April 2014


Body Language

April 5– May 17, 2014

Opening Reception: April 5th 6-10pm

Second Reception: May 3rd 6-10pm
with special musical performance
by Lipstick Lumberjack, And William Hawkins
starting at 9pm


Art for All Workshop
Saturday May 17th 2-5pm, FREE all ages

In conjunction with the “Imagination Celebration”

the OCCCA “Art For All” series presents a free art workshop (open to all ages), facilitated by Nationally~Internationally acclaimed artist George Herms.

Using found & everyday objects and other art materials, participants will work together to create a “Collaborative Assemblage” sculpture at OCCCA


Body Language

List Price: $30.00
8" x 10" Full Color
170 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1500708238
ISBN-10: 1500708232




OCCCA invited creatives of all kinds to submit art for exhibition in Body Language, curated by legendary LA artist George Herms. Body Language celebrates the body as the sign supreme.


Susan Amorde, On The Edge, 2009


Exhibiting Artists 
Carrie Alter
Susan Amorde
Ashton Amores
Zack Balber
Catherine Bennaton
Carla Berger
Richard Bohn
Elizabeth Bowler
Kent Brown
Troy Bunch
JT Burke
Mike Callaghan
Amy Caron
Eric Charles
Lana Citowsky
Michael Coakes
Juliana Coles
Justin Crowe
Terry Crowther
Morgan Culture
Dai Davies Morris
Ella de Buck
Larry Deemer
Jorg Dubin
Lonnie Duka
Melissa Eder 
Shoshana Ernst
Karl Eschenbach
Michelle Fair
Michael Falzone
Matthew Feuer
RW Firestone
D. Keith Furon
Mittie Golding
Ronald Gonzalez
Roger Gordon
Marion Grant
Mark Yale Harris
Mary Heebner
Isis Hockenos
Valerie Hunt
Jerrie Hurd
Cindy Jackson
Dolores Kaufman
June Kim
Duygu Kivanc
Clifford Klinkhammer
Kathe Madrigal
Stefania Marcone
Daina Mattis
Dan McCormack
Andrea Moni 
Dean Moniz
Steve Montiglio
Kasey Murray
Rob Neilson
Jon Ng
Brad Pettigrew
Benjamin Phillips
Colin Poole
Vincent Pucciarelli
Robert Reeves
Aaron Roth
Robin Russin
Samantha Senack
Jonathan Seyer
Charles Shramek
Roi Tamkin
Troy Tatzko
Constance Thalken
Ashley Tomajan
John Valois
Kirsten Van Mourick
Tanya Vlach
Peter Walker
Adam Watts
Stephen Wright


Samantha Senack, The Truckers -'BOOM BOOM', 2011


Our bodies are implicated in everything we do, think and say. The body is pivotal to our understanding of our place in the universe. In contemporary culture the body has become an extraordinarily complex signifier. Computer generated, traditionally sculpted, assembled, drawn, painted, photographed, filmed or performed in the gallery as dance or theater, in participatory events, street art and fashion --- the artists in Body Language ascertain the true dimensions of the inter-human sphere, connecting art to daily life, dreams, desires and the return of the real.


Larry Deemer, Sleep Head, 2012


Body Language is about the body angelic, or monstrous, clothed or naked; the disabled body overcoming the odds; the hybrid body permeated by technology; bodies merging with animals, plants and machines; the body of the athlete in motion; the sacred body of the Psalms and the Sutras; the body marginalized, politicized; the body exploited by advertisers and the media; the body studied by market researchers, demographers, economists; the body at the switching point between the familiar and the strange; the body of mythology and fairy tales; the body marked by the artist; the body uniting those who observe with those who perform; the body of flayed corpses, anatomical drawings, autopsies and dissections; the body as seen by medical science; the body tattooed, scarified and pierced; the androgynous, alluring and dangerous body --- “The body electric and in the exquisite realization of health.” (Walt Whitman) “The body in danger on this earth, but not of this earth.” (Jean-Paul Sartre) “The body as temperamental and vehement flesh.” (Meyer Schapiro)


Carrie Alter, Deer Diary: 2, 2013


Curator George Herms
Renowned West Coast master of assemblage art, belongs to the avant-garde generation directly influenced by trail-blazing painters, photographers, sculptors, choreographers and performance artists who collectively pushed the body toward new forms of expression in relation to myth, technology, spirituality, politics and psychology.


Ashton Amores, Performance Document: 5/1/13,2013


Foster, Hal and Rosalind Kraus, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh. Art  Since1900, V.2, Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, 1945 to the Present. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

Harrison, Charles and Wood, Paul.  Art in Theory, 1900-1990, An Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford, UK and Cambridge, USA: Blackwell, l992.

O’Reilly, Sally. The Body in Contemporary Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 2009.

Text by Rob Mintz Postcard Graphic Design by Dali Polivka



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