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!


Thank You for Celebrating with GCAC!

September 5, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who joined us at Grand Central Art Center this past Saturday night to celebrate the 2012-2013 Season Opening Reception.

Martin Durazo, Claudia Huiza, Mary Leigh Cherry, Tony de los Reyes, John Spiak, Nancy Popp, Deb Klowden Mann

It was a wonderful evening celebrated by friends of GCAC, both long time supporters and individual’s visits us for the very first time.

Patrons enjoying Tony de los Reyes exhibition.

Along with the three exhibiting artists, Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison, we were joined by many institutional colleagues for the successful event, including: Sarah Bancroft, Orange County Museum of ArtJulie Lee, Bowers Museum; Jocelyn Tetel, Skirball Cultural Center; Tyler Stallings, Sweeney Art Gallery at University of California, Riverside; Leslie Ito, California Community Foundation; Cassandra Coblentz, Independent Curator; David Michael Lee, Coastline Community College Art Gallery and Chapman University Collection; gallery owners Mary Leigh Cherry of Cherry and Martin Gallery in Culver City and Deb Klowden Mann of Gallery KM in Santa Monica; writers/critics Liz Goldner, Julie Friedman, Bill Bush; numerous collectors and patrons; plus outstanding artists including:  Nancy PoppMatthew Moore, Carrie Marill, Martin Durazo, Micol HebronLG Williams, Nobuhito Nishigawara, upcoming GCAC Artist in Residence Saskia Jorda, among many others; and students and educators from across southern California.

LG Williams, Julia Friedman, Erin Morrison, Saskia Jorda, Matthew Moore, Carrie Marill, Mary Leigh Cherry, Tony de los Reyes, Bill and Inez Bush

If you missed the evening, we invite you to visit Grand Central Art Center in the coming weeks to see these three remarkable exhibitions for yourself.  We also thought you might enjoy a few more images of the reception activities below.

The evening also included the opportunity to visit CSUF MFA Grand Central Art Center residents who opened their studio spaces to the public for the evening.

Patrons enjoying the studio and artwork of CSUF MFA student and GCAC resident Sara Dehghan.

Patrons enjoying the studio and artwork of CSUF MFA student and GCAC resident Sara Dehghan.

With the season kicked off, we are now focused on our community, educational and outreach programming.  Many announcements will be made in the coming weeks, so keep posted as additional programs and events are confirmed.

The first day of the official new season started on the right note, with a day long visit to Grand Central Art Center, arranged by Joe Forkan, Associate Professor of Foundations and Drawing, for his California State University Fullerton MFA and BFA drawing and painting students.  Joe spent quality time with his students talking about the light qualities of Southern California, encouraging them to view the world in person instead of through a lens, and explaining how to create depth within a work of art.  He used his skill to demonstrate his thoughts on canvas, sharing with his student’s techniques that this skilled artist uses in his own outstanding work.  With this shared knowledge, the students dispersed across the Grand Central Art Center 2nd Street Promenade and began to create their own works, capturing elements of the downtown Santa Ana urban landscape.

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

This is the environment in which Grand Central Art Center exists and thrives.  It is a balance of education, outreach, shared experience and inspiration for our CSUF campus, GCAC Resident, Santa Ana, Orange County, national and international communities through contemporary art.  It bridges generations, cultures, ethnicity and gender, celebrating the diversity in humankind – developing programming that connect us with one another and help us to understand the world around us in deeper and more meaningful ways, through exhibitions – artist in residence, public programs and engagement.

We look forward to having you connect with us!


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.