Archive for 2012
With a Name Like Yours, You Might Be Any Shape
Curated by Georgia Holz and Claudia Slanar
Oct 04, 2012 to Dec 01, 2012

Names are inextricably linked to one's identity, functioning as "symbolic forms."  A proper name is a "designator of reality," as Jean-Francois Lyotard has put it, which grounds a subject within the Cartesian laws of the world.  What if this referent is altered, changed or twisted?  Will it leave a particular subject uprooted, its identity deconstructed?

 

There have been various reasons for artists to create alter-egos, personae, doppelgangers and to adopt pseudonyms.  These strategies are used to blur the boundaries of fact and fiction - of reality and imagination - and to (re)insert themselves into historic canons.  Previous attempts to undermine and question subjectivity and modern authorship became virulent with the major paradigm-shifts of the 1960s and 70s.  Support...


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For three decades, South Korean society has experienced a dramatic political paradigm shift from an authoritarian regime to a democratic polity.  During this time, art was a productive site of social imagination, giving tangible form to the seemingly universal notions of democratic participation, public culture and civil society.  Being Political Popular: South Korean Art at the Intersection of Popular Culture and Democracy, 1980-2010, showcases 17 artists and collectives who investigate the questions of politics, collectivity and social engagement through a range of mediums, including comics, painting, woodblock print, collage, photography, installation, performance and video.  Specifically, the exhibition situates art within South Korean popular culture - a discourse that cam...


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In tandem with the UAG's U.S. premiere of Yael Bartana's ... and Europe will be stunned, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host a one-day conference for which the artist, along with her collaborators on the JRMiP, have been invited to speak. ...and Europe will be stunned was the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice. It is also the inaugural event to be held in the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Bartana's trilogy aesthetically references propaganda films of the 1930s, which, when presented as a gallery installation, collectively deconstruct a group of ideological positions that contributed to the founding of Israel - European anti-Semitism, Colonialism, Socialism, and Zionism....


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A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)
A Solo Project by Koki Tanaka
Jan 12, 2012 to Feb 11, 2012

Koki Tanaka's A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt), continues Room Gallery's Emerging Artist Series.  Tanaka's interdisciplinary art practice - combining painting, video, photography and sculpture - captures the ordinary, everyday event or object in its most poetic transformation.  The artist's task of discovery entails carefully documenting what he has accidentally encountered - things we ordinarily overlook.   Along the way, Tanaka gives himself over to a place in the legacy of Andre Breton's surrealist encounters, David Hammon's fluxus performances, Bruce Nauman's paradoxical propositions and Douglas Huebler's durational pieces.  Specifically, Tanaka's art derives from an action that he instigates in a given site: selling old palm fronds as a vend...


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Chiasmus: Zones of Political and Aesthetic Imagination
Curated by Andy Brown et al.
Jan 12, 2012 to Feb 11, 2012

"...Political art does not constitute itself by blurring the borders between the registers of the aesthetic and the political, but, conversely it can only communicate itself meaningfully by crossing these borders."

- Helmut Draxler

 

Continuing the UAG's Critical Curatorial Exhibition Series, Chiasmus brings together eleven international artists working in such diverse mediums and strategies as: theatrical intervention, installation art and video, lyrical minimalism, sculptural systems, serial abstraction and gestural painting. In the exhibition, the viewer is invited to cross the borders between aesthetic and political concerns. This crossing occurs in the form of a dialogue that takes place between the viewer and the artwork - which continues between the...


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...and Europe will be stunned
A Film Trilogy by Yael Bartana
Oct 05, 2011 to Mar 10, 2012

The UAG is proud to present the US premiere of Yael Bartana’s ... and Europe will be stunned.   This exhibition was the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice.  It is also the inaugural event to be held in the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Bartana’s trilogy aesthetically references propaganda films of the 1930s, which, when presented as a gallery installation, collectively deconstruct a group of ideological positions that contributed to the founding of Israel – European anti-Semitism, Colonialism, Socialism, and Zionism.  In so doing, the historical origin and development of Zionism, vis-à-vis Israel’s contemporary political stance toward the Palestinians, is scrutinized.  Key to the...


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