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...


Towards a Libidinal Aesthetics Film Series
Thursdays at 7pm, CAC 3201
Oct 08, 2015 to Dec 03, 2015

Film Series: Towards a Libidinal Aesthetics

A weekly film-series, Towards a Libidinal Aesthetics, will accompany the exhibition following late gallery hours on Thursday evenings.  The series will showcase long-form, mainstream and alternative cinema, and will include original 16mm prints of Michael Snow’s Wavelength (1967) as well as Hollis Frampton’s (nostalgia) (1973). Exhibition page here.


Series Schedule:


Oct 8              

Snowpiercer, 2013                       

Directed by Joon-ho Bong


Oct 15              



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...


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

Libidinal 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 boh...


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...