Santa Ana Sites #3 – AnDa Union

October 30, 2013

Following the success of Santa Ana Sites #1: David Harrington of Kronos Quartet and Santa Ana Sites #2: Backhausdance, GCAC was approached by Irvine Barclay Theatre on the possibilities of collaborating with them to present Santa Ana Sites #3 – AnDa Union!

OF COURSE WE ACCEPTED!

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Grand Central Art Center and Irvine Barclay Theatre through the continued collaboration with Santa Ana Sites co-founder Allen Moon, and with thanks to Barclay’s Doug Rankin and Karen Drews Hanlon, John Luckacovic and Eleanor Oldham of 2Luck Concepts, and Tim Pearce and Sophie Lascelles from AnDa Union presented an intimate acoustic evening with a group of ten instrumentalists and singers from Inner Mongolia.  AnDa Union describe themselves as music gatherers.  Digging deep into the Mongol traditions of Genghis Khan’s unified tribes and unearthing forgotten musical histories, creating a whole new generation of sound, as they perform on indigenous instruments and in the khoomii, throat-singing, style.

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Guests began their evening by joining us at Grand Central Art Center for a pre-performance mixer.  Though the extreme generosity of Trez Ibrahim and her soon to be open Downtown Santa Ana venue Vineyard Roz Wine Lounge & Art Studioguest enjoyed fine wine, conversation, our current exhibition Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King, as well as a preview of our three exhibitions that open this Saturday, November 2nd – Cross Cut: Aili SchmeltzRage Bear: Juggling Awesome organized by current CSUF Illustration MFA student Marvin Chow; and the Glass and Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, which includes the work of current CSUF students, alumni and community artists.

AnDa Union is in the midst of a 7 week US tour to some of the great world music presenters in the country.  We couldn’t be happier that this collaborative opportunity presented itself, allowing these magnificent musicians to play as part of our Santa Ana Sites series.

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With 72 individuals in attendance, we were able to keep the evening acoustic, informal and intimate.   The beauty and power of AnDa Union’s voices and instruments brought the space to life for the enthusiastic audience.  Another grand success for the Santa Ana Sites series!

If you missed the event, you can see and hear past performances of Anda Union here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLy0IRy2-aQ&feature=youtu.be
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_jZGXhemw8

If you missed Santa Ana Sites #1 or #2, here are links to recaps:

Santa Ana Sites #1: David Harrington of Kronos Quartet
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/kronos-quartets-david-harrington-kicks-off-gcac-santa-ana-sites-series/

Santa Ana Sites #2: Backhausdance 
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/santa-ana-sites-2-backhausdance/

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Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh visit GCAC!

October 24, 2013

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GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak with Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh

Yesterday afternoon we had a nice surprise visit to GCAC by New York based artist Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh, Assistant Professor, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Art at Chapman University. The artist was in town to present as part of the Visual Thinker Lecture Series at Chapman University.

We had the pleasure of touring these two outstanding individuals through our entire institution, sharing with them our current exhibitions, programs and philosophies of engagement.

Like GCAC exhibiting artists Matthew Moore and Braden King, who have created the current Cumulus installation in our main gallery, Maria Elena Gonzalez is a prestigious Creative Capital grantee. She is actually one of the grantees from the inaugural year of Creative Capital granting in 2000.

It seems GCAC is becoming a magnet for Creative Capital artists, and we couldn’t be happier!


Tim Youd: “Performing” A Scanner Darkly – Throughout November 2013

October 21, 2013

Grand Central Arts Center and Coagula Curatorial Presents:
Artist Tim Youd’s Upcoming Performance Exhibition
of Phillip K. Dick’s Literary Cult Classic
A Scanner Darkly

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Fresh off his back-to-back, critically-acclaimed typing performance exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Indianapolis artist Tim Youd continues his momentum staring on Saturday, November 2nd and throughout the month, at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana with a performance of Phillip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly.

Dubbed “regional conceptualism,” Youd performs his work in carefully chosen locales that are geographically related to either the author’s life or the plot of the novel. Utilizing the same make and model typewriter used by each author in its original creation, Youd types the novel on a single page, running it through the machine over and over. With each exhibition, Youd also constructs a tangible visual companion piece to marry with every performance, consisting of his sculpted typewriter “portraits,” as well as a self-portrait of himself reading the performed works.

In the heart of downtown Santa Ana, at Grand Central Arts Center, artist Tim Youd will retype the entirety of A Scanner Darkly on a single page. The intention for this location is that the author Philip K. Dick lived the latter part of his life, and died, in Orange County. This late period includes some of his most highly acclaimed work. One of these classics is A Scanner Darkly, a semi-autobiographical novel of drug use and paranoia set in a dystopian Orange County of the then near future (he wrote the novel in 1977, setting it in the mid 1990s). Youd will use an Olympia SG-3, the same make/model typewriter that Dick himself used.

GCAC would like to thank Mat Gleason and Alanna Navitski for helping to make this project a reality.

References:
http://www.timyoud.com

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-knight-youd-review-20130725,0,6957142.story

http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2013/07/performing-charles-bukowskis-post-office-on-a-typewriter

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-derrick/tim-youd-performing-charl_b_3618984.html

http://www.coagulacuratorial.com/html/about.html


GCAC Artist in Residence – Vincent Goudreau

October 15, 2013

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(Vincent Goudreau in the GCAC AIR Studio with some of his recent work)

Say Aloha to Vincent Goudreau, our newest GCAC artist in residence, visiting us from the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Vincent will be with us for the next two months working on numerous projects and engaging directly with our communities.

Not yet familiar with Vincent’s work? Here’s a link to find out more:
http://www.vincentgoudreau.com/

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(Vincent Goudreau – detail from The Juan Recordings: Migrating to the Senior Tour)


Santa Ana Sites #2 – Backhausdance

October 12, 2013

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Last evening we continued our Santa Ana Sites, a series developed by Grand Central Art Center and Allen Moon working through community collaborations, which aims to present contemporary performance in public and private spaces, in and around downtown Santa Ana.

As you may recall, our Santa Ana Sites #1 featured David Harrington, Founder and Artistic Director of the Kronos Quartet, who shared his insights into Kronos’ creative process through an evening of listening.

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This time around, Santa Ana Sites #2 partnered with Jennifer Backhaus to present Backhausdance, performing their newest work, The Elasticity of the Almost, in a dance installation. The three-night run (Thurs – Sat) opened with a private VIP performance event on Thursday. The evening started with a mixer, allowing this select group of individuals to become better acquainted, catch-up with old friends and make new ones. Our thanks to Dan Bradley and Diego Velasco of Memphis for the continued support of Santa Ana Sites through their generosity of quality food for the evening.

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As the dance performance began, audience members were invited to roam about the loft space as the dance played out around them, provoking a shifting of vantage points and perspectives.

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The dancers activated all levels of this three-story loft, providing multi-level viewing by the audience from balconies, as well as live streaming video projected upon the wall of the third floor.

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If you missed the preview event, we apologize. We were limited on space and had to be extremely selective. But don’t worry; the good news is that there will be three more performance, one tonight and two Saturday night. These performances will be ticketed performances: $12 advance / $20 at the door.

To reserve space for Friday and Saturday, please go here:
http://www.backhausdance.org/santaanasites

You can also share the event with your Facebook friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/547811531940749/?ref=br_tf

We would like to thank the dancers for the power, creative spirit and inspiration they provided over the course of this incredible hour-long performance. Our thanks as well to Jennifer Backhaus, Jeremy Hunt and the entire Backhausdance team for the realization of this dance, sound and media production. Thank you to all who attended and for the energy you provided throughout the evening. Thanks to Kurt Mortensen of the Pacific Symphony for some of the outstanding images included in this blog. Lastly, our sincere thanks to Allen Moon for collaborating with GCAC to realize and continue Santa Ana Sites.

Yes, there are more Santa Ana Sites in the planning stages, so keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming announcements.


INTERNal Affairs: Once Bitten

October 7, 2013

INTERNal Affairs is a series by GCAC Curatorial Intern and CSUF Art History major Shauna Hultgrien.

It’s spreading. Fast and unapologetic, the Creative bug is buzzing and has struck the arts community of Santa Ana. I’ve been on the front line here at Grand Central Art Center for just a few months now, but in that time I have seen artists turned mad with ingenuity and innovation, hardly able to contain their creative impulses; once the Creative bug bites the virus seems to run rampant through its host. After experiencing October’s first Saturday Art Walk, it has become abundantly clear that this outbreak has viciously begun to affect the arts community at large. The symptoms by which this virus manifests itself are as diverse and varied as the artists themselves. It is still unclear as to how this creativity spreads: is it contact? Is it airborne? Is it something in the water? Perhaps it’s some sort of contamination of the food? As you know, my Internet friends, I am no doctor; no, I am simply GCAC’s humble intern and your loyal reporter, so let’s take this time to review the evidence together and get to the bottom of this epidemic.

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(Eamonn Fox performing with Jenny)

I did my best to expect the unexpected during October’s Art Walk. I realize that this is the month of mischief and mayhem, so I kept an open mind and a watchful eye for anything out of the ordinary. This proved to be an arduous task; the last three months GCAC has happily facilitated artist Eamonn Fox, and for those of you who have experienced Fox and/or his work can sympathize when I say, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary. I have somehow seemed to normalize absurdity and thusly am phased by very little. This speaks volumes to my bewilderment that was to occur on Saturday, but I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start from the beginning.

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(Beatriz Cortez with patron)

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(The Eternal Telethon: The Power Suit Edition)

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(Beatriz Cortez: The Time Machine)

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(The Eternal Telethon: The Power Suit Edition)

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(Braden King viewing Beatriz Cortez: The Time Machine)

So, it began like any other art walk, eager patrons strolling in to GCAC to get their last glimpse of Beatriz Cortez’s The Time Machine, and Eamonn Fox’s Solo Residency Exhibition for the Purposes of Furthering My Career, as well as to witness the unveiling of Cumulus, the newest installation in the main gallery by Matthew Moore and Braden King. Fox decided to take full advantage of his last art walk here with us by using his space to host The Eternal Telethon, a telethon for the 21st century organized by artist Jen Bruce, with Paul Michael White Jr., Niko Solorio, Alexis Disselkoen and Marcos de la Siref. Artists of varying talents took turns in front of the crowd and in front of the webcam (the telethon was streaming live on the internet), showcasing their skills for our enjoyment. This was the first indicator that the Creativity virus was spreading; artists from San Diego to Bakersfield turned out to plug in to this artistic outlet. There were musical acts, comedy routines, performance pieces, and two lively MCs that seamlessly supplemented the show. The inundation of artists and their passion for their craft indicated that they had not escaped the clutches of the Creative bug. Upon noticing this, my concern for the patrons grew. Not wanting to alarm anyone at a potential infestation of creativity here at GCAC, I carefully and quietly scanned the masses for signs of the Creativity bug. The crowd persisted through the Telethon in its entirety, excusing themselves occasionally to take their turn in The Time Machine or to gasp in awe at the enormously impressive Cumulus. All seemed well, until I saw it. I caught a glimpse of a patron’s eye and there it was, that glimmer of craze. I knew they had caught the bug; a sort of benign rabidity that propelled them through the galleries until their creative appetites were satisfied hastened their movements.

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

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(CSUF student exhibition at Memphis)

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

The glow of the perfectly formatted projections on to the wooden reconstruction of the LA Aqueduct emanated from the gallery that houses Cumulus, or what King calls, “ 50 feet, 6,000 pounds, and18,000 lumens of awesome.” Feeling overwhelmed by the artistic greatness housed in GCAC and by the realization that the Creative virus is much bigger that I had initially suspected, I ran into the promenade for some fresh air, but that crazed look was in nearly everyone’s eyes! The vendors, the street performers, the passerby’s; in a dazed panic I stumbled towards the nearest illuminated room and found myself in the Memphis of Santora’s Backdoor Gallery. The modest gallery, donated by artist, curator and CSUF/GCAC MFA alum David Michael Lee, has become the new home to the works of some of Cal State University Fullerton’s students. Curator, featured artist, and GCAC MFA resident Caesar D. Alzate Jr. assured me that this was to be the first of many shows that would take place in the space. I was happy to meet our neighbors, but it only confirmed my fears that this Creative bug had spread past GCAC’s walls and was now beyond anyone’s control.

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

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(Artist Tony de los Reyes)

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(Desiree and Greg Glenn, Jim Skuldt, Jesse Sugarmann and his wife Erica)

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(Mary Leigh Cherry with her son and daughter, and artist Lauren Bon with one of her project’s promotional mules)

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(Artists Matthew Moore, Braden King, Micol Hebron, Carrie Marill, Jesse Sugarmann, Tony de los Reyes gather with program/projection system designer Brian Chasalow, Cherry and Martin gallery owner Mary Leigh Cherry, Filmmaker Alexa Sau, Sound Editor Borja Sau for post reception get together at C4)

My head spinning, I made my way back to GCAC where I ran into Matthew Moore and Braden King, who were both enjoying the opening of their remarkable installation, along with program/projection system designer Brian Chasalow and project assistant Kim Larkin. I knew that the Creative bug had bitten them all; it was abundantly evident in their work. Over the last month their condition never stabilized, it only intensified as the scope of their project seemed to abandon all boundaries until it eventually culminated into the fantastic creation that is Cumulus. It was then that I began to notice some familiar faces around the gallery and I realized then that I had been naïve to believe that the Creative epidemic had only been affecting Santa Ana. The return of Mary Leigh Cherry and Tony de los Reyes to the corridors of GCAC was a happy reunion after de los Reyes 2012 show in our gallery, but this also a red flag, the Creative bug was much more powerful than I anticipated. This was further confirmed when I noticed Creative Capital grantee artists, Jim Skuldt and Jesse Sugarmann bouncing between the galleries. King and Moore are also Creative Capital artists, so to have four under one roof was overwhelming to a young, impressionable intern such as myself. Artists Carrie Marill and Micol Hebron were roaming the spaces as well. The coup de gras, however, was when Lauren Bon parked her mules from her upcoming, 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct so that she could experience Cumulus, which stands as another homage to the centennial celebration of the LA Aqueduct. It was then that I came to a full realization that Creative bug cannot be contained; it’s indiscriminately hitting everyone and surfacing in the form of fantastically innovative works.

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(Aili Schmeltz: Cross Cut)

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(Rage Bear: Juggling Awesome)

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(Tim Youd will be “Performing” A Scanner Darkly)

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(Nov. 2, The Big Draw LA event at GCAC in collaboration with Ryman Arts)

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(Vincent Goudreau – detail from The Juan Recordings: Migrating to the Senior Tour)

So that’s it Internet community, but I don’t know where this leaves us. After this recap of events, the only conclusion that I have reached is that no one is safe. I suppose my only advice is to enjoy it, because if you haven’t encountered the Creative bug yet, you soon will. Especially if you choose to join us on November 2nd for the first Saturday Art Walk when GCAC will continue Cumulus and open two new shows, Aili Schmeltz’s Cross Cut and Rage Bear: Juggling Awesome curated by MFA in Illustration student Marvin Chow. That evening will also mark the beginning of Tim Youd‘s month long “Performing” A Scanner Darkly and we’ll host a one night Big Draw LA event for the entire family with Ryman Arts throughout the evening. And did I mention, artist Vincent Goudreau arrives in residence this week from Maui and will be at GCAC for the next two months? Since contact with the Creative bug is inevitable, I suggest you welcome it with open arms and join us sooner rather than later here at GCAC. I hope that you come to your senses and embrace the madness because if you can’t beat them, join them. This is the GCAC intern, over and out.