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Richard Turner: Contempt Mandala
Installation and Publication
November 1 – January 12, 2009

www.contemptmandala.com

The point of departure for Richard Turner’my Contempt Mandala project is Jean Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt (Le Mepris) which is about the making of a film and the dissolution of a marriage. The project launches Godard’s protagonist on an odyssey that takes him from the island of Capri to Jaipur, India and finally Saigon, Vietnam. The character’s journey and the artist’s is chronicled in sculpture, drawing, painting, video, and in the catalogue for the installation as well.

Godard said “A story should have a beginning a middle and an ending, but not necessarily in that order.” The Contempt Mandala installation is non-linear in its structure. One can enter it at any point. It is organized like the mandala, moving from the center outwards and back again into the center.

The Casa Malaparte, the site of the dissolution of Paul and Camille’s marriage, is at the center of this installation. The center point is a site of instability, and change rather than a place of rest and return. The cosmos in Contempt Mandala-Capri, Jaipur and Saigon-hovers uneasily between myth and reality, the original and the appropriated, the expressive and the formal, the universal and the personal.

Godard’s Contempt is based on a novel by Alberto Moravia, A Ghost at Noon, which is a commentary on Homer’s oral epic the Odyessy. Turner’s Contempt Mandala interrogates Godard’s film using sculpture, video and painting. Both the 1963 film and the contemporary installation examine ideas of translation – across cultures, through time, and from one medium to another.

Project Description:
Contempt Mandala is a multi-media installation that takes, as its point of departure, Jean Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt. The film is about the making of a movie and the dissolution of a marriage. It simultaneously explores the creative process and the fragility of human relationships.

The Buddhist mandala, a cosmic diagram, is the organizing principle of the installation. Every element of the installation proceeds from and returns to the center, a radially symmetrical sectioned table on which is a model of the Casa Malaparte a modernist building where the second part of Contempt was filmed. The installation conflates the personal cosmology of the artist with Godard’s film, relocating the characters and narrative from Italy to India and Vietnam.

Contempt Mandala currently comprises the following components:
– Four videos in which excerpts from Godard’s film are intercut with images of the installation-in-progress, the Jantar Mantar (an 18th century observatory in Jaipur) scenes from the 1957 film The Quiet American and shots of contemporary Vietnam.
– A 15′ diameter table on which is an architectural model and sculptures.
– Twenty paintings of the Jantar Mantar and components of the installation done by Harish Chandra Sain in the style of Rajasthan miniature paintings.
– A 10′ x 14′ painting based on De Chirico’s The Return of Ulysses
– Ten plaster sculptures incorporating models of the Casa Malaparte.
– Two mixed media sculptures that accompany The Return of Ulysses and the mandala table

Contempt Mandala is scheduled for exhibition at California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in November, 2008. The publication for the exhibition is designed to resemble a guidebook. Text includes a 1500 word essay about the installation by an art writer, a short piece of fiction that follows a character from Contempt as he travels from the set of the completed to film to India and Vietnam, and a lexicon written by the artist.

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Project Room Gallery

                                  

Alessandro Fornaci:Amerika-Sumerika and Frank Martinangeli:Creation
Artist-in-Residence Installation
November 1 – January 12, 2009

SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION OF THE PRINTMAKING PROCESS AT CSUF CAMPUS GALLERY!
Thursday, November 13th from 9:30am-11:30 am and 1pm-4pm.
Alessandro and Frank will demonstrate the printmaking processes Francisco Goya used to complete his print series, Los Capricos.

CSUF Main Gallery Address:
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850

Guest printmaking artists from Rome.

Artist Biographies:

Frank Martinangeli

Frank Martinangeli was born in Melbourne on the 26th of October 1974. In 1994, he graduated at the ISA Istituto Statale di Arte in Rome Silvio D’ Amico where he became the last two-year laboratory assistant under the direction of printmasters Pasquale Santoro and Carlo Venturi. In June 2002, together with Alessandro Fornaci, he created a printing laboratory, Stamperia del Tevere, which, in May 2004, become the 1st experimental laboratories of engraving in Rome.
In 2006, Martinangeli participated in the VI Prize Fabio Bertoni for Engraved Graphics in Fermignano. In August 2009, Fornaci is invited for a performance work-in-progress at the KAUS of Urbino.

Alessandro Fornaci

Alessandro Fornaci (Vantiber) was born in Rome on the 15th of August 1974, and studied at the First Public Art Institute of Rome, Silvio D’Amico. During the year 1994, he got, full marks in Art and Printing, where he became laboratory assistant under the direction of masters Pasquale Santoro and Carlo Venturi. In June 2002, together with Frank Martinangeli, he started his own printing studio where he could produce print runs for different engravers and deepen the experimental study of materials and techniques.
In August 2003, Fornaci experienced one of his best periods of his artistic career: he entered a course Centro internazional della grafica incisa, organized by the KAUS in Urbino, which proved to be very important for his further understanding of the graphic art, stimulating a new esthetical and stylistic approach.

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Education Room

                           

Grand Central Annual Glass and Ceramics Group Exhibition
Over 20 Artists !
November 1 – January 18, 2009

Our Annual Glass and Ceramics Exhibition, featuring all types of decorative and functional glass and ceramics artwork. Just in time for that perfect Holiday gift.

Artists featured:
Ceramics:
Jackie Ames, Randy Au, Chris Carter, Diana Donaldson, John Ginney, Jean Hacker, Carlota Haider, Peggy Sue Harper, Scott Jennings, Marsha Judd, Tim Keenam, David LaCroix, Joan Libott, Magdalene Mills, Jeff Netzer, Michael Penilla, Shana Salaff
Glass:
Leslie Davis, Jennifer Epling, Charlie Keeling, Russ Huff, Lana Merhaut, Christina Morgan, Megan Myhra, Robin Povart-Kelley
Jewelry artists featured:
Stuart Bredenstein, Alyssa Cordova, Erin Dolbey, David LaCroix, Amanda Lockrow, Marilu Morency, Erin Nomura, Shana Salaff, Aimee Sones, Jenny Mikhailik

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Education Room

                           

The Paper Show
A Group Exhibition
October 4 – October 26, 2008

The Paper Show is an exhibition showcasing the work of eleven artists from around the globe creating artworks on or with paper.

Artists featured:
Yevgeniya Mikhailik
Greg Oakes
Jim Lorigan
Diana Markessinis
Carolyn Fernandez
Janice DeLoof
Roger Weik
Karen Feuer-Schwager
Mickey ME Edtinger
Katrina McElroy
Dana Harvey

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

KAREN FEUER-SCHWAGER is a recognized international artist currently living in Laguna Beach, California. She has resided and exhibited widely in France, Switzerland, and New York, Ms Feuer-Schwager’s most experimental works make use of unusual support materials such as Plexiglas, Polaroid film, tea bag paper, and glass windows. She is also widely known for her installation work.

JANICE DELOOF Artist Statement:The art begins the conversation about feelings and relationships; the mind of the viewer completes it. Conversation both private and public is an exchange – an attempt by the individual to integrate or reconcile with others in the community. To converse is to identify one’s self in relation to another person or idea. Art becomes a tool for investigating the structures of social interaction.

MICKEY M. EDINGER (MickeyME): I was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria. I headed out to see the world and ended up here in California. Experiencing and living the modern corporate world with all its exploitations of our friends and families, neighbors and colleagues, it becomes more and more apparent that man has become disposable for the quick profit. Fritz Lang, my main inspiration to my series Dream Factory 1926, has already observed this stream in his masterpiece Metropolis created in 1926. The mighty economy is the real God and motor that moves and spins our world today. The economy is run and protected by executives and politicians for united interest who are firing their steam engines with disposable humans. The metaphors take place in a laboratory environment flooded in yellow green light. Pieces done in oil, charcoal and pastel pull the observer into a deep black world of mayhem where machines are taking over and humans lose their individuality.

CAROLYN FERNANDEZ Artist Statement: In 2007, I became pregnant and decided to give my paint brushes a vacation. Reluctantly, I turned to ink on paper, but was delighted to discover an exciting new medium. My drawings explore the relationships between couples. Love, lust, passion, tension and drama are themes that weave through my works. I am fascinated by outward appearances and what goes on behind closed doors. I have studied art at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and with Wayne Thiebaud at U.C. Davis.
For more information about my works, please visit my website at: www.carolynfernandez.com

ROGER WEIK Artist Statement: For me painting is like falling; every security, every unknown flowing between myself and the work. I feel that every preconceived notion about the final appearance of the work must ultimately destroy it. For me it is still a mystical journey.
Born in Chicago, IL, Roger Weik is a successful Southern California artist with his work in over 30 major museums nationwide and in numerous private collections. He received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University.
For more information about my works, please visit my website at: www.artslant.com/la/artists/show/10943

JAMES F. LORIGAN:Artist Statement:It seems that everyone I meet has an interesting story to share. I have found that in order to hear a good story a person needs only to tell one. It is this exchange of perceptions that fascinates and draws me to people and their art. The more I engage in this activity the more engaging it becomes; each story suggesting another and still another. It is also interesting to hear a familiar story repeated over time; while the specific elements of these narratives may remain unchanged the listener and the narrator often adjust and adapt the story to illustrate and conform to the individual needs of the moment, as is often the case in the dialogue created between myself and art. My work has shifted from being suggestively narrative to being more clearly allegorical.

James F. Lorigan came from the mid west to Southern California in 1966. He enrolled at Fullerton College in 1968 before joining the Navy. He graduated from Cal State University Fullerton in 1994 with his MFA in painting and Printmaking. He also completed his MA in Printmaking in 1993. Lorigan has participated in over 80 exhibitions featuring his paintings and prints and is a Master Printmaker who owns Watermark Printmaking Workshop in Santa Ana, California. He has produced fine art intaglio, relief prints, lithographs and digital prints in limited editions with artist of merit since 1977. A teacher since 1990, James is also the Chair of the Art Department at College Of The Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, where he teaches Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.

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Main Gallery/Project Room Gallery

                                                        

Aspects of Mel’s Hole
Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace
September 6 – October 19, 2008

In 1997 radio host Art Bell first introduced his listeners to Mel Waters, a man from Eastern Washington who claimed to have discovered an ancient and apparently bottomless pit on his property. The story of the hole was remarkable enough, but the subsequent events took an almost surreal bent- Mel was threatened into silence by the US military, exiled into cushy Wombat Restoration service in Australia, and tipped off to a second bottomless pit in Nevada. As the story unfolded over the course of several years, it garnered many followers, not just among connoisseurs of paranormal research, but among artists and writers as well.

After Mel’s last official appearance on Bell’s show in early 2002, LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey began approaching artists to participate in a curatorial project centered on this contemporary mythological lacuna. The response was overwhelming, and on the 10- year anniversary of the disclosure of Mel’s Hole, Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is proud to present Aspects of Mel’s Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace. The exhibit will include contributions from Georganne Deen, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Paul Laffoley, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and many others. An accompanying catalog will include short essays exploring the cultural, philosophical, psychological, and scientific implications of Mel’s Hole and will include contributions from Harvey, Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, psychoanalyst/art collector Judy Spence, and others. Book Design by Wendy Peng, Editors Sue Henger and Dave Shulman. Special thanks to the GCAC staff and all our supporters.

Artists for Mel’s Hole

Reverend Ethan Acres
Tim Armstrong
David B.
Jimmy Chertkow
Sarah Cromarty
Albert Cuellar
Christian Cummings
Georganne Deen
Mark Dutcher
Gregg Gibbs
James Hayward
John Higham
Elliott Hundley
Marie Johnston
Paul Laffoley
Nate Lowman
Michael C. McMillen
Avigail Moss
Gary Panter
M.A. Peers
Mary Pongratz
Victoria Reynolds
Steve Roden
Ross Rudel
Connie Samaras
Charles Schneider
April Schwass
Jim Shaw
Nathan Spoor
Linda Stark
Craig Stecyk
Don Suggs
The Center for Land Use Interpretation
The Firesign Theatre
Dani Tull
Jeffrey Vallance
Marnie Weber
Georgeanne Deen
Cathy Ward
Chris Wilder
Eric Wright
Brenna Youngblood

Writers:

Judy Spence – Essay
Mike McGee – Fiction Story
Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim (interview)
Brian Tucker – Essay
Hannah Miller – Essay
Rev. Acres – Sermon
Doug Harvey – Curatorial Statement

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Education Room

                           

InterPersonal
New Paintings by Bradford J. Salamon
September 6 – September 28, 2008

Salamon’s work is consistent, and hangs together as the singular work of an experienced and passionate artist. His influences are classic, yet he attacks each subject with his own unique style. – Jamie Wilson

PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH SALAMON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 1-4PM!
Come watch Bradford Salamon’s painting process live. Free at GCAC!

Also featuring handmade jewelry by artist Marilou Morency
Artist Bio:
Marilu is a Southern California resident artisan. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, where she earned degrees in both Textile Design and Marketing. Her background includes work in textile design, jewelry design, and accessory design, as well as manufacturing and teaching. Marilu has also been the award recipient of juried shows, in Santa Monica, California, for her mixed media paintings. Her background in painting and textiles lends itself to a particular interest in color and color combinations, while introducing texture into her work. In recent years she has applied these interests to intricate beadwork, both on and off-loom. All of Marilu’s work is done by her, one item at a time. She hopes her pieces bring the viewer as much joy as she experiences in the creative process. In addition to gallery and custom work, Marilu enjoys teaching others the art of beading. She resides in Orange County, Ca. with her husband and their two teenagers.

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Education Room

                           

Evolutionary Refinement
A Group Exhibition of Artist Using Stencils
August 2 – August 31, 2008

Featured Artists: Noe Baez, Zachary Biberstine, Amanda Chakravarty, John Paul Chakravarty,Wes Cleveland, Joanne Craig, Edwin Curanguy, Jeff Fernando, Eric Franklin, Marc Friend, Mike Goodwin, Anthony Gordon, John Hackney, David Michael Lee, Jason Lutz, Melissa Martinez, Derek Parker, Ken Richardson, Ste, Such, Ian Trout, Greg Vriethoff.

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Main Gallery

                   

Spitting Images
Group Photography Exhibition
July 5 – August 24, 2008

Spitting Images surveys the work of 13 artists from Los Angeles and Orange County exploring unique interpretations of the photo-making process within a group dynamic.

Contributing Artists:
Robert Miller, Marya Alford, Leonard Correa, Janelle Morte, James Hill, Scott Angus, Elizabeth Tobias, Naida Osline, Chris Moore, Eric Stoner, Sandra Green, Mark Chamberlain, Neil Sharum.

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Project Room Gallery

                                  

This used to be real estate, now it’s only fields and trees.
Amy Caterina: Installation and publication
July 5 – August 24, 2008

amycaterina.com

Lecture Series and Workshops will be taking part in part with this showing and publication.

This used to be real estate, now it’s only fields and trees.
Installation by Amy Caterina
In her first solo exhibition, “This used to be real estate, now it’s only fields and trees”, artist Amy Caterina presents a multi-media installation- a simulated landscape created by Caterina’s video, photography and knitted objects. This exhibition is a further exploration of Caterina’s Pseudo-Sod series, wherein the artist transforms Lion Brand “Fun Fur”, a common crafting yarn, into a knit replication of grass that carpets the floor, and coats several sculpted woodland creatures. Caterina creates fiber arts and video installation exploring human preconceptions of natural and urban environments, regeneration, decay, and the flora and fauna of her imagination. Amy Caterina is the current artist-in-residence at the Grand Central Art Center. A graduate of the CSUF Master of Fine Arts program, Caterina has been involved in the Santa Ana arts community for several years. She is the co-founder of Rat Powered Films, an organization dedicated to offering the screening of local to international art films in the Grand Central Theatre in Santa Ana, California.

The Grand Central Art Center is hosting two free workshops during the course of Amy Caterina’s show. Visitors will work together with Caterina to create a knit project to be donated to a local dialysis center. Caterina will also be giving an hour-long lecture both days about the role of knitting in her artwork and her experience of the community-building nature of needlework. In conjunction with her exhibition, Caterina has received a grant from the Hoff Foundation to develop a website, http://www.freerangeknitting.com, as an extension and continuation of her installation wor

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Education Room

                           

Souped Up
June 7 – June 29, 2008

Pop culture, Car culture and fine art collide in a group art exhibition featuring pinstripers, airbrush artists and legendary artists instrumental in the creation of the Southern California phenomenon “Kustom Kulture”.
Artists include: Steve Vandemon, Doug Dorr, Jimmy C., Kent Bash, Bob Hill, Greg Miller, “Scratch”, Valerie Glorae, Edward Walton Wilcox, Brian Bent Roy Varga, Marco Patino, Steady Clothing, Lux Deville, La Spooky, Chris Martin and Greg Oakes.

DJs spinning music at the reception : Emu and Lady on the Deckz

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Brian Bent
Self taught and influenced by the ‘Contemporary’ period of design and architecture of the 50’s, Southern California artist Brian Bent’s dynamic illustrative paintings of enamel on plywood are high energy with definitive flying rhomboids and vibrant colors.

Kent Bash
Whether he is evoking the beauty of his native environment or the poignancy of an expression, capturing the essence of an individual or the signposts of a culture, or wryly satirizing some of our modern – and perennial – obsessions and insanities, his artistic vision cuts to the heart.

Greg Miller
My approach to art is greatly influenced by the social climate of America in the 1950s and 1960s. I seek to reproduce significant feelings, images, and words that are reflective of the ever changing and maturing American cultural landscape that I experienced growing up in California.

Skratch
“…First and foremost I’ve always been an artist. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon – that all comes natural. I feel that’s nothing to brag about (ha-ha) but, I’m a real car guy. Never owned a little foreign car and never will! I drive an old car and always have. I’m real hot rod. I started off in my Dad’s garage working on Camaros and real muscle cars, ‘GTO’ that’s real muscle. ”

Steve Vandemon

Steve Vandemon has been painting for about 11 years now, mostly self-taught. He is an accomplished airbrush artist, sculptor, pinstriper, designer and all-around troublemaker. Among his many influences are: CF Mentor, Bonaduce, Tork, Murray, Claypool and Yes, of course, that chick from “The Breakfast Club.” IWATA Sprayguns and Starbucks also endorse Vandemon.

Bob Hill
In the 50’s Bob Hill’s father founded the Aces 52 Car Club, today Bob Hill continues the tradition as the president of Aces 52 Car Club promoting the lifestyle of ‘old skool’ hot rod culture. “In the tradition of old school hot roddin’, As my father began, We as the new generation of hot rodders, look forward to living this lifestyle that we are so committed to…and let’s face it none of us would look good in Dockers and Argyle Socks”.

Doug Dorr
Born in 1967, into the small country town of Salem, Ohio, Doug Dorr has been drawing since the age of seven. His biggest influence was his father George Dorr (1941-1989), a custom car builder who was published in many auto magazines during his heyday. As a child, while at car shows with his Dad, Doug remembers watching Ed Roth, Von Dutch and others pin striping cars and thinking, “Man, that’s so cool!”

Roy Varga
Roy has been a working photographer since 2005. He is self-taught and specializes in Pin-up and Rockabilly culture photography.

Edward Walton Wilcox
Romanticism is where my work finds its voice in both paintings and sculpture. The genre’s inherent qualities and conventions are a suitable vehicle of expression for the cultural criticisms and social climate in which our generation finds itself; a paradigm match, which includes such concepts as excess, transgression, diffusion and ambivalence concerning both rationality and morality.

Valerie Glorae
Valerie Glorae has always been fascinated with art. It became obvious at very young age that art was her passion. Valerie has been painting for several years now and is currently attending college as a fine arts major. She has often said she is influenced by anything from the smallest thought in her mind to a life-changing event. Her recent paintings have been strongly influenced by her family and their many unique personalities. She will further her art career in hopes of influencing others.

Jimmy C
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico Jimmy C currently divides his time between San Clemente, California and Parker, Arizona where he works with various forms of media. Jimmy C influences modern ‘kustom kulture’ through the use of classic art styles of pinstriping and flaming, his work also includes garbage can art, and kustom sculpture.

Chris Martin (C.Martin)
Inspired by vintage graphics with a style this is familiar but always unique, Martin’s work is comparable to that favorite pair of well-worn jeans. Utilizing modern technology to specialize in traditional design and illustration and bringing the best of the past to the present.

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Education Room

                           

Matthew Price & OC Roller Girls
Sweet Unrest & Do You Derby
May 3 – May 25, 2008

OC Roller Girls auction original works of art by over twenty artists, painted on plaster busts, to benefit the Keep-A-Breast Foundation and the Breast Cancer Angels. Exhibition entitled Roll for a Cure.

In conjunction with Roll for a Cure, there will be a film screening of Wendy Thorton’s film, Do You Derby?

Also, original oil paintings by Matthew Price, exhibition entitled Sweet Unrest.

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Main Gallery

                   

Original Photography by Andy Warhol
Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation to CSUF
April 5 – June 15, 2008

www.warholfoundation.org

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Announces 20th Anniversary Photographic Legacy Program

A gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation to CSUF-part of The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program celebrating the foundation’s 20th anniversary. CSUF Grand Central Art Center proudly features 155 Polaroid and black and white photographs by legendary pop art icon Andy Warhol of notable socialites and Factory regulars Tatum O’Neal, John McEnroe, Jon Gould, Constance Young, Mary Tyler Moore and many more. Also, rare still life images and landscapes of flea markets, a Halloween parade, beaches, dogs, and Japanese toys.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts today announced an unprecedented gift of Warhol art to 183 college and university art museums across the U.S. The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary, consists of 28,543 original Warhol photographs valued in excess of $28 million.

According to foundation President, Joel Wachs, the aim of the Photographic Legacy Program is to provide greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process, and to enable a wide range of people from communities across the country to view and study this important yet relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work. The program offers institutions that do not have the means to acquire works by Warhol the opportunity to bring a significant number of photographs into their permanent collections, while allowing those institutions that do have Warhol in their collections to enrich the breadth and depth of their holdings.

Each of the participating institutions will receive approximately 150 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints selected by Jenny Moore, curator of the Photographic Legacy Program. “A wealth of information about Warhol’s process and his interactions with his sitters is revealed in these images,” notes Moore. “Through his rigorous – though almost unconscious – consistency in shooting, the true idiosyncrasies of his subjects were revealed. Often, he would shoot a person or event with both cameras, cropping one in Polaroid color as a “photograph” and snapping the other in black and white as a “picture.” By presenting both kinds of images side by side, the Photographic Legacy Program allows viewers to move back and forth between moments of Warhol’s “art”, “work”, and “life” – inseparable parts of a fascinating whole.”

In the foundation’s twenty-year life span it has given away more than $200 million in cash grants and art donations. “As we look to the future,” declared Wachs, “the Warhol Foundation will continue to be guided by the vision of its founder and benefactor, whose dying wish was to establish a foundation to advance the visual arts. We will devote our energy and resources to expanding support for artists and arts institutions throughout the country, and we hope that the foundation’s accomplishments will inspire others to follow Andy’s visionary lead.”

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Project Room Gallery

                                  

Blackwater Babylon
Michael Knowlton
April 5 – June 15, 2008

www.michaelknowlton.com

Special Event:
Book Release and signing
June 7, 2008 7-10 pm

On June 7, 2008, Grand Central Press releases a limited number of the full color, hardcover, 33-page book, Blackwater Babylon, featuring the recent artwork of artist Michael Knowlton. This publication coincides with the GCAC exhibition curated by Mitchell De Jarnett and contains essays by Nathan Spoor, C.R.Stecyk, and Jerome Witkin. During the closing reception artist Michael Knowlton will be signing purchased copies.

Michael Knowlton is an artist involved in the lowbrow art scene as a writer for Juxtapoz and an early exhibitor in Zero One Gallery. His recent paintings are politically charged comments on current events and the war in Iraq, inspired by news broadcasts on TV and in newspapers, photojournalistic scenes, and the artist’s unique narrative.

Statement from the artist:
“As we moved closer to invading Iraq for a second time, like many Americans, I saw that this had nothing to do with 9/11, spreading freedom or finding WMD. This was the PNAC plan, shaped and signed by the usual suspects. Carlyle and Halliburton already had maps, blueprints. No one wanted this war as much as the Oval Office. There were so many lies told.

This war will cost over three trillion dollars and much of this money is going to mercenaries that answer to no law, military or Iraqi. Everybody knew if we were to take out a dictator there would be chaos. This war has become flypaper to the U.S. sapping our resources and spending future generations nest egg and making generations of enemies.

These paintings try to express my frustration at the squandering of resources, lives and future for what seems to be a business deal that will leave us vulnerable and under armed if a real threat occurs. The mercenary in these pictures is fictitious, but no more a lie than any told in Washington.”

Michael Knowlton grew up in the Bay Area, painting hot rod t-shirts at fairs during his teens and studied art at San Francisco State University. He later went back to low brow and politically charged work in the early 90’s focusing on oil use and other ecological themes infused with a film-noir quality. Recurring themes include burning palm trees, which resonate with the menace of arson and the faded California dream. He also has written for Juxtapoz magazine and Surfer’s Journal for over ten years.

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SOS: Depictions of Surfing in the U.$.A
An installation by 1653 Superior
April 5 – April 27, 2008

www.gatoheroi.com

An installation by 1653 Superior
Special performance by Mattson 2
A Surf Culture and Board Installation by Gato Heroi
Original paintings by G. Ray Kerciu and Michael Knowlton

Live Music Performance by Mattson Two at the opening reception.

A unique Costa Mesa surfboard company, Gato Heroi brings high craftsmanship and original artwork design back to the surf industry. Grand Central features an installation of their boards, apparel, and artwork.

Also featured lush acrylic and oil paintings inspired by ocean wave patterns and the beach environment by G.Ray Kerciu and Michael Knowlton.

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CSUF Visual Arts Professors
A Survey of Contemporary Art
March 1 – March 23, 2008

Artists Featured: Cliff Cramp, Joe Forkan, Lawrence Yun, Kyung Sun Cho, Jade Jewett, Dorte Christjansen, Larry Johnson, and Elizabeth Holster

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OPENING CREDITS
A CSUF Alumni Entertainment Graphics Exhibition
February 2 – March 23, 2008

Featured Artists:

Featured Artists:

Edwin Alvarenga, Jeff Bacon, Helen Bayat, Ryan Batcheller, Lauren Botta, Phillip Cisneros, Tim Clark, Cliff Cramp, Michael Daley, Hans Dastrup, Alex Deligiannis, Ryan Di Donato, Sarah Dooley, Andy Engle, Eric Floen, Coby Gewertz, Eric Gonzalez, Bimal Gorajia, Erich Haeger, Christian Hill, Martin Hsu, Roger Huynh, Taesoo Kim, Heisuke Kitazawa, Adolph Lusinsky, Jen Long, Larissa Marantz, Bill Murphy, John O’Brien, John Puchalski, Ron Pagenkopp, Cathy Pavia, John Puchalski, Justin Ridge, Ted Robledo, Cheryl Savala, Tina Schmidt, Steven Stewart, Vin Teng, Rusty Tracy, Andy Tung, Vin Teng, Bruce Ventanilla, Eduardo Villacis, Jennifer Wood, Rafael Zentil

Panel discussion:
Saturday, March 1, 2008, 3 – 6pm

Topics:
A group of alumni will be assembled in the GCAC Black Box Theatre to reminisce about their career experiences and address topics related to a changing entertainment industry. The discussion will be video broadcast (and archived for future pod casting) throughout the facility for the guests.

Panel participants:
Moderator:
Dana Lamb ’82, Professor Entertainment Art/Animation program concentration and Visual Arts Internship Coordinator

Panelists include:
Jeff Bacon ’80, Managing Director, The Designory
Cheryl Savala ’94, Principal/Creative Director, Menagerie Creative
Rusty Tracy ’05, CG Animation Supervisor, Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Justin Ridge ’03, Episotic Director, Lucas Arts
Adolph Lusinsky ’93, Look and Lighting Director, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Mike Roush ’02, Story, Design and Animation Titmouse Animation
Josh Pruett ’04, Story Artist, DreamWorks Feature Animation
Garett Shikuma ’04, Character Animator, Electronic Arts
Christian Hill ’05, Assistant Professor Illustration and Sequential Art

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Subsumere: Assemblage
Artists: Barry Krammes, Rebecca Edwards and Janice Lowry
February 2 – February 24, 2008

Rebecca Edwards’s artworks combine humor and irony to portray the reflective nuances of femininity. Edwards employs fairytale imagery with jarring signifiers of reality to create a hybrid of curious objects.

Barry Krammes creates environments that reflect place and time with seemingly familiar settings full of tension and mystery.

Janice Lowry, voted as artist of the year by OC Weekly for 2007, creates painted curios of found and made objects about travel, perception and memory. Lowry also presents a vast collection of water she has assembled from the far corners of the world.

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