INTERNal Affairs: Once Bitten

October 7, 2013

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

It’s spreading. Fast and unapologetic, the Creative bug is buzzing and has struck the arts community of Santa Ana. I’ve been on the front line here at Grand Central Art Center for just a few months now, but in that time I have seen artists turned mad with ingenuity and innovation, hardly able to contain their creative impulses; once the Creative bug bites the virus seems to run rampant through its host. After experiencing October’s first Saturday Art Walk, it has become abundantly clear that this outbreak has viciously begun to affect the arts community at large. The symptoms by which this virus manifests itself are as diverse and varied as the artists themselves. It is still unclear as to how this creativity spreads: is it contact? Is it airborne? Is it something in the water? Perhaps it’s some sort of contamination of the food? As you know, my Internet friends, I am no doctor; no, I am simply GCAC’s humble intern and your loyal reporter, so let’s take this time to review the evidence together and get to the bottom of this epidemic.

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(Eamonn Fox performing with Jenny)

I did my best to expect the unexpected during October’s Art Walk. I realize that this is the month of mischief and mayhem, so I kept an open mind and a watchful eye for anything out of the ordinary. This proved to be an arduous task; the last three months GCAC has happily facilitated artist Eamonn Fox, and for those of you who have experienced Fox and/or his work can sympathize when I say, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary. I have somehow seemed to normalize absurdity and thusly am phased by very little. This speaks volumes to my bewilderment that was to occur on Saturday, but I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start from the beginning.

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(Beatriz Cortez with patron)

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(The Eternal Telethon: The Power Suit Edition)

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(Beatriz Cortez: The Time Machine)

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(The Eternal Telethon: The Power Suit Edition)

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(Braden King viewing Beatriz Cortez: The Time Machine)

So, it began like any other art walk, eager patrons strolling in to GCAC to get their last glimpse of Beatriz Cortez’s The Time Machine, and Eamonn Fox’s Solo Residency Exhibition for the Purposes of Furthering My Career, as well as to witness the unveiling of Cumulus, the newest installation in the main gallery by Matthew Moore and Braden King. Fox decided to take full advantage of his last art walk here with us by using his space to host The Eternal Telethon, a telethon for the 21st century organized by artist Jen Bruce, with Paul Michael White Jr., Niko Solorio, Alexis Disselkoen and Marcos de la Siref. Artists of varying talents took turns in front of the crowd and in front of the webcam (the telethon was streaming live on the internet), showcasing their skills for our enjoyment. This was the first indicator that the Creativity virus was spreading; artists from San Diego to Bakersfield turned out to plug in to this artistic outlet. There were musical acts, comedy routines, performance pieces, and two lively MCs that seamlessly supplemented the show. The inundation of artists and their passion for their craft indicated that they had not escaped the clutches of the Creative bug. Upon noticing this, my concern for the patrons grew. Not wanting to alarm anyone at a potential infestation of creativity here at GCAC, I carefully and quietly scanned the masses for signs of the Creativity bug. The crowd persisted through the Telethon in its entirety, excusing themselves occasionally to take their turn in The Time Machine or to gasp in awe at the enormously impressive Cumulus. All seemed well, until I saw it. I caught a glimpse of a patron’s eye and there it was, that glimmer of craze. I knew they had caught the bug; a sort of benign rabidity that propelled them through the galleries until their creative appetites were satisfied hastened their movements.

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

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(CSUF student exhibition at Memphis)

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

The glow of the perfectly formatted projections on to the wooden reconstruction of the LA Aqueduct emanated from the gallery that houses Cumulus, or what King calls, “ 50 feet, 6,000 pounds, and18,000 lumens of awesome.” Feeling overwhelmed by the artistic greatness housed in GCAC and by the realization that the Creative virus is much bigger that I had initially suspected, I ran into the promenade for some fresh air, but that crazed look was in nearly everyone’s eyes! The vendors, the street performers, the passerby’s; in a dazed panic I stumbled towards the nearest illuminated room and found myself in the Memphis of Santora’s Backdoor Gallery. The modest gallery, donated by artist, curator and CSUF/GCAC MFA alum David Michael Lee, has become the new home to the works of some of Cal State University Fullerton’s students. Curator, featured artist, and GCAC MFA resident Caesar D. Alzate Jr. assured me that this was to be the first of many shows that would take place in the space. I was happy to meet our neighbors, but it only confirmed my fears that this Creative bug had spread past GCAC’s walls and was now beyond anyone’s control.

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(Cumulus: Matthew Moore and Braden King)

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(Artist Tony de los Reyes)

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(Desiree and Greg Glenn, Jim Skuldt, Jesse Sugarmann and his wife Erica)

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(Mary Leigh Cherry with her son and daughter, and artist Lauren Bon with one of her project’s promotional mules)

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(Artists Matthew Moore, Braden King, Micol Hebron, Carrie Marill, Jesse Sugarmann, Tony de los Reyes gather with program/projection system designer Brian Chasalow, Cherry and Martin gallery owner Mary Leigh Cherry, Filmmaker Alexa Sau, Sound Editor Borja Sau for post reception get together at C4)

My head spinning, I made my way back to GCAC where I ran into Matthew Moore and Braden King, who were both enjoying the opening of their remarkable installation, along with program/projection system designer Brian Chasalow and project assistant Kim Larkin. I knew that the Creative bug had bitten them all; it was abundantly evident in their work. Over the last month their condition never stabilized, it only intensified as the scope of their project seemed to abandon all boundaries until it eventually culminated into the fantastic creation that is Cumulus. It was then that I began to notice some familiar faces around the gallery and I realized then that I had been naïve to believe that the Creative epidemic had only been affecting Santa Ana. The return of Mary Leigh Cherry and Tony de los Reyes to the corridors of GCAC was a happy reunion after de los Reyes 2012 show in our gallery, but this also a red flag, the Creative bug was much more powerful than I anticipated. This was further confirmed when I noticed Creative Capital grantee artists, Jim Skuldt and Jesse Sugarmann bouncing between the galleries. King and Moore are also Creative Capital artists, so to have four under one roof was overwhelming to a young, impressionable intern such as myself. Artists Carrie Marill and Micol Hebron were roaming the spaces as well. The coup de gras, however, was when Lauren Bon parked her mules from her upcoming, 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct so that she could experience Cumulus, which stands as another homage to the centennial celebration of the LA Aqueduct. It was then that I came to a full realization that Creative bug cannot be contained; it’s indiscriminately hitting everyone and surfacing in the form of fantastically innovative works.

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(Aili Schmeltz: Cross Cut)

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(Rage Bear: Juggling Awesome)

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(Tim Youd will be “Performing” A Scanner Darkly)

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(Nov. 2, The Big Draw LA event at GCAC in collaboration with Ryman Arts)

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(Vincent Goudreau – detail from The Juan Recordings: Migrating to the Senior Tour)

So that’s it Internet community, but I don’t know where this leaves us. After this recap of events, the only conclusion that I have reached is that no one is safe. I suppose my only advice is to enjoy it, because if you haven’t encountered the Creative bug yet, you soon will. Especially if you choose to join us on November 2nd for the first Saturday Art Walk when GCAC will continue Cumulus and open two new shows, Aili Schmeltz’s Cross Cut and Rage Bear: Juggling Awesome curated by MFA in Illustration student Marvin Chow. That evening will also mark the beginning of Tim Youd‘s month long “Performing” A Scanner Darkly and we’ll host a one night Big Draw LA event for the entire family with Ryman Arts throughout the evening. And did I mention, artist Vincent Goudreau arrives in residence this week from Maui and will be at GCAC for the next two months? Since contact with the Creative bug is inevitable, I suggest you welcome it with open arms and join us sooner rather than later here at GCAC. I hope that you come to your senses and embrace the madness because if you can’t beat them, join them. This is the GCAC intern, over and out.


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:

 https://www.fullerton.edu/foundation/gift/form.asp?Appeal=8GJ00/CSFPF&fund=Grand%20Central%20Art%20Center%7C40003

  

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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

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ARTFORUM Critics’ Pick – Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory @ GCAC

December 3, 2012

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SERVING STUDENTS OF OUR CAL STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON COMMUNITY

November 8, 2012

Grand Central Art Center takes great pride in being a unit of the Cal State University Fullerton College of the Arts. This relationship allows us to engage our students in meaningful ways. GCAC works to enhance the educational experience through visiting artists in residence and programs that place our students into direct conversation and experience outside the classroom and studio.

This past week was packed with such opportunities.

Artist in Residence Brent Green traveled to CSUF main campus two days last week to visit with students in both the Advance Character Animation and Short Filmmaking classes taught by Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Entertainment Art/Animation, Chuck Grieb. Brent screened past works for the students, shared his background and a few of his past experiences, including: presenting his work six times at the Sundance Film Festival; installation projects at such venues as the UCLA Hammer, SITE Santa Fe and Berkeley Art Museum; and performances at venues including MOMA, Walker Art Center and EMPAC in Troy, NY. It was a lively presentation, with Brent sharing his passion, drive and creative energy. Brent is scheduled to speak to a few more classes in the coming weeks and will be working on the installation of his upcoming exhibition, To Many Men Strange Fates Art Given, which will open on Saturday, December 1st in the main gallery at Grand Central Art Center. We thank Chuck for allowing us to take over two days of classes and thank Brent for his continued inspiration!

Julie Orser, Assistant Professor in Creative Photograph at CSUF, brought her class over for a sneak preview and conversation with artist Sean C. Flaherty. Sean’s video installation, An Overture in Parts, installed in the GCAC Project Space, opened to the public with a reception this past Saturday. The previous week, our Director/Chief Curator John Spiak, spoke to Orser’s class on the topic of video art and the practice of showing work in this medium. The visit with Sean provided the opportunity to have a more direct conversation with a young artist working in video and installation. He was able to provide quality insight; on his own practice and desires, as well as knowledge he has obtained while working as a studio assist for artist Julian Hoeber. Sean talked about the three works in the current exhibition, how they were first developed, the actual creation process and his family’s reaction to their involvement, and the installation decisions and process. The exchange was energized and conversation quality. Thank you Sean for taking the time and sharing your knowledge with our Students, and Julie, we are so happy you are now part of the CSUF family!

Our First Saturday Art Walk evening began with CONVERSATIONS #2: PUBLIC ART, the second in our series of panels that place current CSUF MFA students working on degrees in specific practice, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that medium, in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that field. The panel, focused on Public Art, was lead by Kevin Stewart-Magee, current CSUF MFA Student, Painting and Drawing, with panelists Kent Twitchell, Artist/Muralist, and
 Margaret Bruning, Director of Civic Art, LA County Arts Commission. We had a great turnout and Kevin led an informative conversation. The focus was on current policies in public art, structure and best approaches for pursuing projects, and upcoming projects each individual was working towards. Our sincere gratitude to Kevin, Kent and Margaret, you started the evening off right, sharing your knowledge and expertise, it was extremely appreciated.

The next in our series, CONVERSATION #3: SOCIAL PRACTICE is set to occur on the evening of Thursday, November 15 beginning at 7pm. The panel will include artist Sarah Luther, Artist/Educator/Director of MKE<–>LAX Sara Daleiden, current CSUF MFA Student in Exhibition and Design Cassandra Erb, and current CSUF student in Exhibition and Design Kimberly McKinnis. The panel will be in association with the exhibition INTERSTICE: NEW ECONOMIES for CREATIVE COMMUNITIES, curated by Cassandra and Kimberly at the CSUF Begovich Gallery on main campus (800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton), set to open November 10 from 5-8pm.

We invite you to join us immediately following the panel for a GCAC Dutch Treat Dinner at Izalco Salvadorian Cuisine. There is no pressure – you eat and drink what you order and can afford. And as a special bonus, our artists in residence Brent Green will also be joining us.

Following the panel Saturday evening, artist Tony de los Reyes presented a gallery talk for his current main gallery exhibition Border Theory. The exhibition has received excellent critical review, with outstanding writing by Gustavo Arellano in the OC Weekly, an article by Liz Goldner in ArtScene, and an ArtForum Critics’ Pick by Micol Hebron. Tony provided very in-depth insight into his current body of works, shared his process of the development of the series, and the route his work took to get to where he is today in his thinking. A personal, brilliant and generous talk, as the artist allowed the audience to engage throughout with direct questions and exchange. We are truly honored to have the privilege of premiering this new body of work and give our sincere thanks to Tony for allowing us this opportunity. We have extended the exhibition through November 18th, so you still have time to see the exhibition in person.

Saturday also marked the opening reception of two new exhibitions, the previously mentioned An Overture in Parts by artist Sean C. Flaherty, and the CSUF Student Glass and Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. Organized through the collaborative efforts of CSUF School of Art Associate Professor Nobuhito (Nobu) Nishigawara and Professor and Glass Program Coordinator John Leighton, the exhibition included outstanding quality works in both medium and was extremely well received by our audience. Thank you to the student artists for their hard work and amazing pieces, and thanks to Nobu and John for making this exhibition a reality.

A visit from Skirball Cultural Center, Marketing and Social Media Manager, Lisa Delgin kicked off this week’s activity. Lisa visited Grand Central Art Center to speak with students enrolled in the CSUF Exhibition and Design program with Mike McGee, Professor and Museum Studies Coordinator, Exhibition Design and Museum Studies. She shared her incredible knowledge of current marketing practices within cultural institutions, including the use of print materials (both internal and external), social media approaches, audience survey gathering, event based outreach, and partnering with media outlets. Lisa provided amazing insight and the students were engaged in the conversation, a true benefit for all who attended. Thank you Lisa for taking time out of your busy schedule, making the drive down from LA, and most of all for the energy and inspiration you provided to our CSUF students.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes support of our community neighbors leads to surprising student engagement. Last week we hosted a team meeting for the regional managers of Starbucks Coffee. The team arrived for an early meeting and as we had informal conversations, we discovered that many of the individuals attending the meeting were current CSUF students and alumni. It allowed us to share our current series of exhibitions and talk about opportunities for collaborative efforts and mutually beneficial exchange. A quality group of folks to share our morning.

It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with members of our CSUF Titan family!


PANEL, GALLERY TALK, OPENING RECEPTIONS – SAT, NOV. 3 @ GCAC

November 1, 2012

5pm – CONVERSATIONS #2: PUBLIC ART
Kent Twitchell – Artist/Muralist
Margaret Bruning – LA County Public Art Administrator
Kevin Stewart-Magee – Current CSUF MFA Student, Painting and Drawing

Conversations are a series of panel discussion that take place at GCAC. Placing current 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; 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 students will direct the conversation, asking questions focused toward approaches for greater success and opportunities in the field as they near and complete graduation.

6pm – TONY DE LOS REYES: GALLERY TALK
through November 11
http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

Tony de los Reyes’ current exhibition, Border Theory, is currently on exhibition at GCAC through November 14, 2012. The artist debut of new series of rigorous, visually tactile paintings that contemplate abstraction as the foundation of both color field painting and the establishment of the US-Mexico border. In works that are both optically vivid as well as quietly provocative, Border Theory posits that the inclinations behind border-making and the aesthetic principles of abstraction are powered by the same habitual pursuit of spatial order.
The exhibition received a ArtForum “Critics’ Pick” -http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#Santa%20Ana

7-10pm – CSUF STUDENTS: CERAMIC AND GLASS EXHIBITION AND SALE
through January 6
http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

This year’s annual ceramics 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 and Professor and Glass Program Coordinator John Leighton.

7-10pm – SEAN C. FLAHERTY: AN OVERTURE IN PARTS
through January 13
http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

Through a three act video installation, appropriating the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Les Miserables (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.


Mat Gleason, Brent Green, Dan Cameron, Kip Pastor, Ruben Dario @ GCAC

October 18, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in programming over the past week here at Grand Central Art Center. It has provided another active schedule of diverse programming and wide range of visitors.

Last Thursday, Mat Gleason from Coagula (both the magazine and gallery) stopped by to see the exhibitions and chat a bit. We had the opportunity to talk about Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison‘s work and the upcoming programming, before the conversation shifted to Angels baseball. Mat is one of the Angels number one fans, he actually pens for http://www.halosheaven.com/, but we won’t reveal his moniker, you’ll have to guess. The talk of baseball led to a great conversation about Adam Moser‘s residency/project this summer at GCAC, The Cut-Off Men. We honored Mat by presenting him with one of the team autographed, limited edition, baseballs from the project. Now if Mat would just stand still for one moment, we could get an in-focus picture…

Mat Gleason with Cut-Off Men autographed baseball


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday afternoon, artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborators, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley and Jim Skuldt, met up at the Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre. They spent much of the afternoon doing set-up and sound checks with the amazing OCSA team and volunteer students for that evenings screening with live soundtrack performance of Green’s feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. The venue is top notch and the sound quality was fantastic! After the sound check and a few warm-up runs, we headed down for a wonderful, pre-screening/performance, Mexican food dinner in downtown Santa Ana.

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Following the early dinner, it was time to head back to the theatre for the performance. There was a great audience who experienced a performance that was truly emotional, reflective and inspiring. It was a very moving evening of live music soundtrack and powerful film. Thank you Brent and your collaborators for creating such powerful art! Our sincere gratitude to the team at the Orange County School for the Arts, especially Aaron Orullian, Patrick Williams, Eric Hamme, Kevin Cook, Cathy Michaels. We are looking forward to future collaborations with your team, faculty and students!

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Post performance conversation. Curator Cassandra Coblentz with artists Todd Gray, Kyungmi Shin and Joe Biel

The working week started of Monday with a visit from Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron. We invited Dan down to speak with students enrolled in the Exhibition and Design program at Cal State University Fullerton. Dan shared stories of how he began his career in the curating practice, his early travels to Spain that so inspired him, and his early writing on the topic of art. He talked about past projects, including his time at the New Museum, curating the 2003 Istanbul Biennale and the development of Prospect 1 in New Orleans. The students asked great questions and the conversation was lively. Thank you Dan for the time, energy and inspiration you provided to our students.

Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron

Monday evening, we partnered with OC Food Access Coalition, Positively Delicious OC and Memphis at the Santora to present a screening of the film In Organic We Trust. We had the great fortune to work with two wonderful individuals through this collaboration, OC Food Access Coalition Executive Director Gillian Poe and Program Coordinator Mire Molnar-Barton. We had an engaged crowd on hand that had the opportunity to talk with numerous organizations that set-up booths in our lobby, take in the tasty treats provided by Memphis, and enjoy the screening of the film. Following the film, the audience was provided the opportunity of a Q&A with the films Director/Producer Kip Pastor. It was an educational exchange that lasted close to an hour, with quality information provided by both the filmmaker and audience.

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

Screening of In Organic We Trust

In Organic We Trust Director/Producer Kip Pastor during Q&A


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This afternoon, we were visited by Jose Quant and Shell Martin of the Q Art Salon, one of our great gallery neighbors here in Downtown Santa Ana. Jose and Shell brought Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, for a site visit to GCAC and conversation about cultural exchange possibilities. Lots of ideas and energy, so we will keep you posted as things develop.

Jose Quant of Q Art Salon, Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak

Once again, we thank everyone who participated in our programming over the past week and look forward to providing more opportunities for community focused engagement in the coming days and months.

Lots of great GCAC programs, educational outreach, exhibitions and performance on the horizon!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN US!


WE LOVE OUR CSUF AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITIES!

October 9, 2012

Weekends are busy at Grand Central Art Center and we have plans to keep it that way!

This past Saturday, we began our new series of panel and gallery talks to kick-off the Santa Ana Art Walk evenings.  At 5pm, we presented CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTERS: PANEL 1, a series of panels that place current Cal State University Fullerton MFA students working on degrees is specific medium or practice, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that practice, as well as in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that practice.

The first of this series focused on the practice of painting.  CSUF MFA in Painting, Sara Dehghan, lead the conversation with fellow panelists artist Tony de los Reyes (current GCAC exhibiting artist of Border Theory), and Deb Klowden Mann, owner of Gallery/KM in Santa Monica.  They talked about the current gallery structures, how to and how not to approach galleries in terms of representation, the struggles of post graduation for an artist, and much more.  The speakers were insightful, knowledgable and extremely generous through the conversation, setting the bar extremely high as this series continues.  The next panel is scheduled for Nov. 3 and will focus on the practice of Public Art, an announcement will be coming soon.  Thank you to Sara for preparing such fantastic lead questions and engaged follow-ups.  Thank you Deb and Tony for your time and energy, we know the audience truly felt rewarded.

At 6pm, we followed the panel with a gallery talk by GCAC exhibiting artist Erin Morrison, whose current exhibition Meditative Action is on exhibition in our Education Gallery.  Erin toured patrons through the exhibition, talking about each work in the show and sharing her insights into process, theory and vision for the overall work.  She shared insight into her current status as an MFA candidate at UCLA, her influences from both life and the artistic field, the growth of her current work, and her thoughts as the work moves forward.  A very inspiring talk, so please join us in thanking Erin for this opportunity to engage the work so deeply.

At the conclusion of Erin’s talk, it was time for the Art Walk activities.  The community joined us for the evening and the opportunity to see the exhibitions by Tony de los Reyes, Erin Morrison and the video installation Event Horizon by Constantin Hartenstein.  Many were on hand to see the exhibitions after reading the excellent review of Border Theory in the current edition of the OC Weekly.  We are thankful to Gustavo Arellano for such a positive review.

Along with the openings, we were joined onsite by individuals who are working with us to build an even stronger and healthier arts community.  Rebecca Tuynman and her team from Ryman Arts were on hand with a Wishing Tree drawing activity.  Grand Central Art Center and the CSUF College of the Arts have been in dialogue with Ryman over the past few month in development of a greater project, for which we hope to announce in the coming weeks, so please keep posted.

Claremont Graduate University Arts Management student Alē McGrew was here working on her cap-stone project, a semester long engagement research project involving Grand Central Art Center.  Alē is working with GCAC towards a better understanding of our audience, answering basic questions like:  Who is GCAC’s audience?  How does GCAC monitor and understand our audience behavior?  How does GCAC engage and cultivate their audience?  How can GCAC work to better serve our audience?  To date, the insights she has provided has been invaluable.

Saturday evening also marked opening weekend for this semesters Grand Central Art Center Theatre season.  Managed and programmed by CSUF’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the 85 seat black box theatre presents an outstanding series of programs annually.  The season kicked-off with a sell-out audience to Ordinary Day’s.  The musical will continue to run through October 20, so purchase your tickets now and find out about upcoming Grand Central Art Center Theatre offerings on the Department of Theatre and Dance website: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/gcac/theatre.html

On Sunday, Grand Central Art Center hosted a Farmers Market community forum, organized and moderated by Delilah Snell of The Road Less Traveled.  A very diverse group of individuals came together to discuss the topic, past farmers markets in Santa Ana, structures that might need to be put into place to organize such a market, community groups whose voice should be at the table and the overall desire to get a Farmers Market in the Santa Ana community as rapidly as possible.  It was clear, there was true knowledge, diverse perspective and passion in the room, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to receive such wonderful insight.  By the end of the meeting it was clear –  if we can all work together to put past issues aside and unite in positive ways, we can collectively create something amazing – that is what we at GCAC would love to see most of all. Then we believe the next step would be, a well organized, well respected, serving everyone, Farmers Market!  Thank you Delilah for making this happen and thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback.

And throughout the day Monday, the sounds of drumbeats, piano, violin and clarinet are booming from our GCAC Theatre space, as artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborator Mike McGinley of Bitter Tears, work to develop and record the soundtrack for Green’s next feature film.  It is joyous and ambitious energy drifting through our walls, and we are so truly grateful to have these two extremely talented individuals among us.

Brent and Mike, along with Tim Rutili (Califone), Tim Hurley (Califone), Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears), Jacquelyn Gordon (artist), and Jim Skuldt (artist), will be performing the live soundtrack with Green’s feature length Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then this Friday, October 12 at 7pm.  The event is FREE TO ATTEND and is a collaborative presentation with the Orange County School for the Arts.  Complete details can be found on our blog at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/brent-green-film-with-live-performed-soundtrack-oct-12-7pm/ 

WE LOVE BEING PART OF OUR CAL STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITY!!!


We Love Orange County School of the Arts!!!

September 21, 2012

Yes, we really LOVE this school!  The Orange County School of the Arts is our neighbor, located just down Sycamore Street from Grand Central Art Center.  If you don’t know this school, you should.  As stated in their own words “This premier public charter school currently serves more than 1,850 students in grades 7-12 from more than 120 cities throughout Southern California.”

Their students visit us all the time, through formal classes with their instructors, to groups of friends dropping over after school. Last week, a wonderful group of students came over after school and we provided them with a tour, and they entertained us with a little improvisational performance work.  Truly talented and inspired young individuals.

Earlier this week, OCSA teacher Randy Au brought two of his classes for tours and conversations.  GCAC Direct/Chief Curator John D. Spiak talked with the student about the work of artist Tony de los Reyes and theories of abstract painting.  They asked outstanding questions about the work, as well as questions about institutional decision making, artist selection and curatorial process.


Yesterday, Mr. Au brought another group of his students.  They spent time talking with our GCAC team member Yevgeniya Mikhailik, who also happens to be an amazing artist, about the work of artist Erin Morrison. Yevgeniva curated Erin’s exhibition and talked about her process, this body of work and her own role at GCAC.   They shared their thoughts and asked more questions.  It’s clear by their questions, these young artists are learning a dialogue and critical thinking that will lead to great success moving forward.


We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have such great neighbors!


PANEL, GALLERY TALK, FIRST SATURDAY – OCT. 6 @ GCAC

September 18, 2012

5pm – CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTERS: PANEL #1
Tony de los Reyes – Current GCAC Exhibiting Artist “Border Theory”
Deb Klowden Mann – Owner of Gallery/KM in Santa Monica
Sara Dehghan – Current CSUF MFA Painting

Conversations with Masters are a series of panel discussion that will take place at GCAC.  Placing current 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; 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.  Leading these conversations, the MFA students will direct the conversation, asking direct questions focused toward approaches for greater success and opportunities in the field as they near and complete graduation
 
6pm – ERIN MORRISON GALLERY TALK

Erin Morrison’s current exhibition, Meditative Action, is currently on exhibition at GCAC 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.
 
7-10pm – SANTA ANA’S FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK


Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 47th District of California – Visits GCAC!

September 8, 2012

We were so honored to have Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of the 47th District of California, visit Grand Central Art Center today for a full tour of our institution.  Thank You Congresswoman for the wonderful conversation and insight!

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with the work of artist Tony de los Reyes.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak with the work of Tony de los Reyes.

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez