Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Illuminated" by Art!

On friday night, I attended the opening reception for SOMArts's Dia De Los Muertos exhibit, Illuminations 2011.
For the last couple of years I have grown deeper in love with art inspired by Dia De Los Muertos and... of my Mexican culture.
Even though my family does not celebrate the Dia de los Muertos tradition, I am inspired by the concept.
Every year around this time, the dead are remembered by their loved ones with celebration and art. Wonderful altars hold food, photos, and other trinkets that remind us of the ones that we've lost. Some people make these altars in their homes and there are also places where much larger altars are on display in public.

The event at SOMArts featured live flamenco dancing, Glow-in-the-Dark coloring, skull face painting, and not to mention some wonderful pieces of art.
I discovered SOMArts when researching places to find art in San Francisco, my new home. I am so excited to explore this place more and attend more amazing events!

Illuminations 2011
(above) A 3-D piece! It was amazing! This guy in the picture is putting on paper glasses available for art lovers to use.
Illuminations 2011
(above) Immediately after walking in, I was overwhelmed by this touching piece! It was soft and light, with a playfulness to it. I walked around and under it several times and couldn't take my eyes off of it.
Illuminations 2011
(above)The wall installation on this piece had video projections in the middle of the heart. It was also dedicated to Steve Jobs.
Illuminations 2011
(above) A piece that reminded me of a nest. The top portion was delicate like a painting and the bottom had glittery seashore-type jewels placed inside.

The art will be on display until November 5! Go to SOMArts website for info.
Check out photography of all the installations here!

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