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Recordings of an Immigrant, a project by Vincent Goudreau
“When you learn your golf swing with a machete, you never look up”
– Juan Aquino (from Recordings of an Immigrant, a project by Vincent Goudreau)

As we begin preparing for upcoming artists-in-residence visits here at Grand Central Art Center, we wanted to provide you with a few details and links to artist websites.

These artists will be deeply active in our communities, at the individual, group, and broader public levels in the research, development and realization of community-engaged projects.

Generous funding and in-kind support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, KCET Artbound, Living Resources, Community Engagement, Jeff Van Harte, Alexandra Shabtai, The Sorel Organization, Joyce Osborn, William Gillespie Foundation, Feinbarg-Chase Families, and many others, help make it possible for GCAC to continue its forward vision for the Artist-in-Residence initiative.

Here are the individuals who will soon be joining us at Grand Central Art Center:

Jon Rubin (October)
– first site visit in research/development of a new project.

Aida Ã…  ehović (October – November)
– installation of the collaborative project  Unfinished Conversations: Reconstructing the Invisible,  developed  with local forensics investigator/photographer  Leonard Correa  during  Aida  Ã…  ehović  residence with GCAC last year. The artists explored  similarities in their process of dealing with  personal memories of sites—hers being a home in  Bosnia  that her family was forced to abandon to rebels as war began in her homeland; his are locations in  Santa Ana  he has encountered during the process of his work that continue to haunt him as he drives by them almost daily.  A full exhibition of the work they developed during her residence will  open to the public on November 7 and will run through  January 10, 2016.

Carol Diehl (November – December)
– second site visit in continued engagement with community, as well as research and development for writing projects.

Caroline Woolard (December – January)
– first site visit in research/development of a new project.

Paul Ramirez Jonas (October, February, Spring 2016)
– site visit in continued development and workshopping of  Public Trust,  an art piece grounded on the social contract that is present in promises.   Promises are a form of oath and a cornerstone of our ability to create trust. Public Trust will be fully realized as a project in Boston, MA in 2016 through Now and There, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating impactful public art projects in Greater Boston.

Sarah Garcia (March 2016 – March 2017)
– in development of  Santana’s Fairy Tales,  an oral history, storytelling project that integrates community-based interviews to create contemporary fairytales and fables that  represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana  (inspired by the  Grimms’ Fairy Tales). The project will result in a publication and exhibition that will present a mixed media installation curated in collaboration with local visual, musical, and performance artists.

Astria Suparak (February – March 2016)
– curator/artist/writer in residence, will be connecting with artists and community in research/development of new projects.

Vincent Goudreau (Spring 2016)
– in continued development of his project  Recordings of an Immigrant.    In collaboration with  Juan Aquino, the project will be presented as a non-fiction narrative, inspiring a  multidisciplinary project  including a  book,  monoprints,  video  and  full art installation  from transcribed audio recordings. The project is  a  survival story of one man’s journey, struggles, and attempts at revenge, as he escapes from the genocide of Guatemala.  The exhibition will  open to the public  May 7 and run through July 10, 2016. and  Recordings of an Immigrant:

Maya Gurantz (ongoing)
– in research/development of a new project.

Lisa Bielawa (ongoing)
– in continued development of the  broadcast opera  Vireo, in collaboration with  KCET Artbound.  Vireo  is an episodic opera that considers the nature and uses of female hysteria through time, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists variously define the condition – a  freely-adapted and re-imagined composite history  based on composer/artist  Lisa Bielawa’s  undergraduate research at Yale, in collabration with Librettist  Erik Ehn  and Director  Charlie Otte.  The project has involved numerous participants from the  Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), including our  Vireo  lead  17-year old Rowen Sabala  and role of the Mother  Maria Lazarova,  who is the Director of  OCSA Classical Voice Conservatory. Early episodes have included  Kronos Quartet, Laurie Rubin, Bridget Kibbey, Matthias Bossi, Ryan Glover, Gregory Purnhagen, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Joshua Roman, Vijay Gupta  and more… and KCET Vireo Project:

Cog-nate Collective – Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz (ongoing)
– continued realization of numerous projects, including  Manos Unidas Creando Arte,  in  collaboration with a group of  local women,  working to give life to  new social opportunities + cultural + economic in the community of Santa Ana, through the  production of crafts with recycled materials.

Erin Sotak (ongoing – onsite in Phoenix)
– continued realization of the  Whispering Pines Community Engagement  project.  Through a partnership with  Living Resources, the artists are  engaging the residents of the 325-unit affordable housing complex of Whispering Pines Apartments in Phoenix  through the development of community actions.

Angelica Gomez and Joseph Linnert (ongoing)
– continued realization of the  Warwick Square Community Garden  project.  Through a partnership with  Living Resources, the artists are  engaging the residents of the 500-unit affordable housing complex of Warwick Square Apartments in Santa Ana  through the development of sustainable community gardens with artistic workshops and actions.

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