Mariangeles; Soto-Diaz: iHola! Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum in Santa Ana

MARIANGELES SOTO-DIAZ

iHOLA! UNCONFIRMED MAKESHIFT MUSEUM IN SANTA ANA
May 7 – June 12, 2022

a socially engaged artist-in-residence project
Phase 1 – Saturday, May 7 from 7-10PM

storefront gallery research and development


Artist Mariangeles Soto-Diaz’s practice is multilayered. She describes herself as a “prismatic, conceptual maximalist” who integrates social practice, performance, and installation, approaching each project with combinational freedom and multiple entry points for the audience.
For the first phase of her GCAC residency, Soto-Diaz will open the storefront gallery space as a planning location for conversations and methods to get input from community members, framing this process with her quirky artist project the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM). Soto-Díaz defines Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum as “a flexible project space with a playful utopian sensibility, conceived as a portable intervention in both neighborhoods and art worlds. It is a curatorial experiment intended to decentralize circulation of contemporary practices, and it integrates the sensory, poetic, political, and affective dimensions of the everyday.”


For her UMM project at GCAC, Soto-Diaz will begin by activating the gallery space with an installation-in-progress and a participatory activity aimed at both highlighting the collective knowledge of the community and creating a welcoming space for experiencing art. “Viewers will be invited by one of several UMM Questions Operations Managers to complete a questionnaire, where they can share about their experiences with contemporary art spaces, and anyone in their lives who they see as especially creative and resilient in any way, not just through conventional art making.” Soto-Diaz will then incorporate visitors’ responses into the next phase of the work, engaging and following up with viewers about their ideas as the project develops. “Having had experience with essential care, I have been thinking of how not just the language of care, but other languages of being, can function in the realm of relationality. How can everyday dreaming, dancing, storytelling, proverbs, and celebratory moments effectively channel and transmit knowledge and even healing memories for a future time?”


As part of the research for her project, Soto-Diaz is consulting with CSUF College of Health and Human Development Associate professor Claudia Pineda about qualitative research methodologies and Pineda’s work on resilience. Her UMM project at GCAC will continue in the coming months and will be followed by a different project in the Gallery exhibition space beginning later in summer that will build on her recent work in martial arts and performance.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mariangeles Soto-Diaz [US/VE] began her art and judo studies in her native Venezuela, the once-promising oil-and-abstraction-producing nation that has become one of the most unstable and violent countries in the world. In her recent work, Soto-Diaz has merged her judo and creative practices to explore the dynamics of power and vulnerability. Moving across traditional art categories, she creates multilayered projects that are at once political and personal, with a nomadic conceptual practice based on relational self-determination.


Soto-Diaz’s work has been exhibited at the Orange County Museum of Art, the SUR:Biennial, the Everywoman’s Biennial (London/NY), 18th Street Art Center, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, MASS MoCA, El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the Stanley Museum, the Fullerton Museum of Art, and the Wignall Museum, among other venues. She began her art studies at the Federico Brandt School of Art in Caracas, and holds a BA in Psychology and Art from Hampshire College, an MA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. When not in lockdown, she trains at Bunasawa’s Dojo in Costa Mesa and at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo.

PLATFORM #7: Umar Rashid, Caleb Duarte in conversation with Bill Kelley, Jr.

PLATFORM #7

UMAR RASHID and CALEB DUARTE in conversation with BILL KELLEY, JR.     

      
Tuesday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.Zoom link: https://csub.zoom.us/j/81703682625
The event is free and open to the public, presented live via Zoom with a recording available for post live-stream viewing.


ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the California State University (CSU) system, is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 speaker event for our ongoing virtual event series PLATFORM. Launched in September 2020, PLATFORM actively engages students, faculty, staff, and communities through live virtual conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators whose work is critical to current re-imaginings of the art world and the world at large.


This event is co-sponsored by SF State Fine Arts Gallery, CSUF Grand Central Art Center, CSUBakersfield Todd Madigan Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills University Gallery, CSU Fullerton Begovich Gallery, CSU Sacramento University Galleries, and CSU Northridge Art Galleries.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Umar Rashid (also known as Frohawk Two Feathers) employs writing, illustration, painting, and sculpture to construct fabulations or, put simply, alternative historical narratives that reference a panoply of cultures, collapsing geography and time. At the core of his practice is a reimagining of romantic history painting and eighteenth-century colonial scenes. His work is informed by recognizable cultural references, whether historical materials such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, ledger art, Persian miniature painting, and illustrated Spanish colonial manuscripts or more contemporary phenomena such as the hip-hop era of the 1980s and 1990s. Alongside these identifiable sources—often regarded as “truth”—are unseen, fantastical stories, with Rashid taking on the role of what one might call a fabulist. His painterly tales complicate the idea of what is true and false, prompting us to consider whether the “truths” that we are taught may in fact be lies. 


Caleb Duarte is best known for creating temporary installations using construction type frameworks such as beds of dirt, cement, and objects suggesting basic shelter. His installations within institutional settings become sights for performance as interpretations of his community collaborations. Duarte has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; El Pital, Honduras; and throughout Mexico and the United States. He is co-founder of EDELO, a Spanish acronym for (Where the United Nations Used To Be), a house of art in movement and an international artist residency of diverse practices in San Cristobal De Las Casas where he has collaborated with autonomous indigenous Zapatista collectives, communities in movement, and working children and refugees. Caleb Duarte is a professor of sculpture at Fresno City College in Fresno California where he has his studio. He continues to work with Central American unaccompanied minors currently seeking asylum working in community performance, sculpture, film, and painting.


Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, curator and writer based in Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and a Masters in Art History from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM). He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino art history at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB). Kelley’s current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. He has written for such journals as AfterallP.E.A.R., and Log Journal, and has co-edited an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative art practices in the Americas entitled Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010 (Duke University Press, 2017). He is currently Curator and Lead Researcher of Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas, a research, exhibition and publication platform, currently on tour, examining community-based art practices for Otis College of Art as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Kelley also recently edited the bilingual volume Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas (University of Chicago Press, 2017).  


ABOUT CONSORTIUM
ConSortiUm is a ground-breaking collaborative that generates opportunities to include artists, curators, students, faculty, staff, and other allies from across the CSU campuses in visual arts-based dialogue. The CSU system represents the largest public four-year college system in the country, with more than 480,000 students enrolled at twenty-three campuses. Formed in Spring 2020 in response to the distance learning implemented by the CSU during the Covid-19 pandemic, ConSortiUm members are dedicated to responding to current societal issues and the pressing demand for an end to systemic and overt racism in California and beyond.
ConSortiUm’s participating CSU art museums and galleries include Bakersfield, Todd Madigan Gallery; Chico, Janet Turner Print Museum and Jacki Headley University Art Gallery; Dominguez Hills, University Gallery; East Bay, University Art Gallery; Fresno, Center for Creativity and the Arts; Fullerton, Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery and Grand Central Art Center; Humboldt, Reese Bullen Gallery and Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery; Long Beach, School of Art and Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum; Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery, Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery; Northridge, Art Galleries; Pomona, W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery and Don B. Huntley Gallery; Sacramento, University Galleries; San Bernardino, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art; San Diego, University Art Galleries; San Francisco, Fine Arts Gallery; San Jose, Natalie and James Thompson Gallery; Sonoma, University Art Gallery; and Stanislaus, University Art Gallery and Stan State Art Space.

PAST PROGRAMS
Past participants of the PLATFORM series have included People’s Kitchen CollectiveValerie Cassel Oliver with Howardena PindellShaun LeonardoForensic ArchitecturePostcommodity, and Beatriz Cortez with Erin Christovale.CLICK HERE FOR RECORDINGS OF PAST PLATFORM CONVERSATIONS

Yumi Janairo Roth: Spin (After Sol LeWitt)

Yumi Janairo Roth, Spin (After Sol LeWitt) – Spinner Evan James, 2021
photo credit: Josh Hawkins, UNLV Creative Services.
Courtesy of the artist

Spin (After Sol LeWitt) 

Yumi Janairo Roth

March 5 – June 12, 2022

Opening Reception: Sat. March 5 from 7 – 10pm – with AArrow Sign Spinners

PROGRAMS – Collaborative programs throughout the exhibition will take place with:
AArrow Sign Spinners
The Spindustry Podcast hosted by Joey Castanon, with first episode confirmed guests LAXART Director Hamza Walker and Spinner Justin Charles Michael Brown
GRAYSCALE DANCE with Artistic Director Jessica Kondrath
Musician and composer Robin Sukhadia aka Tablapusher

Drawing on a background in anthropological and archaeological research, Yumi Janairo Roth uses her art practice to unite different communities in situations that bring attention to the value we place on various aspects of everyday material culture. Spin (after Sol LeWitt) is an exhibition of sculpture, video, photography, and performance by Colorado-based artist, who has collaborated with professional sign spinners since 2017.  

Roth creates resonant juxtapositions between the physical presence of street-corner advertising and the work of one of America’s founding conceptual artists, Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). “Spinners take great pride in their ability and athleticism,” she says, “yet are sometimes vilified and outlawed for distracting drivers, ‘cheapening’ municipalities, and accepting seemingly low-skill jobs.” For Spin (after Sol LeWitt), she sets out to challenge those assumptions by working with spinners to replace the advertising slogans on their signs with maxims from LeWitt’s genre-defining 1968 text, Sentences on Conceptual Art. Spinning the signs on street corners, they surprised passers-by with LeWitt’s ideas about the importance of irrational judgments and logical mysticism.

Sign spinner Justin Charles Michael Brown, who worked with Roth and Grand Central Art Center when they presented the project on the streets around Frieze Los Angeles in 2020, puts the process in his own words. “Making people’s opinions of sign spinning matter is a very hilarious thing to do, because if you see a sign spinner for an apartment complex it doesn’t really matter what you think about it. You can enjoy it or not, and it doesn’t really matter. But when you enter the art world, those opinions are the thing that everybody’s after.” 

Spin (after Sol LeWitt) invites us to question the divisions we create between the exclusivity of conceptual art and the inclusive public life of street corners, parks, and competitive spectacle.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Yumi Janairo Roth was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Chicago, Metro Manila, the Philippines and suburban Washington DC. She received a BA in anthropology from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and an MFA from the State University of New York-New Paltz. She currently lives and works in Boulder, Colorado where she is a professor of sculpture and post studio practice at the University of Colorado. Roth has exhibited and participated in artist-in-residencies nationally and internationally, including Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Smack Mellon, and Cuchifritos in New York City; Diverse Works and Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas; Vargas Museum, Metro Manila, Philippines, Ayala Museum, Metro Manila, Philippines; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; Galerie Klatovy-Klenová, Czech Republic; and Institute of Art and Design-Pilsen, Czech Republic.

SUPPORT

The artist would like to thank professional sign spinners Joey Castanon, Christian Altamirano, Davis Davis, Kadeem Johnson, Bryan Savas, Kevin Williams, and Justin Charles Michael Brown; Max Durovic, CEO / Spinventor of AArrow Inc.; AArrow Sign Spinners; choreographer Jessica Kondrath; dancers Chandler Davids, Mamie Green, Holly Goodchap, Jen Hong, and Morgan Raynor; composer and musician Robin Sukhadi; Director of LAXART Hamza Walker; John Spiak and Tracey Gayer of GCAC for making this project possible; and special thanks to Carol LeWitt for her continued support of Spin (after Sol LeWitt).

Spin (after Sol LeWitt) was developed through Yumi Janairo Roth’s multi-year artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center.  Support for this exhibition is provided by AArrow Sign Spinners and a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of the Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-residence program.

FULL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

March 5

The Spindustry Podcast with host Joey Castanon, LAXART Director Hamza Walker, and Spinner Justin Charles Michael Brown

March 5, 7-10pm

Spinners at opening 

March 19, 1:30-4pm

Rehearsals with spinners and dancers

March 26, 1:30-4pm

Rehearsals with spinners and dancers

April 2, 7-10pm

Public performance with spinners, dancers, musician/composer

April 23, 1:30-4pm

Rehearsals with spinners and dancers

April 30, 1:30-4pm

Rehearsals with spinners and dancers

May 7, 7-10pm

Public performance with spinners, dancers, musician/composer

June 4

The Spindustry Podcast with host Joey Castanon, guests TBA

Jynx Prado: Intimidating Intimacy

Jynx Prado, Intimidating Intimacy, 2021 (detail).
Courtesy of the artist.

Intimidating Intimacy

Jynx Prado

March 5 – June 12, 2022

Opening Reception: Sat. March 5 from 7 – 10pm

Intimidating Intimacy is a recreated documentation of a video performance from a year prior, represented in a multimedia installation. With a reflection of time, the work on exhibition revisits the past performance with a deeper understanding of body, mind, and self-worth as a queer individual. The objects manifest as three-dimensional stills of performative action through a broad range of materials. They recontextualize Jynx’s intimidating, intimate moments with past partners as a love letter to themself.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jynx Prado was born and currently based in Los Angeles.  They graduated with a BFA in Art from California State University Dominguez Hills and an MFA in Art+Social Practice from OTIS College of Art and Design. Their work critiques and questions the natural and artificial elements within cultures, nature, and human existence – the coexistence of them through an interdisciplinary practice with found objects, fabrics, and their body. Through humor, irony and iconography Prado describes their environment and social life as a queer Mexi-Salvi American. Their work has been exhibited at VAMA Gallery Los Angeles, Torrance Art Museum, Bucareli 80 Mexico City, D2 Gallery, Museum of Latin American Art, and MM Gallery Los Angeles.  They have done performances for the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, el Segundo Museum of Art, Grand Central Art Center, and OTIS College.

Charlotte Ginsborg: 22:22

22:22 

Charlotte Ginsborg

March 5 – June 12, 2022

Opening Reception: Sat. March 5 from 7 – 10pm

22:22 tells the story of Tom Sietas, who in 2012 set a world record at that time of twenty-two minutes and twenty-two seconds in Static Apnea, the ability to hold one’s breath underwater.

Through evocative underwater photography, Charlotte Ginborg’s film follows the rising tension of a record attempt interweaved with a contemporary dance performed to a live piano score by Gabriel Prokofiev and choreography by Kirill Burlov. The film combines documentary and fiction to reveal what drives Tom to push his body to physical extremes. 22:22 paints a vivid portrait of a man who has developed an extraordinary ability to control his body to access a unique psychological state. For Tom, to deny breath is to find life.

The work is a meditation on the desire to challenge the boundaries of what is physically and mentally possible to escape everyday constraints. Cocooned in water, the film captures Tom in an elemental state, a physical and psychological ‘body’ seen refracted through the camera’s lens. Cutting between a stark urban warehouse and the depths of a German lake, the addition and denial of light enhance both the cinematic and the metaphorical qualities of the work.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Charlotte Ginsborg is a London-based independent filmmaker. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2002. Through her fine art and photography background, her films combine documentary, fiction, narrative, and performance to create rich multi-layered portraits of diverse communities and engaging individuals. Her work has been screened at the Venice Biennale, the Serpentine Gallery, the Pompidou Centre, Arizona State University Art Museum, and the Walker Arts Center. Her film, Over The Bones, competed in the Tiger Shorts at Rotterdam Film Festival, and her film, 22:22, commissioned by Film London, premiered at the London Film Festival. Her latest film, Songs For The River, was nominated for Best First Feature at Sheffield Doc/Fest21. Her films have been commissioned by Channel 4, the UNHRC, Arts Council England, Poetry in the City, and The Jasmin Vardimon dance company. Recently she has been working with the Trojan Women Project following the experience of Syrian refugees to the UK.

Adrian Paci: Centro di permanenza temporanea

Adrian Paci, Centro di permanenza temporanea, 2007 (still from video).
Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto Milano / New York and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

Centro di permanenza temporanea 

Adrian Paci

December 4, 2021 – February 13, 2022

Opening Reception: Sat. Dec 4 from 7 – 10pm

The central setting is an airport. A crowd of people are patiently moving towards an aircraft boarding staircase. They form a queue while we can observe planes taking off and landing in the background. Gradually, the stairs fill up with migrant men and women. They must squeeze together to make space for the people moving up. The people’s faces mirror their yearning for the fulfillment of a humane life without discrimination and cultural uprooting. The camera slowly circles the free-standing staircase. Where is this flight bound? In its title, the video Centro di Permanenza Temporanea (2007) refers to the Italian name for the temporary camps for illegal immigrants arriving weekly on the Italian coasts. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST


Adrian Paci 
(b. 1969) is known for his performance, and video works exploring globalization, migration, and exploitation issues in the 21st century. Trained as a realist painter in the Albanian capital Tirana, Paci began to work in photography and moving image. In the late 1990s when Albania underwent a dramatic phase of political turmoil, he fled to Milan. His films respond to collective histories of contemporary humankind, featuring the people whose stories they tell; they reveal how social and economic circumstances condition identity.

The artist’s work was part of the group exhibition at the Albanian Pavilion in the 1999 Venice Biennale. He also participated in the international exhibition of the 2005 Venice Biennale and represented Albania at the Venice Biennale of architecture in 2014. Adrian Paci’s works have been presented in numerous solo exhibitions internationally (selection): Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2019); National Gallery of Art, Tirana (2019); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2019); Museo Novecento, Florence (2018); MAXXI, Rome (2015); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal (2014); Galeries Nationales du Jeu de Paume, Paris, (2013); Kunsthaus Zurich (2010), Kunstverein, Hannover (2008) or CCA, Tel Aviv (2008). Adrian Paci’s work is part of the following collections (selection): Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York; MoMA, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Fundaciò La Caixa, Barcelona; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, among others.

Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto Milano / New York and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich. 

Yaron Michael Hakim: Psittaciformes

PSITTACIFORMES

YARON MICHAEL HAKIM

September 4, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Opening Reception: Sat. Sept. 4 from 7-10PM

In his current body of work, Psittaciformes, Yaron Michael Hakim has adopted the formal approach of naturalist illustration to depict imagined anthropomorphic creatures. Through these paintings, he examines his South American heritage and the kind of exoticization that has been projected onto him and that he has, in turn, projected onto himself. 

The artist was initially inspired by the Macaw, the quintessential parrot that is native to South America.  Beginning to think about parrots—their attributes of camouflage and the ability to mimic vocal pitch—led him to see these birds as a metaphor for assimilation and living between cultures. Adopted at birth from his homeland of Colombia, Yaron spent his early life living on three different continents – Australia, Europe, and North America.  As the artist states, “I have always lived between cultures, trying to assimilate, and in this regard, I’ve come to identify with parrots (including the wild, transplant parrots that, like me, call East L.A. home).” 

The paintings of this new series draw upon multiple source materials, including found parrot photos, personal snapshots, colonial naturalist drawings, and present-day illustrations of parrots. Painted on used Dacron sails, the works show signs of weathering, staining, tears, and stitching. “For me, this material has a quality that is somewhere between paper and canvas.” says Yaron.  The works are pinned directly to the wall—not stretched onto bars like a traditional painting—allowing the sailcloth to retain its original shape while alluding to movement.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Yaron Michael Hakim (b. 1980 Bogotá, Colombia) lives and works in Los Angeles. Hakim received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2013 and a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. Hakim has exhibited in Europe and the United States and recently had solo exhibitions at Herrnando’s Hideaway in Miami (2018) and LAXART, Los Angeles (2016). He has been included in group shows at Art+Chateau, Ladoix-Serrigny, France (2020), The Pit, Los Angeles (2019), BBQLA, Los Angeles (2018); and at The Box, Los Angeles (2017), among others.