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Kaleeka Bond

September 25 - October 26, 2017

Reception: Wednesday, September 27 , 4 - 7 pm

Artist Talk in the Gallery: October 11, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 – 4 pm

MSJC Art Gallery
1499 N. State St. Building 1400
San Jacinto, CA 92583
(951) 487-3585

 The MSJC Art Gallery is proud to present Kaleeka Bond, A Group of One, a solo show of recent figurative large scale drawings and paintings. Bonds incredible skill as a draftswoman is showcased in these works which reflect on the way we portray ourselves in a contemporary environment.  


By the Hour, a 10 ft. x 4 ft. pastel work on paper, features six individuals who appear to be waiting together, yet are divided by solitude.  As sunlight hits their faces, each figure is recognized and maintains a sense of pride and presence, however, they stand alone within the group. They are not engaged in conversation, they do not make eye contact with one another. Towards the center of the composition, there is a payphone with the receiver dangling off the hook. This disconnection highlights the lack of interaction amongst the subjects. In her decision to focus her work towards issues that may be neglected or ignored, Kaleeka hopes to counter the effects of mass media with social awareness. 


Self-portraiture is also a focus of Bonds works. In Fray, a life size watercolor on paper, Bond portrays herself twice. In the first version, we see Kaleeka lying on a board suspended in mid-air, pushing herself up and looking out at the viewer. Although she appears confident and strong, she is being held down by ropes that are tied to the second version of herself on the under side of the board. The second version is the catalyst of weight. The two figures are at odds with each other, engaged in a long term struggle that may never reach a conclusion.


Kaleeka Bond received both her MFA and her BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Last month Bond won First Prize at the 2017 Orange County Fair for her work featured in the Professional Pastels category. She has been exhibiting her work for over ten years and has had work featured at many art galleries including Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA), Catalyst (Westminster, CA), The Borrego Art Institute (Borrego Springs, CA), and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Kaleeka Bond is also an adjunct faculty member at MSJC, teaching Beginning Drawing.

Kaleeka Bond, Facade, pastel and gouache on paper, 71 x 47 in, 2017

Kaleeka Bond, By The Hour, pastel on paper, 4 x 10 ft,  2016


Kaleeka Bond, Blue Print, oil and acrylic on canvas, 5 x 12 ft, 2016


Kaleeka Bond, Fray, watercolo on paper, 51 x 77.5 in 2017