Update on Recordings of an Immigrant – A Project by Vincent Goudreau

August 6, 2014

We wanted to provide you with a little update on Vincent Goudreau, who was artist in residence at GCAC last fall. As you may recall, Vincent was here at GCAC working on the early development of his project Recordings of an Immigrant. The residency proved to be a very productive time, and the project continues to develop in positive ways.

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A NEW SCROLLING WEBSITE was just placed online this week, so we thought we would share that link. (use the scroll bar on the right of your browser to navigate down the page).
http://recordingsofanimmigrant.com/

Recordings of an Immigrant is a non-fiction narrative, which inspired a multidisciplinary project including a book compiled from transcribed audio recordings. This is a survival story of Juan Aquino’s journey from the genocide of Guatemala to the courtrooms of the United States.

The project is supported through the artist in residence program of Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University, Fullerton’s College of the Arts, with funding support provided by an anonymous donor and from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Vincent will be returning as artist in residence at GCAC from November through December to continue his work on the project, developing the last of the prints, as well as final edits and design of the publication.

We look forward to having you over to GCAC for a visit with Vincent!


Sacrifice – 2nd Audio Clip from GCAC Artist in Residence Vincent Goudreau

November 15, 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.

AUDIO CLIP

After making his way through Mexico from Guatemala, young Juan finds himself in Tijuana about to cross another boarder.

The following is an audio excerpt from Chapter 2, titled Mexico:

Sacrifice
https://vimeo.com/79445910

Additional posted audio:

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/

Legal, Chapter 3, titled South Central:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/legal-3rd-audio-clip-from-recordings-of-an-immigrant-gcac-artist-in-residence-vincent-goudreau/

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/




November 1, 1982 – GCAC Artist in Residence Vincent Goudreau (Revenge with audio)

November 1, 2013

golf swing

*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.

The boundaries of Juan’s life and what they encompass reads more like an ancient epic of morality rather than a modern day story of immigration, poverty, violence and corruption. Yet this is a contemporary narrative amidst the U.S. immigration overhaul that also confronts taboo issues and even abstractly explores how we as people judge one another.

This cinematic tale contains unpredictable twists and turns. From inspirational to the political, his story then moves into the realm fit for any sports enthusiasts. His perfect golf swing, which was indirectly taught to him by his father in the sugar cane fields of Guatemala, now has purpose.

Ultimately Juan’s narrative embodies the unthinkable when he is accused of a crime. However, his perseverance and positive attitude towards humanity keeps his and the audience’s dream alive – to one day see him play on the PGA Champions Tour.

“When you learn your golf swing with a machete, you never look up”
– Juan Aquino

On November 1, 1982, Juan Aquino witnessed his father’s murder. His father was on his way to present his case to the Supreme Court in Guatemala, fighting for the union worker’s rights and working to close an industrial plant, which was polluting the town’s river. It was also Juan’s 14th birthday.

The following is an AUDIO EXCERPT from chapter 5, part 2, titled Family.

Revenge
http://vimeo.com/78373776

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/

Legal, Chapter 3, titled South Central:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/legal-3rd-audio-clip-from-recordings-of-an-immigrant-gcac-artist-in-residence-vincent-goudreau/





Visits to Cemeteries, Mortuaries and Crematorium – GCAC Artist in Residence Adriana Salazar

May 24, 2013

Adriana Salazar is the current GCAC Artist in Residence, visiting us from Bogota, Colombia.  Her residency is a collaborative effort for GCAC with the Orange County Museum of Art.  Adriana will be a part of the upcoming OCMA California-Pacific Triennial, curated by Dan Cameron.  GCAC has partnered with OCMA to be a host venue for the Triennial, so Adriana will be developing a major installation in the Main Gallery that will open at the end of June, as well as an installation work that will be in the galleries of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Adriana is researching the concepts of life and death, and the spaces that perhaps exist in between.  Over the past two weeks, she has been visiting cemeteries, mortuaries and crematorium with our Director/Chief Curator, John Spiak.  In the coming weeks, there are plans to visit grave stone makers, casket builders and a boat trip to experience the spreading of ashes at sea.  The work is part of her ongoing investigation, that began with her series The Life of Dead Things, for which she has realized projects for in Bogota and Mexico City.   The ideas of the final GCAC installation are being developed, so please stay tuned and plan to join us on July 6th for the public opening reception.

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We would like to thank the following individuals for the generosity, openness and knowledge with Adriana’s research to date:

Tim Deutsch – Orange County Cemetery District
Neil P. O’Connor – O’Connor Mortuary
Chris Macera – Macera Crematorium
Julio Amarillas – Santa Ana Cemetery
Joel Torres – Anaheim Cemetery
George E. Lopez – Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

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Adriana has also spent time down at the Orange County Museum of Art for site visits with Dan Cameron, OCMA Curatorial Associate Johnny Sampson (who also happens to be a Cal State University, Fullerton Alum) and their preparator team, talking out the details for the on-site sculptural installation to take place there.

As part of the collaboration, GCAC will also be hosting a kick-off event for the Triennial here in Santa Ana on June 26th, taking place at our collaborative community partner location of The Yost Theater.

Here are the details and know that you are all invited – if the installation is close to complete, we will open GCAC after the panel for a sneak preview of Adriana’s installation:

California-Pacific Triennial Artists Panel
Thursday, June 27th, 7-9 pm
Yost Theater, Santa Ana

Please join us for an early glimpse of the Triennial with a panel discussion in Spanish (with English Translation), moderated by Alma Ruiz featuring artists from Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Colombia. This program will take place in partnership with Grand Central Art Center and the historic Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana.

Darío Escobar
Adriana Salazar
Adán Vallecillo
Sebastián Preece
Yoshua Okón
Hugo Crosthwaite
Moderator Alma Ruiz – Senior Curator @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Artist in Residence, Adriana Salazar from Bogota, Colombia – GCAC Collaboration with OCMA for 2013 California-Pacific Triennial

May 10, 2013

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Grand Central Art Center is proud to announce the arrival of Artist in Residence, Adriana Salazar from Bogota, Colombia.  Adriana will be in residence for the next two months as she develops two major site-specific installation – one in our main gallery and one that will take place at the Orange County Museum of Art.  Both projects are part of the upcoming 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, being curated by Dan Cameron of OCMA.  GCAC is proud to be a collaborate partner on this inaugural Triennial – part of our continued efforts to build community relationships and partnerships for mutually beneficial outcomes.

As part of the collaboration, GCAC will also host a kick-off Artists Panel at downtown Santa Ana’s Yost Theater on July 27 from 7-9pm.  The evening will provide an early glimpse of the Triennial with a panel discussion in Spanish, moderated by MoCA Curator Alma Ruiz featuring artists from Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Colombia.   Artists scheduled to participate include: Darío Escobar, Adriana Salazar, Adán Vallecillo, Sebastián Preece, Yoshua Okón, Hugo Crosthwaite.