Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision
June 17 - September 3$14 – $20
Worlds in Collision also includes artworks that show Villa exploring his cultural identity through his own body. For example, Villa painted Maori-inspired tattoos on an image of his own face in Tat2 (1971), which represents his growing desire to show his identification with indigenous peoples throughout the Pacific and the Americas.
Villa’s turn to his ethnic roots as a way to inform his art, his positioning of himself and his work within a larger cross-cultural lineage and community, and his commitment to grassroots activism now seem prescient. He self-consciously created a foundation for succeeding generations of Asian American and other diasporic artists to build upon, “so that [they] won’t have to ‘recuperate’ or ‘reinvent’ themselves in the same way that I and other artists who preceded them have had to do.” Presentations in Lee Gallery and the Shriram Experiential Learning Center showcase the work of select Filipino American artists that Villa mentored during his 40 years as a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, including Michael Arcega in collaboration with Paolo Asuncion; Lian Ladia in collaboration with Sherwin Rio; Paul Pfeiffer; and the trio of Eliza O. Barrios, Reanne Estrada, and Jenifer K Wofford, as artist collective, the Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.
Villa has justly been called the most important Filipino American artist of the 20th century and has long been known as an “artist’s artist.” Worlds in Collision shows us that he also deserves to be recognized as one of the most important artists of his generation.