Group Art Exhibition with Interactive Installation to Open at Stay Gallery – The Downey Patriot
DOWNEY — Stay Gallery is pleased to present The Archives of Resiliencea group exhibition co-curated by Los Angeles multidisciplinary artist Yeu Q Nguyen.
The exhibition will feature Yeu’s interactive public art tapestry, weaving hopeand a selection of his previously unseen works, accompanied by works by local artists Carmel Katumba, Cindy “cindita” Macias, Ellie Cota, Jazzmine “Rhyeseyes” Caron, Karina Vazquez, Rocío Villalobos and Tamara Ramos.
A practice in vulnerability, The Archives of Resilience celebrates the times when each of us needed to dig deep and call on our reserve of hope and courage to triumph over life’s challenges.
“By sharing my personal moments of pain, grief and self-doubt in a public setting and encouraging others to do the same, I want to engage us all in a common exercise in self-expression, self-affirmation and social trust,” says Yeu. “My hope is that we can uncover the truths of our own lives in the process, and thereby strengthen not only our bond with each other, but also our own resilience.”
Yeu’s latest work, weaving hopeis a large-scale tapestry made from recycled textiles that travels to different cities in LA County on its mission to bring together over a thousand personal definitions of hope to build resilience and community connection through art.
In December 2021, the project received the Eastside Arts Initiative’s Fall 2021-22 grant to bring its message of hope to communities in Southeast Los Angeles (SELA), with Stay Gallery serving as the project’s fiscal sponsor . The installation made its SELA debut at the closing reception of the South Gate Museum & Art Gallery group art exhibition, Cuídate / Take care of yourselfand more recently last Wednesday at Porto’s Bakery in collaboration with Stay Gallery.
The opening reception for The Archives of Resilience will take place on Friday, May 20 from 7-10 p.m. and is made possible by Eastside Arts Initiative and The Puffin Foundation. The evening will include live music, refreshments and the opportunity for visitors to add their own personal definitions of hope to the weaving hope tapestry. The reception welcomes people of all ages and is open to the public.
After the opening, the exhibition will be on view at the Stay Gallery (11140 Downey Avenue, Downey CA, 90241) from May 20 through July 17 during weekly hours: Wednesday through Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to Stay Gallery is free for all, but donations are encouraged.
To learn more about The Archives of Resilience and to attend the opening reception, please visit: staygallery.org/resilience
To learn more about Yeu Q Nguyen on the weaving hope project, please visit: yeuqart.com/weavinghope
To learn more about the Eastside Arts Initiative, please visit: eastsideartsinitiative.org