September 9, 2005

Borderless Dreams at Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art presents, Borderless Dreams, featuring three Southern California artists who explore how Latino lives and experiences are woven into the social fabric of the United States. The exhibition is on view September 11 through October 30, 2005. Artists Laura Alvarez of Los Angeles, Perry Vasquez of San Diego, and Ruben Ochoa an Oceanside native, make art that is accessible and yet reveals profound ironies of our contemporary society. A Preview Reception will introduce the exhibition on Saturday, September 10th from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the museum. OMA receptions have a reputation of a great party atmosphere complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres prepared by OMA’s own Culinary Arts Council. Admission to the reception is $8. Members of Oceanside Museum of Art enjoy complimentary admission as a benefit of museum membership.

Laura Alvarez has created the Double Agent Sirvienta series with paintings and film that portray a dual character, part sirvienta (domestic worker) and part secret spy, who negotiates both cultures in Alvarez’s version of the Mexican telenovela (soap opera).

Perry Vasquez depicts an immigrant alien, who through a process of mistaken identity becomes the ominous character of sci-fi movie posters and comic books. Vasquez’s Halvoline oil paintings comment on car culture but also evoke the mystery of religious apparitions. His surreal scenes are beautifully painted stills suggestive of Hollywood film noir. 

‘A Hole in Thin Air’ by Perry Vasquez

El Camino High alumnus, Ruben Ochoa, takes us on a personal tour of his hometown. Reflecting on his past experiences and current investigations with an eye for absurdity, Ochoa develops a visual language detailing the under workings of “O’side” resulting in a collage of Mission Avenue, the military presence, and a chicken suit.

“If the title of the show, Borderless Dreams, speaks to a possibly unattainable condition, the artists, Latinos themselves, create from a highly personal bi-national reality,” says exhibition curator, Alessandra Moctezuma.

“They bring forth poignant pieces that hint at the many levels of missed understanding in a society unwilling, or unable, to accept its multiple cultural identities.”

This exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Colonel Frank C. Wood Memorial Fund of The San Diego Foundation.

Oceanside Museum of Art is located at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $5 with admission for seniors, students, and active military, $3. For information about Borderless Dreams or other OMA programs, call 760-721-2787 or visit the web site,

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