By Raul Alonzo ~ Staff Writer
In recent years the growth of social media has influenced various fields of politics, journalism, advertising and entertainment. On April 30, Del Mar College Business major, Roque Alan Deleon, hopes to make a splash in the art field with an online-only art show consisting of a wide array of pieces from several local Corpus Christi artists.
The show will utilize Facebook as the venue – those wanting to see the show must “like” the pages of participating artists. From 9 to 10 pm that evening the artists will upload both older pieces and original works for the audience to view on their News Feeds. The artists will upload following a schedule that will be released a few days before the show. According to Deleon, there will be something for all art lovers.
“Each artist brings something to the table. From this show you can expect pop art, abstract, photo manipulations, screen-printings and lots of paintings. Of all the eleven artists participating no two are the same,” Deleon said.
Contributing artists include Art Vader, Gilbert Cantu, RAD Artwork, Suburban Drone, Avelen, Ares, Tommy Thumbs, Mayra Zamora, Tra Vis, Jenny Meyer and Saul Garcia. According to Garcia, a Del Mar Liberal Arts major, the event is a great way for local artists to get their work exposed to a larger audience.
“It gives people the opportunity to appear while sitting on their computer chair. It will give artists the attention for their work that they deserve. It is fair since we live in such an online world where everyone is trying to stay connected from their computers, phones, etc.,” Garcia said.
According to Deleon, it is this aspect of constant connectivity that will contribute to similar events in the future art world.
“I think exhibits of this style are going to become more common over the next few years. Social media is the future – there is so much more potential to be noticed on the web. It’s a great feeling to know that your work is being viewed from people all across the world simultaneously. For the future of the art world social media is going to be the place where everyone discovers art,” Deleon said.
For more information on the coming schedule and links to participating artist pages, visit the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/events/203852573059573/.