RuiOguraLalli_Colorful Bubbles

Rui Ogura-Lalli

www.ruioguralalli.com

"Art" doesn't literally speak, but instead it can be "a way" of communicating with color, texture, sound and shape. In my artwork, I am careful to remember movement, joy, and mystery, to make viewers feel happy and think about the meaning of my art.  I think that expressing how you enjoyed creating is one of the biggest keys to making artwork successful.
Each technique of Printmaking has its own distinct character:
Silkscreen is a great technique for detailed graphic lines.
Etching techniques make pen-drawing prints and different shades or tones.
Lithography is a perfect technique to print exactly how you draw.
Monotype is a fun technique to create unique prints with brush strokes.
My goal is to create prints that have many unique "flavors" within each edition, so viewers can choose the style that fits their tastes.

I grew up in Los Angeles and continue to work there as a studio artist, teacher, and illustrator. I exhibit locally and internationally. I’ve been active in the printmaking community since I began practicing print in 2011, during my undergraduate years at Cal State Northridge. I am currently head of the Valley Print Studio, which I founded in 2013. In my own work, I create visual poems about the connection between ideas, bodies, and characters. I do this by emphasizing and reimagining the represented contact point between these things. Whether in print, drawing, or painting, my sensibility as an artist is deeply influenced by the methods and aesthetics of printmaking. For me, composition is a process of drafting, layering, and varying.
In order to make a print I will work from my sketches I made of ordinary people in a variety of circumstances as well as drawings from a model or some experience in my life.  My prints are about feelings and states of mood, about dreams and expectations.  Often I express them through the female figure.  I play a roleof narrator and storyteller but I encourage the viewer to approach the piece with his or her unique experience or memory. I enjoy working with relief and intaglio technique as well as monotype.  Frequently I like to combine multiple styles and methods to create my own style. Lately I have explored the art of handmade artists’ books as a flexible medium with a wide range of artistic expression and a creative way how to utilize my prints. 
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Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!

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