Lifelong Studio City artist Dylan Bocanegra, 21, will have his work open at M.O.M. (the Museum of Motherhood) on March 5 and displayed for the month of March.
Founded by Joy Rose, this first of its kind and 10 years in the making - multicultural museum serves as a unique resource for mothers of all kind: stepmothers, adoptive mothers, single mothers, lesbian/bisexual/transgendered mothers, divorced mothers and more.
Rose says, "March 5th event is in honor and preparation of International Women's Day, M.O.M. will host a special day of maternal awareness and activism by hosting a day conference with interactive activities, presentations, art and petition signing."
Joy Rose was diagnosed with lupus and had a kidney transplant yet is dedicated to serving, promoting, celebrating, encouraging, inspiring, and awakening ALL mothers through Media, Commerce, Connection, and the Performing Fine Arts. Calendar of conferences are here: http://www.mommuseum.org/upcoming-conferences. Joy (see the video above) also fronts the band Mother’s on Prozac which has performed around the states.
Dylan's seven piece show features some great visionaries: Maria Shriver is loaning her commissioned stenciled piece "Lady of California." "Elizabeth & Aileen" pays tribute to late Elizabeth Taylor and ex-daughter-in-law Aileen Getty for their enormous contributions for spreading awareness about AIDS - and currently the homeless with Gettlove's "Lost Mother, Found Child", "Colorful Women in Transitions","Birth Awaits, Death Begins" tap in deeper issues of mortality. Bocanegra blends his impressive hand cut and sprayed stencils with multi-media portrait pieces to accentuate the reason behind each piece.
James and Ronnie Caan's 97-year-old mother, Sophie with Elvera Stillwell (92) - represent friendship. Marvin Kahan's 95-year-old mother is the New York mother of Titanic treasures and his Nana Jean reveals our mothers come in different ways.
His first art show - "Reason to Believe" - Cancer, Racism and Education - was held in Miceli's Hollywood Restaurant (see photo above)—where he thanked the community for having organizations to enrich and encourage its youth to be more informed.
Excited to have his second show in New York, Dylan is elated, "With such vibrant socially conscious subject matter, Joy has given me an opportunity to share the love of my own mother (Eva-Marie Fredric) and some of the women who are like second mothers to me. I hope this show encourages society to look at the role of mothers as what I've experienced it to be - one of the most important jobs in the world."
Any help to get his pieces shipped to NYC before the end of this month would be greatly appreciated and publicly acknowledged.