Emo Kids of Color Dangerous Minds Exhibit Inspired By Art Documentary, Beautiful Losers.

Photo by Ruben Escalante

Photo by Ruben Escalante

SANTA CLARA, CA - Jan. 14, 2019 / Emo Kids of Color announced the opening reception for the Dangerous Minds exhibit to be held on February 8th from 6PM-8PM at Chromatic Cafe in Santa Clara, Ca. Dangerous Minds will feature seven artists: Nicholas Jimenez, Kajmere, Damian Kelly, Tianna Checa, Maryela Perez, Bryan Gutierrez Arroyo and Ruben Escalante. Their works range from zines, paintings and mixed media art with a heavy influence of street art and DIY subculture.

The exhibit Dangerous Minds was inspired by art documentary, Beautiful Losers which features artists Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, Mike Mills and San Jose’s Chris Johanson. (see full artist list) Through their DIY culture and street art style aesthetics formed a collective of artists who started an arts movement in the 1990’s. The documentary influenced Ruben Escalante, San Jose Artist and member of Emo Kids of Color.

“The Beautiful Losers are a group of artists who banned together to get stuff done. They did it all themselves. They grew-up angsty, marginalized, and they wanted to engage the world with their art. Growing up broke, literally and figuratively, we’ve got to be resourceful. Our angst is magnified because we’ve been told by the generation before us, who came to this country with nothing and worked in fields to give us opportunities, to stop crying or they’d give us something to cry about. Growing-up as a kid of color, being sad or depressed isn’t really a thing because we’re lead to believe that sadness and depression is a privilege. If you’ve got a roof over your head and food on the table then you have no reason to complain. It was having to keep all these feelings and emotions bottled up for years that have fueled the work that I’m doing today.”

Dangerous Minds will run through January 7, 2019 to March 2, 2019. The artists will be present at the opening reception Friday, February 8th from 6PM-8PM.

About Emo Kids of Color

Emo Kids of Color are a collective of artists who use art to escape anxiety, depression, and being broke kids of color from marginalized neighborhoods. E.K.O.C. has been featured at the Human Specimen booth during South First Fridays in Downtown San Jose’s SOFA District. Visit www.chicreativeagency.com/ekocxchromaticcafe to learn more about the artists and for current news updates.

Watch behind the scenes installation.


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