Art Professor’s Work Featured by LAXART

By Staci Wilson, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
October 10, 2011 

“Vandalism,” a photograph series by UC Riverside art professor John Divola, will be displayed at the Los Angeles art center, LAXART, beginning December 10, 2011. LAXART is a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting and reflecting various aspects of its diverse home city, Los Angeles. LAXART’s prime focus lies in exhibiting newer work, especially work that may be considered risky or experimental in some aspect, with the hope of appealing to a new generation and expanding the kinds of discourse art typically encompasses. Current exhibits include “and, per se and” by photographer Shannon Ebner (known for her incorporation of language, lettering, and symbols in black and white photography), as well as 2010 Artist’s Legacy Foundation Award winner John Outterbridge’s “The Rag Factory.”

Professor Divola’s work has recently been receiving notable attention, with four of his exhibits airing at various art centers in the last month alone. His “Zuma” series recently received an interesting review by Elizabeth Schambelan, senior editor of Artforum, which can be found at http://www.artforum.com/inprint/issue=201108&id=29045. Divola’s “Vandalism” series, much like his “Zuma” series, was produced in the 1970s by manipulating abandoned architectural spaces, and promises to be a thought provoking addition to LAXART’s diverse display of works. For more information on Professor Divola’s art and where his work can be viewed, visit his webpage at http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~divola/index.html

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