Join us on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 pm for an artist talk event at Espresso 77 cafe at 35-57 77th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Come early to settle in and grab a seat. There will be a special Happy Hour extending from 7 pm to 8 pm.
The evening will begin with JHAT veteran Ged Merino giving a brief overview of recent projects.
Ged will be followed by Raul De Lara who will give a 30-40 minute talk about his sculptural work.
A Q&A will follow these presentations, as well as time to socialize afterwards.
Talks are free, but the purchase of a drink and/or food item is requested on behalf of our venue sponsor.
Go to our FB Events page for the livestream.
Ged Merino is a Filipino American mixed media artist based in New York. In 2014 he held solo exhibitions at The Drawing Room Gallery in Makati, The Cultural Center of the Philippines and other International exhibitions and workshops. He was also selected as part of the Art Platform at the Singapore Art Stage last January 2015 and 2018 was selected as part of the exhibition “The Hybridity and Dynamism of the Contemporary Art of the Philippines” in Seoul Korea
Merino also co-founded Bliss on Bliss Art Projects New York and recently in Bogota with his wife Carolina Morales. The cross-cultural artist run space provides a platform for experimentation and presentation of new works for contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers and performers. Ged Merino is represented in Southeast Asia by the Drawing Room Contemporary Art in Manila
Raul De Lara is a sculptor based in Queens, NY. He was born in Mexico and taught woodworking at a young age by his architect and interior designer parents. As a DACA recipient since 2012, his works now reflects on ideas of nationality, communal language barriers and a sense of belonging. His aesthetics and materials are inspired by the shared backyard between the United States and Mexico. De Lara has participated at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship, Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship, LMCC Art Center at Governors Island Residency, and the Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency. His recent exhibition sites include New York, Miami, Mexico City, Switzerland and Los Angeles. His recent grant awards include a NYFA grant and a QCA New Work grant. De Lara received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019.