Two actors best known for their roles on the FX Network television series Mayans M.C. come together to explore their alter egos as contemporary painters, in a pop-up show raising money for a cause close to both their hearts.
Carla Baratta and Michael Ornstein’s pop-up art show is open to the public on Saturday, March 30, only, with an artists’ talk in the afternoon and proceeds benefiting Karttos International, a foundation protecting the most vulnerable populations in Venezuela.
The exhibition is titled “Puro y Sin Nombre,” which, although composed of the pair’s individual works of abstractionist portraiture, refers to an ideal state of anonymous, universal freedom. Perhaps being on a smash television show makes a sensitive soul yearn for the days before fame eclipsed private lives. Perhaps it’s more fundamental, a simple gesture in favor of a society without labels in which every human is judged solely for their own depth and value, in the present moment always.
As mentioned, a portion of sales benefits Karttos International. “They are a group of people, mostly women, from different nationalities who are working to get medicine, food and resources to the people struggling in Venezuela,” Baratta says. “I find it inspiring how willing and compassionate these women are, they change so many people’s lives.”
“Puro y Sin Nombre” is free and open to the public at Mana’o Farrarons Polynesian Tattoo, 11144 Ventura Blvd., Studio City — on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 10 p.m., with an artist talk from 2 to 3 p.m.