Jose Vela's "Modernwerld" opens at Artspace

Art providedOne of the works by local artist Jose Vela to be featured in his exhibit Modernwerld.

MICHIGAN CITY — Resident artist Jose Vela will open his gallery exhibit titled “Modernwerld” during the Uptown Arts District's First Friday Art Walk this Friday from 5-8 p.m.

The opening will be at the Uptown Artist Lofts, 717 Franklin St., Michigan City.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist during the event. Alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over will be available from a cash bar.

According to a press release from the Uptown Artist Lofts, Modernwerld invites the exploration of social, political and cultural issues prevalent in American contemporary society. Using economic and environmentally friendly materials, Vela calls into question consumerist culture and its profound impact on accessible art-marking and marginalized peoples. The artist's background in underground music, punk theology, and DIY ethos informs a consistent methodology in confronting a landscape of constructed disorder, the release said.

Jose Vela is a first generation self taught, self-described abstract expressionist painter, according to the release. In the release, Vela said growing up he had no problem finding ways to unload his creative energy, whether in poetry/creative writing, music, and painting or photography. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, in March 1985, he recalls “being taught how to run from crocodiles and trees that rained snakes. The wet to dry textures of the wetlands made an impression on me that I carry to this day.”

Admission is free of charge. Lite snacks will be available. Cash bar provided by McGinnis Pub (must be 21 to purchase alcohol).

Additional open gallery hours throughout the month of April include Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts or this event, visit their website at http://uptownartistlofts.com or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ArtspaceUptownArtistLofts/.

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