Archive for May 30th, 2008

MFA, davis-style

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Well, in the midst of aforementioned mania, I neglected to rep for this awesome MFA show opening May 30. The lovely Lissa Ivy is featured in this exhibition: if you are in the Davis area, or better yet, if you get off your ass and make the drive out to Davis because you’re NOT one of those city-centric Bay Area types, you should really catch this exhibition.

six: 2008 UC Davis MFA Exhibition
opens May 30

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on view May 30 – June 20

Gallery Hours: 11am-5pm M-F, Sun by appt

It’s appropriate that artists aren’t categorized by medium at Davis. The search for proper tools is hardly simple, and it makes self-definition problematic. This group has wrestled with that challenge and created personal works that resist objective definition. This year’s MFA show illustrates the extent to which contemporary studio practice has
transformed conventional models.

Mary Alison Lucas’ sculptures insist on their physical presence, yet present an ambiguous surface to the viewer. Caroline Cloak’s architectural constructions extend that process of reception, incorporating the viewer’s performance in their confines, along with attendant memories and fantasies about space. In contrast, Lissa Ivy Tiegel’s collaborative approach focuses on origins and authorship, and lends a public character to intimate expression. Nickolas Mohanna’s works evoke a total experience of light and sound, while Irman Arcibal reduces such ambient experience to mute but expressive indexical traces. Chau Huynh’s paintings are also flags, multiple tokens of personal and national identity.

Opening receptions: Friday May 30

5-7pm at the Memorial Union Gallery
location: 2nd floor Memorial Union

6-8pm at the Nelson
location: Art Building, #124

7-9pm Reception for UCD First Years’ show
location: Pence Gallery in downtown Davis
Artist Information-LINEUP

Questions & Directions:

The Nelson
530.752.8500
nelsongallery@ucdavis.edu

Directions to the Memorial Union Gallery
530.752.2885
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Pence Gallery

breather

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Coming up for air, at long last. Boy, is it nice.
I’m in Denmark now! More on that later, as I’m backlogged on posts from the past 2 weeks as it is.

June is the month where things slow back down to their proper pace: I’m now at Soelyst Artist in Residence Centre for the next 30 days, which will hopefully compensate for the utter mania of the previous few months. Nevertheless! The mania has had its moments.

I left the U.S. on May 24, and the week prior was sort of a blur of packing up the house, painting, grading, and selling crap on Craigslist. PLUS a flight down to LA to participate in a most excellent Galleon Trade panel at UCLA, organized by my #1 BFF GT co-conspirator, Dr Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns.

Lucy and the Reannimal in action:

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It was wonderful to get the Galleon Trade re-launched. I have more posts about that shortly, in regards to another upcoming Galleon Trade exhibition! (As they say in Conan the Barbarian, “… And this story shall also be told.“)

Anyway. The panel was super-great, but what truly made my head spin was our after-panel meal at a new restaurant in LA that, for obvious reasons, is my new favorite destination in town:
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A bazillion kinds of waffles! We even got to have a waffle sundae!

Man. Life is good.

OK. More on the Europe thing shortly. Just had to get the waffle/LA post out of the way.

It’s only right.