Kaleeka Bond’s solo show features life-sized drawings

Artist also teaches beginning drawing at MSJC

Photo courtesy of MSJC Art Gallery
“By the Hour” captures six people that look engaged, but according to artist Kaleeka Bond, are disconnected to one another. Even the phone is disconnected.

■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor

Kaleeka Bond is not just a student of art – she teaches beginning drawing at MSJC as an adjunct faculty member as well. Her artwork is so impressive it deserved – and received – space for a one-woman show at MSJC’s art gallery at the San Jacinto campus.
This solo show – Kaleeka Bond – A Group of One – exhibits Bond’s incredible draftswoman skills. The take-home from this art exhibit should cause people to reflect on the way they portray themselves in a contemporary environment, according to a news release from the college.
“By the Hour” is a 10-foot by 4-foot pastel work on paper featuring six individuals who appear to be waiting together, near a pay phone with the receiver dangling off the hook. However, a deeper look at this work shows that none of the subjects in this drawing interact with one another – no eye contact, no conversation. This disconnection, both literal, with the receiver off the hook, and figurative – by lack of engagement – highlights the lack of integration, which can then translate to larger issues that may be neglected or ignored, says Bond, and she hopes this work can counter the effects of mass media with social awareness.

Photo courtesy of MSJC Art Gallery
Kaleeka Bond’s self-portrait, “Fray,” portrays the internal struggle many people experience.

Bond enjoys injecting herself into her artwork with self portraits. In “Fray,” a life size watercolor on paper, Bond appears twice. At the top of the piece, she is lying on a board suspended in mid-air, pushing herself up and looking at the viewer. Although she appears confident and strong, she is being weighed down by ropes tied to the second version of herself underneath the board. Bond’s intent is for the viewer to see that the two figures are at odds with each other, engaged in a long-term struggle that may never reach conclusion, a struggle that is identifiable to many people.
Bond earned her master’s of fine arts and bachelor’s of fine arts from Laguna College of Art and Design. Last month she won First Prize at the Orange County Fair for her work featured in the Professional Pastels category.
Contemplate Bond’s artwork at the MSJC Art Gallery in San Jacinto now through Oct. 26, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Bond will be in the gallery to discuss her works from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Location: San Jacinto Campus Art Gallery, Building 1400, 1499 N. State St. in San Jacinto.
Bond has been exhibiting her work for more than 10 years in such California galleries as Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, Catalyst in Westminster, The Borrego Art Institute, and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

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