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!!!


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


Recapping A Grand First Saturday – Hike / Gallery Talk / Reception / Art Walk @ GCAC!

May 7, 2014

Saturday, May 3rd, marked another successful first Saturday art walk! The monthly art walk event in downtown Santa Ana provides a night of open galleries and institutions, studios and street vendors, great live music and all the wonderful food of local restaurants. It’s always an enjoyable way to spend a southern California evening!

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The day kicked-off a little early this month as Fallen Fruit. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. David and Austin led a day hike with participant collaborators Sue-Na G., Stephanie Kern, Emily Lacy, Husam Salman, Sarah Shewey and Faith Purvey, to Deep Creek Hot Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest. Fallen Fruit’s project, Rainbow Day Trip, was organized as a collaborative program of Susan Robb’s project and exhibition Wild Times, currently on exhibition at GCAC.

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The group of Rainbow Day hikers joined Fallen Fruit on the adventure to become “trail angels,” an effort to connect with Pacific Crest Trail hikers for encouragement and inspiration along the 5-month journey from Mexico to Canada (more details on Wild Times below).

Here is the way Fallen Fruit describes how their preparation and adventure unfolded:

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“Prior to Saturday, each collaborator chose a color to embody for the day hike.  They thought about each color and what that color means in the world.  They thought about flavors, histories and songs.  They constructed characters based upon our individual research and imagination.

The evening before the hike we connected to fine-tune our characters collectively.  We told each other stories and made embellishments to our color characters.  We used feathers and spray paint, working out the details of each of our individual performances, which we would reveal as a color performances to the group the next day. At the trailhead, we geared up and embarked on our experimental day trip to perform all of the colors of the rainbow.   Rainbows don’t last forever; they are fragile and temporal like our group.  We became a visual spectrum of color and spanned an arc within a landscape we couldn’t capture except by photographs.

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The Rainbow Day Trip was a mind-body experience that constructed a narrative created by individual experiences that was group authored.  Each color performed in independent ways, as meditations, as series of declarations about each participant, completely in song and through silence.  We realized that colors are many things.”

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Back at GCAC, we kicked off our evening with a 6pm gallery talk by current exhibiting artist Julia Haft-Candell. Julia shared insights into the current body of work included in her solo GCAC exhibition Fast and Slow, on exhibition in the Project Gallery through May 11th.   The artist provided insight into her process, her philosophies on art making practice and her current career activities. It was an appreciative audience in attendance who asked great questions, engaging the artist in wonderful dialogue.

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As the official art walk began at 7pm, we opened the doors to our three galleries. The night marked the opening reception for Susan Robb’s Wild Times project. In mid-April, Robb embarked on a 5-month adventure from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she is creating digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files— sending them to Grand Central Art Center where they will be displayed. Over the course of the 5-months, the exhibition will continue to grow through physical object, engaged programming and hands-on activities provided by Robb through the Wild Times website.

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Thanks to a generous donation by Microsoft, we have numerous Surface tablets connected in the space, as well as a Microsoft Perceptive Pixel (PPI) touch screen device, allowing patrons the opportunity to browse the current activities of Robb on the trail. The connection to the project website also allows for individuals to post their own responses and interactions with the project, adding a truly collective voice to the project and gallery space.

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Through our new Makerbot 3D printer, we are actively printing objects Susan is scanning along the way and transmitting back to us. The objects are being printed in color codes that indicate the altitude on the trail where the object was discovered and scanned by the artist. We printed three rocks on Saturday evening that became, and will remain, part of the exhibition.

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The exhibition space also contains an Epson large format printer, being used by GCAC to print 2D images Susan sends from her journey. After being printed, the photos are framed and become part of the overall installation. Over the course of the exhibition the photos will begin to hang layered upon one another, creating a topographic map extending out from the gallery wall. The images and installation will provide a sense of the terrain the artist has traversed to date.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, we thought you might enjoy reading the interview with Susan regarding her Wild Times project on the Creative Capital blog. Creative Capital is a major granter of this project. Here is the link: http://blog.creative-capital.org/2014/04/susan-robbs-wild-times

In addition to Grand Central Art Center, you have the opportunity to see elements and programs of Susan’s Wild Times project at collaborative venues including: Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, CA; 826 valencia, San Francisco, CA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA.

We are excited to be able to support and to be on this journey with Susan. We hope you will join us throughout the project, to engage with its programming and to support the artist as well!

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Saturday marked the last week of Julia Haft-Candell’s Fast and Slow exhibition, as noted earlier, and the last week of the extremely successful and well received exhibition by artists Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer, Miracle Report. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see these exhibitions, stop by this weekend, as both exhibitions are open through this Sunday, May 11, when we close at 4pm. Lots of wonderful restaurants here in Santa Ana, so it could be a great way to celebrate Mother Day.

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And the activities and outreach of Grand Central Art Center on Saturday evening were not limited to Santa Ana. Current GCAC artist in residence Daniel Tucker was busy with his own activities in Los Angeles as well. During his residence, Tucker has been developing a documentary project entitled Future Perfect – Time Capsules in Reagan County, dealing with the legacy of Ronald Reagan and the phenomenon of time capsule burials in California. As part of his residency, the artist has been traveling the entire state of California, visiting research libraries, Reagan related monuments and parks, and presenting talks at various locations and institutions. On Saturday night, Daniel was part of the group exhibition PRESENTS that opened at Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, which runs through May 24th. For his contribution to the exhibition, Tucker created the project The Preface to Future Perfect, a photography installation presenting materials from his ongoing research while in residence at GCAC.

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You would think all those activities would be enough to fill a weekend, and you would probably be right, but not for us here at GCAC. Sunday we welcomed back our ongoing artist in residence Lisa Bielawa, who is in town this week for a series of meeting, arranged through our Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak, in the development of her upcoming GCAC project, a serial Opera titled Vireo. Lisa also had time to connect with our new GCAC Cal State Fullerton graduate assistant Amanda Leader, who is working on her Masters Degree in Music, Voice Performance with emphasis in Opera. Amanda has been an excellent addition to the GCAC team and will be helping manage major components of Lisa’s serial opera as Project Coordinator. We’ll provide you more details on this project as it progresses.

So stop by Grand Central Art Center and be part of the action, we would love to see you!


Video Documentation – Santa Ana Sites #4: wild Up at the Santora

March 18, 2014

SANTA ANA SITES #4:
WILD UP IN THE SANTORA
WITH LISA BIELAWA AND THE COLBURN CONSERVATORY

SANTA ANA SITES, AN INITIATIVE OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON’S GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER. PRESENTING, IN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP, CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA.

THE TRAVELING FORUM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY SHARED ARTISTIC EXPERIENCES, ENCOURAGING THE DISCOVERY OF DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS AND ARCHITECTURAL SPACE.

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION CREATED BY STEVE METCALF: http://stevemetcalf.com/

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAST PROGRAMS OF SANTA ANA SITES


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:

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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


Santa Ana Sites #4 : wild Up in the Santora with Lisa Bielawa & Colburn Conservatory – Feb 22

January 28, 2014

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Santa Ana Sites #4: wild Up in The Santora fuses classical instruments with contemporary sounds to create an unforgettable evening in one of Santa Ana’s most charming venues. Los Angeles based music collective wild Up, musicians from The Colburn Conservatory of Music and composer/vocalist Lisa Bielawa come together on Saturday, February 22 to share in a night of unexpected artistic ventures.

With the momentum of three successful Sites programs pushing them forward, Grand Central Art Center and Santa Ana Sites’ Co-Founder/Artistic Director Allen Moon serve up their newest vision showcasing the youthful side of culture. wild Up is a modern music collective that embraces sound as a vehicle for shared experiences. The Los Angeles Times praised the group stating, “You’d be forgiven for mistaking wild Up for an indie rock band.” Led by acclaimed conductor Christopher Rountree, members of the group along with some of Colburn’s musicians and soprano Bielawa will disperse throughout The Santora building to perform engaging micro concerts.

Audiences will begin their Santa Ana Sites #4 journey at the Grand Central Art Center for a pre-show, move to the Santora’s atrium for their first encounter with the musicians, and head to the top floor where the performers and audiences will begin an adventure of music and architecture in various galleries, studios, and empty spaces. The music draws from a vast array of genres, with compositions from Bach, Ravel, Machaut, The Magnetic Fields, Katy Perry, Sun Ra, Brian Eno, The Beach Boys, The Dog Faced Hermans, Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa, Ornette Coleman, Deerhoof and The Misfits, amongst others. Composer/vocalist Bielawa’s performance with the ensemble treats Southern Californians to her first performance since her appearance in the LA Opera’s presentation of Philip GlassEinstein on the Beach, where she also served as the production’s Choral Master.

The historic Santora building’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture sets the tone for an adventurous evening of music and mingling. A recent change in ownership has lead to rejuvenation for the landmark venue, which broke ground in the late twenties and catered to classic Hollywood celebrities including Jack Benny, Milton Berle, and Lucille Ball. Santa Ana Sites #4: wild Up in The Santora will illuminate the architectural centerpiece of Downtown Santa Ana with sound and creative energy once again, an ideal way to pay homage to the building’s rich history while celebrating contemporary culture in the vibrant downtown.

Santa Ana Sites provides contemporary performances in spaces throughout Santa Ana. The traveling forum is designed to introduce the community to artistic experiences while encouraging diverse environments. Past events featured David Harrington, founder and Artistic Director of the Kronos Quartet; Backhausdance performing their dance installation, The Elasticity of the Almost; and a performance from Inner Mongolian music group AnDa Union. The Santora installment of Santa Ana Sites #4 unites music lovers of every age and background for an evening of forward thinking entertainment.

More information on the previous events can be found on the Santa Ana Sites Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/santaanasites

This event is anticipated to reach maximum capacity with reservations required.  The public is invited to reserve FREE tickets through email with name and requested number of tickets with a maximum of two tickets per guest to grandcentral@fullerton.edu

A reception at Grand Central Art Center will begin at 7pm. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 7:30pm on Saturday, February 22nd.

SUPPORT
Santa Ana Sites #4 is made possible through the generous support of Santora Group LLC, with in-kind support provided by Ashley Eckenweiler and The ACE Agency.

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
California State University, Fullerton 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.

Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714.567.7233, https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com
A Unit of CSUF’s College of the Arts



2014 EXHIBITION / ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PREVIEW – Grand Central Art Center

December 18, 2013

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
A Unit of California State University, Fullerton
College of the Arts

2014 PREVIEW
EXHIBITIONS AND ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

*confirmed to date – more programs being developed

EXHIBITIONS

Matthew Moore and Braden King
Matthew Moore and Braden King: Cumulus
Curated by John D. Spiak, GCAC Director/Chief Curator
Residency/Exhibition with support of the Metabolic Studio and Casio
Continues through January 5, 2014

Cumulus marks the first collaboration between these two accomplished artists. Through the residency, the artists set out on journeys – a series of driving trips along the Los Angeles Aqueduct – marking its 100th anniversary. They connected with people who work, live and engage along its path. Their travels allowed them the opportunity to listen to the land and then the water as it rushed down the cascade near Newhall Pass; flowed through massive piping in the Antelope Valley; traversed under slabs of concrete through the Mohave Desert; diverted from the Owens River.

Through the use of building materials, specifically used scaffolding planks, the artists have created a massive pipeline that emerges from one side of the gallery before quickly disappearing into the other. Projected upon it are moving images of atmosphere and landscape, traversing its surface as fluidly as water flows through the aqueduct itself. The installation reflects our inherent curiosity, of being fascinated by the things humans decide to make. To quote Moore, “the audacity of the human endeavor is never more apparent than when societies come together to construct such industrial feats as the aqueduct, achieving a perceived common good.” At the same time, such achievements acknowledge our limits of control as makers, as much as we desire to do so.”

From Moore’s direct experience of water in agriculture, “to believe in it as a certainty is inherently flawed. We can build all the infrastructure and systems to transport this precious resource, but if it doesn’t rain, they are all for naught.” He continues, “there may be no more hopeful image than that of a cloud… the promise of sustenance and a future that cannot be controlled by the will of man.”

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Aili Schmeltz: Cross Cut
Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, GCAC Curatorial Associate
Continues through February 9, 2014

Cross Cut, from Aili Schmeltz’s Tomorrowland series, explores the idea that utopia can be considered not only a place or a goal, but also as the very act of striving for such a target. Schmeltz’s hybridized structures are materializations, remnants of an ideal that never was and may never be. As fallen monuments to a utopic philosophy, they function as relics of both a “good place” and “no place.” Part architectural, part fossil, part potential: these works utilize discarded building materials that appear to have crystallized within a ‘natural’ process – strata that have undergone philosophical transformation yet to be fulfilled.

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Rage Bear: Juggling Awesome

Organized by Marvin Chow, CSUF MFA in illustration
Continues through February 9, 2014

An exhibition representing both in-game artwork, concept artwork and fan artwork as it relates to Rage Bear – a concept involving a Bibi bear whose specialty juggling skills allow him to juggle ridiculous amount of objects when he gets angry. Through the invitation of Marvin Chow, 30 Los Angeles-based entertainment artists will develop work for the exhibition, creating part of the Rage Bear storyline in their own personal style.

Participating artists include: Craig Mackay, Kelly Delanty, Alex Leon, Kevin Bentz, Candice Lee, Jack Sy, Paul Grab, Isaak Lien, Nathan Drobnack, Diana Drobnack, Jerry Ortega, Kingsley Harden, K Godfrey, Ray Mendoza, Corey Peters, Jia Tan, Casey Matsumoto, Eugene Negri, Tiffany Ma, Aaron Jones, Alex Santa Clara

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Ceramics and Glass
Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, GCAC Curatorial Associate
Continues through February 9, 2014

A small selection of works from CSUF alumni, students and members of our community.

Participating artists include: Aimee Sones (alumna/faculty), Brandon Lipe (student), Chelsea Wonenberg, Diana Donaldson, Elijah Wooldridge, Hiromi Takizawa (alumna), Jose M. Flores (student), Karen Thayer, Kimberly McKinnis (student), Klai Brown, Philip Kupferschmidt (student), Sarah Alonzo, Xin Xin Chen (student)

JULIANNE SWARTZ and KEN LANDAUER
Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer: Miracle Report
Coordinated by John D. Spiak, GCAC Director/Chief Curator
January 18 – May 11, 2014

Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer spent their Social Studies residency at the ASU Art Museum looking for miracles. The artists explored the miraculous through people’s perceptions of it in their lives, interviewing students, school children and community members of all ages and backgrounds. They combined their findings in an installation of fleeting vignettes playing on all of the available sound and video equipment in the museum’s possession. In the words of the artists, “Our installation strives to embody some beauty, some hocus-pocus and some unexplainable magic.”

Using all the available sound and video equipment at Grand Central Art Center, the artists will create a new site-specific installation of this work.

Miracle Report was first realized at the Arizona State University Art Museum and supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of the Social Studies series. John D. Spiak initiated this project. Upon Spiak’s departure to accept his new position at Grand Central Art Center, Heather Sealy Lineberry with Nicole Herden curated the exhibition at ASU Art Museum.

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Heather Bowling and Amanda Patenaude: You Are What You Concede
Curated by Kimberly McKinnis, CSUF MA in Exhibition and Design
March 1 through April 13, 2014

East Coast artist Amanda Pantenaude will team up with West Coast artist Heather Bowling, for a first time collaboration, creating a site-specific installation made from recycled materials collected within the Santa Ana community.  The artists are interested in social awareness and have created previous participatory projects in the hope to educate the public about current and pressing global issues.

The collection of materials will be organized through a series of community events, collaborating with local individuals and organizations. Hands-on workshops, panels and programs are being developed for the course of the exhibition.

Julia Haft-Candell
Julia Haft-Candell: Fast and Slow
Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, GCAC Curatorial Associate
March 1 through May 11, 2014

Julia Haft-Candell’s sculptures are physical records of their making, and a reflection of their own history. Using small components to build larger forms, the artist continually invents, reassesses and makes endless decisions about how the work takes shape. Ultimately the goal is to form a composition that most effectively speaks to the ambiguity of perception and the complexity of being.

Using forms inspired by nature and the body, as well as ideas derived from quick doodles and sketches, she focuses on the space in between two contrasting concepts as a metaphor for my experience as a human being. In Haft-Candell’s words “I express contradictions. I seek the intersection of the conscious and subconscious, construction and destruction, fast and slow, serious and funny, hard and soft.”

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Jody Zellen: Above the Fold
Curated by John D. Spiak, GCAC Director/Chief Curator
June 7 through August 10, 2014

Above the Fold is an exhibition of a series of artworks that take their point of departure from world news images from the New York Times. Included in Above the Fold are gouache on paper paintings, digital images and a two-channel video installation.

Above the fold traditionally refers to the upper half of the front page of a newspaper where an important story or photograph catches the attention of passersby. In the digital age it refers to what is visible on the screen without scrolling. These images proliferate endlessly suggesting that the news is entertainment. Zellen calls attention to this bombardment by creating her own over-saturated installation. She begins with an image that appears above the fold culled from both digital and print media and proceeds to alter it in a variety of ways. In one series of works she reduces the image to its essential pixels distilling the photograph into a grid of colors. While the original image is diffused, it never disappears. Through a process of layering fragments taken from news photographs she builds an abstract composition. Images of war, man-made and natural disasters and the destruction they cause are ubiquitous in the digital age. Today one expects instantaneous documentation of events as they occur. By appropriating this imagery Zellen changes its context and therefore the way the images communicate and how what they represent is understood.

Time Jitters is a two channel video projection that juxtaposes a grid of 25 looping animations with a single channel narrative.

The various components in Zellen’s work serve as building blocks that can be reconfigured for different mediums. A line drawing is scanned and used in a digital collage, which becomes a template for a painting, a page in an artist’s book, an image in an iPad app as well as an animation in which the drawing process is made visible. Drawing and the relationship between how the computer generates a line in contrast to what is created by the hand is central to Zellen’s explorations.

Also included will be a series of gouache on paper paintings. These 22 x 30 inch works illustrate the cycle of regeneration — birth and growth, death and decay – collectively becoming a representation of the passage of time. While the specific events may not be discernible, the works poetically and metaphorically alter these cyclical images. The translucent pastel colors of the paintings contrast with the harsher opaque tones in another work; a grid of 40 small digital prints collectively entitled “If.” “If” is also a 40- page limited edition artist’s book whose sequence reads as a poetic narrative.

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Flora Kao: Wind House
Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, GCAC Curatorial Associate
June 7 through August 10, 2014

Flora Kao’s installations respond to the endless repetition of the urban landscape. Each installation is a drawing in space, built from a multitude of repeating marks. By multiplying ordinary elements like sound, shadow, plant, paper, or line, Kao creates elegant systems that sculpt and activate space. She plays with malleability of meaning and visual slippage, where street grids dissipate into atmospherics and constellations, consumer waste morphs into musical forests, and plants take flight.

With the GCAC installation Wind House, abode that a breath effaced, artist Flora Kao explores the poignant associations of a collapsed desert homestead. Making a life size rubbing of the shack’s debris field, Kao transforms the physical evidence of failure into a sensuous architectonic experience.

LOUD silence
LOUDsilence
Curated by Amanda Cachia
September 6, 2014 – TBD

What happens when a composer and/or performer have no control over sound, or rather when they purposefully choose to relinquish control over sound? How does such a radical act change the soundscape? What new noises ensue from such acts, and how can the binary of loudness and silence be transformed in politicized ways? And how might the idea of “trespass” be employed to energize, expand, negate, or flip the idea of “access” within the territory of sound, in order to mobilize trespass in a way that re-imagines the agentive capacity of those not normally “permitted” equal access to sound? In particular, how does a composer/performer who is hearing and one who is deaf make loud silence or silence loud?

LOUDsilence explores the generative intersections of when the seminal work, 4’33” by John Cage collides with work by four contemporary deaf artists – Joseph Grigely, Darrin Martin, Alison O’Daniel and Christine Sun Kim. The exhibition includes work on paper, sculpture, video, film and audio works, plus archival material by John Cage.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE / PROJECTS

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COG•NATE COLLECTIVE (MISAEL DIAZ AND AMY SANCHEZ)
Onsite Throughout 2014

Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez were GCAC Artists in Residence for a first visit from April 15 through June 23, 2013. Based upon their extremely positive connection with our community and desire to continue the engagement, they were invited to returning as GCAC Artists in Residence throughout the coming year and are developing multiple projects to engage community.

The Social Neighborhood Art (S.N.A.) Project is in the process of invite local College and High school students to participate in the planning, designing and executing of an intervention in public space in Downtown Santa Ana.

For the first half of the program students will work with contemporary artists whose practice focuses on research and performances/interventions in public space and/or community engagement. During the second half of the program students will work together to design an intervention (or series of small interventions) elucidating an issue or condition in Downtown Santa Ana encountered during the walkthroughs and workshops.

The program will culminate with the intervention(s) and a concurrent or subsequent public exhibition and presentation. Students will collect documentation of their intervention to present during a round-table conversation and small exhibition at Grand Central Art Center (GCAC). Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz of Cog•nate Collective will facilitate bi-Monthly meetings.

Cog•nate Collective is in the development phase for a second project, which will be collaboration with Rudy Córdova of downtown Santa Ana’s Café Calacas.

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CAROL A. STAKENAS
Multiple Site Visits Throughout 2014

Carol A. Stakenas was a collaborative partner with GCAC in 2013 through her role as Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), before departing this fall for new activities in Boston. Stakenas returns to our region throughout the coming year as Artist in Residence at GCAC.

Grand Central Art Center is proud to partner with (SPAN) on a new podcast series – Social Practice AIR. Throughout 2014, Carol A. Stakenas, (SPAN) curator, will be interviewing the social practice artists of and collectives that are participating in GCAC’s artist in residency program. This project is dedicated to capturing and cultivating creative voices in our field to deepen critical understanding and share methodologies.

(SPAN) is a project of the Social Design Collective (LLC). The Social Design Collective LLC is an innovative design team comprised of artists, architects, urban planners, media professionals and educators. Collectively they have designed and implement a range of projects that have taken their shape in the form of permanent public art works, exhibition designs, marketing campaigns, educational platforms and civic engagement projects. They are interested in using creativity to generate long-term community, public and social benefits and create solutions through bridging cross-sector partnerships between community organizations, academic institutions, residents, youth and local municipalities.

The Life of an Artist INGRID REEVE BARBARA MILLIORN EVAN SENN
INGRIED REEVE, BARBARA MILLIORN AND EVAN SENN
Onsite Throughout 2014

Ingrid Reeve, Barbara Milliorn and Evan Senn are recent graduates of programs at California State University, Fullerton. They return to their Alma Mater throughout the coming year as Artist in Residence at GCAC.

The Life of an Artist 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 collaborate with Marina Abramović, the Godmother of performance art, and to solidify their careers as professional artists.

The life of an artist is a difficult road to travel. In one of the art hubs in our contemporary society—the Metropolis of Los Angeles—it is near impossible. What sets one artist apart from the rest? What makes them more worthy for exhibitions, press and galleries than another? How is the struggle different for female artists? Now move them to Orange County. What then happens is that “near impossible” becomes heavier and more difficult to move.

Two female artists have paired together with an art critic and manager to better navigate through this difficult and tumultuous terrain. Together, they must conquer the battles to “make it” in the art world, and they’ve set their sights high. These three women tackle real life trials and tribulations and strive to make their way to blue chip collaborations in fine art. We watch as they hope that the road to success in the art world won’t destroy their relationships, their bank accounts or their practice. Follow this series to view the struggles and progress of these professional artists in The Life of An Artist.

During their Artist in Residence, the artists’ will be hosting and participating in monthly performances, including panels, discussions and workshops, as well as performances that will engage the community of Santa Ana and the larger Orange County region.

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LISA BIELAWA
Multiple Site Visits Throughout 2014

Lisa Bielawa was GCAC Artists in Residence in summer of 2012 for a first site visit in the development of her Vireo project. She will be returning in the spring and fall of 2014.

Vireo is a serialized opera that will be recorded in front of a live audience and released as episodes via the Internet. The musical ensemble, as well as the roles of characters, will change per episode so as to broaden the scope of creative collaboration through Social Practice approaches.

Think Prairie Home Companion, John Cage, Bauhaus and Arrested Developed, all mashed together. Vireo takes high art form at intelligent levels and provides them to general audience, through mainstream media and contemporary delivery systems.

Vireo Timeline:
Spring-Summer 2014: partnership-building, casting, development of libretto and score for pilot episode.
July-August 2014: first press release, performers confirmed.
October 2014: rehearsals/first taping (over 1-2 weeks); post-production (1-2 weeks)
Late October/Early November: pilot episode released

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HOLLY MYERS
Multiple Site Visits Throughout 2014

Holly Myers continues her GCAC Artists in Residence as she continues her research and development of the project What is Art Worth? – Conversations About Value in Contemporary Art.

What is art worth? Is a multi-dimensional research based project that aims to explore and interrogate the concept of value in relation to the visual arts. How is value determined in the art world? How do we talk about value? What are the different kinds of value and how do we understand the relationship between them? How is value generated? Who generates it? How is it utilized? How is it distributed? Whom does it benefit?

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HEATHER LAYTON AND BRIAN BAILEY
Winter 2014

Heather Layton and Brian Bailey were GCAC Artists in Residence for a first visit in the winter of 2013. They will be returning for a second visit as they work toward a new major project being developed for GCAC.

Artists Heather Layton and Brian Bailey spent time in Orange County exploring the community and developing connects for a large-scale project currently being developed. Through their collaborative work, the artists have traveled to remote parts of the world, working with youth communities to teach skills in the filmmaking process, create films, developed film festivals and connect these communities to one another.

During there time at GCAC, Heather and Brian made direct connections with: Aaron Orullian, Director of the Film and Television Conservatory, Orange County School of the Arts; Veronica Arias-Aguayo, Service Coordinator, Project Access Resource Centers; Robert Santana, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana; Irv and Ryan Chase, Downtown Santa Ana Property Owners; Gabriela Lomeli, Project Manager, City of Santa Ana; Mayra Mejia Gille, Program Manager, Latino Health Access.

The connections mentioned served as initial research and developed relationships for future collaborative possibilities for the project in development. This second visit will continue the research and connection phase of their project.

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DANIEL TUCKER
Spring 2014

Daniel Tucker was GCAC Artists in Residence in fall of 2013 for a first site visit in the development of his Future Perfect: The Ronald Reagan Time Capsule project. Tucker returns from April through June to realize the project.

Part speculative fiction and part real-world intervention, Future Perfect: The Ronald Reagan Time Capsule is conceived of as a series of writing workshops and public sculpture burials taking place up and down the coast of California in 2014. The event-based work will result in a publication and exhibition.

The combined focus on time capsules, Reagan, and speculative fiction comes out of a 1976 speech given by Reagan in which he references a time capsule – one for which he wrote a letter speculating what the world would be like one hundred years in the future.

Future Perfect will partner with local organizations, universities and collaborators from San Diego to Eureka. Those involved in the project can engage by writing letters in the voice of Reagan (as his Bicentennial letter has never been recovered) or in the voice of other figures (fictitious or real) that would have buried time capsules concurrently with Reagan. These letters will be buried in time capsules throughout the State of California. The capsules will be buried with the letters collected in each locale and a burial event will be organized with all of the local participants.

SUSAN ROBB
SUSAN ROBB
Spring through Summer 2014

Susan Robb was GCAC Artists in Residence in fall of 2013 for a first site visit in the development of her Wild Times project. She will be activating her project from April to September of 2014.

Beginning in April of 2014, GCAC will be a home base for engagement with the project Wild Times – a site of virtual connection to Susan during her upcoming 5-month journey, a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Using her experiences as inspiration and medium, she will send “trail transmissions” to Grand Central Art Center via 3D printing, text exchange and Skype communications. Community engagers of the project at GCAC will serve as collaborators, interacting with the project, the artist, and the broader public via hands on activities in the gallery and the Wild Times website.

Carmen Papalia and Kristin Rochelle Lantz
CARMEN PAPALIA AND KRISTIN ROCHELLE LANTZ
Fall 2014

Carmen Papalia, with curatorial support by Kristin Rochelle Lantz, were GCAC Artists in Residence for a first visit in the spring of 2013. They will be returning for a second visit as they work toward a new major project being developed for GCAC.

Artist Carmen Papalia, with curatorial support by Kristin Rochelle Lantz, spent time in Orange County exploring the community and developing connects for a large-scale project currently being developed. Through their collaborative work, they have been developing ideas around the concept of tactility as a way of knowing.

During his time at GCAC, Carmen performed a walk through the city titled Mobility Device, accompanied by Santa Ana’s Century High School Marching Band.
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/short-film-documentary-on-artist-carmen-papalias-mobility-device-performance-gcac-2/

Berkley-based author Georgina Kleege tells of an experience in which she had the opportunity to touch a sculptural maquette that Matisse used in order to produce a 2-dimensional figure on canvas. The moment is of particular interest to the blind author since it describes how the tactile sense can be used in order to understand a thing visually. This image, of the blind accessing and receiving visual culture non-visually, has been represented and mythologized in paintings throughout history, and even served as the subject for Jacques Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind – a 1993 project in which the theorist used depictions of the blind from the Louvres collection as the basis for writings on vision, blindness, self-representation and drawing.

The image of a blind individual engaging in a tactile Art experience represents the possibility of an unmediated and unbiased experience of Art – an idea that has attracted the Art practitioner, the viewer and the critic for centuries. However the idea that blind experience is unmediated and unbiased is a fallacy: as any person engaged in interpretation exists within a unique cultural context, and therefore within the realm of subjectivity. What this provocative image does illustrate is the uncharted territory that is non-visual interpretation – a method that, if practiced within the context of the Art experience, has the potential to expand what is currently understood as visual culture.

Touching on an Elephant is a progression of Papalia’s recent work that invites the participant to develop their perceptual mobility — a project series that includes the Blind Field Shuttle, The Touchy Subject and For Your Ears Only. It aims to further investigate how tactual astonishment can connect the viewer / participant to the objects, spaces and culture of the museum. It will include a suite of engagements (touching tours, curated tactile experiences and opportunities for independent tactual exploration) which will provide opportunities for the participant to develop their tactile sense as a mode of interpretation, and which will set a precedence for a tactile aesthetics and tactual experience within the art center.

This second visit will continue the research and connection phase for this larger project.

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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:

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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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2012-2013 EXHIBITION / PROGRAM SCHEDULE @ Grand Central Art Center

August 8, 2012

EXHIBITIONS / ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE / PUBLIC PROGRAMS / THEATRE & DANCE
2012-2013 SCHEDULE
GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
A Unit of California State University, Fullerton
College of the Arts
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701 – t. 714.567.7233
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GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER MISSION STATEMENT
Grand Central Art Center is dedicated to the investigation and engagement of contemporary art and visual culture – regionally, nationally and internationally – through unique collaborations between artists, students and the community.

SUPPORT
Grand Central Art Center programs would not be possible without the generous support provided by:
William Gillespie Foundation
Fainbarg-Chase Families
anonymous donor
community collaborative partners

PRESEASON OPENING PERFORMANCE
Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

Bleu Remix, Yann Marussich, with sound performance by Steve Roden and Glenn Bach
Friday, August 24, 7 p.m.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNWkdbBf5Ls
In his spectacle-installation Bleu Remix, Yann Marussich returns to a theme originally explored in Bleu Provisoire (2001), a spectacle in which a mysterious blue liquid oozes through the layers of his skin as though it were the final effect or by-product of his body’s inner processes. In Bleu Remix, the artist once more invites the viewer to experience an intimate journey through the corners of his body. Each time the spectacle is performed, a different (local) musician accompanies Marussich. This unique, singular confrontation establishes a new relationship between the sound and image. The meeting of the two artists brings an element of risk and uniqueness to the event, as if the music explores the spectacle repeatedly, resulting in new ways of perception. 
Marussich’s spectacle-installation at Grand Central Art Center will be accompanied by live sound performed by artists Steve Roden and Glenn Bach.

This program is in collaboration with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), with support for Bleu Remix at both venues generously provided by swissnex San Francisco, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and the City and Canton of Geneva.

SEASON OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, September 1 from 7-10 p.m.

Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory
September 1 through November 14, 2012
The Border Theory paintings combine two “orders” – abstract painting and the border that separates Mexico and the United States. Their relationship concerns components that are inherent in each: the demarcation of space through a conceptual framework, and its resulting material manifestation. Both systems rely on a combination of organic and inorganic materials and processes. The border itself can be addressed as site of politicized abstraction. It also utilizes specific materials and processes to organize otherwise incoherent space.  The Rio Grande, a geological, natural boundary that dominates the eastern portion of the border, turns abruptly into a geometric bifurcation on the western half of the border. This push and pull of “landscape” and “border,” which is inherent in topographical mapping, also happens to be the most significant occupation of abstract painting.  This solo exhibition will mark the premiere of de los Reyes new body of work.

Constantin Hartenstein: Event Horizon
September 1 through October 14, 2012
Grand Central Art Center Artist in Residence, Constantin Hartenstein (b. 1982, Herzberg, former GDR), is an installation and video artist living and working in Berlin and New York. His works deal with personalized appearances of spaces within the context of displacement, settlement and fast forward consumer culture.  During his residency, Hartenstein will create new work that will be presented in a solo exhibition.

Erin Morrison: Meditative Action
September 1 through October 14, 2012
Morrison’s recent body of work is a culmination of paintings ranging from what some might consider surrealistic landscape to magic realism, with slight experimentation in minimalism. The intent of the work is to reach beyond the dictum of paintings history through the categorization of genre, and to explore the identifiable borders established by the institution of studio practice. They portray a sense of loss or misunderstanding, as well as a feeling of upheaval, revealing the displacement that comes with living a somewhat nomadic life.

CSUF Students Ceramic and Glass Exhibition and Sale
November 3 through January 14, 2013
This year’s annual ceramics and glass exhibition and sale focuses on the work of students from California State University, Fullerton.  The exhibition will be organized through the collaborative efforts of CSUF School of Art Associate Professor Nobuhito (Nobu) Nishigawara.

Sean C. Flaherty: An Overture in Parts
November 3, 2012 through January 14, 2013
Through a three act video installation, appropriating the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Les Misérables (based upon the 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo), artist Sean C. Flaherty explores complex family and relationship dynamics.   The installation includes the video works: Act I, The Confrontation: Script as Set; Act II, One Day More: A Family in Parts; Act III, A Heart Full of Love: Familiar Parts.  Flaherty’s work allows the personal to become universal, providing seemingly intimate and private shared matters to be opened to critique.

Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given
December 1 through February 10, 2013
Brent Green is a self-taught artist and filmmaker who lives and works in a barn in Cressona, PA.  Known for his poetic works that address complex personal struggles, the artist will be in residence in the fall of 2012, creating a new multi-channel video installation for solo exhibition in the main gallery.  Green will conduct outreach programs with teens of the Santa Ana community, through animation and stop-motion filmmaking techniques, helping youth in the development of original content. His time at Grand Central Art Center will also include a screening (date TBA) with live soundtrack, performed by Brent Green and his selected musicians, of his past animation works.

Grand Central Art Center MFA Residents Exhibition
February 2 through April 21, 2013
The MFA Residents Exhibition will feature work by the artists currently residing at Grand Central Art Center.  The GCAC houses 28 residential apartments on its privately secured second floor, 26 of the apartments are dedicated living spaces for students of California State University Fullerton’s College of the Arts MFA program.  The Center also includes active studio space for each of the artists.

Monique Leyton and Brad Kuhl: Elite Deviance
March 2 through May 12, 2013
Kuhl & Leyton’s collaborative work explores the American and global culture of crime and its relationship to fame, media and the bizarre. The solo exhibition at Grand Central Art Center marks the US premiere of their new body of work, which focuses on the subject of white-collar crimes.  The artists draw inspiration from both obscure and popular subjects in the news, on the Internet and television.  Their primary medium is tape on paper.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE SCHEDULE:

Constantin Hartenstein
http://www.constantinhartenstein.com/
through mid-September 2012
Working with members of the community to explore the concept of “future” through the exploration of Southern California futurist architecture. During his residency, Hartenstein will also create an installation, through the collaborative work with community, which will premiere in the GCAC project gallery.

Jules Rochielle
http://www.julesrochielle.com/
Pop in visits through November, full time late-November through late-December 2012
Rochielle was first in residence at GCAC in spring 2012 and has been returning throughout the summer for pop in visits.  She is continuing to expand on the relationships she has built in the community and developing collaborative projects which include:  An oral histories project that deals with recording of stories of the survivors of violence, centered around a neighborhood known as the Townsend district in Santa Ana, through a collaboration with the Santa Ana Public Library Teen Space program “young historians” and Sharon Sekhon PhD, Professor, CSUF American Studies; Working on a proposal to develop a public work of art in the Logan Neighborhood through collaboration/conversations with the local organizations Santa Ana Public Library, United Artists of Santa Ana, El Centro, SACReD and The Grain Project; Organizing a teen summit and future GCAC teen council through relationships being built with Santa Ana Public Library, Santa Ana Boys and Girls Club, Bowers Museum, Project Access Warwick Center, Santa Ana High School and Orange County School for the Arts.

Brent Green
http://site.nervousfilms.com/
mid-September through early-December 2012
Outreach programs focused on the creation of stop-motion animated film/video works.  Green will also screen his past animation work with live performed soundtrack for a one evening program in collaboration with The Copper Door, Santa Ana.  During his residency, he will also create a full video installation that will premiere in the GCAC main gallery.

Carmen Papalia
http://www.gallerieswest.ca/events/madness-and-mobilty-the-art-of-inclusion/
mid-October 2012 (first visit), Additional Extended Visit TBA
First visit will include a welcoming performance/city tour.  Upon immediate arrival, Papalia, who is visually impaired, will lead individuals on a walking tour of downtown Santa Ana. A full marching band will follow the artist and will begin to play music whenever the artist approaches a potential hazard.  The work is an attempt to create a heightened awareness of ones own community and surroundings.  Papalia will spend time developing a future project that will be realized through a future extended residency at GCAC.

MKE<–>LAX: Sarah Gail Luther
http://www.mke-lax.org and http://sarahluther.blogspot.com/
mid-November 2012 
Born in Milwaukee, Sarah is devoted to creating work that expands her knowledge of specific cities.  She’s worked with IN:SITE, a Milwaukee-based temporary public art organization, for three years.  She has been involved with public art projects including The Amplifier, a pop-up community center located in Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood, which was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

This residency is in collaboration with the CSUF Begovich Gallery exhibition Interstice (November 10 – December 13, 2012), curated by CSUF Exhibition Design graduate students Cassandra Erb and Kimberly McKinnis, in association with MKE<–>LAX through the direction of Sara Daleiden.

Heather Layton and Brian Bailey
http://www.heatherlayton.com/_/intervention.html
late-December 2012 through late-January 2013
Backpack Film School will engage the local youth community, allowing individuals to explore the histories, traditions and transitions of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Through the expertise of the artists, the participating youth will develop skills and knowledge of filmmaking, working with the artists and community to create a series of visionary film projects. When completed, the films will be screened through a series of unique community film festivals in the exact neighborhoods in which the participating filmmakers live.  Each teen filmmaker will be responsible for deciding their location – apartment complex, driveway, school, public street and/or local parking lot – for their individual festival. The youth create the vision, invitation and serve as the director for their individual festival, responsible for introductions and remarks to open their festival. GCAC will provide all the projection, screen and sound equipment, as well as set-up and support needed for each festival. The artists and GCAC team will remain behind the scenes for each event, allowing the participating filmmaker to take the leadership role.

Saskia Jorda
http://saskiajorda.com/
late-January through late-April 2013
Quinceañeras is a residency exploring bodies in state of transition, from childhood into womanhood, based upon the artist’s own experience and memories of becoming a quinceañeras in Venezuela (one of the artist’s last significant experiences before migrating to the U.S). The artist plans to collaborate with 29 quinceañeras/wedding shops located in Downtown Santa Ana, Quinceañera Magazine, a downtown non-profit health care provider and individuals of the community – which will include girls and their families as they prepare for quinceañeras. Working together, they will examine the traditions behind rite of passage, family values and body image as perceived by these teenagers.

Bad at Sports
http://badatsports.com/
May – July 2013
Bad at Sports is a Chicago-based artist collective that began as a solution to the problem of dwindling local arts coverage. The results so far have included: a weekly podcast/freely accessible audio archive of 380+ hours of artists and “art worlders” talking about their “art” and their “world;” several exhibitions and events; and a blog, that in 2000+ articles, has not only shed light on the regional art context, but offers an international reach and engagement. The project reflects the logic and generosity of the Internet – engaging, inviting and openly participating in the discussions that shape our culture.

Holly Myers: What is Art Worth? – Conversations About Value in Contemporary Art
http://thenand.org/
Date: TBA
What is art worth? Is a multi-dimensional research based project that aims to explore and interrogate the concept of value in relation to the visual arts. How is value determined in the art world? How do we talk about value? What are the different kinds of value and how do we understand the relationship between them? How is value generated? Who generates it? How is it utilized? How is it distributed? Whom does it benefit?

PROJECTS/RESIDENCIES IN DEVELOPMENT:

Paul Ramirez Jonas
http://www.paulramirezjonas.com/

Lisa Bielawa
http://www.lisabielawa.com/

Vincent Goudreau
http://www.vincentgoudreau.com/

PUBLIC PROGRAM SERIES:

Patchwork: Indie Arts and Craft Festival
http://www.patchworkshow.com/
November 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Peruse 100+ booths featuring local independent
artists, designers & crafters at the show. These amazing creators
will be showcasing their wares including: clothing for men, women
& kids, accessories, home goods like art, pottery & glassware,
pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles & other bath & body items,
craft kits & patterns, knit & crochet items, stationery & paper
goods, plushies, purses, handbags and so much more!  Patchwork is organized by our GCAC tenant/collaborative partner The Road Less Traveled.

MFA Conversations
Dates: TBA
Grand Central Art Center is developing a series of conversations that will take place at GCAC.  Placing CSUF MFA students working on degrees in specific medium, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that medium, in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that field.  For example:  MFA artist, in conversation with a successful artist in the field, in conversation with a gallery owner; or MFA theatre student, in conversation with actor, in conversation with theatre director/TV show creator; exhibition/design student, in conversation with curator, in conversation with museum director.  The MFA student, who can use the conversation to ask questions focused toward approaches for their greater success and opportunities in the field as they near and complete graduation, will lead these public programs.

Brilliant Soil – Film Screening in collaboration with bulbo, OC Film Fiesta and The Yost
http://www.brilliantsoil.org/
Dates: September 16, 1 p.m. @ The Yost
This documentary follows Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes, as she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces. The screening is presented in collaboration with bulbo (Tijuana/Los Angeles), OC Film Fiesta and The Yost Theatre.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPMENT:

GCAC is working to secure funding for a series tentatively titled “Santa Ana Sites.”  These programs will include professional performance based events – including dance, theatre and opera – that will occur at sites throughout downtown Santa Ana.

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER THEATRE SCHEDULE:
Programmed by California State University, Fullerton
Department of Theatre & Dance

Ordinary Days
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Patrick Pearson
Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 @ 8 p.m.
[a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the jungle of New York City]

A Bright New Boise
by Stephan D. Hunter
Directed by Mark Ramont
Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 @ 8 p.m.
[Summoning the Rapture, this comedy will shatter preconceptions about the sacred, the profane and the secret lives of big box retailers]

The Drunken City
by Adam Bock
Nov. 16, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 @ 8 p.m., Nov. 17 @ 2pm
[A wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps]

CSUF Spring 12 x 16 Dance
Coordinated by William F. Lett
Mar. 7, 8, 9 @ 8 p.m., Mar. 9 @ 2pm
Spring Show #1 – TBA
Mar. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 @ 8 p.m.

Spring Show #2 – TBA
Apr. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 @ 8 p.m.

TBA MFA/NEW PLAY
Directed by Jeremy Lewis
May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m.

CSUF Spring Cabarets
Coordinated by Mitchell Hanlon
May 21, 22, 23, 24 @ 7 & 9 p.m.

* Additional exhibitions, public programs, lectures and artists in residence being confirmed with schedule subject to change.  Please visit the Grand Central Art Center website and blog for updates.