FEB 2012


Opening Nite Video:

VIrtual Walkthrough:



February 2 - March 24th, 2012

Opening Reception: February 4th, 2012. 6pm to 10pm

Second Reception: March 3rd, 2012. 6pm to 10pm

Special Performance Event: 8:30pm
"See You at The Dissecting Table"
with a guest performance > by Artist Toni Ivashkov
9:30 Hiro Makino's new music project


"Gothic" themed events:

FEB 18th: Free, doors 6pm show 7pm

7pm - Buko Pan Guerra; of The Swords of Fatima > solo banjo +
8pm Christie Scott of Pretty Agony +
9pm - Cold Grey Eye > ethnic industrial +
Screening of classic 1981 concert:


Siouxsie and the Banshees -
A blistering live performance filmed in Germany, featuring Spellbound, - Hong Kong Garden, Arabian Knights, Halloween, Happy House, Head Cut, - Regal Zone, Voodoo Dolly, Israel and more.






March 3rd: Free, 8:30pm

8:30pm Special Performance Event:
"See You at The Dissecting Table"
with a guest performance > by Artist Toni Ivashkov

9:30 Hiro Makino's new music project


March 24th: Free, doors 6pm show 7pm

7:30 Trestles, > Electronics +

9:00 Toaster Music, featuring Sumako and Sander Roscoe Wolff > beats, electronics, guitars, etc. +

The League of Vampiric Bards > Gothic Poetry and Song

The Bards will be doing sets before,
between, and after the last band.

70 page color catalog available for purchase:
Also available on Amazon.com

catalog preview PDF


Selected Artists:

Janice Arnold, Adrian Avila, Carrie Ann Baade, Aaron Bass,
Lon Casler Bixby, Derek Blackman, Michael Blake,
Sayuka Bloodstone, Clare Bond, Robert Brown, Leslie Brown, Claudia Carballada, Nancy Caster, Joseph Cavalieri,
Nora Chapkovich, Nicholas Coroneos, Thea Costantino,
Judy Csotsits, Eddee Daniel, Adam Deal,
Tradd Featherstone, Amy Fitzsimons, Lisa Folino,
Risa Gettle, Dave Gordon, Tammy Greenwood, Kelley Hensing, Elyse Hochstadt, Jonathan Howard, Cara Jaye, Jeanne Kelly, Elizabeth Kenneday, M. Annie Kilborn, Kent Krugh, Valerie Labelle-Desmarais, Lance Larson, Christopher Leonhardt, Patrick Loehr, William Martinez, Colm McCarthy, LT Mustardseed, Nicholas Nawroth, Maxwell Nelson, Dennis Olsen, Christopher Puzio, Josh Reed, Mauro Rosa, Meagan Segal, Craig Sibley, Shereen Soliman, Patrick StPaul, Jessica Teckemeyer, Philip Vargas, Stefanie Vega, Michele Winkler, Jessica Wohl


Sayuka Bloodstone: Bookplate series: Reverie.
5 x 4 inches, Copper plate print

Juror: Amy V. Grimm
Independent Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies: Irvine Valley College


Gothic invites submission from artists evincing a peculiar, perverse, idiosyncratic sensitivity, influenced by literature, movies, television and the tabloids, in painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, fashion, graphic design, animation, photography, video, digital media, computer-based works, installation and performance. OCCCA's museum of the macabre will display supernatural mutations, bizarre curiosities permeated by fantastic and pathological themes.

Gothic is a mix of Medievalism, Romanticism, science fiction, Victoriana, punk, the uncanny, the grotesque, and the erotic, inseparable from despair, fear and rapture. Gothic reveals the shadow within, the skull beneath the skin.

Text by Rob Mintz


Gilda Williams, ed., Documents of Contemporary Art, The Gothic, MIT/Whitechapel, 2007.

Christoph Grunenberg, ed., Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth Century Art, Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1997.

The Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal. Baltimore: Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, 2006.


Adrian Avila: Hello. 28 x 43 inches, Watercolor on matboard


Juror: Amy V Grimm:
Amy V. Grimm is an Independent Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies at Irvine Valley College. Grimm received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York in New Paltz, New York. She received a Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and a M.A. in Art History from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Grimm’s M.A. Thesis, is titled, Andy Warhol: An Inquiry into Self Identity and Portraiture. Ms. Grimm’s area of specialization includes Modern and Contemporary European and American Art. Grimm’s museum and academic career spans over fifteen years including work for the Albany Institute of History & Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

As a museum curator, Grimm has developed and supervised over 40 exhibitions including independent projects and museum collaborations. Notable exhibitions include, Out of Eden: The Sculptural Work of Harry Geffert for the El Paso Museum of Art, and Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings for the Long Beach Museum of Art. Grimm’s scholarship related to exhibition programming and independent critical reviews have been published as museum catalogs and articles in national publications such as Sculpture and Artlies magazines.

Grimm is past president of the Border Museum Association in El Paso, Texas; an organization that sponsors events to promote international arts partnerships. Working for the College Art Association, Grimm has developed annual conference programming in cities such as Seattle, Atlanta, Boston and New York. For the College Art Association’s Annual Conference in 2007, in New York City, Grimm chaired the panel Out of the Frame: Creativity and Change. This panel addressed curatorial risk taking in light of controversial topics and technological challenges. Also during the 2007 conference, Grimm curated The Media Lounge, a unique space dedicated to showing contemporary new media, such as the MIT Media Lab, Potter-Belmar Labs and several independent filmmakers and videographers.

Grimm continues to lecture extensively on topics such as Andy Warhol, Contemporary Art and Museum Studies. As an Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies, Grimm is developing a new undergraduate program in Applied Museum Studies for Irvine Valley College. Students participating in the program will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of employment opportunities, in museums and other arts organizations.

Carrie Ann Baade: Explaining Death to a Rabbit.
20 x 30 inches, Oil on panel


Juror's Statement:

The Gothic genre is heavily influenced by late 18th century literature. During this time writers looked back to medievalism (such as Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy) and included fantastic tales that included atmospheric worlds, secret passageways, and screams in the dark. This type of literature was extremely popular at the time and writers within this genre included Anne Radcliffe, Bram Stroker, Mary Shelley and later Edgar Allen Poe. The visual art world was closely aligned to these writers with their shared interest in the supernatural and the horrifying. Visionary and idiosyncratic artists such as Gustave Doré, William Blake, Francisco de Goya, and Henry Fuseli come to mind with their psychologically expressive and erotic works of art.

Today the term Goth is also linked to a much larger sub-culture, of black clothed Goth enthusiasts (Gothicists) who enjoy the cross-pollination in the arts and who are major consumers of Goth culture. Musical groups such as The Cure, Crüxshadows, Siouxsie and the Banshees and many others fall into this dark and moody genre. Gothic visual expression is heavily influenced by comic books and graphic novels. In the comic book, The Crow, by James O'Barr we see O'Barr unleash his psychological pain with epic violence on each page that inspired a film adaptation of the same name. The film version of the Crow comic was a precursor to the successful film adaptation of Frank Miller's comic Sin City.

The merging of literature, film, music and the visual arts is the core strength of the Gothic subject. Each artist included in this exhibition approached the subject utilizing a wide range of materials often in very unique ways to address the exhibition's concept. Despite the eclectic nature of the exhibition, many consistent themes are addressed such as death, transformation, outsider status and physical and psychological trauma. The works reflect each artist's particular relationship to Goth. These visual expressions are the critical links to the past, present and future of this complex interdisciplinary genre. And, society's insatiable appetite for all things Gothic is testament to the need to understand and express the darkness that makes us human.

Amy V. Grimm, Art Historian & Independent Curator


Kelley Hensing: Rumination. 33 x 27 inches,
Oil over drawing on paper mounted on board

Press Mentions:

Chill Out, Coast Magazine By Roberta Carrasso, March 2012

Evil Lurks in Santa Ana, OC Art Blog
by Suzanne Walsh, February 12, 2012

OCCCA Presents 'Gothic': Bleak Days, Black Nights,
OC Weekly, By Stacy Davies Friday, Feb 10 2012

Grimm Outlook, Riviera Magazine
by Rose Flores Medlock, January 27, 2012

Gothic, Culture Magazine By Stacy Davies


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