I am very excited to announce a new solo exhibition on the campus of California State Long Beach.
The opening reception is this Sunday, October 2nd from 5-7pm
Location: Marilyn Werby Gallery,
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Gallery Hours the following week after the opening reception are as follows:
Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 3&4): 12pm-5pm
Wednesday (Oct. 5): 12pm-7pm
Thursday (Oct. 6): 12pm-5pm
Here is a brief statement of what themes I am exploring in this work:
As time and technology advance, we are increasingly more connected. Rapid communication and acquisition of information is progressively convenient and becoming the norm. Despite all of these seemingly exciting and beneficial changes, I find myself struggling. I can’t help but ask my self:
“What is it exactly that I am connecting myself TO?”
“Why do I feel empty with contact at my finger tips?”
“How many hours have I spent looking at my phone today?”
“Does anyone else feel this way?”
As modern practices as a contemporary artist require more time “online”, I feel pressure to “stay connected”. I find myself struggling. I can’t help but ask myself:
“What happens if I choose to disconnect; what will happen to my visibility?”
“How will anyone see my work if it isn’t online? Does anyone value physical platforms as a regular checked source of information?”
“Where is the connection to my physical body going if I spend so much time in a digital realm?”
It is here that I find myself torn between two realities. To function as both a physical body in this tangible state, and as mental energy to exist in an indefinite space of expanding technology.
This show will feature video installation work and fiber structures
I hope to see you there,
A couple of weeks ago, I had the extreme pleasure of not only being the subject for an interview, but also making a new friend. Michael Beck is a photographer, traveler, and a kind soul who is behind the project, The Unstuck Man. It started off as an outlet of pure joy and exploration; a decision to honor a more persynal passion of Beck's interest in meeting others, hearing their stories, and shooting intimate portraits in an intimate environment.
The Unstuck Man is a published magazine full of Beck's travels and the people he has met along the way. There are two published copies available to purchase, and he is currently compiling more content for issue number three.
In most cases, I persynally feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious under the gaze of another in the experience of photography. That's why it was such a pleasure to not only feel comfortable during this photoshoot, but to also see what I can identify as a genuine depiction of myself through these photos. It was great to feel empowered by the lens instead of objectified and categorized; there was a real notion of humynizing every aspect, and this kind of care was beautiful to experience in this project. I was left feeling like I was able to contribute to an important project, so thank you.
You can see the rest of the photos and interview here.
Thank you, Michael!
Some outtakes ( all photos taken by and copyright to Michael Beck, The Unstuck Man):
Hey hey, so it looks as though my zines will be included in the Portland Zine Symposium this year. Pretty siq! My good friend, and amazing poet, Lora Mathis will have them next to her work, so swing by and if you'll be around the festivities.
Also, here is a pretty fun article about zines that I was lucky enough to be a part of. It's featured on the Long Beach Post website,
and it was written by Priscella Vega:
Future Happenings on view thru april 4th, 2015
** Photo Cred: Active Ride Shop's Flickr account.
Space Gallery in Pomona is the home of Future Happenings, curated by Cheyne Ellett !
Nestled in the Downtown Pomona Artist Colony, Space Gallery is housing some of my latest work, along with many other talented artists. My new series, an homage to my friends and the Orange County Punk Scene is installed along with some older work I have made through the years.
I feel so lucky to be included in a group show that fully represents the joy of creation and just as important, the acknowledgment of influences informing the future. This show will inspire you and remind you that anything is possible; we as people can create our realties, control our past, and make our future into the dreams we hold onto today.
Shout out to my friends also included in this show; Tony Hoang, Cat Sengsourichanh, Cheyne Ellett, and Randy Tomimitsu for the endless inspiration and support!
Here's some photos of the opening shot by Tony Hoang:
Tonight the works are going to hang! I'm so excited to share this with everyone. Thank you to Chloe and Steph for putting together An Art Gig for the Punk Connoisseur. If you are able, bringing some spare spending money would be a good idea. There will be many tables slanging goods from local and inspiring artists of the Orange County punk scene.
Thank you to all of my supportive friends who have helped me with this project! This would not exist without you.
For a quick summary of what is in-store for tonight, please view the image below:
"An Art Gig for the Punk Connoisseur" Next week!
Wow, I am really excited to debut a new series I have been working on next week. One of my best friends is co-organizing an event at TABLE 87, an all ages venue in Santa Ana. Titled, "An Art Gig for the Punk Connoisseur," this will explore the OC punk scene by way of art, live music, and communities. I have been lucky enough to show some work, and this inspired me to work on a new set of work to display.
When thinking about punk in Orange County, I instantly think of my close friends who were also in the scene. I thought about how their presence and character has made such a profound impact on who I am today. To me, that is what punk is, and I am endlessly grateful for having the privilege of finding a scene so supportive, creative, and aware. I have often wondered what my life would be like if I never learned about Food Not Bombs, or if I have never been exposed to zines, dumpsters, and a more liberated culture in my youth.
I took this upcoming art show as a chance to reflect on as much as I could, all the while recognizing the music that was the soundtrack to it all. As a result, I felt compelled to re-capture that raw energy, that 'new' feeling of discovering something so special, something so gripping, something that finally made sense in a society that can be hard to relate to. That was definitely how I felt when I first discovered 'punk' and as I get older, I don't want to forget that energy.
I asked my closest friends that I've made through the punk community to share an album that has been heavy and influential to who they are today. In a sense, I wanted to create a dialogue and buzz that made each participant think about the same feeling I am trying to explore.
I want to create portraits of each person overlaid on the album of their choice. I plan to do this with plexiglass and hand crafted art boards. So far, I have all the study sketches, notes, and materials I need. I am quite thrilled to hang this series on January 31st to share.
I will also be tabling with others, vending our goods. I'll have zines, buttons, pillows, and a box of vintage clothes on the cheap. Cash/Credit/Trades accepted!
Some details on the show are:
WHEN: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 @ 6:00PM
WHERE: TABLE 87 650 S. Grand Avenue. Santa Ana, CA
Yessss! This was a fun one. The new and promising team, TRES LECHES, commissioned me to make them a custom flag/banner to wave around at their cyclocross races this season. The whole process was fun and I learned a lot! From brainstorming the design in their home (while getting sidetracked to discuss the philosophy of onions, veganism, and the anarchist book fairs) to actually putting this physical project together, I am really happy with the finished product.
This flag is mainly constructed of recycled fibers felt, and it's embellished with other odd ends of recycled cotton/mixed fabrics. There is also cotton yarn acting as the icing bulbs, and sequins because what kind of tres leches cake doesn't have flying and glimmering cinnamon coming off of it!?
The back side is just as detailed, with more fabric piecing and embroidery to tie into the front design. The team put a lot of design work and fun energy into this flag. Make sure to keep your eye on them and support, because I think TRES LECHES is the team that Orange County has been lacking; a group that is supportive of the community and finally brining PUNX and BIKES back together for the better. <3
* If you have an idea and would like to see it in Flag Form, please do not hesitate to ask, and we can set something up!
Wow! I am tabling at Ladyfest again, and this time it's in the Bay! (Click the Ladyfest linked word to get all the info!)
Even better, I will debut a new zine at my table this Saturday! The new zine is in the largest format I've ever done; full 8.5" x 11" sheets and very text/photo heavy. It is PART ONE of a two zine set, which chronicles the Bike Tour I did with one of my best friends Jacinta.
This is a great read for anyone who likes grrrrls doin' adventures, bike touring, and fun stuff n' stuff.
Check it out and get excited, because I'll be super excited to see everyone and be apart of Ladyfest again. Aaaaand, my lovely friend Sabrina will be sharing my table with her art works, Clitorcrush! Sabrina, Tony, and I are going to drive up there in a couple hours, see you soon to all the beautiful people about to attend this fest! <3
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th 7-9 PM
1519 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90026
Part 2 of MAKE IT HAPPEN by Brianna Meli explores goals, self reflection, and the celebration of growth from the worst and best aspects of life experience with the self and others.
Specifically, this show will illustrate the most current, ongoing, and activated goals currently in my headspace. These goals work as motivators and help me get past my otherwise misanthropic and nihilistic worldview.
Maybe this work will remind you of what your goals are; maybe we have similar goals, maybe we don't. Maybe I will stop seeing humanity and this world as a black hole widening in circumference every time I engage in it; I hope so.
For now, I will start with these goals.
After all, if I can't handle the reality of the world that is presented in front of me, I can always cope with it by creating my own reality that rejects everything I can't vibe with. You can too.
Each goal will be numbered, and stated.
I may perform a short EYE SEAS set.
This show is dedicated to years of toxic relationships, and all the self-doubt and self-detachment they have brought me. May all the toxic people find the strength they need to be happy and reject the systems that oppress you.
This show is also dedicated to saying NO. I am still learning how to do this...
**This show explores subjects very specific to my everyday life. If you don't care about seeing such personal and arguably self-absorbed work then please don't come. It's chill...
Thank you Big Joy Records and Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters for the space and opportunity. ♥