Artists in Residence, Tacos and a Wedding – Another Typical Weekend @ GCAC

July 22, 2014

At Grand Central Art Center you never know what to expect, especially when you are an artist in residence. The only thing that is certain is fun activities and connecting with great people.

This past week we had Lisa Bielawa back in residence as we prepare for her major opera project Vireo, a project with her long-time collaborator librettist Erik Ehn. It was a week full of meetings with community leadership, potential collaborators, individuals from Cal State Fullerton and key members of our direct community.

We also continue to have in residence curator Regine Basha, here for the month of July working on projects and talking possibilities of future collaborations with GCAC through her Basha Projects initiative.

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But it’s not all work around GCAC, we always find time to walk down to our favorite local tacoria and grab some lunch. Tacos provide a great way for our artists in residence and staff to connect further – just ask Lisa, Regine and GCAC Associate Director Tracey Gayer.

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And what GCAC weekend would be complete without an event on our 2nd Street plaza? This weekend, Delilah Snell (our former GCAC tenant through her Road Less Traveled store, Co-Founder of Patchwork Modern Handmade Festival and Co-Founder of the Craftcation Conference for Creative Makers) and Gustavo Arellano (Editor of OC Weekly, Author of Taco USA, writer of the syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!”) celebrated their marriage with a reception on the plaza. Delilah and Gustavo sure know how to throw a party! It was, as they have called it “a street fiesta”, with a great mix of live bands, DJ’s including the world famous Richard Blade (formerly of KROQ and now on SiriusXM 1st Wave), great food and drink, and a wonderful gathering of the Santa Ana community. It also provided the opportunity for some dancing to classic 80s pop, allowing Lisa Bielawa to get in on the festivities and share some moves with GCAC’s Santa Ana Sites Co-Found Allen Moon – a fun time was had by all!

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GCAC SENDS OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO DELILAH AND GUSTAVO – SUCH A LOVELY COUPLE! TO A LIFE TIME OF HAPPINESS!!!


Successful “Burial” of the Time Capsule!

July 14, 2014

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Grand Central Art Center held a time capsule “burial” event and reception this past Saturday, July 12th, in association with artist Daniel Tucker’s GCAC artist in residence project Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country.

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Daniel was joined during the day by Los Angeles based filmmaker Emily Forman, who was there at the ceremony to help document the event and individual interviews, and GCAC Director John D. Spiak, who assisted with the “burial” of the capsule.

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The artists overall project was inspired from a speech by former US President and then California State Governor, Ronald Reagan, as he was Addressing the Republican National Convention in 1976, encouraged individuals to look toward the future.

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The ten year Santa Ana Time Capsule is a collaboration among the community, artist, GCAC and Santa Ana Public Library’s History Room, organized by Daniel and library archivist Manny Escamilla. Members of the community were encouraged to attend the event and contribute items to the time capsule they felt helps to answer the question “What is Santa Ana like in 2014?”

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In Daniel’s research, he discovered that many time capsules are buried, and then become forgotten. In an attempt to prevent this from happening, instead of an actual burial, it was decided that the capsule would be hoisted in a more publically visible space of the Grand Central Art Center where it will remain for the next ten years. The capsule is secured with three individual locks, with the artist, library and GCAC in possession of the keys to an individual lock. In the year 2024, all three keys will be brought back together, the capsule will be lowered, each of the three locks removed by their responsible individual, and the contents revealed at a public ceremony.

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We look forward to having you join us at GCAC in 2024 as we come together to celebrate the time capsule!

Daniel is in the process of editing a film documenting his research, process and travels during his GCAC artist-in-residence, as well as a publication with critical writing from multiple perspectives, so we will keep you posted as these develop.


Andy Warhol Foundation Awards GCAC $100,000

July 2, 2014

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Grant to support Grand Central Art Center
Artist-in-Residence Program

Santa Ana, California, July 1, 2014 – Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant (over two years) from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support its artist-in-residence program.

“It is an honor for Grand Central Art Center to receive funding support from this important foundation that continues to focus its resources on forward-thinking institutions, initiatives and artists,” said GCAC’s Director and Chief Curator, John D. Spiak.

The Warhol Foundation’s grant making activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

GCAC’s artist-in-residence program is artist driven, with a focus on discovery, creative process and relationships through collaborative and socially engaged practices. “The generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation’s financial support provides the opportunity for the Grand Central Art Center to continue forward momentum for the artist-in-residence program, empowering artists to realize their visions,” Spiak said.

Residency lengths are determined on a project-by-project basis. GCAC residencies to date have lasted from three weeks to longer than a year, including the ongoing project by Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz) currently moving into year two. Residencies are not required to occur on-site, but provide the openness and opportunity for projects to be realized at off-site locations throughout the community, region and beyond.

GCAC presently is partnering with Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) on a new podcast series. Carol A. Stakenas, SPAN curator, will be interviewing artists and collectives that are participating in GCAC’s artist-in-residency program, with numerous conversations from the time artists are invited through the completion of their residency. This project is dedicated to capturing and cultivating creative voices in the field to deepen critical understanding and share methodologies.

Artists confirmed to realize projects through an artist-in-residence with Grand Central Art Center include: Lisa Bielawa, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Aida Šehović, Joseph Delappe, and Vincent Goudreau.

Presently in residence/exhibition, through her Wild Times off-site journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, is artist Susan Robb. Upcoming artist-in-residence event activities include: Daniel Tucker‘s ongoing project Future Perfect: Times Capsules in Reagan Country, returning July 11-13 to present a time capsule ceremony in collaboration with the Teen Program of the Santa Ana Public Library; Heather Layton and Brian Bailey’s ongoing project 59 Days of Independence, returning August 8-17 to present a project in collaboration with students from Orange County School of the Arts, Orange County Pakistani Parents Association, and youth in Pakistan via Skype – with materials presented in Spanish, English, and Urdu.

About Grand Central Art Center
Established in 1999 as a joint venture with the City of Santa Ana, Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University at Fullerton’s College of the Arts, is dedicated to the investigation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture: regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations among artists, students and the community.

The Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program provides a dedicated apartment and studio to creative individuals through the invitation of the center’s director/curatorial team. The current emphasis of the residency program focuses on artists working in social engaged practices. GCAC residencies provide time and space away from one’s normal work environment and community, creating the opportunity for expanded collaboration, exchange, growth, resources, knowledge and discovery.

MORE INFORMATION ON GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER CAN BE FOUND AT GRANDCENTRALARTCENTER.WORDPRESS.COM


Daniel Tucker – Artist in Residence Activities / Future Perfect Update

May 13, 2014

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Artist In Residence Daniel Tucker has been busy making progress on his research for a new project. Future Perfect is shaping up to have a few different components: a web presence, a video, and a publication.

Since our last update, Tucker has met with Manny Escamilla from the Santa Ana Public Library’s History Room to start planning a time capsule here locally. He has also done video shoots at three sites related to Ronald Reagan and/or time capsules in Southern California: Ronald Reagan Sports Park (Temecula), the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (Simi Valley), and Bonita Canyon Sports Park (Newport Beach), and two in Northern California: the CSEA Grove at the College of the Redwoods (Eureka) – formerly known as “Governor’s Grove”, and the time capsule walkway at UC Davis (Davis). On his recent research/lecture tour he visited the California State Archives (Sacramento), UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library (Berkeley), and the Ronald Reagan Library A/V collection (Simi Valley).

When not digging into his Future Perfect project, Tucker is also using his residency to put the finishing touches on two books: Unfurlings (about his collaborative research with Rebecca Zorach on the never-the-same.org project) and Immersive Life Practices, a collection of newly commissioned essays (with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) documenting the intersections of art, ethics and ecology. This weekend he heads back to Chicago for a brief visit to co-organize An Artists’ Congress (with Susy Bielak and Michael Rakowitz), a one day event and symposium at Northwestern University‘s The Block Museum.

When Tucker returns he will dig into the second phase of his residency, focusing on finishing the website that will house the different facets of this project and beginning editing on the video and publication that will result from this research. On May 24th there will be a closing reception for the group exhibition featuring Tucker’s research for Future Perfect at Commonwealth & Council gallery (Los Angeles).


Grant / Residency Opportunity – A Social Practice Initiative of Living Resources and Grand Central Art Center

March 10, 2014

Living Resources & Grand Central Art Center Partnership

Developing Sustainable Practices within Affordable Housing Communities

A SOCIAL PRACTICE INITIATIVE

CALL TO CREATIVES

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Living Resources, a program of a California-based nonprofit organization, has teamed up with Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), a unit of the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton, in enlisting community-driven “Creatives” (artists, architects, social activists) to respond to a “Call” for proposals.

Specifically, the Creatives selected will be awarded a one-year opportunity to engage the residents in one of two affordable housing communities in Southern California and Phoenix, AZ to ignite social change through sustainable practices and programs. The Creatives selected – individual and or collective groups, will be given housing (or a housing stipend), a working stipend, and a small budget to execute their projects.

THE COMMUNITIES

The communities in which applications will be accepted for are as follows:

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Warwick Square Apartments, Santa Ana, Calif., a 500 unit family property where residents’ household income is less than 60% of median income adjusted for family size

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Whispering Pines Apartments, Phoenix, AZ, a 325 unit family property whose residents’ household income is less than 80% of median income adjusted for family size

WHAT IS LIVING RESOURCES?

Living Resources is an outreach program developed and funded by a nonprofit organization founded to promote the preservation and/or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income households. Living Resources provides support – financial or otherwise, to underserved individuals or other nonprofit organizations serving those in need.

WHAT IS GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER?

Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University, Fullerton’s College of the Arts, is the result of a unique partnership between the university and the city of Santa Ana. Located ten miles south of the main campus in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, the art center is a mixed residential, commercial and educational complex. Grand Central Art Center is dedicated to the investigation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture: regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations among artists, students, and the community. The art center is a 45,000 square-foot, half-city block deep and full city-block long, three-level structure with apartments, live/studio spaces for college of the arts graduate students, the Grand Central Gallery, the Project room, the Grand Central Theater, the Gypsy Den Café, an Education Gallery, classrooms, and studio and living spaces dedicated to the center’s international artist-in-residence program.

More information on GCAC can be found at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/

HOW WE CAME TOGETHER

A partnership between Living Resources and the GCAC germinated from a collaboration in which Living Resources funded an artist in residency program at GCAC, as well as have seeded other community-based artistic efforts to stimulate social change in many Southern California communities.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for Creatives who seek to bring low-income people together at two affordable housing communities, in which the nonprofit is part owner, to share ideas and experiences, and stimulate social change within their communities. The Creatives role is to live and/or spend significant amounts of time with the people living there, get to know them, listen and lead the effort to stimulate change using their specific skillset and Social Practice approaches. Living Resources and GCAC seek a similar outcome – the Creatives leave the community a better place to live, with people more active in assuring the continuation of this positive change.

WHAT IS SOCIAL CHANGE?

In sociology, the term social change refers to any significant alteration in behavior patterns and cultural values. This type of change may have a lasting effect on a society’s culture that has undergone transformation. We are looking for Creatives to live within the community in an affordable housing apartment complex and ignite change within that community making it a better place to live, getting people involved, and leaving a lasting impression for generations to come.

What exactly the Creative and that community are seeking to change and how this is accomplished is where we turn to you, the applicant, to lay out a framework for specific projects and approaches to accomplishing your goals over a one year period of time. This framework would also include methods for measuring this impact during your residency and once you have concluded your time.

WHAT DOES THE RESIDENCY INCLUDE?

This is a one-year residency in which the Creative is provided housing at no cost, a stipend of $10,000, and a small project budget of $2,000 for the year. The Creative may also choose to work part of the time from an onsite resource center, as well have access to the property management staff onsite and the resource center coordinator’s time.

DEMOGRAPHICS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITIES
Information related to each affordable housing community is available upon request.  Send email to: grandcentral@fullerton.edu

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Creatives must be:
• Individual artists or artist collectives
• A U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident
• At least 25 years old
• A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
• Undergo a background (and credit check for living in residence at one of the affordable housing communities*)
• And have never committed a felony.
*To be eligible to live at the Santa Ana site, artists must qualify for affordable housing.   Artists can still do a project at the Santa Ana and not qualify for affordable housing, as it is not a requirement of the grant to live on site. The Phoenix site doesn’t have the same affordable housing qualifying requirement for living on site.

AWARD CALENDAR
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – The Call will be released.
Friday, May 23, 2014 – Applications due, 11:59 p.m. PST.
Friday, June 27, 2014 – Awards Made.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE SUBMITTED TO APPLY? 

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Developing Sustainable Practices within Affordable Housing Communities
A SOCIAL PRACTICE INITIATIVE

Call to Creatives

APPLICATION

Full Name(s)
Collaborative Information (if relevant)

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Phone Alternative Phone
Email Address
Website
Other Contact Information

On a separate document, please provide responses to the following questions.

Please describe your creative interests.

1. Please select which community you would like to work with.

Warwick Square Apartments (Family Affordable Housing Community; 500 units)
780 Lyon Street; Santa Ana, CA 92705

Whispering Pines Apartments (Family Affordable Housing Community; 325 units)
2601 North 36th Street; Phoenix, AZ 85008

2. What type of social change do you hope to bring about in that respective community? And, what are your goals of the proposed project? (Please provide a minimum of one page description on this question.)

3. How do you plan to go about at engaging the community to foster their interest and participation?

4. What plan do you have to bring about this change?

5. How do you plan to measure your impact on the community during your residency and what tools might you suggest post-residency?

6. What makes you qualified and the right person to be selected to initiate social change in this community?

7. Please describe some of your past work engaging community and/or leading social change.

8. What sets you apart from other applicants for this project?

9. Please provide samples of your work, if relevant.

10. Please attach a copy of your resume or CV.

11. Please provide three professional references.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE AND WHERE SHOULD IT BE SENT?

Applications should be submitted to arrive no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Submissions will be accepted through email (.PDF format only):

grandcentral@fullerton.edu

or by mail to the following address:

Grand Central Art Center
Attn: John D. Spiak
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please feel free to email any questions you may still have to the ATTN OF: John D. Spiak / grandcentral@fullerton.edu


wild Up, Lisa Bielawa and Colburn Conservatory – Recap of Santa Ana Sites #4

February 25, 2014

Grand Central Art Center is beginning to use the tagline “Art unRestricted” to describe our programming.  A perfect example of GCAC’s philosophy took place this past Saturday evening, as we presented the fourth in our ongoing Santa Ana Sites series, co-founded with our community collaborator and artistic director Allen Moon.

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Santa Ana Sites #4: wild Up in The Santora was our collaboration with Chris Rountree, founder and creative director of Los Angeles based new music ensemble wild Up; Lisa Bielawa, New York based composer, vocalist and GCAC Artist in Residence; and musicians of the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

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The evening began with a reception at GCAC, where we gathered the 225+ in attendance and provided each with a program and wristband of a certain color, which marked groups of 60.   At 7:30, the guests were officially welcomed by GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and given a brief overview of how the evening would play out.  They were told they would be escorted across the plaza to the Santora Building in groups of 60, where the official program would begin.

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Upon arrival at the Santora, guests were greeted in the atrium by Genesis Again, a vocal work by Lisa Bielawa with solo accompaniment on violin by Andrew Tholl.

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As the short piece concluded, the audience transitioned to the second floor of the building where the full wild Up music ensemble was performing James Tenney’s Swell throughout the open area.  This transition continued to occur until all 225+ audience members were gathered together on the second floor, experiencing the performance of Swell together.

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As the work concluded, Allen Moon introduced Chris Rountree, who provided insight into the printed program and spaces of the building.   The program laid out nine locations throughout the three stories of the Santora Building – atrium, third floor, stairway, se corner, OC Creatives, Tween’s Studio, NW corner, steet level gallery, basement – each providing a micro venue which had been separately programed for the evening.  It was a structure that provided the opportunity for each audience member to self-select his or her experience.

The choices were as follows:
Chance Encounter – Lisa Bielawa
Retracing – Eliot Carter Solo for Bassoon
Quintet – Andrew Tholl
The Cohen Variations – Daniel Felsenfeld
Let Down – Radiohead
Synopsis #5 – Lisa Bielawa solo for trumpet
Cabaret and Bach – for bass and voice
Ongoing percussion installation – Corey Fogel
The Twin Suite – Samuel Vriezen
Fratres – Arvo Part
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Spirit Worker – ongoing installation by Chris Kallmyer
Synopsis #9 – Lisa Bielawa solo for Viola
Works by Luciano Berio and John Cage for soprano and voice
Punk Rock Set 1: Deerhoof and Dog Face Hermans
Trombone Sequenza – Luciano Berio
Synopsis #9 – Lisa Bielawa solo for English Horn
Synopsis #3 – Lisa Bielawa solo for Flute
Three Meditations on California Girls – Andrew Tholl
Above Chiangmai – Harold Budd
Love in Outerspace – Sun Ra
Narayana’s Cow – Tom Johnson
Knee Play 2 – Philip Glass

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The evening concluded with everyone reuniting in the street level gallery space to experience the last works of the evening together:
From the Cello Suites – J.S. Bach – Archie Carey
Punk Rock Set 2: FEAR, The Misfits, Deerhoof

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It was truly a remarkable evening, as wild Up and Lisa Bielawa allowed us to continue to expand our notions of the unRestricted!

Thank you to all the talented performers who made the evening possible:
Christopher Rountree (Artistic Director/Conductor/Voice), Lisa Bielawa (voice), Andrew Tholl (violin), Linnea Powell (viola), Claire Chenette (oboe/English horn), Dana Jackson (bassoon), Chris Kallmyer (guitars/trumpet), Andrew McIntosh (violin/viola), Ruiging Tang (viola), Brian Walsh (clarinets/saxophones), Allen Fogle (horn), Corey Fogel (drums), Justine Aronson (soprano), Melinda Rice (violin/viola), Derek Stein (cello), Eleanor Weigert(clarinets), Jonah Levy (trumpet), Matt Cook (percussion), Richard Valitutto (piano/accordion/melodica), Maggie Hasspacher (bass/voice), Erin McKibben (flute/piccolo), Archie Carey (bassoon), Matt Barbier (trombone), and Jodie Landau (percussion/voice).

Santa Ana Sites #4 was made possible through the generous support of Santora Group LLC, with in-kind support provided by Ashley Eckenweiler, The ACE Agency, Tweena Tran and Memphis Cafe.  We also recognize the wonderful contributions of time and energy the Grand Central Art Center team provide on a daily bases to ensure successful outcomes, so please join us in thanking them next time you visit.

Thank you as well to Kurt Mortensen and Steve Fisch for providing images and video from the evening!

Here are a few video links from the evening:

on YouTube:

on KCRW:
http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2014/03/all-the-worlds-a-stage

on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202872813802754&set=vb.1274343186&type=2&theater

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To keep informed of future programs, as well as to see images and programming of past events, visit the Santa Ana Sites Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/santaanasites

Success of programming is made possible through the generous financial support of individuals like you.  Contribute to GCAC’s continued success by make a donation online today!
https://www.fullerton.edu/SupportGCAC


Busy End to 2013, Even Busier Beginning to 2014 @ GCAC!

January 17, 2014

To say it has been a little busy around Grand Central Art Center over the past month is a bit of an understatement – IT’S BEEN EXTREMELY BUSY!

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Vincent Goudreau was very active during his last weeks in residence at GCAC in mid-December. As part of his Recordings of an Immigrant project, we decided to fly Juan Aquino out from the island of Maui to join Vincent in residence. Juan is the inspiration/subject for Vincent’s current project.

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During their time together Vincent and Juan, along with videographer Randy Mills, spent a number of days searching for a specific house in Fullerton, CA – the location where coyotaje delivered Juan upon his arrival into the United States over twenty years ago. Now a legal US citizen, the visit by Juan brought him back to a connection/transition location that marks an important part of his amazing life journey. We will share the results of this search soon, as the video is currently in the editing phase for a short documentary we will be releasing online in the coming weeks.

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Vincent and Juan, joined by GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak, presented a public conversation about Vincent’s residency, his journeys with Juan and thoughts for the project moving forward. The evening included the screening of two of Vincent’s past short film/video works – Harry and Janet and Villa Capri, providing insight into how Vincent’s projects often deal with the topic of global connection and place. As the screening concluded, patrons were invited to join the artist for an informal ice cream social, a tribute to an important scene from Villa Capri.

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As the week concluded, we were visited by two of Danielle Susalla Deery’s classes from Irvine Valley College, Museum and Technologies and Museum Marketing. We are proud of the fact that Danielle is a Cal State University, Fullerton alumna and love when she returns with her students to share her enthusiasm for contemporary art. The students of her classes enjoyed a full tour of GCAC provided by GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak. They talked about the technologies included in Matthew Moore and Braden King’s installation Cumulus and shared stories of successful marketing strategies by art institutions. They also had the opportunity to visit Vincent Goudreau in the GCAC Artist in Residence studio and talk with him directly about his project and process.

Vincent has now returned to Maui, but keep an eye here for updates on the project and the soon to be released short documentary of the search for the drop house with Juan.

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That following week GCAC was visited by Peter Held, Arizona State University Art Museum Curator of Ceramics. Peter and John Spiak worked together for many years at the ASU Art Museum. The day was spent visiting Orange County Museums and Galleries, including the Orange County Museum of Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center and Laguna Art Museum. The timing for the Orange County Museum of Art visit was perfect, as it provided for a preview tour of the new exhibition California Landscape into Abstraction curated by OCMA Chief Curator and Interim Director Dan Cameron. The day concluded with a late lunch across our 2nd Street plaza at Memphis and a full tour of Grand Central Art Center. We are excited to see what Peter does with the move of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center to its new location!

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2013 ended with the arrival of artists and educators Heather Layton and Brian Bailey from Rochester, NY. Heather and Brian were here for a second visit in the continued development of projects with GCAC. We anticipate them back for a third visit later this year. During this most recent visit, they worked towards a specific project as part of their larger 59 Days of Independence project.

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As part of this project, and for our First Saturday Art Walk kicking off 2014, Heather and Brian celebrated Burma’s 66th independence day on January 4th at GCAC by giving away 66 hand-painted lanterns they created during their residency. Creating an installation in the artist in residence studio space, they opened the storefront studio doors and invited the public in to select a lantern. People were lined-up waiting outside the door when they arrived. It took less that six-minutes for the 66 lanterns to be spoken for that evening. Truly magical!

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After all the lanterns were gone, Heather and Brian joined us in the main gallery spaces for our receptions. The evening provided great opportunity with a productive 40-minute conversation for Brian and Heather with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, his son Miguel Pulido Jr., GCAC Santa Ana Sites co-founder/collaborator Allen Moon and our GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak. So many collaborative possibilities in the works for their return visit!

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The January First Saturday Art Walk also kicked-off with a meet and greet event for GCAC Artists in Residence Ingrid Reeve, Barbara Milliorn and Evan Senn, as they begin their project The Life of an Artist. The project is a proposed television/webcast series that follows the lives of two Orange County artists and their manager, an art historian and art critic, as they strive for their professional dream to solidify careers as professional artists.

Ingrid Reeve, Barbara Milliorn and Evan Senn are recent graduates of higher education programs at California State University, Fullerton. Throughout this coming year year, the artists will be hosting and participating in monthly events in their artist in residence opportunity at Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), in downtown Santa Ana. The monthly events will include panel discussions and workshops, as well as performances that will engage the community of Santa Ana and the larger Orange County.

Their residency at GCAC is meant to help them in their goal to educate and entertain interested parties on the life of an up-and-coming female artist in Southern California by creating a window into the art world as well as providing historical context for contemporary practices in the arts, and a focus on the unique struggles and benefits of being a woman in today’s world.

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That night as well marked the closing of the successful run of Matthew Moore and Braden King‘s installation Cumulus. It was yet another well attended First Saturday, with over 2,000 individuals through the door and engaged with the exhibitions. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing downtown and Santa Ana community!

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But there is no rest for the weary, as two days later the GCAC team was in full de-installation mode of Cumulus. It was a short de-install time, so everyone leant a hand, even Curatorial Associate Yevgeniya “Jenny” Mikhailik and CSUF GCAC student intern Shauna Hultgrien (she write our INTERNal Affairs blog posts).  We were able to get the work down and the gallery resorted backed to its normal configuration in less than a week – ready for the arrival of Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer to begin their major installation just a few days later. Thanks go out to the entire GCAC team of amazing individuals for their hard work and dedication!

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The beginning of January also brought a surprise visit from a few folks, Curator Sara Cochran and graphic designer Eric Montgomery. It was just announced that Sara has accepted the position of Associate Director at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Cochran left her position as Modern and Contemporary Art Curator at Phoenix Art Museum in November 2013. Prior to that, she was Assistant Curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA). She had also held positions at the The Getty Center in LA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It was so great to have her and Eric here for a visit and tour of Grand Central Art Center!

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Also paying us a visit was artist Brent Green and FLOWN drummer and vocalist Kate Ryan. The two spent a couple of days with us as Brent packed some of the work from his To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given exhibition that took place at GCAC last year. It’s been a very busy year for Brent, with many major new projects in the works and the recent acquisition of one of his works by the UCLA Hammer Museum to their permanent collection. We also found out during the stay that Kate was scheduled to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of HBO’s Girls, jamming on her drums.  It also provided Brent and Kate the opportunity to connect with Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer who have been in residence the past couple of days as well.  It’s so wonderful to have them all staying with us at GCAC!

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And yesterday we were visited by Los Angeles based artist Julia Haft-Candell for a site visit for her upcoming solo exhibition Fast and Slow. She meet with GCAC Curatorial Associate Yevgeniya “Jenny” Mikhailik, who is curating Julia’s GCAC exhibition, to discuss her project and installation details. We are excited to see the project develop for the opening in March!

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Now we are in full installation mode for Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer’s Miracle Report, a project that includes at current time 26 monitors, 6 projections and numerous speakers. This is a MUST SEE EXHIBITION! We hope you will join us at the public reception during the First Saturday Art Walk on February 1 from 7-10pm.

There is a lot more planned and in development for GCAC in 2014, we are excited to share it with you!!!


Connecting in Bogota – Tyler Stallings, Adriana Salazar and Naida Osline

December 5, 2013

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(Tyler Stallings, Adriana Salazar, Naida Osline)

We at Grand Central Art Center love when connections like this are made! You may ask – what does the above picture have to do with GCAC?

Here is how the magic of GCAC connecting works…

In late fall of 2011 through early 2012, Naida Osline was Artist in Residence at GCAC. During her first day in residence, GCAC Director John Spiak took her on a walking tour of downtown Santa Ana. On the tour, they stopped at a local costume store where John introduced Naida to the owner, Archer Aistaetter. Archer is involved and fully connected to the local drag community, who Naida ended up collaborating with during her time in residency at GCAC. Archer is also involved in a major ecological project in Colombia and invited Naida down for a visit. That visit turned into a series of residences in Colombia for Naida, working with a drag community there, as well as documenting insect and plant life. Her time there included three major solo exhibitions of the work created in Bogota, as well as work from her All the Queen’s Men series she created during her residence at GCAC.

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(Danny with artist Naida Osline)

In spring of 2013, Bogota, Colombia artist Adriana Salazar was Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center – a collaboration between GCAC and the Orange County Museum of Art for the California-Pacific Triennial curated by Dan Cameron. During her time in residency, she created two major installation-based works; one that was on exhibition in the GCAC main gallery titled Nothing Else Left and a second at the Orange County Museum of Art titled Moving Plant #30.

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(Adriana Salazar installation Nothing Else Left at GCAC)

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(Adriana Salazar installation Moving Plant #30 at OCMA)

This is where Tyler Stallings comes into the picture. As Adriana’s exhibition was getting ready to close, Spiak receives a call from Stallings. Through Tyler’s position as Artistic Director at the University of California, Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts and Director at UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery, he is involved with the programing for the upcoming Immortality Project, a year long (2014-15) series of events focused upon philosophic and religious study on ideas of either immortality and/or the afterlife. UCR philosophy professor John Martin Fischer is organizing The Immortality Project. Tyler’s inquiry was about the possibility of exhibiting both of Adriana’s works together beginning in fall of 2014 as part of The Immortality Project official programs. Of course, we were delighted about the possibility! Working with Adriana, Dan, OCMA curatorial associate Johnny Sampson and the Orange County Museum of Art team, GCAC helped make this possibility a reality. So great news for those who may have missed her work the first time, you get a second chance to see both of Adriana Salazar’s works together at UCR beginning in the fall of 2014 thanks to Tyler!

But back to the original image… So Naida is concluding her time in Colombia and her partner, Tyler, travels down there to spend the last two weeks together. Prior to his travels, he makes arrangements to connect with Adriana in Bogota during his visit. They meet for the very first time at Adriana’s current show and the full connection is complete.

It’s the magic of Grand Central Art Center!


Legal – 3rd Audio Clip from Recordings of an Immigrant – GCAC Artist in Residence Vincent Goudreau

November 26, 2013

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*Vincent Goudreau is current Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center, arriving in October and here until December.

Recordings of an Immigrant is a multi-disciplinary project compiled from a collection of audio recorded memoirs, a book, video, limited edition prints and a future website. It is the result of a seven-year friendship between Vincent Goudreau and his property owner’s landscaper, Juan Aquino, who arrived to the US in the trunk of a car, delivered by coyotaje to a drop-house in Fullerton, CA.

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After receiving amnesty through Reagan, Juan sees himself beginning to live his American dream. Unfortunately, he is living in south central Los Angeles in the mid eighties.

The following is an excerpt from Recordings of an Immigrant, Chapter 3, titled South Central.

Legal
https://vimeo.com/80396849


Additional posted audio:

Sacrifice, from Chapter 2, titled Mexico:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/sacrifice-2nd-audio-clip-from-gcac-artist-in-residence-vincent-goudreau/

Revenge, from Chapter 5, part 2, titled Family:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/november-1-1982-gcac-artist-in-residence-vincent-goudreau-revenge-with-audio/

Read more about Vincent Goudreau’s project online at:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/november-1-1982-gcac-artist-in-residence-vincent-goudreau-revenge-with-audio/




Susan Robb – GCAC Artist in Residence

November 5, 2013

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IMAGE CREDIT: STEVE RINGMAN / SEATTLE TIMES

Artist Susan Robb joins us today as Artist in Residence for a first site visit in the development of her Wild Times project. Beginning in April, GCAC will be a home base for engagement with the project – a site of virtual connection to Susan during her upcoming 5-month journey.

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We are truly excited to be the hub for Wild Times and are looking forward to sharing her journey with you!

Here is a little preview of Susan’s project in her own words:

Wild Times, merging social engagement, land art, and new media, is an exploration of wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.

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Beginning in April 2014, I will embark on a 5-month, 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Using my experiences as inspiration and medium, I will send “trail transmissions” to a series of art venues in proximity to the PCT. These host sites and their guests will serve as collaborators, interacting with the project, with me, and with the broader public via the Wild Times website.

Since I am entering a double wilderness of both place and production, my specific transmissions are as yet unknown. They could consist of anything from photos and videos, to liquors distilled from foraged huckleberries, to ephemeral trail-side sculptures beamed back to civilization and brought to life again via 3D printers.

At its core Wild Times is a proposition to my audience to explore the various wildnesses in their own lives. To aid in this exploration I will also be inviting the public to complete creative tasks and various other calls to action. These might take the form of messages I solicited from museum-goers and announced from the peak of Mt. Whitney, to a workshop where attendees create talismans to safeguard me on my journey.

To deepen this conversation, I will be collecting stories of “everyday explorers” – individuals who investigate or embody wildness through variegated means. Interviews shared online and in print will profile, among others, a breeder of endangered animals, a sex worker, a favela dweller, and an environmental policy maker. Together, they will tell the story of the diverse paths people take to follow the call of the wild.

From the untrammeled spaces of the PCT, and with the help of my collaborators, I hope to plot the coordinates of wildness in contemporary life. Through Wild Times I offer my body and work as a conduit between gallery and wilderness, public and trail, formal and formless, as a way to cultivate the wild terrain that resides in us all.