In Search of the Present
10th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Curated by Juli Carson and Daniel Joseph Martinez
Apr 04, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015
Reception: Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
In Search of the Present: 10th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Curated by Juli Carson and Daniel Joseph Martinez

In search of the present, one hovers in the chasm between two negations: the past and the future. The implication of this temporal paradox is more than just a philosophical proposition.  It is political and it is libidinal, positioning us within the endlessly evasive nature of language, where our desire is simultaneously validated and negated.
 
As Octavio Paz put it in his acceptance of the Nobel Prize: 

"Languages are born and grow from the native soil, nourished by a common history. The European languages were rooted out from their native soil and their own tradition, and then planted in an unknown and unnamed world: they took root in the new lands and, as they grew within the societies of America, they were transformed. They are the same plant yet also a differen...


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Voids
A Solo Exhibition by Juan Meneses
Apr 04, 2015 to Apr 18, 2015
Reception: Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Voids: A Solo Exhibition by Juan Meneses

Economies rise and fall. There are always people affected by these changes. The brunt of the force is felt by those closer to the bottom. As the economy rises so do physical and social structures. Boundaries and barriers are built to keep a status quo. Yet when the economy falls the boundaries and barriers stay in place, they become more pronounced. Walls become safety zones where one does not have to see the reality outside of them; these realities are sites. Each barrier creates a greater separation. Separations lead to mental voids, out of sight out of mind. Structures create voids, as one cannot see through them. One must go around them to see what is on the other side. Reality of these sites is that people are forced to inhabit them. They are ignored sites, voids. Pushing poverty f...


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NEW CUTS K8 HARDY
Curated by Rhea Anastas
Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 20, 2015
Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
K8 Hardy, Beautiful Radiating Energy, 2004. Performance still.

In the live work Beautiful Radiating Energy (2004), K8 Hardy performs and shouts, her exercising body cross-cutting a video collage. In New Cuts, this performance is experienced in video and in other creatively-inflected documents and paired with New Report: Morning Edition (2005). New Report: Morning Edition is a real report on objectification by the camera and language of Hardy's with a collaborator, Wynne Greenwood. New Cuts is an exhibition of performative activity by Hardy and an exhibition about the viewer's viewing. For Hardy, a videomaker and zine producer, this period in New York from 2002 forward was marked by intensity: Hardy both developed her embodied work in live performance and experimented with the nonsovereign space of coproducing wit...


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Paradox in Language: What I look at is never what I wish to see
Curated by Allyson Unzicker
Jan 10, 2015 to Feb 07, 2015
Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Benjamin Verhoeven, Somebody was trying to kill somebody else, 2014, Stop-motion video from scanned images, 6:25 min., courtesy of the artist

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present Paradox in Language: What I look at is never what I wish to see, a group exhibition featuring the work of Charles Gaines, Benjamin Verhoeven and Erika Vogt. This exhibition investigates the influences of various strains of conceptual thought that began to take form in 1966 when the writings of Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes became increasingly important to the study of linguistic systems. It was also the year Michelangelo Antononio’s film Blow-Up was released, which actively displayed the semiotic interpretation of an image. The three artists form a constellation of varying practices that consider the aesthetic strategies of both Conceptualism and Structuralism. In viewing these works together, representation and non-r...


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Form is the outline and structure of a thing
Curated by Virginia Arce and Ian Meares
Jan 10, 2015 to Feb 07, 2015
Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Carly Steward, Page 84, 2014, inkjet print, courtesy of the artist

As part of The University Art Gallery’s (UAG) winter programming, the gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition featuring clay sculptural works by Kristin Morgin, photographic works by Carly Steward, and transparency and lightbox constructions by Deanna Erdman. Form refers to the outline and structure of a thing. The artists in this exhibition represent a diversity of approaches to working with everyday imagery, print media and objects. In viewing these three bodies of work, we wonder about ocular disruption, which is to say, how form in these works opens the optical to the tactile and makes other striking conceptual moves.

 

Kristen Morgan’s sculptures mimetically re-fashion found relics. Carly Steward’s photo collages re-examine photography and sculpture in repro...


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Taking The Discipline: A Herzog Film Series
Curated by Andrew McNeely
Oct 13, 2014
Reception:
Film still from Ballad of the Little Soldier 1984

As part of the UAG's continuing programming for the fall, the gallery is pleased to announce five screenings of the work of German director Werner Herzog. Among the many filmmakers to emerge out of the 1970's New German Cinema Movement--Margarethe von Trotta, Rainer Werner Fassbinder or Wim Wenders--Herzog arguably has enjoyed the most broad acclaim for his films. This is in spite of the fact that Herzog's work routinely came under attack by both the Left and the Right for his often heavily aestheticized sensibility that equivocated between documentary and fiction. This series shall present a non-chronological overview of some his lesser known "documentary" works to frame two films which are widely considered his masterpieces--Herz Aus Glas (1976) and Fitzcarraldo (1982).   

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Ed Moses: Cross-Section
Curated by Kevin Appel & Juli Carson
Oct 11, 2014 to Dec 13, 2014
Reception: Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ed Moses, The Red One (detail), acrylic on canvas, courtesy of Jill and Duane Meltzer
As part of its Major Works of Art Series, The University Art Galleries (UAG) proudly presents Cross-Section, a solo exhibition by Ed Moses. Utilizing all three galleries and featuring works from the 1960s to the present, Cross-Section traces the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of exploration. In so doing, the philosophical continuity of the artist’s disparate visual strategies is framed - strategies the artist has repeated and contradicted as his investigation into the painted form has changed direction or reversed course over the past five decades. The curatorial perspective, in turn, provides a rhizomatic framework to Moses’s oeuvre – a genealogy of these strategies – in place of the conventional, chronological account typically used by mu...

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