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Main Gallery

                   

R I D E
curated by Elle Seven
November 5 – December 31, 2011

Roll through streets with L.A. residents who flood car-centric boulevards on bicycles. Transcend with Apache Skateboards who develop warrior spirits through art and skateboarding. Witness lowrider custom culture evolve from inner cities to galleries. Glide over urban highways and under city streets on mass transit. Swing around tracks with roller derby divas inspiring grown women worldwide to fall and then get up again. More than trends in motion, these communities survive by reclaiming space through creativity and adapting to the environment being built up around them.

For three years while planning this exhibit I roller-skated to commute.
-Curator, Elle Seven

Featured Artists: Kyle McQuilkin, Cory Oberndorfer, Doug rrorles, Reanna Ruby, and Tommii Lim.
The image above features a mural by Cory Oberndorfer.

November 5, 2011-January 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 7:00-10:00p.m.
Art Walk: Saturday, December 3, 7:00-10:00p.m.
Art Walk: Saturday, January 7, 7:00-10:00p.m.

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Project Room Gallery

                                

Sundown Spectacles
featuring Hiromi Takizawa
November 5 – December 31, 2011

http://www.hiromitakizawa.com/

November 5, 2011-January 15, 2012

International glass and installation artist Hiromi Takizawa will produce a new art experience in the Project Room at Grand Central Art Center.

Takizawa was born and raised in Nagano, Japan. She attended California State University Fullerton where she earned a BA and MA. Hiromi has also studied at Santa Ana College, CSU San Bernardino, Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

The Pacific Ocean plays an important role in my work. It holds a deep connection with my memories of my home and the culture in Japan, yet the ocean separates me physically from where I was nurtured and grew up.
-Hiromi Takizawa

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 7:00-10:00p.m.
Art Walk: Saturday, December 3, 7:00-10:00p.m.
Art Walk: Saturday, January 7, 7:00-10:00p.m.

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Education Room

                          

The Annual Glass and Ceramics Show
November 5, 2011-January 15, 2012

Your favorite local artisans selling fine art, functional design, and crafts in the Sales Gallery.

Featured Artists: Jean Hacker, Peggy Sue Harper, Jon Ginnaty, Brian Schultz, Thalia Isen, Karen Thayer, Diana Donaldson, Randy Au, Michael Penilla, Monica Chapon, Charlie Keeling, Seth Hawkins, John Hedrick, Patty Lindsey and Derek Borges.

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Education Room

                          

Dwelling
featuring Nancy Chiu
October 1 – October 30, 2011

www.nancychiu.com

The Sales Gallery will feature the pencil and acrylic works of illustrator Nancy Chiu. Chiu is a graduate of CSU Long Beach who gained recognition last year when she designed a limited edition tote for Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags. That success led to a full-time position at the local company.

Chiu’s delicate images are composed of subtle contour lines, sparse color and a generous use of negative space. She never entirely covers the support on which her images are produced whether it be paper or wood. Her images weave together, animals, people, and the environment revealing somber undertones that conflict with her cute imagery.Her narratives explore the haunting persistence of one’s longing and desire.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 7:00-10:00p.m.

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Main Gallery

                   

Chaos Job: Restrain Order
in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time
September 3 – October 16, 2011

In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the Grand Central Art Center is proud to present an installation by assemblage artist George Herms.

As a founder of California Assemblage Herms’s aesthetic is derived from found objects which he uses to produce relief work, sculptures, and installations. His career has spanned over fifty years and nearly two hundred solo and group exhibitions. For his installation at Grand Central Art Center Herms will scour his Southern California storage facilities from Irvine to Topanga Canyon in an attempt to restrain the order that plagues most art exhibitions. His process for this project is spontaneous, looking into his past through his work and adding and combining samples on a whim.

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Project Room Gallery

                                 

Byblos: The Return to My Inspiration
featuring artist-in-residence Choucrallah Fattouh
September 3 – October 16, 2011

Lebanese-based artist Choucrallah Fattouh established himself as a painter at age 13 when he sold his first artworks-four portraits of his mother to a French passerby. From then Fattouh went on to join the National Institute of the Lebanese University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and received a degree in Fine Arts in 1983. From 1985 to date Fattouh has participated in over 150 collective and personal exhibitions in Lebanon, Paris, Cyprus, Dubai, Moscow, Montreal, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Cannes, and most recently London. He is also a member of the Syndicate of Lebanese Painters and Sculptors.

For his residency at GCAC Fattouh is producing new paintings and metal sculptures in the artist-in-residence studio which will be exhibited in the Project Room.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 3, 7:00-10:00pm.
First Saturday Art Walk: Saturday, October 1, 7:00-10:00pm.

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Education Room

                          

dwell
featuring the residents of GCAC
September 3 – September 25, 2011

Once again Grand Central Art Center is proud to feature the Masters students who live on the second floor. Works by 18 photographers, illustrators, painters, printmakers, designers, sculptors, ceramists, and glass artists will be for sale.

Reoccuring Favorites: Monica Chapon, John Hedrick, Tiffany Ma, Kevin Stewart-Magee, Mel Johnson, Marvin Chow, Devora Orantes, Bonnie Massey, Jacob Lecuyer, Derek Borges, and Juliana Rico.

Emerging Favorites: Sara Dehghan, Christina Lee, Pascual Arriaga, Robert Brown, Davettia Hill, Celeste Smith, and Patrick Faulk.

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Main Gallery/Project Room Gallery

                                                        

Hand Pulled:
The Complete Shag Print Collection
July 2 – August 14, 2011

This comprehensive survey dating 1999 to the present will bring more than 250 limited edition serigraphs, etchings and pigment prints created by Orange County artist Josh Agle aka SHAG to Grand Central Art Center. In conjunction with this exhibition Shag and Watermark Printmaking, located at GCAC, will also collaborate on a new etching available for purchase in the GCAC Sales Gallery. Other Shag merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Grand Central Art Center will also be collaborating with SHAG on a limited edition poster with proceeds from the sale benefiting Japan relief efforts.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 2, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
*Book and poster signing only 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception: Saturday, August 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
*Merchandise signing 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Education Room

                          

Hand Pulled
in conjunction with Hand Pulled: The Complete Shag Print Collection
July 2 – August 14, 2011

In conjunction with Hand Pulled: The Complete Shag Print Collection featured in the Main Gallery and Project Room, GCAC dedicated the Sales Gallery to Shag with books, prints, paintings, merchandise, and a few more special touches through out.

Grand Central Art Center will also be collaborating with SHAG on a limited edition poster with proceeds from the sale benefiting Japan relief efforts.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 2, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
*Book and poster signing only 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception: Saturday, August 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
*Merchandise signing 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Education Room

                          

ekpneo: I let go.
June 4 – June 26, 2011

Eric Leonard Jones painted a portrait of ten different artists on a canvas with the dimensions the artists normally uses. Once Jones was finished with each portrait, he then handed the portrait to the artist and then they painted whatever they wanted on the piece. They either treated the portrait as if it had nothing on it or just reacted to what was already there. The final stage was Jones taking the piece back and reacting to what the previous artist had done, having the same choices to do whatever he wanted to do to it. These pieces are the results.

Collaborating Artists: Matt Frantz, Julie Kirk, Jacob Lecuyer, Damon Luan, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Matthew William Miller, Daniel Porras, Joy Shannon, Kevin Stewart-Magee, and Patrick Strand.

The series has to do with letting go of my pride spiritually and physically. I prayed a silent prayer to God, what would happen if I gave my precious life to God. And asked the question out loud, what would happen if I put my precious painting in someone else’s hands.
-Eric Leonard Jones

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 7:00-10:00pm.

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Main Gallery

                   

The Curiosities of Janice Lowry
A Career Retrospective
May 7 – June 12, 2011

www.janicelowry.com

The Curiosities of Janice Lowry is a retrospective exhibition that will feature more than 100 artworks including; assemblage, collage, painting, drawing and personal collections that span over 30 years of Lowry’s career. Janice Lowry was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated with an MFA from Art Center College of Design. Lowry worked as a professor at Art Center and other OC colleges and as an illustrator over the years.

In 2007 OC Weekly named Lowry the region’s best visual artist, praising her assemblages generated from found objects. Lowry is best known for her assemblages, which she described as a way to solve the problem of expensive framing, and for her journals she drew, painted, and collaged for over 30 years.

In October of 2007 all of Lowry’s journals, future journals and papers pertaining to her art career were accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in Washington D.C. The Archives of American Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of papers and other primary records of the history of the visual arts in America.

In April 2009 Lowry was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She faced the finality of her future in the same way she faced everyday of her life. She wrote about it and contributed new artworks in her journals; she made assemblages about it and spoke about it with friends and family. She continued to inspire and create artworks up to the last month of her life. On September 20, 2009 she succumb to the disease at age 63.

Book Release: A beautiful 256-page full-color hardbound standard and special-edition retrospective book will be available for purchase during the exhibition. This publication will include over three hundred works of construction, sculpture, and collage with essays by Jon Gothold, Mike McGee, Mark Ryden, and Joanna Roche.
Book Design by Wendy Peng.
Publishing coordination and exhibition curated by Andrea Harris-McGee

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 7:00-10:00 P.M.

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Project Room Gallery

                                 

Empire
Featuring artist-in-residence Bale Creek Allen
May 7 – June 12, 2011

balecreekallen.com/

Texas-based, Bale Creek Allen will be the next artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center. Allen grew up in Fresno, California, but now resides in Austin, Texas. Fresno and Texas-particularly Lubbock where his father is from-have strong influences on Allen’s art. He has been inspired by tumbleweeds, and tire treads. As part of his residency Allen will exhibit sculptures from his Empire series in the Project Room. Empire consists of bronzed objects most of which evoke the feel of Americana: stars, stripes, lone ranger mask. Other objects are a reflection of Allen’s environment: tire treads, and taxidermy rattlesnakes. Allen has an impressive artistic pedigree and works in many different media: painting, drawing, wood work, bronze, ceramics, photography, film, writing, acting, drums, and singing. His parents are visual artist and songwriter Terry Allen, and actress Jo Harvey Allen.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 4, 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Performance of A Pogo is a Logo Upside Downwritten and performed by Bale Creek Allen and Gareth Maguire in the GCAC Theatre Saturday, June 4.

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Education Room

                          

nona decima morta
viscurrealistic fabrications by Ron Ulicny
May 7 – May 28, 2011

visceral |ˈvis(ә)rәl|
adjective
1. relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect: the students’ visceral fear of change.

surrealism | sәˈrēәˌlizәm|
noun
1. a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.

fabricate |ˈfabrәˌkāt|
verb [ trans. ]
1. invent or concoct (something)
2. construct or manufacture (something, esp. an industrial product), esp. from prepared components: you will have to fabricate an exhaust system.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Grand Central Art Center will be closed Sunday, May 29. Look for us at Gypsy Den and get discounts on your favorite GCAC books.

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Education Room

                          

MIRROR IMAGE
April 2 – April 30, 2011

MIRROR IMAGE features etchings, wood block prints, and linoleum prints from the Grand Central Press, former GCAC artists-in-residence, and CSUF printmaking faculty.

Featured artists: The’ Nguyen, Laurie Lipton, Rosemary Feit Covey, Laurie Lipton, Manuel Pardo, Sandow Birk, Alex Grey, Peter Zokosky, William T. Wiley, Jeffrey Vallance, and more.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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Education Room

                          

The Reach
featuring new work from SmashCB
March 5 – March 27, 2011

SmashCB (Chris Bradley) participated in 100 Artists See Satan: Fundraiser at the Grand Central Art Center last summer, and was recently featured in the Orange County and Los Angeles Cannibal Flower shows. He has had successful solo shows at Curbside Gallery as well as Neue Transit Studio, and has previously exhibited at Rebel Unit, and The Artery. He has always been artistic–a creative director, painter, graphic designer, musician, landscape architect, urban planner, interior designer, furniture designer/maker and curator. His love for art, mid-century architecture, interior design, surfing and skateboarding all influence his quirky modern painting style. While his admiration for mid-century pop and current urban artists may seem apparent at first look, his style is surprisingly unique, illustrated by his approach to layering the texture and color and media in order to create an exciting visual and narrative viewing experience.

SmashCB is currently working as the Senior Environmental Designer for Hurley, all the while exploring painting, sculpture and other creative facets.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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Main Gallery/Project Room Gallery

                                                        

Suggestivism
a group exhibition curated by Nathan Spoor
February 5 – April 17, 2011

Artists: Esao Andrews, Carrie Ann Baade, Sandow Birk, Michael Brown, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Dave Cooper, Bob Dob, Thomas Doyle, Ron English, Alex Gross, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Femke Hiemstra, Gregory Jacobsen, Audrey Kawasaki, Andy Kehoe, Kris Kuksi, Darren LeGallo, Kris Lewis, Francesco LoCastro, Jason Maloney, Mars-1/Mario Martinez. Chris Mars, Dalek James Marshall, Dan May, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff McMillan, Tara McPherson, Mia, David Molesky, Brendan Monroe, Scott Musgrove, Nathan Ota, Michael Page, Kevin Peterson, James Roper, Chris Ryniak, Bob Schneider, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Jeff Soto, Nathan Spoor, CR Stecyk III, Heidi Taillefer, Joe Vaux, Nicola Verlato, Oliver Vernon, Eric White, Robin Williams, Martin Wittfooth, Chandler Wood, Chet Zar

Suggestivism sponsors:
GelaSkins
Gingko Press
Hurley
Juxtapoz
Planet Illogica
Zevia Soda
Charles Chocolates

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Second Reception: Saturday, March 5, 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 2, 7:00-10:00 P.M.

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Education Room

                          

These Hands
featuring Harry Diaz
February 5 – February 27, 2011

www.harrydiaz.com

Leaving Guatemala and coming to the United States at an early age has left me wondering where I belong. These Hands is a body of work that explores the ambiguities of cultural identity and the difficulty one encounters communicating in a new society. With the use of color and pattern throughout my work, I hope to evoke a fading memory of my cultural heritage. Symbols and patterns that have references in Mayan textile and hieroglyphs reappear throughout the work. Serigraphy, which has a long tradition in Latin American art, affords me many serendipitous opportunities and allows me to evolve the imagery through the layering process. -Harry Diaz

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 7:00-10:00 P.M.

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