REMEMBERING - Sweeney Art Gallery Group Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE    Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside
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September 01, 2004
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Group Exhibition
Curated by Charles Gaines

Venue: Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside
Show dates: October 1 to December 11, 2004
Artist's Reception: Saturday, Oct 2, 4 to 6pm
Artist's Panel: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7pm in ARTS 335 (across from the Gallery)

Participating artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Todd Bourret, Matthew Buckingham, Terry Chatkupt, Kira Lynn Harris, Glenn Ligon, Adia Millett, Matthew Monahan, Connie Samaras, Corinna Schnitt, Gary Simmons & Dee Williams

   Varying from painting and sculpture to photography and film, guest curator Charles Gaines brings together twelve artists whose respective practices orbit points of intersecting concerns. REMEMBERING explores issues of memory in personal, social, and cultural contexts. Addressing strategies of disorientation and displacement, these artists question the indeterminate relationship between image and meaning, and solicit a conscious engagement with the audience and its own conditions of reception.

Edgar Arceneaux's real-time installations and object constructions reassess how knowledge is formed. Arceneaux favors epistemological investigations over empirical methodologies because of its focus on poetics and its ability to show how feelings play a role in the accumulation of knowledge and the effects this has on our ideas of culture and politics. Todd Bourret's painted images evoke scenes of not-too-distant disorder and disarray, conjuring associations of mayhem both real and fantastical. Matthew Buckingham's films and photos investigate geological and geographical sites, past events and situations, and archival documents. By separating them from their initial use, Buckingham generates new narrative possibilities. From these scissions, our own memories link image to content and forms by this, a collective fantasy of history. Terry Chatkupt makes video and installational projects that engage a constructed language of nostalgia as he explores his childhood sites in the Midwest. Kira Lynn Harris's photographs investigate the transcending and sublime effects of light in familiar, highly charged urban spaces. Glenn Ligon stitches personal and historical narratives together forming a critique of the subject that does not privilege the generality of ideas over the specificity of the individual experience. Adia Millett's constructions of miniature houses hold within their furnishings and lighting a narrative of urban domesticity that plays between theater and reality. Matthew Monahan's subtle works on paper imply much more than is stated; flirting with the boundary between the literal and the evocative, Monahan's drawings hover with only a suggestion of form and question the dialectic between real space and illusion. Connie Samaras' "Angel Of History" series draws its title from the pairing of Walter Benjamin's concept of the angel of history and the military terminology for artificial timelines that create post-mortems on disasters of war, defeats in battle, and failures of strategy and intelligence. Corinna Schnitt's videos and films often explore the invidious politics and history of the pomp and décor of European Baroque design and the class-based society that produced it. Gary Simmons reveals social and political histories woven into architectural interiors, such as old theaters, that use the past to reveal how content is actually façade and how knowledge is constructed from this. Dee Williams' photographs treat cultural spaces (such as cities) as archival markers of history. The needs of urbanism conflate with historical narratives suggesting in this happenstance relationship new narratives that combine cultural and political knowledge with historical truth.

Guest curator Charles Gaines was born in Charleston, South Carolina, June 23, 1944 and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Gaines attended Jersey City State College and received a B.A. degree in Art. He received an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Fine Arts, in 1967. Gaines has had over 40 one-person exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, and he has participated in numerous gallery and museum group exhibitions including the Whitney Museum (the Biennial), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Oakland Museum, Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), Kunsthalle (Basel), Stadtgalerie (National Musseum of Art, (Stuttgart), Lenbachhaus (Munich). He has organized exhibitions such as "Touring the Frame" (1999-2000), and "Theater of Refusal" (1993-1994). He is also a writer and is working on a book on theory and criticism. He has published essays such as "Theater of Refusal, Black Art and Mainstream Criticism" (University of California, Irvine, 1993), and "Art, Post History, and the Paradox of Black Pluralism" (Merge, 2003). Gaines is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts and had served as the Program Director for Fine Arts from 1993 to 1999; he also teaches at California State University, Fresno.

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