Halle Berry, Steven Spielberg, Mickey Fisher and GCAC!

July 1, 2014

mickey and julie

It seems like only a short time ago, Mickey Fisher was living here at Grand Central Art Center, with his partner CSUF student Julie Cardia, who graduated this May with her MFA Theatre Arts in Acting. As a filmmaker, writer and director, Mickey lent us his talents, working with two of our GCAC artists-in-residence to create short documentary films on their projects.

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The first documentary short film was created in July of 2012, with artist Adam Moser. Through his project, Moser attempted to realize his lifelong dream of playing in the big leagues by trying out for Major League Baseball (MLB). Recognizing he was not alone in this dream, Moser invited individuals from Grand Central Art Center’s Downtown Santa Ana community to join him, forming a 9-member tryout team, the Cut-Off Men.

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In June of 2013, Mickey worked with GCAC once again, this time with artist Carmen Papalia, creating a short documentary on the artists walking performance Mobility Device. Papalia started using a white cane when he began to lose his vision nearly ten years ago. For one day, through his performance piece, he replaced his cane with The Great Centurion Marching Band of Century High School, Santa Ana.

Wait, what are we talking about? It has only been a short time since they both lived here, as Julie and Mickey moved out of their GCAC apartment in April, just two months ago, but so much has happened.

This is where we get to the Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg connection…

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Last year, while living at GCAC, Mickey entered his script for EXTANT into the TrackingB TV Pilot Contest. The script made it to a finalist slot in the competition, where it caught the eye of a individual involved in the review process. This individual championed the work. Long story short, the script was picked up by Steve Spielberg and his Amblin TV, then pitched to CBS, who orders 13-episodes straight to series.

If that was the end of the story, it would be amazing in itself, but it’s not. Apparently, Halle Berry got wind of the script and expressed interest. She is quoted as saying, “I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium.” Yes, Berry landed the lead role, along side actor Goran Visnjic (from ER fame), and Pierce Gagnon.

So get ready, as EXTANT premieres on CBS June 9, 9pm/8central here in the US. For our friends in the UK, you can watch it on July 10 through Amazon Prime Instant Video, which nabbed exclusive UK rights.

Want to read more about Mickey Fishers amazing journey this past year? You can check it out in this <a href="Variety article.

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http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/extant-how-a-contest-led-creator-mickey-fisher-to-spielberg-1201254597/

Much continued success to Mickey and Julie, thank you for all your contributions to GCAC during your time living with us. Come back and visit often, WE MISS YOU!


GCAC Intern Off to Grad School @ School of the Art Institute Chicago!

May 11, 2013

In the words of GCAC intern Ariel Gentalen as she completes her internship and heads to Chicago for grad school…

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The first word that comes to mind while reflecting on my year as an intern at Grand Central Art Center is community. It is John Spiak’s unflinching commitment to partnerships and involvement that created a beneficial learning environment to expand my understanding of the inner workings of the art world. I was also fortunate to be working with the supportive and welcoming staff that makes Grand Central such a lovely place to be on a day-to-day basis.

My time at Grand Central began after a last minute, and insane, road trip to Portland, OR to attend Open Engagement 2012 conference. It was ultimately an adventure that developed into one of the most important experiences of my undergraduate career. I say adventure, because CSUF Professor Gretchen Potts drove myself and two other art students 16 hours in a rented Prius, to attend. At the time it didn’t seem like a flawed plan, but upon our arrival, as we sat across from each other at lunch as speechless zombies from exhaustion, we realized flying there might have been easier. After a quick nap, we attended panel discussions focused on integrating social practice into museums, outlining successful education programs in museums and galleries, as well as creating alternative spaces for creativity where established institutions have none. I met and conversed with individuals who were responsible for creating dynamic public programming and working directly with communities. These meetings helped me conclude that this must be my career path, not only to fulfill my own passions, but also to guide others in a similar fashion. Connecting with John at the conference and seeing him speak on the “It Turns our There is Room for Everyone: Museums and Social Practice” panel, I knew that I wanted to work with someone so devoted to the tide of Social Practice art and how it benefits surrounding communities. One week after the conference, I began my GCAC internship.

Over the course of the summer and the following year, I was lucky enough to work with an amazing list of artists in residence, assisting in the realization of projects – from contacting surrounding Santa Ana organizations trying to recruit baseball players for Adam Moser’s MLB project; to sitting on the floor of the AIR apartment with Lisa Bielawa conversing about art and music culture in Orange County; to sharing mouthwatering arepa cooked by current GCAC Project Room exhibiting artist Saskia Jorda. As an Art History major, you spend the majority of your time studying flashcards, reading verbose art theory and attempting to comprehend what the omnipresent art world is – and how you eventually want to fit into it. It is a testament to the power of informal learning experiences – being a fly on the wall during meetings or grant writing discussions –which provided the opportunity for a demystification of what it means to operate in the art world. Grand Central also connected me to Project Access, through an opportunity to produce and run a workshop in partnership with their teen program hosted at Santa Ana Community College. Throughout my year here, there has been nothing but support, whether it comes in the form of pitch meetings for public programming. allowing for time off during grad school application panic, or other on campus leadership duties. It has been a truly rewarding and informative year in how to operate as an advocate of the arts.

Next week, I will be flying (we learned our lesson – no more road trips) out to Portland with fellow student and friend Karla Monterrey to attend Open Engagement once again. It may be painfully cliché, but I embrace the cyclical journey this past year at Grand Central has provided me. I am so excited to be critically engaged for three days of intense art focused discussion, this time with a well-rested and attentive brain. Karla and I are committed to taking and applying all of the conversations at Open Engagement with us to graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is my hope to engage communities the way John and the Grand Central Art Center has done with CSUF and Santa Ana, as well as nurture a future generation of critical citizens.

Ariel Gentalen
CSUF, BA in Art History, Minor in Women’s Studies, ‘13


SUPPORT GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS + 10% HOLIDAY DISCOUNT!

December 6, 2012

In celebration of the holiday season, print a copy of the first page of this post or show an image of this post on your mobile device at the Grand Central Art Center Gallery Store for a 10% discount on your next purchase, now through January 31, 2013.

 

SUPPORT GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Make a contribution online today to support continued success and engaging outreach throughout 2013!

https://www.fullerton.edu/foundation/gift/form.asp?Appeal=8GJ00/CSFPF&fund=Grand%20Central%20Art%20Center%7C40003

 

All proceeds will directly benefit our activities, allowing Grand Central Art Center the opportunity to work with artists in developing more exhibitions, residencies, programs, events and lectures for our communities. As the projects develop, we will continue to keep you informed and provide you invitations to all exciting activities.

 

Please donate $10 or more today!  Support our effort and contribute what you can. 

We’ve made it easy to DONATE NOW through our simple and secure online CSUF GCAC form:

 https://www.fullerton.edu/foundation/gift/form.asp?Appeal=8GJ00/CSFPF&fund=Grand%20Central%20Art%20Center%7C40003

  

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MAKING 2012 A SUCCESS FOR GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER.

Grand Central Art Center quality exhibitions, programs and outreach are made possible through the generous support of individuals like you.

 

 

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2012 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

 

Sean C. Flaherty: An Overture in Parts

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

 

CSUF Students Ceramic and Glass Exhibition and Sale

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

 

EXHIBITIONS:

Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=389

 

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=382

 

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=376

 

Here In Your Space: Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=378

 

The Cacophony Society: Zone Show

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=373

 

ISM: 10 Project

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=383

 

Constantin Hartenstein: Event Horizon

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=386

 

Erin Morrison: Meditative Action

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=393

 

Imaginary Realism: Works on Paper

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=380

 

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=381

 

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE:

Jules Rochielle

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

 

Brent Green

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/mat-gleason-brent-green-dan-cameron-kip-pastor-ruben-dario-gcac/

 

Adam Moser

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/

 

Constantin Hartenstein

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/season-opening-91-performance-recap-824-grand-central-art-center/

 

Clinton MacKenzie

http://www.macstudioartpdx.com

 

Sarah Luther

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/another-conversation-3/

 

Lisa Bielawa – 1st Site Visit, Project In Development

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/lisa-bielawa-artist-in-residence-site-visit-1-grand-central-art-center/

 

Paul Ramirez Jonas – 1st Site Visit, Project In Development

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/paul-ramirez-jonas-in-residence-for-site-visit/

 

 

COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM / PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Patchwork: Spring (May) and Fall (Dec) –

Coordinated with our tenant/collaborative partner The Road Less Traveled

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/weekends-are-active-grand-central-art-center/

 

Brent Green screening with live soundtrack performance of 

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – 

Collaboration with OC School of the Arts

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/another-active-weekend-grand-central-art-center/

 

Imagination Celebration – Collaboration with OC Arts

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/another-active-weekend-grand-central-art-center/

 

Blue Remix: Yann Marussich – Collaboration with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/season-opening-91-performance-recap-824-grand-central-art-center/

 

Bulbo’s screening of Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) – Collaboration with OC Film Fiesta and The Yost Theatre

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/keeping-active-gcac/

 

 

VIP VISIT:

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 47th District of California

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/congresswoman-loretta-sanchez-47th-district-of-california-visits-gcac/

 

 

CONVERSATIONS SERIES:

Conversations #1: Gallery Artists

Tony de los Reyes, Deb Klowden, Sara Dehghan

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/we-love-our-csuf-and-santa-ana-communities/

 

Conversations #2: Public Art

Kent Twitchell, Margaret Bruning, Kevin Stewart-Magee

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/serving-students-of-our-cal-state-university-fullerton-community/

 

Conversations #3: Social Practice

Sarah Luther, Sara Deleiden, Cassandra Erb, Kimberly McKinnis

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/another-conversation-3/

 

PRESS COVERAGE:

ARTFORUM Critics’ Picks – Tony de los Reyes:  Border Theory

https://grandcentralartcenter.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/artforum_tony.jpg

 

Titan Magazine: Grand Central Art Center is a Cultural Hub For Santa Ana and Beyond

http://news.fullerton.edu/2012fa/grand-central.asp

 

OC Weekly – ‘Border Theory’ Shows the Line That Blurs

http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-10-04/culture/tony-de-los-reyes-border-theory-grand-central-art-center-santa-ana/

 

Visual Art Source – Naida Osline

http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=1248

 

Los Angeles Times – John Spiak Wants Grand Central Art Center to be Engaged Neighbor

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/28/entertainment/la-et-john-spiak-fullerton-20120328

 

Cultural Weekly – Sean C. Flaherty’s Overture

http://www.culturalweekly.com/sean-c-flaherty-overture.html

 

OC Weekly – Best Public Art 2012: Millard Sheets Murals

http://www.ocweekly.com/bestof/2012/award/best-public-art-1326250/

 

 

We look forward to seeing you here!

Happy Holiday Season,

 

John D. Spiak

Director/Chief Curator 

Grand Central Art Center

a unit of Cal State University Fullerton’s College of the Arts

125 N. Broadway

Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Mat Gleason, Brent Green, Dan Cameron, Kip Pastor, Ruben Dario @ GCAC

October 18, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in programming over the past week here at Grand Central Art Center. It has provided another active schedule of diverse programming and wide range of visitors.

Last Thursday, Mat Gleason from Coagula (both the magazine and gallery) stopped by to see the exhibitions and chat a bit. We had the opportunity to talk about Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison‘s work and the upcoming programming, before the conversation shifted to Angels baseball. Mat is one of the Angels number one fans, he actually pens for http://www.halosheaven.com/, but we won’t reveal his moniker, you’ll have to guess. The talk of baseball led to a great conversation about Adam Moser‘s residency/project this summer at GCAC, The Cut-Off Men. We honored Mat by presenting him with one of the team autographed, limited edition, baseballs from the project. Now if Mat would just stand still for one moment, we could get an in-focus picture…

Mat Gleason with Cut-Off Men autographed baseball


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday afternoon, artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborators, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley and Jim Skuldt, met up at the Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre. They spent much of the afternoon doing set-up and sound checks with the amazing OCSA team and volunteer students for that evenings screening with live soundtrack performance of Green’s feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. The venue is top notch and the sound quality was fantastic! After the sound check and a few warm-up runs, we headed down for a wonderful, pre-screening/performance, Mexican food dinner in downtown Santa Ana.

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Following the early dinner, it was time to head back to the theatre for the performance. There was a great audience who experienced a performance that was truly emotional, reflective and inspiring. It was a very moving evening of live music soundtrack and powerful film. Thank you Brent and your collaborators for creating such powerful art! Our sincere gratitude to the team at the Orange County School for the Arts, especially Aaron Orullian, Patrick Williams, Eric Hamme, Kevin Cook, Cathy Michaels. We are looking forward to future collaborations with your team, faculty and students!

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Post performance conversation. Curator Cassandra Coblentz with artists Todd Gray, Kyungmi Shin and Joe Biel

The working week started of Monday with a visit from Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron. We invited Dan down to speak with students enrolled in the Exhibition and Design program at Cal State University Fullerton. Dan shared stories of how he began his career in the curating practice, his early travels to Spain that so inspired him, and his early writing on the topic of art. He talked about past projects, including his time at the New Museum, curating the 2003 Istanbul Biennale and the development of Prospect 1 in New Orleans. The students asked great questions and the conversation was lively. Thank you Dan for the time, energy and inspiration you provided to our students.

Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron

Monday evening, we partnered with OC Food Access Coalition, Positively Delicious OC and Memphis at the Santora to present a screening of the film In Organic We Trust. We had the great fortune to work with two wonderful individuals through this collaboration, OC Food Access Coalition Executive Director Gillian Poe and Program Coordinator Mire Molnar-Barton. We had an engaged crowd on hand that had the opportunity to talk with numerous organizations that set-up booths in our lobby, take in the tasty treats provided by Memphis, and enjoy the screening of the film. Following the film, the audience was provided the opportunity of a Q&A with the films Director/Producer Kip Pastor. It was an educational exchange that lasted close to an hour, with quality information provided by both the filmmaker and audience.

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

Screening of In Organic We Trust

In Organic We Trust Director/Producer Kip Pastor during Q&A


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This afternoon, we were visited by Jose Quant and Shell Martin of the Q Art Salon, one of our great gallery neighbors here in Downtown Santa Ana. Jose and Shell brought Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, for a site visit to GCAC and conversation about cultural exchange possibilities. Lots of ideas and energy, so we will keep you posted as things develop.

Jose Quant of Q Art Salon, Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak

Once again, we thank everyone who participated in our programming over the past week and look forward to providing more opportunities for community focused engagement in the coming days and months.

Lots of great GCAC programs, educational outreach, exhibitions and performance on the horizon!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN US!


THE CUT-OFF MEN, FILM/DOCUMENTARY NOW ONLINE FOR VIEWING!!!

July 2, 2012

Artist/Athlete Adam Moser attempts to realize his lifelong dream of playing in the big leagues by trying out for Major League Baseball (MLB). Recognizing he is not alone in this dream, Moser invites individuals from Grand Central Art Center’s Downtown Santa Ana to join him, forming a 9-member tryout team, the Cut-Off Men. A short documentary by Adam Moser and Mickey Fisher.


Lisa Bielawa – Artist in Residence – Site Visit #1 @ Grand Central Art Center

June 30, 2012

It’s been an exciting week, with Grand Central Art Center having been extremely fortunate to host artist/composer/vocalist Lisa Bielawa as a visiting Artist in Residence.  This was Lisa’s first site visit to Downtown Santa Ana, as she begins the process of developing a larger project and an extended residency.

We worked to introduce Lisa to individuals in our community and sites around Orange County of possible interest.  The visit allowed her to experience our community, this region and to begin developing ideas for projects that could be realized through her artistic vision.

Tom Burke, Flying Bull, Inc. and a Special Events Consultant, provided a tour of the airstrips of the former Marine Corp Air Station El Toro in Irvine, now part of the development in process of the expanding Orange County Great Park.  Lisa was interested in visiting the site as she is currently developing projects on former runways as part of her upcoming Tempelhof Broadcast.  the Tempelhof Broadcast will be performed on the Tempelhof Airport runway in Berlin, and in development for performance on Crissy Field, San Francisco.  Tom shared brief histories of the site and recent activities, as we walked the runways and Lisa tested the sites sound qualities at distances.  It was a clear morning and the songbirds in the adjoining fields were clearly happy.

Lisa met with Allen Moon, of the David Lieberman Artists’ Representative, as they discussed the current international creative scene and the many individual acquaintances and friends they had in common.  Allen shared his perspectives of Downtown Santa Ana, along with his vast knowledge of the greater Orange County community and the individuals here for whom Lisa would benefit by meeting.

Dr. Pamela Madsen, composer, performer and scholar, California State University, Fullerton’s Music Department, met with Lisa at the recommendation of Allen.  She shared information on her role as director of CSUF’s New Music Festival, including her vision for the 2013 festival.  They talked about the current voice, music and composer communities of Southern California, including individuals involved with our colleague SoCal universities of CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, University of California Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego, and the possibilities for collaboration.

Dennis Lluy, owner of Downtown Santa Ana’s Yost Theater, connected with us for even more inspirational conversation.  For a bit of background, the Yost Theater it the oldest theater in Orange County, originally built in 1912 during the Vaudeville movement.  Dennis has spent the past five years renovating the theater to an original feel and passionate authenticity.  Dennis is an amazing thinker and long-term generous supporter of Grand Central Art Center, as well as the OC Arts community in general.  After grabbing a bite to eat at Chapter One restaurant, we walked over to the Yost to spend some more time in the venue.  Lisa visited the site on the first day of her residency, but this return visit provided her the opportunity to wander through the space and test the theaters natural acoustics.  The space is amazingly live, with a hammered tin ceiling that helps to project a voice throughout, engulfing the site with beauty!

Along with the individuals from our direct community, we were also able to engage Lisa with artists currently connected with Grand Central Art Center.  We attended the UCLA Hammer Museum Yearbook Signing Party hosted by the Hammer for artists Adam Moser and Harrell Fletcher.  You probably recognize Adam’s name, since he just completed his Artist in Residence project here at GCAC, The Cut-Off Men.  At the event, Lisa was able to engage a bit with the Hammer‘s Curator of Public Engagement Allison Agsten and Senior Curator Anne Ellegood. She was able to have extended conversation regarding Social Practice, recent projects and the contemporary art scene of Southern California with Adam, Andrew Douglas of the Metabolic Studio, and Contemporary Art Curator Cassandra Coblentz (full disclosure, Cassandra is married to John Spiak, GCAC Director/Chief Curator).

We were fortunate to also have back at GCAC artist in residence Jules Rochielle.  She is here for another site visit, as she continues to connect with our community and further develop her project – meeting with individuals from El Centro and the Santa Ana Public Library.  Jules visit provided the opportunity to gather a few other Southern California artists for conversation and a quick breakfast gathering.  Joining us were recent OTIS MFA in Public Practice graduate Christina Sanchez and Los Angeles based artist Nancy Popp, who was recently named InterArts Chair at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

More site visits were worked into the schedule, and through the recommendation of Jules, Lisa toured the Santa Ana River, which stretches 29 miles from Huntington Beach to Corona, and is located a couple of blocks from GCAC.  Walking the bike path, she explored the space and considered its concrete valley and closed railroad bridges as possible project sites.

Wednesday afternoon, Lisa hopped on the train at our local Santa Ana Train Station (again, a few short block from GCAC) and made the quick one-hour trip down to San Diego.  Once there, she first met with Steven Schick, Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.  She shared with him her experiences as artist in residence at Grand Central Art Center and her current thoughts related to project ideas.  They were able to brainstorm together and consider collaborative possibilities.  In the evening, she connected with Jim Rosenfield, President of the Mata Festival Board.  Lisa is actually one of the co-founder of the Mata Festival, with Philip Glass and Eleonor Sandresky.  Lisa had the opportunity to share more information regarding Grand Central Art Center’s vision with Mr. Rosenfield and talk about concepts for her project to be realized through our institution.

Thursday, before departing for the airport, Lisa met with Cathi Douglas, Editor of CSUF’s Titan Magazine.  The Titan Magazine team is working on an article about GCAC.  Lisa sat down with their team for a photo shoot, before meeting with Cathi for an interview at the Gypsy Den Grand Central Cafe.  Make sure to keep any eye out for an article on GCAC in an upcoming issue of Titan Magazine!

And with a packed schedule, somehow Lisa still found some quiet time throughout the week to sit within our GCAC Black Box Theatre, at the piano, working to compose new work for additional upcoming projects in her life.

Yes, another extremely successful visit by an outstanding artist who we are excited to have back in the very near future.  We’ll keep you posted as the project continues to develop and we will let you know dates for Lisa’s return when they are official.


CUT-OFF MEN FILM SCREENING!

June 20, 2012

Monday night we premiered CUT-OFF MEN, a new documentary film project by Mickey Fisher and Adam Moser. It was an enjoyable evening in our Grand Central Art Center Black Box Theatre. In the coming week, we will be placing the film online for viewing. Until that time, we thought we would share some still images from the film as a sneak peak!

Images and complete overview of the Cut-Off Men and Adam Moser’s Social Practice Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center can be found online:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/adam-moser-cut-off-men-and-mlb-tryout-results/

The Cut-Off Men film can now be viewed online at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/


CUT-OFF MEN – FILM WORLD PREMIERE @ GCAC

June 18, 2012

WORLD PREMIERE of the documentary film…

CUT-OFF MEN
a film by Mickey Fisher and Adam Moser

TONIGHT
Monday, June 18 @ 7 p.m.

Grand Central Art Center
Black Box Theatre
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Images and complete overview of the Cut-Off Men and Adam Moser’s Social Practice Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center can be found online:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/adam-moser-cut-off-men-and-mlb-tryout-results/

The Cut-Off Men film can now be viewed online at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/

 


Adam Moser, Cut-Off Men and MLB Tryout Results!

June 15, 2012

We know you have been waiting to hear results of the Major League Baseball tryouts, part of artist/athlete Adam Moser’s Social Practice residence here at Grand Central Art Center.

It’s been an extremely busy week, so we apologize for the delay.  Here is a breakdown of this week’s activities as they played out for Adam’s team, the Cut-Off Men.  Advance warning, this post is a bit long, but we think it’s worth every moment!

In our last blog post, the jerseys and Adam had arrived at Grand Central Art Center, the Cut-Off Men’s clubhouse and lockers were ready for the team’s arrival, and we were looking for one more teammate to fill out a nine-man roster.

On Sunday, Adam was invited by Cut-Off Men teammates Tori and Abraham to join them for one of their league games taking place at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove.   It was a beautiful Southern California day! Adam got a little time in the outfield and a couple of at bats, while Abraham was covering third and Tori at shortstop.  It was a great warm-up for the tryouts to come.

Monday evening, the team arrived early to meet their fellow teammates for the first time, as well as see their new lockers and jerseys (jerseys created by Victory Custom Athletic – thanks again to Claudette Duggan and the Victory team for helping us get these on such a short notice) before the Dutch Treat Dinner/Ball Signing event.  They brought with them their gear to store in their lockers, in preparation for Tuesday mornings early departure to the tryouts.

The team signed some baseballs for one another to get a little practice in before the public ball signing that evening.  They walked together, as a team, down Broadway to Izalco Salvadorian Cuisine on 5th Street, in Downtown Santa Ana.  Thank you to Fernando Valladares of Izalco for opening his restaurant to our team for this event!  Upon arrival, they were met at the restaurant by fans, friends and family.

At the restaurant, the team signed baseballs, met with their new fans, talked baseball and ate pupusas.  They bonded as a team, shared their thoughts about the next day’s tryouts and told stories of their history with the game.  As the night concluded, we headed back to the clubhouse with some of the teams news fans to share the space and further conversation. Before departing for good night sleeps, they tried on their jerseys on for the first time and we had the opportunity to take a more official first team picture.

Tuesday began early, as the team was scheduled to arrive at 6:45 a.m. to suit-up and catch the team van to the tryouts in Compton.  The team was very focused, prepping their gear, getting into their uniforms.  Our team documentarian/filmmaker and Grand Central Art Center current resident, Mickey Fisher, took the opportunity to interview team members to get their thoughts pre-tryouts.  When the team was ready, we met our van driver Rick and loaded the team van for departure.  We would like to THANK Stacy Wilkerson at Gold Coast Tours for all her assistance in helping us schedule a van on such short notice (as we mentioned previously, we just met Adam for the very first time at the Open Engagement Conference in Portland, OR.  On May 19, 2012, he first told us his idea for the project and we agreed to help him realize it).  Stacy, and our driver Rick, were a true pleasure to work with through this project.   And as it turns out, Rick’s brother is a major league scout for the San Francisco Giants, so we got to talk some baseball during the drive north to Compton.

We arrived at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, where Rick drove us right up to the main entrance with VIP service.  As most other individuals were there solo, you could tell immediately, coming as a team was drawing some attention.  The Cut-Off Men, with their team jerseys and van, created quite the buzz!  We could hear other attendees speculating out loud – “who is this team with such a dominant presence?”  The team listened up as instructions for the beginning of the day were delivered and waiver forms were handed out to over 500 individuals there to tryout.  So, like all the others, the Cut-Off Men filled out their forms and waited for further instructions.  Before things got too crazy, our documentarian/filmmaker Mickey took the opportunity to do a few more interviews with the wonderful backdrop of the ballpark.

Pitchers and catchers were instructed to go to one field, infielders and outfielders instructed to go to another.  For the pitchers, they were divided up by those who had previously played in the majors, those currently playing college ball or had played in the last year; and those who were playing in amateur leagues or hadn’t played recently.   On the opposing field, each position player formed into separate lines to receive their numbers.  Once the numbers were assigned, each position was called over by grouping to run their 60 yard dashes against the clock and one opponent.  The pitchers weren’t required to do the run, but more on their requirements later.

As the running continued, the position players on the team had a chance to warm-up their arms and stretch a bit, before all were told to head to the opposing field.  While the fielders had been running the 60 against the clock, the pitchers were showing their stuff on the mound.  The scouts didn’t tell the attendees directly, but it was clearly over heard from the viewing area –  righties that couldn’t throw at least 95mph weren’t being looked at, and lefties that could hit 88mph and had some movement would be considered.

Meanwhile, the position players were once again divided into outfielders and infielders, with infielders being separated further – second base, shortstop and third basemen in one area; and first basemen in another.  The outfielders were up first. Each was required to field fly balls, line drives and grounders, then give their best attempt to test their arms by throwing those fielded balls to a catcher behind home plate. If the scouts like what they saw on the first three attempts, the players would get a bonus ball.  Our only teammate trying out for outfield was Adam, so all eyes were on him.   As the Grand Central Art Center team looked on, Adam proceeded to make two great catches and charged to field one fast grounder.  He then threw each ball, with a gun of an arm, on a fly, straight into the catchers glove.  In an actual game, each of Adam’s throws would have been the perfect opportunity for the out at home.  So perfect was Adam’s fielding and throws, that he received a bonus ball, which he fielded to the same perfection!  With that complete, Adam was able to relax a bit and take in some of the action.

Next, the opportunity for the infielders to show their stuff.  The Cut-Off Men had the left infield covered, with the majority of the teammates playing shortstop and third base, and one trying out for second base.  Our guys looked great out there, fielding their grounders cleanly, charging those balls rolling fast on the infield grass and gunning their throws to first base.  There was a lot of confidence and pride on the field, and the Cut-Off Men proved they knew their way around a diamond.

After all second, shortstop and third base players had their opportunity to show their stuff, it was time for the first basemen skills to be tested.  As the Cut-Off Men were fielding no first basemen, this meant a little downtime, more bonding, sharing of experiences and lunch for the team.

The break didn’t last that long before all players were summoned to the infield for the announcement of who made the cut.  Of the 500 plus players in attendance, it was made clear at the beginning of the day, “dreams would be crushed.”  They were going to announce 40 numbers, which would be of the players who would move forward to play a simulated game on the field. They also made it clear that, of these 40 players, maybe one or two might be approached by a MLB scout at the event with a possible contract offer.  By the end of the announcement, it was clear that it was not the day for the Cut-Off Men; no one for the team would be making it to the big show.

These are the Cut-Off Men!  They are a team and they stand together with pride!  They were there supporting one another, bonding and talking about finding another nine guys who might be interested in a pick-up game.  They were making plans to play a game together this coming weekend.  They gave it their all and left everything they had on that field.  They were proud and able to hold their heads up high, knowing they had just experienced something together that no one could ever take away.

The team spent a few more hours taking in the remainder of the tryouts, watching young recruits give it their all in the hopes of making the next cut.  They shared stories from their  experiences – “the scout told me I was throwing in the mid-80s, which I could hardly believe I still had in me.  Then he told me I had two things going against me, my age and my velocity.”  Team members talked about the guys that they met throughout the day, those on the field with similar hopes and dreams.  It also provided the opportunity for documentarian/filmmaker Mickey to take some iconic shots to add to his footage.

As the tryouts were wrapping-up, we had an amazing chance encounter.  Yes, it was Major League Baseball scouting legend Phil Pote.  You know, the guy with a cameo in Moneyball that asks “Who’s Fabio?”  He is much more famous than that, as he’s been involved with Major League Baseball for over 50 years!  We struck up a conversation by asking whom he thought from today might make it to the big show, and through his answer he pointed at Adam and Erik and said, “you and you.”  OK, first he said that he doesn’t have a crystal ball and has no idea who might make it, since there are so many factors.  Then he said he could just look at guys and say “you and you”, but there is no guarantee.  He asked about our team name and Adam shared the project, talking about Social Practice and the community team he had built.   Phil was enthusiastic about the project and talked a bit of art with us, then told us how he had been playing in Major League Baseball all these years waiting for his acting career to take off.  He shared his amazing screenplay ideas and asked Adam to send him documentation and writing on the project when it was complete.  He handed us all his business card which has a giant “S” logo and reads: Seattle Mariners, Phil Pote, Advisor – Scout.  He introduced us to Ike Hampton, the Manager of the MLB Urban Youth Academy, who also played in the majors as a catcher for the New York Mets (1974), and later California Angels (1975-79).  If you get the opportunity, we highly recommend a trip out to Compton for a visit to the MLB Urban Youth Academy.   It is an outstanding facility and incredible service to the community!  Adam presented both Phil and Ike with a Cut-Off Men signed ball, before Ike had to get back to business.  Phil spent more time with us, as we proceeded to talk baseball with him for another 30-minutes.  His love and knowledge of the game was contagious, and his desire to keep the respect in the game was truly admirable.  Pete should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown!  As we wrapped things up, Phil said good bye by giving each of us a high-low-head-on fist bump, then jumped in his car and drove off.  Rick had arrived with the team van, so  it was time to load everything up and head back to Grand Central Art Center.

Upon arrival back at the team clubhouse, a little surprise was in store.  The team planned it perfectly, with Adam asking GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak if he could see the photo we took with Phil Pote’s again.  As soon as Adam had the phone safe in hand, Abraham proceeded to provide Spiak with the traditional post game/victory drenching.  As there was no Gatorade or water cooler, water in a small trashcan would have to do.

It was time for the post tryout team dinner with family and friends.  We headed over to Memphis at the Santora for a celebration and hearty meal with a southern twist.    The dinner also provided an opportunity to celebrate Cut-Off Men Steven’s 25th birthday.  We sang out loud and shared in the glorious day.

Following dinner, we headed back to the clubhouse for the scheduled 7 p.m. press conference.  There, we met with the team from CTV3, who interviewed Adam.  They then handed the microphone to him so he could conduct interviews with his team.  Adam asked about the days experiences – What had been gained?  What had been learned?  How they were feeling?  The CTV3 team will share the coverage link of the story when it’s online, and we will share it with you!

As the team began to change out of uniforms and wind down their day, visitors entered the clubhouse and inquired about the project, including local Santa Ana CSI police officer and photographer, Leonard Correa.  It was at that moment we were able to shift the sports conversation, one which we had so carefully protected over the past three weeks, to a conversation about art.  We had been sharing the art conversation among the artist, his teammates and the GCAC staff over that same period, but publicly we only talked baseball.  Adam explained the workings of Social Practice, the relationships between the teammates and artist, the relationships between the world of baseball and the world of art.  They understood perfectly and shared their insights.  We had a fantastic exchange that included everyone, then we presented each visitor with an autographed team ball.  It was a perfect way to end such an outstanding experience!

So we know you are now asking, just how does this project relate to the workings of Social Practice?  What are the relationships between the teammates and artist? Are there really relationships between the world of baseball and the world of art?  Ponder that for a few days!  We’ve gone on too long with this post already, so we’ll share it in another entry to be posted soon.

The Cut-Off Men film can now be viewed online at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/


Adam’s In The Clubhouse!

June 10, 2012

Adam Moser has arrived at Grand Central Art Center and has begun to occupy his locker in the clubhouse.  Placing his cleats, cap and donated Sam Bats in their proper place, he’s getting ready to see action at tryouts on Tuesday!

Here a link for more details on Monday nights Ball Signing/Dinner, which is open to the public, as well as details on Adam’s overall project: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/uniforms-ready-clubhouse-ready-teammates-ready-balls-are-here-and-adam-arrives-tomorrow/

The Cut-Off Men film can now be viewed online at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/