanbu traveled and studied art and Asian art history for a year in the graduate program at the University of Baroda in India.

Devanbu was a tenured art professor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey before moving to California in 1997. She has taught Drawing, 2-D Design, and Color Theory at the Art Institute of California in Sacramento. She keeps a studio at her home in Davis as well as at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento.

Dante Declarador

Original Medium: Graphic Design
Website: http://declaredesign.com
Location of box art: 15th & K Streets

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Born and raised in San Francisco, Dante lived throughout the Bay Area and has made Sacramento his home since 2005. His studio is located in Midtown Sacramento where he runs his independent freelance business “Declare Design” specializing in branding and marketing communications. Dante’s background in graphic design heavily influences the content and look of his artwork which is done with spraypaint and hand cut stencils for the images. His paintings are a mashup of graffiti, street art, and graphic design.

Artist Statement

Creating art and design is how I declare my passion to the world. When painting, I use bright and vivid colors, building up juxtaposition of shape and dimension with the goal of conveying raw emotion. Images are layered over abstract elements to create dynamic compositions that explore balance, form and contrast.

The pursuit of the “perfect” piece has led me on a life long journey, defined by 3 dots at the end of my signature, which means – “to be continued”.   The quest to achieve greatness continues after each piece, knowing that perfection is an impossible feat, I continue to strive to create a collection of works that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

 

Julia Couzens

“Scrap Wrap”
Original Medium: Paint, ink, and paper
Website: http://juliacouzens.com
Location of box art: 12th & Q Streets

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Julia Couzens maintains a deeply inquisitive visual practice, working in sculpture, drawing, and textile constructions. Born and raised in Auburn, California, she now lives and works at Quinta Luz, her home on Merritt Island outside the Sacramento River delta community of Clarksburg.

Working abstractly, in scales both large and small, Couzens delves into a rich bag of tricks: cutting, wrapping, pasting, tying, scavenging, stitching, slicing, sorting, bundling, and collaging to create eccentric objects possessing intense linear energy, textural physicality, and exuberant color.

Known as an “artist’s artist”, Couzens has been recognized with a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship for her innovative work in sculpture. Her work is widely shown and is represented in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, M.H. deYoung Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Butler Institute of American Art, Equitable Life, New York, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, and Yale University. She is also a poet, and writes about contemporary art for squarecylinder, Northern California’s leading on-line arts publication.

Artist Statement

In thinking about a design to wrap a utility box I envisioned electricity as a form of conversational energy and the box as a magnet, or punctuation point, along the Sacramento grid. “Scrap Wrap” represents coalescing particles from the life of the street — scraps of vagrant papers snatched by a breeze, twiggy bits dropped from trees, wind-skipping straws, the boogie-woogie street patois pulled into the orbit of our downtown Capitol City energy.