MOCHA recently collaborated with the Lighthouse Community Charter School to host the Ride or Die Exhibit created by high school students as an homage to victims of violence.
The Tank Edwin Flores - Artist Statement
This is for the men and women who fought for our country or any country in fact and don't get remembered for protecting the people. My father had a really great friend who was in the Army and when to battle in 2001. He died over there do what he could to protect us and now I thank him and everybody else that fell with him. They are courageous and brave men who are able to do something almost everybody else would be afraid to do and take the risk. That's why I did this tank to represent the people from the army’s and since the Tank is a symbol of war and Military I decided to make it since it's the best thing that represents the soldiers.
A Funeral Procession in Celebration of Our Ancestors
We have all experienced having traffic stopped by a motorcycle cop to allow for the passing of a procession of cars lead by a hearse carrying the deceased loved one of those following. Sometimes they can go on for what seems like forever. We in the Advanced Fine Arts class at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland have created sculptural vehicles from cardboard, tape, glue, collage and paint as a means of honoring our ancestors. Some of them are intended to remember a deceased family member while others honor victims of tragedy or those killed in wars. Each vehicle is constructed as a “rolling” altar dedicated to the loved one(s) who inspired it’s creation.
Please join us to celebrate the artists and their work on the evening of Friday, November 20th between the hours of 6pm and 8pm at the Museum of Children’s Arts in downtown Oakland. We will have refreshments and live music performed by Lighthouse student musicians. It is important that we support our youth in their artistic endeavors so your attendance is appreciated and we look forward to seeing you here.
High School Visual Arts Instructor