Downtown Center to Display Work by Local Artist

Downtown Center to Display Work by Local Artist
“The Movement” by Marco Zamora.

Pomona-born artist Marco Zamora's colorful and pensive work will be on display at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center from March 10 through April 21.

Zamora is the first featured artist in the 2007 Vans Sky Gallery, an unprecedented art program in Los Angeles, bringing together six of the area's top emerging and recognized art talents by featuring their original work on a prominent billboard in the city. Zamora's billboard can be seen at West 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue.

Candy Coated Day Dreams at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center is Zamora's first solo exhibit. The work includes his paintings and a special installation piece Zamora designed for the Downtown Center. The ephemeral mural will also incorporate other art pieces.

Using paintbrushes and pens, Zamora develops imagery about urban landscapes and the people who inhabit them. He is influenced by everyday life, his culture, color, Los Angeles, skateboarding and people in awkward moments. He produces richly complex and experimental images by re-contextualizing and collaging figures.

“A lot of people consider urban landscape really dreary, but Marco shows you the beauty and the color that's there that you might not otherwise notice,” said Cybele Garcia, coordinator of the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center. “What's really beautiful about Marco's art is that on the one hand its something everyone can connect to because a lot of the scenes are everyday life. On the other hand, what make them special are the colors he uses and the unique lens he uses to see this everyday life.”

A free opening reception with the artist will be Saturday, March 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

A graphic artist by day, Zamora will also provide live screen printings during the reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a numbered series of screened prints.

In addition, hip-hop artist Nathan Nice and DJ Tromaone are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.

The opening reception is scheduled to coincide with the Pomona Arts Colony's Second Saturday Art Walk, a monthly event where close to two dozen galleries and arts-based businesses offer exhibits, artists receptions, music and open houses for visitors strolling through the neighborhood.

The university and the community work together to share the unique cultural heritage of Pomona at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, located at 300 W. Second St. in Downtown Pomona's Arts Colony. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call Cybele Garcia in the Downtown Center at (909) 469-0080.