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Art Talks, In Person!

Finding the Universe in Oaxaca w/ Sin Título Gallery

418 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Saturday March 26, 2022

4PM - 6PM


Saliem Chiu · Gary Goldberg, Artist. Photographer



Art is a means of expression that must be understood by everybody, everywhere. It grows out of the earth, the textures of our lives, and our experience.

My work is contemplative in nature. I am exploring the quiet moments that have a transformative quality.

Dear Art Observers, Enthusiasts and Insiders,

I'm excited to announce that I am working with Sin Título Gallery in Union Square, San Francisco to produce the 2nd ever seasonal Art Talks event.

The topics of the first talk, if you remember, were about a documentary around falcons and social robots , as well as about the amazing work of a local muralist.

The topic of this second talk will focus on the issues, process and techniques behind Latin American art. We will explore these issues via Ernesto's current exhibit, "Mainly Mexican", as well as Artist Gary Goldberg's photographs and felt tapestries series "Finding the Universe in Oaxaca".

You all will get to learn a lot about art, the background, process and techniques involved. Gary will also be bringing some items that inspire him to show and to share!

The whole program is scheduled for about 2 hours, but the talk itself will be about 45 minutes. So get your questions ready!

There will be music, complimentary bites and drinks available while you guys catch up, introduce yourselves to each other and do what you guys do best - love and be enthusiastic about the arts!


Saliem & The Art Talks Team

Studio Visit

We visited to Gary's Studio in Berkeley, CA in anticipation of the talk - check out some of the photos we took in the video below!



We are excited to present to you a chat with

Ernesto Quintanilla

Ernesto Quintanilla of Sin Título Gallery

Our Host and Curator

Ernesto Quintanilla is the founder and owner of Sin Título Gallery. Ernesto is a Stanford Engineer (MS 96) and has been a San Francisco resident for 25 years. His passion is collecting art and giving young, talented Latino and Latin American artists a platform to showcase their art in the U.S. and globally.

Ernesto and his partner Seth Skolnick co-founded Sin Tītulo Gallery in 2019. The ongoing Mainly Mexican exhibition in San Francisco is a partnership among Sin Tītulo Gallery, Michael McKechnie (who's an art collector and a friend of Ernesto and Seth's) and a few Mexico and US-based galleries that represent Latin American artists.

Diego Armando Plascenia Vega

Diego Armando Plascenia Vega, Moderator,

Artist and Engineer

Diego is an Artist and Engineer with diverse interests in multiple fields. His technical interests include feedback controls, autonomous systems, and robotics. Themes in his artwork comprise of the immigrant experience, the nature of representation in video media, as well as the built environment.

Diego received his Bachelors of Fine Arts and Bachelors of Science in 2013 from Cornell University. He also holds a Masters Degree of Engineering, also from Cornell.

Gary Goldberg

Gary Goldberg, Artist, Photographer

and Professor Emeritus of the Arts

Gary Goldberg, Professor Emeritus of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas recently retired from teaching after 37 years. He has been photographing the unique qualities of Oaxaca City, Mexico for over twenty years. In his most recent body of work, he has come to see Oaxaca - its land, its sky, its cosmos - through its textured and richly layered walls and facades.

This body of photographic work is imbued with references to landscape, twentieth century art history, meditative states, and Mexican mythologies. The formal qualities are basic: one shape on a color ground, two colors at their intersections, scale, and land-sky relationships. As he interprets Oaxaca, Goldberg is inspired by the color field painters while remaining true to his vision of Oaxaca by highlighting the city’s ancient patina and depth. Goldberg’s photographs ask the viewer to decipher the image: what am I looking at, what is the scale?

Many of Goldberg’s photographs have been transformed into textiles using a dry felting process at Taller de Afelpado, San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. Each textile is hand made by a team of three artisans, often taking up to three weeks to complete. The wool used is dyed with natural pigments such as cochineal and indigo.

Goldberg received an MFA from the University of Nebraska in 1979. He has been the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Goldberg’s photographs have been included in over one hundred exhibitions and publications throughout his career. Public collections in which Goldberg’s photographs appear include the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Photography Collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; and the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Gary recently moved back to his home state and is living and working in Berkeley, California.


The following amazing Art Enthusiasts are helping us to get this together including

Diego Armando Plascenia Vega - Our moderator and interviewer
Crista Faith Castro - Our talented photographer
Frederick Yen - Our music curator

Drinks Sponsor

Untitled Art - UA has generously provided non-alcoholic beverages for our guests! Thank you UA. You can find their NA and spritzer products at Gus's Community Markets here in San Francisco!

Additional food and drinks will also be provided by our venue sponsor, Sin Título Gallery!!


Consider a donation of $5-$20 to help fund future art talks! Right now this is volunteer-run.

Contributions will help offset costs of food, drink, marketing as well as gifts of appreciation for our volunteers!

Either pick one of three membership tiers
Make a custom pledge.
We also accept Paypal!


Can't attend in person but curious to hear whats happening? I've got you. At the date and time of the event, tune into the event via Instagram Live.


Proof of vaccinations against COVID-19 are required. Boosters especially recommended. Masks recommended but not required unless unvaccinated.


There are a lot of public parking garages nearby, including the Union Square, Sutter and Ellis-O'Farrell garages. Be sure to lock up and not leave any thing visible or valuable in your vehicle.

Alternatively there are a lot of bus routes that lead downtown including the 1, 38 and 24

Ride shares and carpools of course are another possible option, especially if you’re coming from the East Bay or Peninsula! Please comment below or reach out.

Thanks you and see you all soon!!! 🥰🥳

Saliem Chiu & the Art Talks Team

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