Christian Ruiz Berman: My work is an exploration of the ways that things like history, culture, language, and symbols are constantly subject to remix, hybridization, and reinvention. I am particularly interested in poetry, irreverence, and innovation. My painting work mashes up digital-age aesthetics with archaeology and magical realism, and strives to compile both a highly personal codex and a set of new directions for Mexican-American painting.
Troy Chew is an artist on the rise. Born in Southern California, he explores the legacy of the African diaspora and how it persists in his own backyard. Chew works methodically to understand how the African diaspora is translated and mistranslated.