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Boys of Summer

Boys of Summer - Tender Loving Care

March 5 - April 12, 201

Reception: Thrusday March 8, 4 - 6pm

 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 Boys of Summer: Tender Loving Care. Boys of Summer is an art collective from the Inland Empire consisting of Mark Batongmalaque, Conrad Ruiz, Chet Glaze, Ryan Perez, Kristofferson San Pablo and Emilio Santoyo.  These five artists work individually and occasionally come together as a group to make collaborative exhibitions that have a freewheeling attitude that addresses the experience of living in the Inland Empire.  The works in this show range from paintings by individual artists to collaborative sculptures that are riffs on the conceptual and formal ideas of ladders. 


We live in the Inland Empire.  What is it?  What does it mean?  What is our culture?  Do we have culture?  Are we cool?  Do we have an IE identity?  Does it matter?  The IE is loosely defined as the area encompassing western Riverside County and southwestern San Bernardino County.  We used to be agrarian.  Now we are becoming warehouseian.  Amazon is moving in.  The cows are moving out.  Our citrus fields are making way for big-box warehouses.  Our tractors have become semi-trucks.  What does this all mean?  Do the Boys of Summer have any answers?  Maybe?  Maybe not?  But the Boys of Summer have style.  The Boys of Summer have deep roots in the IE.  They grew up here.  They went to school here.  They live here.  Where even is “here” in the IE?!?!?!?!


All of that said…  Tender Loving Care is a show that you won’t want to miss.  It is a show that might leave you scratching your head with questions more than it will leave you with answers.  Is there an “Inland Empireness” to the work they made for this show?  Do we see our ideas of the IE reflected in their work?  Are they declaring an IE style?