SANTA ANA SITES #5: STEVE RODEN – A Sound Performance – June 14

June 2, 2014

SANTA ANA SITES #5: STEVE RODEN
a sound performance

JUNE 14, 2014
7:30 – 8:15PM
PRE-PERFORMANCE RECEPTION / MIXER
*please arrive no later than 8pm

RECEPTION LOCATION:
Q Art Salon
205 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

audience will be escorted to performance location

SEATING LIMITED, TICKETS REQUIRED, BUT ARE FREE TO PUBLIC
ticket information below

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Santa Ana Sites #5 presents an evening of sound performance by artist Steve Roden. Performing through the use of two analog modular synthesizers, Roden will continue the Sites approach of presenting work in unique Santa Ana spaces, activating a subterranean racket ball court located in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana.

Tickets are free but reservations are required – RSVP info towards the bottom of this page

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist born in Los Angeles and living in Pasadena, CA. Roden’s practice includes painting, drawing, sculpture, writing, film/video and sound performance.

Since the late 1980’s, Roden has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. recent solo exhibitions include: CRG Gallery, New York and Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Silence at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas and the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, De Indias, Colombia.

Roden has performed his soundworks at various arts spaces and experimental music festivals worldwide including: Serpentine Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; DCA, Dundee, Scotland; Redcat, Los Angeles; Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland; as well as performance tours of Brazil and Japan. Recent performances include John Cage’s Cartridge Music with composer Mark Trayle at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena; a tribute to Rolf Julius at the Hamburger Banhof, Berlin; and performances at the Museum of Art, Strasbourg, France and The Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas. Since 1993, Roden has released numerous cds under his own name as well as under the moniker “in between noise” on various record labels internationally.

Recently the artist has created numerous site-specific sound works for spaces such as MOCA at the Pacific Design Center in response to a group of paintings by Mark Rothko; the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington’s James Turrell Skyspace; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture/Schindler House in Los Angeles; a live collaboration with Stephen Vitiello in a room of 50 pieces of sculpture by Donald Judd at Chinati, Merfa, Texas; Daniel Libeskind’s Run Run Shaw new creative media centre building at City University of Hong Kong; a sound/sculpture/drawing installation for Thomas U. Walter’s 1848 building at Girard College, Philadelphia for the Hidden City Festival; and a permanent public artwork at Hayvenhurst Park, in West Hollywood, California.

This event is anticipated to be at maximum capacity with reservations required.

Reserve FREE tickets through email with name and requested number of tickets with a maximum of two tickets per guest to:
jspiak (at) fullerton (dot) edu

A reception at Q Art Salon will begin at 7:30pm, with guests being asked to arrive no later than 8:00pm on Saturday, June 14th.

 

ABOUT SANTA ANA SITES
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.

Santa Ana Sites was founded by Allen Moon, Artistic Director/Community Partner and John D. Spiak, Grand Central Art Center Director/Chief Curator.

More information on the previous Santa Ana Sites can be found at:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/santa-ana-sites

 

SUPPORT
Santa Ana Sites #5 is made possible through the generous in-kind support of Dennis Dascanio, Jose Quant and Shell Martin, and Q Art Salon.


Call for Cast / Audience Members for Recreation of John Cage’s Seminal Performance 4’33”

May 9, 2014

THE TUBA THIEVES / Directed by Alison O’Daniel
Call for Cast / Audience Members

Date: May 25th, 2014
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM

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Alison’s film will be included in the exhibition LOUDsilence, curated by Amanda Cachia, opening this September at Grand Central Art Center. The film is also scheduled to screen at Art in General, NYC (Winter 2015) and Centre d’art contemporain in Brest, France (Summer 2015). The project is supported by Art Matters, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Franklin Furnace Fund.

Call for cast / Audience members for a recreation of John Cage’s seminal performance of 4’33”

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Alison is looking for a cast of all ages to act as audience members for a one-day shoot at the beautiful and historic Maverick Concert Hall. Food, drinks, copy and credit and our undying gratitude will be provided in exchange for your time.

Location: Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
Date: May 25th, 2014
Time: 12 PM – 6 PM
Contact: tubathievesfilmproduction@gmail.com

About the project:

THE TUBA THIEVES is a film about a Deaf drummer whose relationships with her hearing father and hearing boyfriend are impacted by the history of the 1952 Woodstock premier of John Cage’s 4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall.

About the artist: www.alisonodaniel.com


INTERNal Affairs: The Writing on the Wall (Banksy Talk Review)

February 18, 2014

INTERNal Affairs is a series by GCAC Curatorial Intern and CSUF Art History major Shauna Hultgrien.

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What is art? Is it hanging in a gallery? Is it made in a studio by hands that are finely tuned and well trained? Should it depict beauty? Should it represent an idea? Every generation conventionalizes a standard of “art” based on a definition ultimately defined by the critic. It has become the artist’s role to first establish these norms then defy them. Outspoken, cheeky, and veiled, the graffiti artist Banksy stands at the forefront of the contemporary fight for unconventional art. The British based street artist spent last October in New York during a “residency” in which he installed a new work each day. His imposition in the self-proclaimed art capital of America earned Banksy the scorn and smite from many of the city’s most reputable critics. However, artist, critic, and contributing editor to Art In America, Carol Diehl puts her well-earned reputation on the line to not only disagree with her colleagues, but to publically defend Banksy’s philosophy. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Grand Central Art Center’s John Spiak along with Cal State Fullerton’s Chair of Visual Art Jade Jewett and Professor Joanna Roche, the main campus hosted the public debut of Diehl’s insights into the man who is the masked satirist. If you had the extreme misfortune of missing this talk, fret no longer! As always, you can experience it through me, your GCAC intern.

From blogs to print, during his “residency,” Banksy was reviled as what New York based critic Jerry Saltz calls, “amazingly unoriginal.” But was originality really his objective? Diehl identifies Banksy’s themes as a compilation of anti’s: anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-greed, and anti-war.  With such motives Banksy’s end goal isn’t ingenuity, it’s awareness­­­­­­­­— he offers a new perspective on the status quo. Diehl went on to highlight the deeply humanistic qualities of Banksy’s work, supporting her observations with the fact that his work “vilifies no one.” Diehl chalks up his disdain amongst critics to the sad fact that we exist in a “culture that’s constantly pitting one side against another,” inspiring a legitimate confusion when we encounter an attitude that blames no one specifically.

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Diehl was careful not to disregard Banksy as the crude prankster that he is often made out to be. He is an artist with a message. His medium and surfaces are chosen concurrently with his ideals. Banksy is speaking out against the passive acceptance of a defined convention; he has to reach those who exist beyond the exclusivity of the tightly woven art world. Revolutions don’t happen from high rises, they happen in the streets. Thus, Banksy rids his work of pretense by using graffiti as his medium and existing utilitarian surfaces as his canvases.  He mocks the capitalist establishment while reaching his intended audience—everyone. He has taken his work out of the gallery and delivered it directly to the people.  I especially appreciated Diehl’s realization that graffiti is an illegal activity and as such, Banksy is literally risking his life to reach the public at large.

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So what is art? Well I suppose that it is ultimately up to the viewers to decide, whether that be an experienced critic or an observant passer-by. Through the in-depth analysis provided by Carol Diehl, this intern is convinced that Banksy is not only an artist, but one of the great artists of our time. Intelligent and provoking, Banksy’s work must be experienced in its entirety. It is not just the image we see painted on a wall that demands contemplation, but the message deeply plaited within. He speaks a language understood by all and strips us of our differences; his work can be absurd because human beings are absurd, it can provoke laughter because we are all capable of humor, it questions normalcy because that is something that should be decided by the individual, not the committee. With a little help from Diehl and other Banksy advocates in the field, perhaps he will not be misunderstood much longer.

Well that’s my two-cents. If you missed the talk with Carol Diehl, this blog certainly does not do it justice. Hopefully we will be hearing more from Carol and with any luck her lecture will surface again soon. This is your GCAC intern, over and out.



BANKSY: COMPLETED – Feb 13 @ 7PM with Carol Diehl – CSUF Main Campus

February 3, 2014

BANKSY: COMPLETED

Carol Diehl
Art in America, Contributing Editor

FEBRUARY 13, 7PM
California State University, Fullerton
MAIN CAMPUS
Lecture Hall – VA 113
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Each day last October, the British street artist known as Banksy left his mark on New York City, hitting all five boroughs in a self-styled “residency” that included paintings on walls, roving theme trucks, videos on his website, sculptures and more—leaving fans delighted and critics enraged. Artist and art critic Carol Diehl follows Banksy’s clues to explore the overarching philosophies that drive this prankster, who calls himself a “good vandal.”

Among the galleries and museum where Diehl has exhibited her work, are the Sidney Janis Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Modern, and Gary Snyder Fine Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum and, in 2012, the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts. She is the recipient of artists’ fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

A Contributing Editor to Art in America, Diehl has written cover stories on Robert Irwin, Olafur Eliasson, Christian Marclay and Wolfgang Laib. Her writing has also been published in, among others, ARTnews, Art & Auction, and New York Magazine. In 2012 she received a fellowship from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation for her blog, Art Vent.

Diehl has served on the faculties of Bennington College (VT) and the Graduate Fine Arts Program of the School of Visual Arts (NYC). She lives in New York City and Southwestern Massachusetts.

Presented by Grand Central Art Center
A Unit of CSUF, College of the Arts




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

January 17, 2014

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

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

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Vinct and Juan walking along freeway

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

Vincent Conversation

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

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IVC Class at GCAC

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

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

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

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

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Line for Lanterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh visit GCAC!

October 24, 2013

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GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak with Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh

Yesterday afternoon we had a nice surprise visit to GCAC by New York based artist Maria Elena Gonzalez and Dr. Justin Walsh, Assistant Professor, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Art at Chapman University. The artist was in town to present as part of the Visual Thinker Lecture Series at Chapman University.

We had the pleasure of touring these two outstanding individuals through our entire institution, sharing with them our current exhibitions, programs and philosophies of engagement.

Like GCAC exhibiting artists Matthew Moore and Braden King, who have created the current Cumulus installation in our main gallery, Maria Elena Gonzalez is a prestigious Creative Capital grantee. She is actually one of the grantees from the inaugural year of Creative Capital granting in 2000.

It seems GCAC is becoming a magnet for Creative Capital artists, and we couldn’t be happier!


Tim Youd: “Performing” A Scanner Darkly – Throughout November 2013

October 21, 2013

Grand Central Arts Center and Coagula Curatorial Presents:
Artist Tim Youd’s Upcoming Performance Exhibition
of Phillip K. Dick’s Literary Cult Classic
A Scanner Darkly

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Fresh off his back-to-back, critically-acclaimed typing performance exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Indianapolis artist Tim Youd continues his momentum staring on Saturday, November 2nd and throughout the month, at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana with a performance of Phillip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly.

Dubbed “regional conceptualism,” Youd performs his work in carefully chosen locales that are geographically related to either the author’s life or the plot of the novel. Utilizing the same make and model typewriter used by each author in its original creation, Youd types the novel on a single page, running it through the machine over and over. With each exhibition, Youd also constructs a tangible visual companion piece to marry with every performance, consisting of his sculpted typewriter “portraits,” as well as a self-portrait of himself reading the performed works.

In the heart of downtown Santa Ana, at Grand Central Arts Center, artist Tim Youd will retype the entirety of A Scanner Darkly on a single page. The intention for this location is that the author Philip K. Dick lived the latter part of his life, and died, in Orange County. This late period includes some of his most highly acclaimed work. One of these classics is A Scanner Darkly, a semi-autobiographical novel of drug use and paranoia set in a dystopian Orange County of the then near future (he wrote the novel in 1977, setting it in the mid 1990s). Youd will use an Olympia SG-3, the same make/model typewriter that Dick himself used.

GCAC would like to thank Mat Gleason and Alanna Navitski for helping to make this project a reality.

References:
http://www.timyoud.com

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-knight-youd-review-20130725,0,6957142.story

http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2013/07/performing-charles-bukowskis-post-office-on-a-typewriter

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-derrick/tim-youd-performing-charl_b_3618984.html

http://www.coagulacuratorial.com/html/about.html


Brent Green – Current Artist in Residence @ GCAC

September 24, 2012

Brent Green @ Grand Central Art Center

Brent Green arrived late last week and is getting settled in to our artist in residence apartment and studio. We are working with him to set up a private space within GCAC for a sound recording studio, where he will be developing and recording soundtracks for new works.

Brent 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, he will be with us in residence through early December, creating a new multi-channel video installation for solo exhibition in the main gallery. A 2005 recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital grant, he has presented solo exhibitions of his work at such institutions as Berkeley Art Museum, SITE Santa Fe, EMPAC, DiverseWorks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Palmer Art Museum at Penn State University. Brent’s film works have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Walker Art Center, Pacific Film Archive, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Wexner Center and Museum of Modern Art in New York, which has his feature Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then as part of their permanent collection.

While he is here, he will conduct outreach programs with California State University Fullerton College of the Arts students, students of Orange County School of the Arts and teens of the Santa Ana community, through animation and stop-motion filmmaking techniques.

Green will also screen his feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, with live performed soundtrack during a one evening program. The live soundtrack will be performed by Brent, with his collaborative partners: Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley (both from Califone), Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears), and artist Donna Kozloskie.

Our original scheduled venue, The Copper Door, had an unfortunate pipe burst which now has them closed for a couple of months for renovations, so we are scrambling to find an ideal venue for the screening. We will keep you posted on the venue and date. We are aiming for a Friday, October 12th, evening performance!

*UPDATE ON VENUE: The event in now scheduled to occur October 12, 7pm @ Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre, 801 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA.

His end of residency exhibition is schedule to open here at Grand Central Art Center in our main gallery on December 1 and run through February 10, 2013.