You Should Not Be Here

Photo: Alejandra AlarconCinderella Ending


November 1 - December 13, 2014

Opening Reception Nov 1st, 6-10pm
Music Performance by: Yellow Red Sparks and Sunny War

Concerts @ OCCCA: Fri November 21st 8pm
David Aguilar & Taller Sur

David Aguilar: David Aguilar is one of the most versatile, creative and groundbreaking contemporary singer-songwriters to come out of Mexico’s independent scene. This playful genre-bender masterfully blends contemporary acoustic tunes with complex lyrical experimentations and catchy yet multi-layered melodies. David’s eclectic sound emerges from the intersection between Latin-American folk, Brazilian bossa, flamenco, pop, norteño, traditional Mexican songs, bolero, among others. It is this unique convergence of rhythms and the highly poetic writings in his songs that make David Aguilar one of the most promising voices of contemporary Latin American song.

Taller Sur: Taller Sur is made up of Ruby CastellanosWilly Ortega and Victor El Campos Salinas. The group starts out as an experimental workshop of singer-songwriters defusing song of authors, trova, and bohemian music in southern California. They offer a variety and fusion of distinct musical influences in interpretation and composition. Also introducing a place where you can listen to their songs, as well as songs written by other Latin composers, since December 2005


Do you Belong? Do they Belong? We are often made to feel unwelcome or invisible either by borders, race, gender, social status, politics, beliefs, our own mind etc. This exhibition will explore these provocative themes.


Smoking in LA by Florencia P Marano



Ivan Abreu (USA)
Amanda Arantes (CAN)
Florencia P. Marano (AR)
Jessica J Giacobbe (USA)
Justine Garcia (USA)
Sumie Garcia (MEX)
Patricia Aragon (SP)
Sebastian Diaz Aguirre (MEX)
Carrie Perault (CAN)
Floria Gonzalez (MEX)
Diana Martin (SP)
Alejandra Alarcon (BOL)
Stephen Anderson (USA)
Maria Madrigal (USA)
Carla Zarate Suarez (MEX)
Josefina Cortez (USA)
Joella March (USA)
Cindy Hinant (USA)
Marco Vera (MEX)
Natasa Prosenc Stearns (SI)
Humberto Howard (US)
Patrick McPheron (USA)
Terri Warpinski (USA)
Glynnis Reed (USA)
Nikholas Newell (USA)
Txema Novelo (MEX)
Guanyu Xu (CN)


Spy Station by Florencia P Marano


The exhibition opens during the 10th annual Noche de Altares Celebration & Street Festival organized by El Centro Cultural de Mexico  & the Noche de Altares Collective.

It is also All Saint’s Day or Dia de los Muertos as its traditionally observed in Latin American Countries. The event draws over 10,000 souls to the FREE outdoor event and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is located in the direct area of this celebration in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana’s Artist Village.
This exhibition will include works curated by: Sali Heraldez- Founder and Creative Director of SolArt Media & Design & SolArt Radio & curator at SolArt Gallery Café (2004 to 2011) and Lilia Lamas - Curator and member of the Sixpack Projects and curator for international events in Florence, Italy.
Concluding the exhibition all participants will receive an e-mail with the website hosting the exhibition Images and list of participants, as well as images from the event.
A selection of participating artists’ works in You Should Not Be Here… will be presented in a to be announced location in Florence, Italy.  Dates and details for participating artists to exhibit in Italy will be determined by January 2015.


Liliana by Floria Gonzalez


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OCCCA Stage at the Patchwork Festival
November 30th, 11-5pm, FREE
Featuring EMBARK Dance Theater and the Electronic sounds of Sean Saraf



Santa Ana Noise Fest VI (SANF6)
December 20th, 2014 5pm

RSVP to be on the guest list for FREE admission
$10 at the door

The 6th Iteration of the Annual Experimental Noise Festival
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/// SANF6 12-20-14 LINE UP ///

10:00 PM:: Existencia
[9:40 to 10:00 Set up]

9:40 PM:: Endometruim Cuntplow
9:20 PM:: Medicine Cabinet
9:00 PM:: Insuu Bunkai
[8:40 to 9:00 Set up]

8:20 PM:: Cold Grey Eye
8:00 PM:: earth pitch
7:40 PM:: Sean Saraf
[7:20 to 7:40 Set up]

7:00 PM:: Virons
6:40 PM:: David Bunoan
6:20 PM:: Emily Hay
[6:00 to 6:20 Set up]

5:40 PM:: V / R / S
5:20 PM:: jesus is Dead
[4:00 Load in]

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For those unaware/unsure of the Noise Genre: (its not strictly being 'loud')
http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Noise_music
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According to Danish noise and music theorist Torben Sangild, one single definition of noise in music is not possible. Sangild instead provides three basic definitions of noise: a musical acoustics definition, a second communicative definition based on distortion or disturbance of a communicative signal, and a third definition based in subjectivity (what is noise to one person can be meaningful to another; what was considered unpleasant sound yesterday is not today).




Screening of Art 21st shows
Jan 3rd:


Chaos Theory
Feb 7-21:
open call for art non-juried, non-cencored


Cabinet of Ghosts
March 7- April 18
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 7th 6-10pm
Special opening night performances by Dengue Fever

Curated by Sayon Syprasoeuth, and Michael EB Detto

Special workshops presented by the OC Phillharmonic - Music/Art presentations (HS kids)

Participating Artists:
Amy Kaps, Aragna Ker, Dengue Fever, Ichiro Irie, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Marianne Magne, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Michael Detto, Paula Goldman, Prumsodun Ok, Richard Turner, Sayon Syprasoeuth & Susanne Detto

OCCCA is pleased to present Cabinet of Ghosts - a group exhibition,
curated by Michael EB Detto and Sayon Syprasoeuth, which gathers new work from artists exploring the aftermath of the catastrophe, the genocide, or the war.  How should we treat memories we leave behind – in real life, as metaphor, as a tool?

The very own substantiality each one thing in itself exhibits, its innate properties, its relation to subject, time space, and language are altogether qualities which suddenly start to dissipate when we have to deal with ghosts. It is hard even to agree on one word for them: there are specters, phantoms and wreath, genie and spirit, the apparition and many other denominations to describe a phenomenon that tends to blur the demarcation line between subject and object, past and presence, here and there.

Cultural memory is collective memory, and the artist is part of it. Today’s notions of history and memory may be flawed and disputed, but they are especially problematic for the individual that experienced the disaster.

It was repeatedly noted: the silence of the victims – when they talk, the suffering will be stretched into the present day, making it unbearable.

To explore the roles of artists as storytellers and researchers, or as social advocates, artists are invited to talk and present their work. They are the descendants, therefore in a better position to face the past.

Initiated by Michael Detto’s project “Cambodian Ghosts”, Sayon Syprasoeuth and Michael Detto invite artists to a dialogue about their art and the ghosts of the past, and to present their work in this context.


Drawing in Space
May 2-30
Artwork by Echo Lew


Moist, open call for art
June 6- July 11
Shana Nys Dambrot, Juror

Hot, young curator seeks sexy, sensitive artworks for long walks on the beach in the rain. About you: In leathers and feathers with an intense spirituality. Must be willing to suffer for love, speak a bit of French, and understand that sometimes the personal is political. About me: I require new experiences to satisfy an infinite thirst, a constant craving for more than roses and patchouli oil. Seduce me with images in secret dialogue with my soul. Shared interests: Let us make of the day a delirium, and of the night a theatre of desire. Moist is a tear-stained face, a risky proposition, a plea for empathy. Moist revels in the fluidity of sexual identity. In these tender transgressions beats the heart of the world. Moist is about ‘the trespass sweetly urged,’ as Shakespeare wrote.

To love is to be brushed by the wings of madness and to suffer the pangs of the impossible in moments of jouissance. A confluence of energies sublime will transcend our differences as barriers keeping us apart evaporate in a halo of bliss. Submit. You know what I want now. This is no ordinary love. There’s nothing like you and me, baby. Painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, photographs, videos, performance art and displays of fashion are all invited. The opening night of the exhibition will be a gathering of the tribes, a launch party for the enticing Moist catalogue of accepted works. Moist casts a long, slow look at sensuality, sexuality and eroticism in today’s art, giving free reign to desire.

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to the LA Weekly, Flaunt, Huffington Post, Palm Springs Life, and KCET’s Artbound. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, publishes short fiction, exhibits photography, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. An account of her activities is sometimes updated at  sndx.net .


August 1-29:
Jeffrey Frisch


OCCCA 35th Anniversary Show
September 5-26:


Welcome to the Future; Architecture in Contemporary Art open call for art
October 3- Nov 14
Daniel Paul, Juror


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