GCAC is staying very active this month through our current and upcoming artists-in-residence, as well as our new and continuing exhibitions.
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE: CURRENT AND UPCOMING
Artist Aida Šehović arrived in residence and will continue her first site visit in development of projects through the end of October. As she expressed her current project interests, it was clear that we should quickly connect her with Leonard Correa, a frequent visitor to GCAC. Leonard is not only an outstanding photographer, but also happens to be a City of Santa Ana Police Officer on the Department of Forensic Services Crime Scene Investigation Unit. They’ve connected, had coffee together and Leonard has taken Aida on a full day ride along. Their conversations have been lively ever since and we are excited to see what directions a possible collaboration might take!
Here are links to a few of Aida’s past projects to give you a full feel for her artistic approach:
Što Te Nema? (Why Are You Not Here?)
Obstacle Course: Patriot Challenge I
Artists in Residence Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz) continue their socially engaged work in the Santa Ana community with the current S.N.A Project, which invites local high school and college students to work with contemporary artists to design an artistic intervention in Downtown. The first gathering for the project took place this past week, with the artists providing a brief history of group interventions globally, both past and present. The talk was followed by a Borderblaster walking tour of Downtown with the artists leading the way. Participants included students from our direct Santa Ana community, a student from the Public Practice graduate program at OTIS, as well as numerous students from CSUF Anthropology professor Dr. Karen Stocker’s Anth 350:1 Culture and Education class.
If you missed the first gathering but are still interested in participating, it’s not to late, they will meet again next week and throughout the fall.
Visit the following website and sign-up: http://snaproject.tumblr.com/participate
This week we also welcome back Lisa Bielawa in residence, as she continues her work in development of the upcoming opera project Vireo. Early next week we will be holding open auditions for the lead role, working in collaboration with Maria Lazarova, Director of the Classical Voice Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts.
Information on the auditions can be found online at:
OPENING RECEPTION FOR LOUD SILENCE and CONTINUING EXHIBITION WILD TIMES: SUSAN ROBB
The October First Saturday Art Walk marked the opening for our current exhibition LOUD silence. The evening kicked-off with a gallery talk by artist Alison O’Daniel, with ASL interpretation. Alison shared insight into her newly created two-channel video installation Hearing 4’33”, part of her larger developing project The Tuba Thieves. GCAC is honored to have supported the creation of this new work, which Alison filmed in Woodstock, NY at the Maverick Concert Hall – where in August of 1952, pianist David Tudor performed the premiere of John Cage’s 4’33”.
Curator Amanda Cachia also joined us in the gallery throughout the night to talk to patrons and answer questions. Amanda shared insight on the work and processes of artists Shary Boyle, Darrin Marin, Christine Sun Kim and Alison O’Daniel. During the evening, Amanda also worked with us to video record a curator gallery talk, accompanied by an ASL interpreter. We will share that video in the coming days. Our thanks to Amanda’s partner Ryan for assisting us by video taping the walk-thru. Our thanks as well to Amanda as she was extremely generous with her time and energy, and of course for allowing GCAC the opportunity to premiere this outstanding exhibition.
It was a great crowd joining us to celebrate the opening, with over 2,000 individuals in attendance, showing true appreciation and interest in the exhibition.
WILD TIMES: SUSAN ROBB
The evening also marked the continued growth of Susan Robb’s exhibition Wild Times, which is connecting her 2,850-mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), from Mexico to Canada, with our patrons in the gallery. The art on exhibition continues to expand, with new images and 3D objects appearing in the gallery weekly, as well as connection ports through Microsoft Surface Tablets to her website text and image Transmissions. Our most recent report from Susan has her crossing the Washington State line. So stop by GCAC and get better connected with her project and discover your own Wild Side!
We look forward to having you join us!