A Conversation in Three Parts: Notes on the Occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Curated by Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Apr 15, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 15, 2016 -
10:00am to 3:00pm


Participate in the discussion and activation of contributions from: Notes on the Occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a bilingual anthology reflecting on what it means to inhabit the spaces we call Southern California and Northern Mexico 20 years after NAFTA’s implementation.

 

Anthology Contributors:

Antena
Alicia Garza
Manuel Paul López
Cristina Rivera-Garza
Pepe Rojo
Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Ultra-Red
 

Schedule:

Location:        Student Center—Moss Cove Room A

10:30AM        Part 1: Contributor Readings

                      Readings and Discussion with contributors Pepe Rojo, Manu...


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always keep footprints between you and the sun
Curated by Juli Carson and Daniel Joseph Martinez
Mar 31, 2016 to Apr 15, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present the 12th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.

 

When you track, you pick up a string. At the far end of the string a being is moving, existing, and still connected to the track you gaze on – the movement that’s still contained in the track - along with the smallest of details that helps you become the very prey you track.

 

No form alone defines tracking.  Its means can either be analog or digital, realistic or abstract, while its ends are equally unfixed.  On any given day, it is used by cyber agents to keep tabs on persons of interests; forlorn lovers to reunite with a long lost betrothed; or even artists and writers as they attempt to trace their existence from one canvas or page to another.  As...


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Providence, Sovereignty, Volition by David Martinez
Curated by Juli Carson and Daniel Joseph Martinez
Mar 31, 2016 to Apr 15, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

Providence, Sovereignty, Volition is an installation that takes a critical stance on religious and cultural radicalism through the translation of fetishized cultural motifs. There is a subdued quality to Middle Eastern commodities, specifically Afghan war rugs made in the late 1970s, which often used patterns that subtly implied war motifs influenced by the invasion of the Soviet Union. In contemporary Middle Eastern culture, blatant icons and texts were often used as a result of the 2001 invasion of the United States.

 

The exhibition evokes comfort and terror by juxtaposing soft wool rugs with replicas of assault rifles, symbolizing the era of freedom and oppression between 1979 and 2001. The material used to make the rifles relates directly to ancient canons an...


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Locations of Rehearsal
Lecture by Rainer Bellenbaum
Mar 10, 2016
Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm


The spatial dimensions of rehearsal become clearer with cinema. Filmic exercisings or alternations of action are closely related to the positioning in a concrete space or even to a shifting of location. This kind of dynamic placing brings into play the perspective-related meaning of action. Different from dealing with „the empty space“ of theatre (Peter Brook) or with the „any-space-whatever“ of a studio close-up (Gilles Deleuze) the specific filming spot is configured by pre-cinematic significances especially if the spot is an authentic location. Those films that combine an improvised, varied or verifiable action with the perception of cinematic translocation open the chance to gain social and aesthetic experience for every participant (author, protagonist, beholder …). To clarify this...


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H.M. by Kerry Tribe
Curated by Juli Carson
Jan 09, 2016 to Mar 12, 2016

Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:00pm

H.M. is a two-channel presentation of a single film based on the true story of an anonymous, memory-impaired man, the famous amnesiac known in scientific literature only as “Patient H.M.” In 1953, when he was 27 years old, H.M. underwent experimental brain surgery intended to alleviate his epilepsy.  The unintended result was a radical and persistent amnesia.  Though he was no longer able to make lasting memories, his short-term recall, lasting about 20 seconds, remained intact.  He lived anonymously in this condition for more than half a century until his death on December 2, 2008, in a Connecticut nursing home.  His case is widely credited with revolutionizing our understanding of the organization of human memory.

 

H.M. consists of a single 16mm film t...


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Restless Debris
Curated by Andrew McNeely
Jan 09, 2016 to Feb 06, 2016

Reception: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 2:00pm

The UAG is pleased to announce the premier of Restless Debris, an exhibition featuring the work of Kevin Jerome Everson, Michelle Dizon, and Ivor Shearer. The aesthetic concerns of the three artists participating in this exhibition consider the voice’s role in relationship to the deployment of “ruin imagery.” Mounted together, their artworks are both symptomatic and critical of a far larger trend emerging in the wake of the Great Recession. This trend is a growing prevalence in popular culture of ruin gazing as a means to allegorize the decline of the United States.

 

Ruin imagery, such as the iconic images of postindustrial decay, feed into a larger national narrative about the avarice of civilizations and the disastrous environmental catastrophes wrought on by u...


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Dwyer Kilcollin: Dilated Proximity
Curated by Brianna Bakke, Erin Gordon, and Joshua Ross
Jan 09, 2016 to Feb 06, 2016

Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:00pm

Dilated Proximity features work by Los Angeles-based artist Dwyer Kilcollin, whose practice is concerned with present-day technologies that transform the digital image. Kilcollin combines technology-assisted, handmade, and manual procedures in novel ways to facilitate the working process. We have characterized this manner of working as dilated proximity because Kilcollin fundamentally reinterprets space in ways that confront the viewer, a fundamental facet of Kilcollin’s practice. For instance, her use of sand and resin is central to each work in this exhibition. Kilcollin's subjects are initially digitally rendered as fluid, organic three-dimensional models on the computer screen. The image is then projected, layer-by-layer, onto a flat surface. Finally the object, vi...


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A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine
Curated by Juli Carson and Marilyn Nix
Oct 03, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015

Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm


The University Art Gallery (UAG) at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will unveil A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine. The group exhibition focuses on luminary artists Chris Burden, Nancy Buchanan, Richard Newton, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Bradley Smith, and Paula Sweet when they were making radical art as students at UCI. 

 

In 1971, as a part UCI’s first graduating MFA class, Chris Burden became internationally famous for his physically intense, often-dangerous performances of endurance. The quintessential work of this period was Shoot, a performance in which Burden had himself shot in the arm at the student-run F-Space Gallery in Santa Ana.  A second performance of the same legendary vein entitled Five Day Locker Piece...


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Libidinal Economies: Art in the Age of Bull Markets
Curated by Juli Carson and Michael Moshe Dahan
Oct 03, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015

Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm


Libindinal Economies: Art in the Age of Bull Markets 
takes as its economic mise-en-scène 
the bull run market of 1982 (that
 crashed in 1987), tracing its origins in monetary policies of the 1970’s, and mapping its echoes in the recent redux of
 this bull run from 2009 to the present. 
 The New York Stock Exchange (where
 the selling and buying of securities, currency and commodities takes place)
 and the art world (where the critique of
 Wall Street culture is derived and
 scripted) presumably constitute two 
distinct psychic and fiscal economies
 located in two different physical locations. The former is supposed to be rational, mathematical and regulated, the latter libidinal, creative and subversive. However, that isn’t true. The art world, in fact, has proven to be the bo...


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MIXTAPE: Goodbye street, Goodbye home by Shagha Ariannia
Curated by Allyson Unzicker
Oct 03, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015

Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm


MIXTAPE: Goodbye street, Goodbye home

The rise of audiocassettes peaked in the 1980s, yet the relevance of mix tapes is still recognized today as a way of compiling songs, ideas and thoughts around a particular theme. Alternatively, the influence of pop culture and cassette tapes were popularized during the 1979 Iranian Revolution in which cassettes were used to spread sermons by Khomeini to a public, some of whom were illiterate. In this context, the cassette became a catalyst for social change – a mobilizing device for subversive speech. The role of songs and sermons were strongly affected by a nationalism that spread like wildfire in resistance to Westernization. This religious revolt led directly into the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), a war with no mat...


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