BC Space: Mything in Action
A Retrospective curated by Andrea Harris-McGee and Mike McGee
February 6 - April 11, 2010
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This exhibition highlights the thirty-seven year history of BC Space. As much a mental space as it is a physical space, BC-representing the initials of founders Jerry Burchfield and Mark Chamberlain-is the oldest established gallery in Orange County. Located on the second floor above a commercial storefront on Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach, BC Space began as a commercial photo lab and studio. Through the dedication of Chamberlain and Burchfield, this high quality photo lab soon transformed into a scarcely-for-profit art gallery, performance hall, public meeting place and a headquarters for community documentation projects and social activism. The most famous project to emerge from BC Space is the fifteen phase, three decades long Laguna Canyon Project-which garnered national media attention including Life magazine and TV coverage, involved thousands of Southern California residents, and ultimately saved the canyon from development.
BC Space: Mything in Action features artwork by forty-five artists who exhibited at the gallery over the past four decades and helped advance the reputation of BC Space as a venue for artists engaging in often controversial ideas. The exhibition will document the substantial role BC Space played in Southern California promoting photography as a fine art medium and ambitious projects such as the Laguna Canyon Project and Legacy Project documenting the transformation of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into the Great Park of Orange County.
Opening Reception: February 6, 2010 7-10pm.
In conjunction with the exhibition BC Space: Mything in Action Grand Central Press is publishing a catalog with essays by Mike McGee and Liz Goldner. To read an excerpt from Goldner's essay click here
In cooperation with BC Space: Mything in Action, Soka University will be exhibiting Reflections By An Armchair Arteologist, a photographic retrospective of BC Space co-founder Mark Chamberlain.
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