July 5 to 26, 2014
Opening Reception July 5th, 6-10pm
A FREE Shuttle will be available on opening
The word “HÔME” resonates on cultural, emotional, intellectual, religious, philosophical, political and spiritual levels—as a place, a space, a myth, a source of identity, a promised land, a state of being, a war zone, an impossibility, and/or an inalienable right.
Selected artists will show work in each gallery!
Curator Richard Turner,
Statement by curator, Richard Turner
At the end of The Wizard of Oz, the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy that she can return home by clicking her heels together and repeating “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Even a cursory look at the work in this OCCCA / VAALA collaborative exhibition Home tells us emphatically that there is indeed no longer a place like home, at least not the home to which Dorothy and Toto return at the end of the film. If there is any vestige of a connection between today’s home and the home depicted in the 1939 film, it is the home seen at the beginning of the film rather than the end, the home that is swept up into the clouds by a twister, the unstable, topsy- turvy structure that has been ripped from its foundations and hurled skyward. Dorothy’s floating bed, the whirling images and nightmare dizziness transform the familiar into the frightening which is the case with many of the pieces in this exhibition. The home, as depicted in this exhibition is a site occupied, for the most part, by dysfunctional families and disoriented people.
It has been said that adults don’t have homes, only children do. The ideal home, that place that represents comfort, safety and control is often, for adults a wishful fantasy that some of us spend our entire lives trying to return to. That is, of course, impossible. "You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame ... back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory." (Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again).
As we see again and again in this exhibition, the real or imagined homes of our childhoods have been abandoned and they are presented as ruins. Or they have been demolished entirely, bulldozed away in the name of progress. The pressures of a down-turned economy have transformed them from brick and mortar structures into mobile homes, tents and in the worst case scenarios they have disappeared altogether leaving their residents literally home-less.
Those that still exist are no longer safe havens, they are invaded by electronic media that lay siege to privacy disrupt intimacy. What little hope for the idea of home that we see in this work is in images of people who have made an uneasy peace with chaos, who have been able to relax into disorder, who have found a sense of meaning in mythologizing their mundane lives, who have made their homes into places of mystery and seduction. Ultimately every artist in this show has found a home for him or herself in being an artist, in making art and thereby creating that safe place of comfort and control for themselves – a home within a home.
August 2-30, 2014
Gesamtkunstwerk is a term first utilized by the German theologian and philosopher Karl Friedrich Eusebius Trahndorff in an essay prepared during the year 1827. Originally a German term, it has come to be accepted in English as a term of aesthetics. Loosely translated, it might be explained as an “all encompassing artwork” or a “synthesis of the arts”. It was used often by Composer/Theater Director Richard Wagner as a work of art which attempts to make use of all or many mediums, or at the very least strives to do so. Therein, the integration of visual arts, design, literature, architecture, technology, music, fashion, and virtually any creative endeavor might be part of a gesamtkunstwerk.
As an artist who is a self admitted slave to aesthetics, I find myself unsatisfied with much of what I view in the world. Eating lunch I gaze at my spoon and think… “Why does this have to be so freaking ugly”? Perhaps it is this neurotic personality trait that has served me as a catalyst, a fire that burns within me to create a world whereby I can live my aesthetic fantasy.
Gesamtkunstwerk has become my lifestyle. For me, art is something far more than an object to hang on the wall. It is a way of living. Yes, it is a singular vision... but then again, it IS my fantasy! I welcome you to my somewhat eclectic world.
I hope you enjoy! Craig Sibley
Sept 6 - Oct 10, 2014
An educational art exhibition on the stem cell research being conducted at University of California Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. Artists will present their conceptual vision of the cutting edge regeneration work being done on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cancer, Diabetes and Retina.
OCCCA Gallery artists and invited artists working in close collaboration with UCI researchers, will create unique artwork based upon this exciting cutting edge scientific research .
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 12-5pm and Friday: 12-8pm
Artists and Researchers will be present for Q & A.
Sat Oct 4th, 2014, 6pm-9pm, Free
During the 2nd Reception of the Art of Stem Cells collaboration exhibition with UCI Scientists.
Learn about, and view actual cell samples thru microscopes. Then create your own designs using glass beads, pastels, chalk, and oil techniques,
El arte se encuentra con la ciencia
Durante la segunda recepción para la exhibición de grupo titulada Arte de las Células Madres de los científicos de la Universidad de California, Irvine, aprenda sobre y vea muestras reales de células madres a través de microscopios. Después cree sus propios diseños usando pasteles, yeso y técnicas en óleo.
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