Archive Exhibit: Student Summer Exhibition - Luis Rendon Jr. : LIFELINES and Shubert "Pana" Santos: BLOODLINE

June 23 - June 28, 2007

pastels on a red background and native style club

Every year, funded by a grant from The Pasadena Art Alliance, the gallery offers a Summer Exhibition Series that gives students an opportunity to create their own art exhibit. This unique program provides our students with an opportunity to practice all the steps an artist has to take in order to mount a successful exhibition. Through the Art 75 course, students learn exhibition design techniques and curatorial practice from directly experiencing the planning, installation and promotion of a gallery show of their own work.

Please join us for the first show of this summer series, by Luis Rendon Jr. and Shubert "Pana" Santos.

June 23 - June 28, 2007 Opening reception for the artists: Friday, June 22nd, from 6 to 9 pm

Luis Rendon Jr. : LIFELINES

Luis Rendon's most recent work labors over what he refers to as “the questions that we have all wrestled with at one point or another." To answer these questions, he relies heavily on process, in the belief that by controlling many external variables, the answers will resonate from within. For Rendon, the resultant struggle for clarity is what lies embedded in the canvas. Rendon's work does not follow one single process, but the results are responsive to each other. In one series of untitled paintings, large canvases are aggressively built up with paint and other media, appearing to have been excavated and scraped down. Whereas, in Red, a large-scale abstract pastel drawing on wood, the material is building and growing on top of itself, yet each mark remains distinct. On the other end of the spectrum, two large black and white paintings, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, maintain the aggressive nature of the other work, but possess a looser, more expressionistic quality.

According to the artist, "Viewers may chance upon the extraordinary of the whole, through the sometimes."

Luis Rendon Jr. was born in Fresno, California in 1981. He received his BA in Art from Hiram College in Ohio, and is currently pursuing his MFA.


Pana’s work is inspired by native and cultural traditions of the Pacific. The pieces in this exhibition reflect on traditional customs as well as post-modern culture.

Most of Pana’s work is best described as Pacific Imagery, images and visual art of the Pacific islands, which includes Hawaii, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, The Marquesas, Easter Island, Tahiti, Guam and the Philippines.

Yet in Bloodline, Pana’s creations are not about Polynesian Design. Rather, they are vehicles for his emotional expression. Somewhat like channeling energy, be it aggressive or joyful, Pana believes that, through his hands, he transfers the spirit from within himself into the physical forms he creates. Pana’s emotions come from the terrible hardships and exploitation of his people. He feels that there is no amount of tears and words that can express the truth.

Pana uses tatau, a traditional styling of tattoo that is found throughout the Pacific, to question himself and other Pacific Americans about what it means to be born a proud Polynesian. Traditionally, many welcome the painful sessions of receiving tatau as an honor. Tatau does not employ modern mechanical needles but rather the method of hand tapping, which may be considered very crude by today’s standards. Yet Pana sees that without the pain, there is no honor. In the past, to receive a tatau was the marking of a child growing into maturity, a rite of passage. A tattoo was identified as a rank of social status, and others could then acknowledge what class and tribe one belonged to. It was also seen thought to have special powers that protected the wearer from enemies. These tattoos became the fingerprint of the wearer, which meant that copying the tattoos of others was taboo.

Pasadena native Schubert “Pana” Santos has a life-long passion for the arts of Wood Carving, Sculpture, Forging, and Printmaking. He has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Rim to study the area’s traditional styles and culture. Pana is currently studying art at Pasadena City College. He plans to transfer to California College of Art in Oakland.

For more information please contact the PCC Visual Arts and Media Studies Division. 626.585.7238

Gallery Hours: Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Supported by the Pasadena City College Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance and the PCC Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies

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