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
Grisey for clarinet
Spirit Worker – ongoing installation by Chris Kallmyer
Synopsis #9 – Lisa Bielawa solo for Viola
Works by Luciano Berio and John Cage for soprano and voice
Punk Rock Set 1: Deerhoof and Dog Face Hermans
Trombone Sequenza – Luciano Berio
Synopsis #9 – Lisa Bielawa solo for English Horn
Synopsis #3 – Lisa Bielawa solo for Flute
Three Meditations on California Girls – Andrew Tholl
Above Chiangmai – Harold Budd
Love in Outerspace – Sun Ra
Narayana’s Cow – Tom Johnson
Knee Play 2 – Philip Glass

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few video links from the evening:

on YouTube:

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202872901164938&set=vb.1274343186&type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202873016687826&set=vb.1274343186&type=2&theater

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


Openings, Social Practice, Book Signing, Lucha Libre, More – Cinco de Mayo (5/5) @ GCAC

April 23, 2012

CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA!!!!!

Please join us for First Saturday, May 5
and Sunday, May 6!

OPENING RECEPTIONS @ GCAC, 7-10PM:
Naida Osline: All The Queens Men
Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan
Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MAY 2-5
Jules Rochielle: What is Democracy?
with additional invited artist in residence Carmen Montoya

TALK/BOOK SIGNING @ GCAC – May 5, 1-5PM:
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:
Random Acts of Time @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
The Knights Debut @ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
Group Exhibition @ GCS Santa Ana
Open Studios and Galleries @ Santora Building

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
Activities Throughout Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6

MILLARD SHEETS EXHIBITION PANEL @ GCAC – MAY 6, 2PM:
Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee

See details below for a complete list of all the activities
occurring throughout the day…

Dany (Royalty Series), 2012. Courtesy of the Artist

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Main Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men presents two separate, but
related, bodies of photo-based work from the artist’s residency
at Grand Central Art Center from November 2011 through
January 2012.

The two series consists of formal portraits of subjects who are
photographed in the studio against a neutral backdrop, mostly
members of the Santa Ana community. One series models are
middle-aged men; the other of women and men dressed in drag.
Each series bring up ideas about identity, power, representation,
gender, fame, beauty, aging and fashion.

Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Mosaic Mural. Image credit, M.O. Quinn

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
Curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Project Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

Millard Sheets: The Art of Home Savings & Loan creates a renewed
awareness of the Home Savings & Loan mosaic murals located
throughout Southern California, originally designed by the Millard
Sheets Studio. Included in the exhibition are images of the mosaics,
original works of art, sketches, supporting documentation and
images of the restoration process of the Rolling Hills Estates mural.
The exhibition focuses on five of the mosaic murals located in the
communities of Temple City, Rolling Hills Estates, Anaheim, Pomona
and Santa Ana.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 2pm
Panel will primarily address the Millard Sheets Studio, which included
Millard Sheets, SueHertel, Denis O’Connor, and others who contributed
to the Home Savings & Loan project.

Confirmed participants include: Dr. Adam Arenson – Assistant Professor
of History at the University of Texas, El Paso. Is currently completing
research for abookon the art and architecture of Home Savings & Loan.
Alan Hess – Architecture critic and historian, with a particular emphasis
on mid century modernism. Mike McGee – Gallery Director of the
Begovich Gallery, Professor and ProgramDirector of Exhibition Design
and Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

But I Didn’t Know, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement
May 5 – June 24, 2012
Education Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

Comprised of two-dimensional and three-dimensional prints, generated
through relief printing, Camilla Taylor’s work explores the concepts of
narrative, repetition and what has been referred to as “otherness.”
The artist references the capacity people have to project onto, or
empathize, with objects that have similarities to humans.

Young Women Think-Tank, with Teen Space of the Santa Ana Public Library

Jules Rochielle: Social Practice Artist in Residence
Through May 2012
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Meet Jules Rochielle, our current GCAC Artist in Residence, and
engage with her project What is Democracy?. Jules will continue to be in
residence through the end of May, then return in the fall for the second
part of her residency.

May 2nd- May 5th: Jules Rochielle has invited artist Carmen Montoya
for a short residency here at GCAC, in hopes of running a set of
community art making workshops. Carmen has been actively engaged
with a group known as Pineros y Camesinos Unidos del Noroeste
(Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), which is Oregon’s
union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon’s
largest Latino organization.Jules will work with Carmen and the community
to create a set of powerful images to take back to the Pineros y
Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.

A complete list of activities for the last week of April and beginning of May
can be found at the Field Report: Blog Posting by Jules Rochielle:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Talk/Book Signing
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA
1pm talk, followed by book signing
Grand Central Art Center Theater
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/gustavo_arellano_s_taco_usa_reviewed_.html

Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history
and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and
charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of
Bill Buford’s Heat and Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy, Arellano’s
fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal
anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla.

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:


Random Acts of Time
@ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Juror/Curated by William Moreno
http://www.occca.org/index.html

The Knights Debut
@ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
http://www.qartsalon.com/

Group Exhibition
@ GCS Santa Ana
http://www.gcssantaana.com/blog/

Open Studios and Galleries
@ Santora Building
http://www.aplaceforart.org/galleries/santora

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ACTIVITIES:

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade
Presented by Downtown Inc.
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/Event/first_saturdays_art_walk_-_may_5th_2012

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
@ Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6:
http://callecuatro.com/

PARKING:
Car Parking on 3rd Street (structure @ Sycamore) / Bike Parking on 2nd
Additional Structures @ 4th St. & Spurgeon and 3rd St. & Birch St.
Surface Lot @ 3rd St. & Bush St.

GALLERY HOURS:
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Extended hours: Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 7.00 pm.
(First Saturday of the month galleries are open until 10.00 pm)
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/maps.php

We look forward to having you join us!

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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A NEW BEGINNING!

January 5, 2012

We are starting a new Grand Central Art Center blog.

This is the first post – many more to come!

September 6, 2011, just a little over four months ago, I started my new role as Director/Chief Curator of the Grand Central Art Center.  Although born and raised in Orange County, a 1985 graduate of Tustin High School, I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life in Arizona as a member of the curatorial team at Arizona State University Art Museum.

I am honored to be here at the GCAC and in this amazing community of Santa Ana.  I was fortunate to spend much of my youth in this community. My grandparents lived just up the street from the downtown area in Santa Ana’s Washington Square (1954-1998).  My grandfather took me to the 4th street district; he banked down here off Main Street; at family gatherings we ate Koo’s Chinese take-out; played on the fields of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School; went to the Pep Boys on 1st Street to get parts for his cars; shopped at the Montgomery Wards in Horner Plaza; and giggled when we drove by the Mitchell Brothers Theater.  As a member of the Tustin High School marching band, I performed in parades on the streets of this city and during field shows at Santa Ana Stadium.  As I grew older, I took classes at Santa Ana College – my dad, after graduating from Santa Ana High School, began his college career at Santa Ana College as well, before heading off to the University of Arizona to get his degree in civil engineering.

In the late 90s, I watched with anticipation the development of Grand Central Art Center.  As it was being retrofitted and renovated, I was fortunate to receive a preview tour of the facility.  As a curator with a sociology degree, working at a major university art museum with a focus on social engagement, I found the approach Santa Ana, California State University Fullerton and the CSUF College of the Arts was taking extremely innovative.  I met with Mike Mcgee and Don Cribb, the forward thinking minds behind Grand Central, and they shared their vision.

Original Sigalert device from 1955 Photo courtesy of Loyd 'Sig' Sigmon

As the center prepared to open in 1998, Mike approached me with the offer to bring an exhibition I was curating for Arizona State University Art Museum to GCAC, for what would be the second exhibition to be presented within this space.  I accepted, and in the summer of 1999 the exhibition Sig-alert 2, which featured the work of twenty-one Los Angeles area artists, opened in downtown Santa Ana.  I have kept engaged with the institution ever since, seeing the exhibitions of Grand Central every time I was home from Arizona visiting my parents and sisters.

In 2003, I once again had the good fortune of involvement in curating a project at the center, the group video exhibition VJ Johnny D. Presents: Top of the Pops.  After appearing at GCAC, the exhibition traveled back to ASU Art Museum for a one-night screening.

From 2000-2006, the Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival presented a tour version of the festival on the 2nd Street plaza in front of Grand Central, a project realized through the co-organizational efforts of artist/filmmaker Bob Pece.  Bob was a co-founder of the ASU Art Museum Festival, which began in 1997, and had his studio in the Santora building for many years.  The Santora studio was where Bob and I would spend three full days each year, from 9am – 10pm, jurying the ASU festival.

The reason for providing this background information is to let you know how invested I am in the Grand Central Art Center, Downtown Santa Ana, this community and a forward vision.  I LOVE THIS INSTITUTION AND CITY!  It has a mix of everything I desire – the rich cultural diversity and energy that thrives throughout downtown, especially along 4th Street; the creativity and innovation occurring in the Artists Village; the vision and quality of the numerous restaurants in the district; the collaborative partnerships that exist through the City, University, organizations such as Latino Health Access, Downtown Inc., local business owners and residents.   Most of all, what this downtown has that makes it so desirable to me is its authenticity.  That is why I not only work in this city, but chose to live in Santa Ana as well.

My desire for Grand Central Art Center is to be a major contributor to the vision of Santa Ana, working in collaborative, mutually beneficial ways, to engage community through artistic and creative practice.

Over the past four months, I have been adjusting to my role as director and working to reach out to meet new individuals – introducing Grand Central Art Center and downtown Santa Ana to individuals who might not yet be familiar with these jewels of Southern California.  I am beginning to develop partnerships and implement a vision for Grand Central Art Center moving forward.

Following you’ll find a little recap of a few of the activities that have taken place since September…

In November, we opened the hugely successful RIDE exhibition to an opening night crowd of over 2,800.  Curator Elle Seven (Loriann Hernandez), a MFA candidate of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program, brought a number of the artists, who live nationally, to the opening to enjoy the evening with us.  Members of Apache Skateboard, OC Roller Girls and the curator herself activated the in-gallery, half-pipe skate ramp throughout the evening as DJs rocked the house with music energy.  At the closing reception January 6, over 2,100 people attended as skaters from Element Skateboard’s team activated the half-pipe, exhibition artist Tommii Lim DJed the music and the audience enjoyed art in the exhibitions.  I cannot take credit for this exhibition or it’s success.  The full credit must go to Elle Seven for curating the project, Mike Mcgee for scheduling it here at GCAC, the artists who have work in the exhibition and the dedicated GCAC team I was fortunate to inherit.

For the record, that team includes Tracey Gayer, Matthew W. Miller, Krystal Glasman (who just left us for an amazing opportunity at the Palm Springs Art Museum), Jenny Mikhailik, Angelica Perez and Tony Pedraza.

The solo exhibition of artist Hiromi Takizawa‘s installation work has been on exhibition since November as well.  The artist, a Cal State Fullerton Alum, reflects on connection, the ocean and distance that separates her from her homeland of Japan.  Again, an exhibition that would not have been possible without the hard work, skill sets and intelligence of a team already in place prior to my arrival.

Both exhibition close this Sunday, January 15, so if you haven’t yet seen the exhibitions, this is your last chance.  The center will be open 11am-7pm today (Friday),  11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

In December, the first of many Dutch Treat Dinners, a gathering of creative and arts professionals, occurred at downtown Santa Ana’s El Curtido Salvadorian Restaurant.  The evening was attended by 78 individuals from the Southern California region, with artists, community members and individuals representing the following institutions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Bowers Museum, UC Riverside’s Sweeny Art Gallery, Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Coastline Community College Art Gallery, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine Great Park,  Cal State Northridge and of course, Cal State Fullerton.  The evening was followed by an informal tour of the Grand Central Art Center.  It was a great success and the next Dutch Treat Dinner is already in the planning stages.

For the past two months, artist Naida Osline has been Grand Central Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence.  Through her vision for four different bodies of work, Naida has engaged and photographed middle aged men of our community, including individuals of our street community and local business owners; she’s collected stories of individuals past drug use, for which she is currently creating audio files for future projects; and just this week she engaged the local drag queen community, bringing them into our GCAC Theater space for a 10-hour day photo shoot.  Naida has definitely made the most of her time here and taken advantage of a full depth of resources this community has to offer.  Her time here and the success of her residency would not have been possible without the generous support of the Grand Central Art Forum and its board.

January marks the beginning of our new collaborative partnership/tenant relationship with The Road Less Traveled store.  The Road Less Traveled store is an environmentally and human conscious store dedicated to bringing alternatives to every aspect of life.  Delilah Snell has moved everything from her old location on Main Street to the storefront space on our 2nd Street promenade (formerly Watermark Printmaking Workshop). She will be opening the doors (and window blinds) February 1st for a soft opening, before celebrating a major grand opening during the First Saturday Art Walk events in April. Grand Central Art Center and The Road Less Traveled will be working together to create engaged community programs, expanded partnerships and activities for mutually beneficial outcomes.  The initial collaboration will begin with Belly Sprout, which is a natural living store for families in Orange County, from pregnancy through parenthood. The Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout are community hubs of resources, information and education, so a natural fit for the Grand Central Art Center. In the coming months our outreach activities will continue expanding to include our additional collaborative partnership/tenants The Gypsy Den restaurant, Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute Tierra Flamenca, MASKA architectural school for kids and adults, the 27 MFA student resident apartments of Grand Central Art Center’s upstairs space, as well as businesses, non-profits, NGO’s and individuals throughout Santa Ana and the region.

The coming months will also involve the realizing of exhibitions and a few programs that remain on the schedule set by former directors of Grand Central Art Center.   Projects like The LA Cacophony Society retrospective exhibition opening February 4, organized by former Interim Director and GCAC Founder Mike Mcgee, members of LA’s Cacophony Society and students of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program.  The exhibition will run through April 15.  The next blog post will include many more details.

With an open time slot in the GCAC Project Room for the same period, February 4 – April 15, we decided to organize an exhibition that creates a dialogue with the work of the Cacophony Society exhibition. Here in Your Space will focus on the work of three artists – Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing – engaging in private/pubic space.  More information on this exhibition will appear on the blog next week.

In the year to come, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with visiting artists of the Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program.  We’ve been in dialogue with artists and are making arrangements for their time here in our downtown Community.   The new emphasis of the residencies will focus on artists working in Social Practice, projects that will look toward collaborating with community.  The artists will be invited to explore the intellectual, cultural and physical resources of our community. GCAC provides each artist an apartment, studio, time and the support to empower their vision, focused toward creating new projects and/or research relevant to their artistic  practice.

Visit our blog, website or sign-up for our email list to keep informed of the visiting artist dates and activities.

In November, you will see the first exhibition scheduled through the new vision for Grand Central Art Center.  Artist Tony de los Reyes will be premiering his new body of work, both in painting and sculpture, that will focus on the US/Mexico border.  A series of programs are being developed to compliment the exhibition, so we will definitely keep you posted as these are scheduled.

As the new Director/Chief Curator, I invite you to join us here at the Grand Central Art Center.  Come visit and share our vision, enjoy our programs, engage with our community and explore all that Grand Central Art Center and Downtown Santa Ana has to offer.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

John D. Spiak
Director/Chief Curator
Grand Central Art Center