1 : adjective, to feel angry, frustrated; phrased rooted in Filipino slang
2 : noun, stress
3 : noun, a group exhibition featuring artists of color whose works address and explore issues that give them high blood in the context of their own lived experiences - race, gender, sexuality, and politics, but taking that frustration and manifesting it into works that will create understanding and solace.
Given the current social climate that we are in, HIGH BLOOD seeks to remediate the frustration disenfranchised communities face when moving about through this world. These artists examine the various hot topics that weave through intersections of their identity, and address how their experiences of adversity has strengthen them and their communities.
Through this exhibition, we hope to create a safe space for these communities to seek refuge; to be surrounded by works that are relevant, relatable, and real; to be reminded that we are all interconnected and all share the same struggles and experiences.
Featuring: Anida Yoeu Ali, Monica Mendoza-Castrejon, Raychelle Duazo, Julz Palad Soriano Ignacio, Lauren Iida, Lourdes Jackson, Satpreet Kahlon, Yoona Lee, Nahaan, Cathy Nguyen, Viviann (V.) Le Nguyen, Saiyare Refaei, Alex Schelhammer, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Asia Tail, Tara Tamaribuchi and Dion Thomas.
Third Thursday, November 17th
Featuring DJ Press Play
950 Pacific Avenue
(entrance on 11th Street)
ANIDA YOEU ALI + MASAHIRO SUGANO
Performance artist, writer and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Utilizing video, installation, sound, and performance, her works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. Anida is a recipient of the 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Cambodia where her art and research focuses on creation mythologies and birthing stories of Khmer women. She earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and her M.F.A. in Studio Arts/Performance from School of the Art Institute Chicago.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Masahiro Sugano came to the states in 1990 with an itch to do one thing: make movies! Masahiro, a Sundance Film Festival alum, is an award winning filmmaker whose accolades stretch from a Student Academy Award nomination in 1997 to his most recent award as the 2010 grand prize recipient for LinkTV’s One Chicago One Nation online film competition. After an international run at film festivals in Pusan, Singapore and Buenos Aires, Masahiro’s first feature length film ART OF LOVE was distributed on DVD. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from California State University (Northridge) and an M.F.A. in film/video/animation from the University of Illiniois (Chicago).
Raychelle Duazo is a 20-something queer femme Filipina-American illustrator and busy body from the Pacific Northwest. She started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil and has been making comics since high school. As an illustrator, she specializes in comics, typography, and portraits.
She started making journals in college to cope with life. Her body of work focuses on themes of heartbreak, loss, love, healing, memories, identity, places, traveling, queerness, femmeness, growing up Filipina-American, and self-awareness. Her work has been featured in a number of local galleries and exhibitions, zines, and posters. As an artist, she does freelance and commission work and has spoken on QTPOC & QWOC art and activism panels in New York City & Seattle. She is a VONA Voices 2014 Alumni of the Graphic Novel Program with Mat Johnson.
Her self-published comics zines, Never Be The Same Again and With Everything You Have, are available for purchase at her online shop.
JULZ PALAD SORIANO IGNACIO
Julz Palad Soriano Ignacio is a maker of sorts weaving sounds, shapes and colors into musical and visual songs. As a storyteller, Julz centers on healing, love, grief, diaspora, memory, transformation and the ocean. Julz draws inspiration from the mythologies, textiles, motifs, and serenades of their Ilokano ancestry. Their work has been featured in various zines, local galleries, community spaces, and exhibitions throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. They've spoken about healing arts on QTPOC panels in Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Julz is a founding member of the KapwaMana Collective and a proud Filipino-American queer femme.
Lauren Iida was born in Seattle and is a Cornish College of the Arts graduate (2014) where she focused on video while also developing her “paper cutaway” technique. Her current work is mainly intricately cut, highly detailed figurative compositions which she embellishes with whimsical line drawings, watercolor and Sumi ink washes, layered translucent papers, and collage pieces.
Much of Iida's work is influenced by Cambodia where she lived for many years working on various non-profit and social entrepreneurship projects beginning in 2008. Most recently she spent a year teaching art and English in a remote rural area of the country. Another major influence is her Japanese American heritage which she explored through a series of paper cutaways based on her family’s photo collection of their incarceration during WWII. This series is called “Castle Rock is for Lovers” and was completed and exhibited in 2014.
She has recently exhibited her work at ArtXchange Gallery, The Mayor’s Gallery at Seattle City Hall, Shoreline City Hall, Gage Academy of Art, Cornish College of Arts, West Elm, and Bocz Salon. She was nominated for 2016 Best Asian Pacific Islander local artist by Seattle’s International Examiner. Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Confluence Gallery, ArtXchange Gallery, and The 1961 in Phnom Penh.
Lourdes Jackson was born in Portland, Oregon and have been living in Tacoma, WA for the past 15 years. He has been drawing ever since he could remember. Although he has no formal training, he has spent the majority of his 20's in and out of jail and prison. He's always had a love for art and design, however, the solidarity of incarceration has lead him to fine tune his skill and learn things about his style, technique and vision. He was released from a Washington state corrections facility on April 6th, 2015 and has been taking his art and design seriously since.
Yoona Lee is a Seattle-based visual artist, writer and activist. She has shown at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Vermillion, Ghost Gallery and Gary Henderson Gallery, among other venues. Her art and writing have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, The Stranger, The Slog and various literary magazines.
Yoona has presented her creative work to talk about cultural identity, hybridity and marginalization in various venues, including the 2015 Seattle Race Conference, University of Washington, UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars and the Breadline Performance Series.
Cathy Nguyen is an "artivist" who seeks to promote social equity and youth leadership through creative expression and community organization. A resident of Tacoma since 2010, Nguyen has worked to infuse the arts in a variety of human service and grassroots contexts. In 2012, Nguyen created and coordinated The RIOT, a first-ever teen poetry/hip-hop program at STAR Center. In the years that followed, Nguyen worked to draw on and capture the voices of youth and young adults through a variety of arts, violence prevention, and leadership development programming at Safe Streets Campaign and Oasis Youth Center. Currently, Nguyen integrates creative expression with youth and community development as a teen grief support group facilitator at BRIDGES, as a coordinator of the Intellect Gang, an arts collective working to build towards justice through the performative arts, and as an organizer of The People's Assembly, a grassroots initiative working to transform power through shared leadership and learning in the aim to end police brutality, racial inequity, and social injustice
VIVIANN (V.) LE NGUYEN
Viviann Le Nguyen is a second generation, trans* Vietnamese-American photographer & artist from California. They are currently based in Seattle, Washington. A majority of their work centers on documenting queer & trans* people of color spaces, experiences, & stories. Viviann is a free flowing, candid portraiture & documentary photographer hoping to preserve important moments that are easily overlooked and forgotten. Especially in a world that strives to erase the stories of queer & trans* people of color. Within the last year, their recent works have been exploring what it means to be a child of diaspora. Viviann's work have been exhibited in various local galleries within the greater Seattle area. They are also an active member of the KapwaMana Collective.
Asia Tail attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and the Brandon Burns Stewart Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her practice focuses on oil painting but also includes sculpture and installation. Asia was an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient and a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award nominee in 2015. Her work has recently been featured in the internationally distributed magazine New American Paintings, the exhibition NW Art Now @ TAM (formerly the Northwest Biennial), as well as the Women on the Brink show at Vermillion Gallery curated by Tracy Rector. She created the Contemporary Native Voices project for Tacoma Art Museum, interviewing over 20 individuals on Native American representation in art, and integrating Native voices into the museum’s galleries. Asia is from Tacoma, Washington where she is currently based, and has a studio in Spaceworks Tacoma’s 1120 Creative House. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Tara Tamaribuchi was born in Orange County, CA, in 1975, to a third-generation Japanese-American father and a fourth-generation Chinese-American mother. She received her BA in Journalism from The George Washington University in 1997 and her BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2005. With a multicultural background and a previous career in newspaper reporting, Tara’s art practice has been interested in location, personal experience, and reaching back to her ancestors through visual language. Since becoming a mother, her studio practice has moved in many directions, from painting and drawing to using children’s craft materials and working in installation. Tara Tamaribuchi currently lives, works and also dances, in Seattle, WA.