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Archive for April, 2011

April 27, 2011: Vicious Circle — Paul Young’s Performance Video Art Panel

Posted on April 26, 2011 by School of Art

“Vicious Circle: Dark Performative Works from the 1980s” was an exhibition curated by Paul Young and exhibited at his Pacific Design Center gallery in 2010. The 1980s stand as a crucial period in West Coast art history. It was a period when artists deliberately located their work outside the established art system and began to make more confrontational, difficult and abject works that had no place within conventional art practices. “Vicious Circle” seeks to capture the spirit of that period with 15 performance videos by the likes of Johanna Went, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, Skip Arnold, Jon Reiss, Survival Research Laboratories, Kirby Dick, Bruce Yonemoto, Stephen Holman and the Shrimps. These artists shared an intense desire test their audiences and themselves by creating highly expressive, often extremely dangerous works that ultimately raised important questions about valuation and form. Such works were a direct reaction to Reagan’s America and the so-called culture wars, and often referenced punk rock, Dada, Actionism, and DiY aesthetics. In the process they fueled one of the vital and important movements of West Coast art, one that provided an important context for artists such as Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy despite being sorely overlooked by most art historians. The exhibition includes exceptionally rare works from each artist’s archives.

April 20, 2011: Alexandra Grant — Painter

Posted on April 19, 2011 by School of Art

Alexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing and sculpture. She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), and galleries in the US and abroad. Grant has explored ideas of translation, identity, and dislocation not only in drawings, painting and sculpture, but also in conversation with other artists and writers, such as her longterm collaborator, hypertext author Michael Joyce, the actor Keanu Reeves, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant maps language in different media: from intricate wire filigree sculptures to large scale drawing/paintings on paper. She investigates translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations in two dimensions to three dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” images? How does language place us? What is the role of the hand in a world dominated by electronic communication? Grant recently had a second solo show with Honor Fraser Gallery in September, 2010, and currently has work on view at the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the founding Board Chair and artist with the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, an artist-driven redevelopment of the homes across the street from Watts Towers.

April 6, 2011: Brook Hodge — Architecture, Fashion and Design Curator

Posted on April 1, 2011 by School of Art

Brooke Hodge organizes exhibitions and writes about design, architecture, art, and fashion. From 2001 to 2009, she was a Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where she organized major exhibitions on the work of architect Frank Gehry and car designer J Mays, as well as “Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture,” a groundbreaking thematic exhibition that examined the relationship between contemporary fashion and architecture. “Skin + Bones” opened in Los Angeles in 2006 and traveled to museums in Tokyo and London. Prior to her tenure at MOCA, Hodge was Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she also held the positions of Adjunct Curator of Architecture at the Fogg Art Museum and Assistant Dean of Arts Programs at the Graduate School of Design. Holding a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia, Hodge is a regular contributor to Wallpaper and writes “Seeing Things,” an ongoing column for The Moment, the New York Times T magazine blog. She is currently working on exhibition projects with designers Thomas Heatherwick and Peter Saville. Hodge recently joined the Hammer Museum as the Director of Exhibition Management and Publications.