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PVAC ARTISTS CANVASS presents Jasper Wong  in discussion with Julia Huang: See the Video

August 1, 2021

PVAC Artists Canvass presents Jasper Wong  in discussion with Julia Huang

In case you missed it!…

A recording of “PVAC Artists Canvass presents Jasper Wong in dialog with Julia Huang” is now available online. [CLICK HERE] This online exhibition is part of our 90th Year Anniversary Exhibition, PVAC90: Past, Present & Future.

The discussion focuses on Wong’s local and international murals project POW! WOW! – Huang worked very closely with Wong to bring this unique beautifying project to our neighboring community. September 2021 celebrates 6 years of POW! WOW! Long Beach. www.powwowlongbeach.com

Leading up to this Canvass event, Wong had been installing POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawai’I to the World at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu; on display now until September 19, 2021www.bishopmuseum.org/powwow/

Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator. As an artist, he has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia and he has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide.

He is the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND, and also the co-founder alongside Jeffrey Gress of the creative community center LANA LANE STUDIOS, as well as the streetwear brand, BIG BAD WOLF, with his wife, Amy Wong.

Julia Huang is known to our area as CEO of the multiple award-winning interTrend, a design and advertising agency based in Long Beach promoting art and cultural shifts in marketing.


In case you missed the live event, a recording of the Zoom presentation, PVAC Artists Canvass presents Carlos Cuervo, is available online  HERE.
This presentation of the artist’s photography was made possible in cooperation with Photographic & Digital Artists (PADA) with special thanks to Judy Herman who moderated the discussion on March 20, 2021.
Cuervo shows works from his portfolio and discusses his motivation and technique in capturing expansive landscapes that will haunt and intrigue the viewer. A new member of the PVAC community of artists, Cuervo’s work is featured online in our 90th Year Anniversary Exhibition, PVAC90: Past, Present & Future.
“I am a 40-year-old Spaniard with a deep love for nature. I have always been very interested in photography and things really took off in 2015 during a backpacking trip to Norway. That lit an intense desire for exploration and a real interest in landscape photography. I really enjoy the whole process of visualizing the photo; the planning, hiking, and the feeling of accomplishment with the final photograph.” – Carlos Cuervo
Below are archives of CALL FOR VIDEO, an initiative of PVAC during 2020.

SKIN IN THE GAME: ARTISTS DISCUSSIONS, moderated by guest curator Brent Holmes.

PVAC is proud to present its first ever-continuing discussion with artists online. This opening pre-recorded broadcast sets the pace for surveying the hearts and minds of artists included in SKIN IN THE GAME. With sincere gratitude to its Curator, Brent Holmes, PVAC is fortunate and proud to present his series as a tool for engaging in communication on sensitive topics, while also providing a unique insight into the studio workings of a diverse and talented group of artists from across the country.
These talks have been edited down into 30-45 minute segments for viewing. Consecutive discussions to be posted weekly. Read more HERE.
WARNING: These videos contains explicit language and may not be appropriate for all viewers.

Liz Cantine, as a local artist, author and instructor, has used her multifaceted talents to create A Brush of Giftedness. Writing multiple poems about famous artists, not only has she included illustrations by Heidi Dong, a talented artist and student of hers with autism, Cantine has also choreographed dances for her students to accompany each one. Read <MORE>.

Born in Germany and studying sculpture at Northern Illinois University, Sandra Leonard is quite aware of such historically critical art as it has mobilized her own; Wandering Bird revisits revolutionary thought that took place exactly 100 years ago. Aligned with Dada (anti-art) and Surrealism, from 1919 until 1932, Bauhaus was an epicenter for reinventing perception. From it, Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadische Ballet made its debut in Stuttgart in 1922. Derivative of the multi-disciplinary root popularized in a Bauhaus living art practice, Leonard creates Wandering Bird expressly for the purpose of celebrating Schlemmer and the long since defunct German school, yet still much relevant school of thought, made evident in her larger body of work. “I first create the costumes or wearable sculpture pushing the abstraction of the figure. When collaborating with performers to interpret the costumes, a reciprocal dynamic is set up as the costumes impede motion therefore, dictating and or influencing movement. The resulting performances bring the sculpture to life transforming the wearer into kinetic sculpture.” Leonard’s work was included in PVAC’s “Wearable Expressions: 7th International Juried Exhibition” in 2017. <READ MORE>
In times of uncertainty, local artists continue to encourage viewers of their works to engage in making the world around them a better place. PVAC has received submissions from three such exemplary local artists taking initiative to ensure that their art is imbued with the power to make positive change.  Impactful Gestures, <HERE>


Subtly, Ben Mabry’s “Memory Window” pans back and forth from a timidly caged viewpoint, merging imagery of blossoming fields of yellow and industrialized waterscapes. A parading knight appears frequently adding another somewhat lighthearted level of superimposed imagery. This is a clear reference to the Arthurian table’s search for The Holy Grail as juxtaposed with words by T. S. Eliot, in reference to the legend.  Window on The Wasteland, <HERE>

My love of art revolves around my struggles and successes to create on canvas and paper the mysteries of life. I am a contemporary artist. My styles are free and strong. My goals are to have the viewer enjoy my work yet intrigued by my subject matter. I love to make a blank piece of paper or canvas come alive. I want intrigue, mystery and soul to be a part of my art. Jody Wiggins in the Studio, <HERE>

PVAC has been seeking art to share with our membership and immediately found valuable content in this video provided by Francis Mastrangelo. He welcomes us to his working studio for an intimate glimpse into his mind as an accomplished artist of many disciplines. Handheld and DIY, Francis’ video is exactly the kind of take-charge moment we were looking for – it is intimately raw with the video’s strengths focusing on an almost one-on-one advice session between artist and viewer. All of this, and more, awaits us inside his sketchbook of magic!   The Magic Sketchbook, <HERE>

Fauna Nocturna, began when I discovered that coyotes had dismantled and played with a ceramics installation I’d created in my yard. Since then, I’ve employed hunting trap cameras to document wildlife as they investigate areas of my yard that I’ve manipulated for artistic purposes. These stills and videos give evidence to a generally unseen, specific animal experience which humans are not normally privileged, and reveal the human desire to interact, and connect with, wild animals.   Deb Diehl: Fauna Nocturna, <HERE>


Patricia Keller is a local Palos Verdes artist who submitted her innocent video capturing sandpipers on the beach during sunset. Running in unison against the setting sun, each bird’s silhouette peppers the light-reflecting waves.  The image reminded me of another coastline I had seen across the globe in another context altogether. It was also the responsive way in which Keller moved her lens across the nearby landscape that nudged my memory of another video. The sandpipers running along the beach in Keller’s video offer a relaxing way in which to engage with the world; turning our attention to mundane natural beauty may, in fact, elevate the subject to something ethereal or even spiritual.  Sandpipers and Stonemilker, <HERE>





August 1, 2021
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