School of Art
Paul Brach Visiting Artists Lecture Series - Spring 2015
Ines Schaber (Lecture only – no studio visits)
Thursday, February 5 @ 6pm in F200
Ines Schaber is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. She holds a master in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin and a PhD in research architecture from Goldsmiths College in London.
Ines work revolves around questions of visibility. There, it is a matter of the back side of things (being) made visible; questioned in her work is specifically the status of the things that remain hidden, or are kept invisible. Central within this field of questions, is the role of photography. In her installative arrangements, she provokes a gaze and produces a sight, which constantly insist and questions the presence of things absent. Her work interrogates in what way photography, which is an artistic medium as well as a popular medium and a medium of the mass media, defines, fixates, or stashes away things and contents.
Schaber’s work has been shown at the Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York); the Brussels Biennial (Brussels); Centre d’art Passerelle (Brest); Art Sheffield (Sheffield, UK), Kunsthall Mucsarnok (Budapest); and Documenta 13 (Kassel). Her recent publications include The Workhouse (with Avery Gordon) and Obtuse, Flitting By but Nevertheless There–Image Archives in Practise,
Thursday, February 12 @ 6pm in F200
Felicia Atkinson is a French artist and musician, born in 1981. She graduated from Les Beaux-arts de Paris and currently lives and works between France and Belgium.
Her work includes site-specific installations, paintings, drawings, texts, sculptures, music, and performances through improvisation and instant composition. Her permanent loops and impermanent objects are driven by the concepts of delay, reverberation, noise, ready-mades, experimentation, imagination, and “so many possible ‘derives’ into the material frames that stand for the gallery, the book, or the record.”
She has released records under her own name and the moniker Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier with different labels such as Spekk, Hibernate, Peak Oil, Shelter Press, NNA Tapes, and Umor Rex. She has recently exhibited at Oslo 10 in Basel, MUCA Roma in Mexico City, and Bozar in Brussels, and has performed in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels, Fox Theatre in Vancouver, and Cave 12 in Geneva. She has published a series of zines and publications including her latest “Improvising Sculpture as Delayed Fictions”.
Tuesday, February 17 @ 7pm in F200
Andrea Bowers (b. 1965) has an MFA from CalArts and lives and works in Los Angeles. She works in a variety of media including video, drawing, and installation. As a feminist and social activist, Bowers' work often invokes contemporary political issues, American history, and protest. Her recent work has addressed such topics as immigration, environmental activism, and rape. A 2014 solo exhibition at the Pomona College Museum of Art, #sweetjane, drew on research the artist conducted on the 2012 Steubenville High School rape case in Ohio. This exhibition draws attention to women's rights and rape culture, highlighting experiences of violence against women.
Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and 2008 California Biennial. Recent solo shows include "The Weight of Relevance" at the Secession, Vienna and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; "Vows" at Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg; "Nothing Is Neutral" at REDCAT, Los Angeles and Artpace, San Antonio. She is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York, Mehdi Chouakri in Berlin, Galerie Praz-Delavallade in Paris, and Van Horn in Dusseldorf.
Thursday, February 19 @ 6pm in F200
Miljohn Ruperto is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He was born in 1971 in Manila, the Philippines, and received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University in 2002 and his B.A., Studio Art from University of California, Berkeley in 1999.
For his show Isabel Rosario Cooper, Ruperto used photography, film, video, and screenplay in homage to the eponymous actress. The project retrieved the actress from the sidelines of historical periphery and recasted her as a cinematic protagonist, releasing her image from the racial confines of both Hollywood and U.S. history.For another body of work, he shuttled between digital and analog technologies by employing computer generated imagery to model apocryphal biological mutants that collaborator Ulrik Heltoft then chemically fixed onto paper in the darkroom.
Following his inclusion in the first Made in L.A. biennial in 2012, Ruperto was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and his work has been exhibited at institutions including Whitechapel Project Space, London; The Wattis Institute, San Francisco; and LA><ART, Los Angeles.
Tala Madani - CANCELED
Thursday, February 26 @ 6pm in F200
Tala Madani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981 and now lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a painter whose recurrent motifs include men, often made vulnerable, which gives the effect of reversing the conventionally objectified female body in painting. Her paintings, drawings, and stop-motion animations construct grotesque worlds and fantastical scenes in which the boneheadedness of men reaches a fever pitch. Madani tends to depict her male protagonists as disemboweled, humiliated, and pathetic entities, quickly rendered figures that leak fluids, engage in curious homosocial rites of passage, and inflict intolerable pain upon one another.
The blunt inelegance of Madani’s irredeemable men merge with a style of painting reminiscent of art-historical legacy figures such as Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, turning tropes of abstraction into bodily fluids that leave their mark on the canvas and heighten their grotesque humor. Madani’s stop-motion animations are similar in style and execution. Each minute of video consists of close to 2,500 still images quickly painted sequentially on a single piece of wood for a camera to record frame by frame. In sequence, the images begin a smeary movement across a plane, representing an imagined world that is insufferably soiled and replete with the markings of the ridiculous, however much it might resemble our real world.
Madani received her MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2006 and a BA in Visual Arts and Political Science from Oregon State University in 2004. She has exhibited extensively in internationally and in the US, including in Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer
Museum in Los Angeles, The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene in the 2014 Taipei Biennial in Taiwan, Speech Matters at the 54th Venice Biennale in Taiwan, and in Open House at the Singapore Biennale.
Thursday, February 26 @ 6pm in F200
Tom Jennings is a member of the faculty in the Art+Tech program and the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts. He is an artist, activist, and computer historian. Tom's work has been exhibited in numerous and varying art spaces around the country and has also been shown internationally at the 49th Venice Biennalle. Tom had a solo exhibition Story Teller, the inaugural show at Machine Project, Los Angeles in 2003 where he also gave his lecture Early Computing in 1994. He has guest lectured at UCSD and CalArts.
Tom is a repository of technical crafts, practical philosophy, and the physics of programming at the ACE (Arts Computation Engineering) program at UC Irvine, where a large part of his job is teaching and mentoring graduate students in technical arts. He received an MFA from this program in 2009.
Tom has specialized in computers, software, and electronics since 1977; computer networking since 1984; internet since 1992. In 1992, with John Gilmore, Tom founded the Little Garden, one of the earliest internet service providers (ISPs), and in the same year he was hired as the first webmaster for Wired magazine. Tom was also the founder of Shred of Dignity, a skateboarders rights group, and publisher of the seminal queercore zine Homocore from 1988-91. Tom created the worldwide FidoNet bulletin board network (35,000 servers in 1995). He was inducted into the Shareware Industry Conference Hall of Fame, for Fido/FidoNet in 1997.
*Tuesday, March 3 @ 7pm in F200
“Maverick curator,” artist, and writer Raimundas Malašauskas was born in Vilnius. He has been described by Metropolis M magazine as the one curator who knows how to give new meaning to the concept of the “exhibition,” developing his projects with a high level of playfulness, unpredictability and wit.
From 1995 to 2006, he worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, and curated “Black Market Worlds,” the IX Baltic Triennial, at CAC Vilnius in 2005. From 2007 to 2008, he was a visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco; from 2007 to 2009 he was also a curator at Artists Space, New York. Malašauskas has curated the exhibitions “Sculpture of the Space Age,” David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); “Into the Belly of a Dove,” Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2010), and “Repetition Island,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010), and worked as one of the agents for Documenta 13. In 2013 he curated oO at the Lithuanian and Cyprus Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy. His most recent projects include Fusiform Gyrus at Lisson Gallery, London, UK and the 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, titled Se o clima for favorável, Si el tiempo lo permite. His other recent exhibition projects, Hypnotic and Clifford Irving , are in progress.
In 2007, Malašauskas co-wrote the libretto of Cellar Door, an opera by Loris Gréaud produced in Paris. 2012 the book Paper Exhibition, Selected Writings by Raimundas Malašauskas was published, a “book that belongs to no one and is not needed by anyone,” as Malašauskas put it, as “16 readers had been invited to add, comment on, correct and leave their mark boldly in the margins, or way at the back, as another means of carefully replaying these words written by someone else.”
Wendy Red Star
Thursday, March 5 @ 6pm in F200
Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish decent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was eighteen to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Her work layers influences drawn from her Crow background, daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected ephemera and conjured histories that are both real and imagined. Through her photographs and sculpture new universes are built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low with their own language of symbols created from such seemingly disparate sites as HUD houses, rez cars, three legged dogs, powwow culture, proliferative indigenous commoditization, and Red Star’s personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation. The work represents an insider/outsider view that is wrath with complexity and contradiction, its most salient attributes. Red Star’s unruly approach examines a cross section of American cultures and their very consumption while also being a meditation on her own identity. Exploring the intersection between life on the reservation and the world outside of that environment. Red Star thinks of herself as a cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.
Her work has been shown at Helen E. Copeland gallery, Bozeman, MT, The Fondation Cartier L’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, The CSULB gallery, Long Beach, CA, Research & Development, Chicago, IL, The Museum Tower at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, And/Or gallery, Dallas, TX, The UCLA New Wight gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The L.A. Municipal Art gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The Domaine De Kerguehennc, Brittany, France, The Hudson D. Walker gallery, Provincetown, MA, The Plush Gallery, Dallas TX, The Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England, The Luckman gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and The Volitant gallery, Austin, Texas.
Thursday, March 12 @ 6pm in F200
Victoria Fu is a visual artist who received her BA from Stanford University, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, and MFA from CalArts.
Fu’s installations place appropriated stock media footage against abstracted backgrounds transferred to video from 16mm film. Often projected on a multi-layered surface, they operate in a visual arena that dissolves boundaries between projected light and image, representation and abstraction, narrative and form.
Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; New York Film Festival, New York, NY; Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua; University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, Irvine, CA; among others. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and is a 2013-14 grantee of the Art Matters Foundation. Fu co-founded and directs ART OFFICE’s The Moving Index. She lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego, where she is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego.
Nao Bustamante (Lecture only – no studio visits)
Thursday, March 19 @ 6pm in F200
Nao Bustamante is a multimedia and performance artist from California. She holds a BFA/MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (specifically, the New Genres department). Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, though she is a visiting member of the CalArts faculty this spring semester.
Bustamante's at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Her project under the working title “Personal Protection” is described as time-travel tour of the role of women in combat through wearable sculptures, performances and videos that explore these questions, bringing history into a contemporary context. “My illustration of women soldiers (fighting as women, not gendered as men) in historical wartime will provide a framework in which to consider our current psychological framing of war,” Bustamante said. Bustamante has presented in galleries, museums, universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at Outfest in Los Angeles and Mix in New York City among other festivals. Bustamante has been published by the Theatre Communications Group in the book, Out of the Fringe, as well as the Theatre Drama Review, published by the MIT Press. In 2000 she received the GLBT Historical Society Arts Award. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow.
Thursday, April 2 @ 6pm in F200
Walterio Iraheta is an artist who works and lives in San Salvador, El Salvador. From 1984-1995 he studied Applied Arts at Centro Nacional de Artes, CENAR, and the University Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador. He also studied Graphic Arts at the Chicago Cultural Center in 1997, and the School of Visual Arts, La Esmeralda, México, in 2000. His work ranges from stop motion, to drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, and installation. His conceptual concerns are also diverse, including social memory and collective trauma of post-war El Salvador, ironical reflections on classist conditioning of the notions of heroism and power, loss and absence, and fetishistic and surrealist allusions. He won first place in the Art Biennial Paiz of El Salvador 2007, an Honorable Mention in the competition of Contemporary Art in Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2004, and first prize in the Contemporary Art Biennial of Central America, 1998. He has participated in the II photography Biennial in Lima, Perú 2012, the Venice Biennial, Italy 2011, Pontevedra Biennial in Galicia, Spain 2010, The X Havana Biennial, Cuba 2009, Valencia-São Paulo Biennial, Spain 2008, amongst others.
*Tuesday, April 7 @ 7pm in F200
Yoshua Okón was born in Mexico City in 1970 where he currently lives. His work, like a series of near-sociological experiments executed for the camera, blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation and questions habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality. In 2002 he received an MFA from UCLA with a Fulbright scholarship. His solo shows exhibitions include: Salò Island, UC Irvine, Irvine; Piovra, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan; Poulpe, Mor Charpentier, Paris; Octopus, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and SUBTITLE, Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich. His group exhibitions include: Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Antes de la resaca, MUAC, Mexico City;Incongruous, Musèe Cantonal des Beux-Arts, Lausanne; The Mole´s Horizon, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre; Amateurs, CCA Wattis; San Francisco; Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London; Adaptive Behavior, New Museum, NY and Mexico City: an exhibition about the exchange rates between bodies and values, PS1, MoMA, NY, and Kunstwerke, Berlin. His work is included in the collections of Tate Modern, Hammer Museum, LACMA, Colección Jumex and MUAC, among others.
Discoteca Flaming Star (Wolfgang and Christina)
Thursday, April 9 @6pm in F200
Cristina Gomez Barrio (born in 1973) lives and works as an artist in Berlin. She studied fine art in Madrid, Munich, and Berlin. Since 1998, she has been working together with Wolfgang Mayer under the name Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary-artistic performance project. Wolfgang Mayer (born in1967) lives as an artist in Berlin, and works in watercolor, video, and performance. With his performances, he uses bricolage-like styles. Together with Cristina Gomez Barrio he works as Discoteca Flaming Star and in the Berlin Project space General Public.
Discoteca Flaming Star is “an interdisciplinary collaborative art group, a group of people which uses songs and other forms of oral expression, understanding them as a personal response to historical events and social and political facts. Through conceptual, visual and musical transfers, they create performances, sculptures, drawings, stages and situations whose foremost intention is to question and challenge the memory of the public, transforming old desires and finding invented pasts, or pasts which never occurred. DFS is the place where the oracle speaks through the non-chosen. DFS is a love letter written in the present continuous, a love letter to thousands of artists. They exploit their knowledge and lack of knowledge, working slowly, inspired by Anita Berber, Warhol's wig, ghosts with no home, Rita McBride's "Arena", Greg Bordowitz, Mary Shelley, Karl Valentin & Lisl Karlstadt, the Vienna Group, Alvaro, Joey Arias and David Reed's paintings and dialogues. DFS present wonderful songs of love, consumption, fervour and feminism, carpets that help to cross burning bridges, fragile essays as drawings, and things that go together even though they shouldn't... They act directly in the gap between action and documentation, generating and finding documents that can be used to articulate strange tongues and languages that incite action and argument. ”
Their installations and performances have been presented in Artists Space, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen in New York, Museum Moderner Kunst (Vienna), Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo (Madrid), Galerie Freymond-Guth (Zurich), and Tate Modern (London).
Thursday, April 16 @ 6pm in F200
Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher. Her work is concerned, most immediately, with resistance to privatization, and more generally, with theoretical and material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds. Her work takes various forms as sculpture, installation, public projects, and writing. Most recently, she has pursued an extended exploration of mineral extraction sites in the U.S. (In the Aura of a Hole published with Black Dog Publishing in Fall, 2014). Palmer collaborated with the four-person art collective Haha for twenty years. In 2008, WhiteWalls Press published With Love from Haha documenting Haha’s site-based work (distributed by University of Chicago Press). Palmer teaches in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Joey Lehman Morris (Lecture only – no studio visits)
Thursday, April 23 @ 6pm in F200
Joey Lehman Morris was born in Los Angeles, where he currently works and lives. He received a BFA from UCLA in 2004, and an MFA from University of California, Irvine, in 2008.
He works primarily in photography, and employs sculptural concerns for the medium. He emphasizes the physical properties of the photographic material and photographic representation to reinvestigate a dialogue between photography and the presence of a place. His large-format prints depict the South West landscape as well as absurd man-made constructions.
His recent solo and group projects include Rethinking the Environment at Human Resources, Pale Fires at Latned Atsar, The De-Socialized Landscape at D-Block Projects, Landlot, Galería Perdida/Project Row Houses, Houston, Infrastructure, Wignall Museum, and more.
Jenny Marketou (Lecture only – no studio visits)
Thursday, April 30 @ 6pm in F200
Jenny Marketou is a Greek multidisciplinary artist who has lived and worked in New York City since 1983. She teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art. Marketou creates art works in a range of media such as video, installation, performance, public art, internet, digital media and tactical technology with the aim to engage viewer’s participation and to transform universal issues into a physical and intensely personal experience. Her work deals with issues of identity, public space, electronic surveillance, countersurveiilance, body /machine, and agency/ performance. Most of her projects are based on observation, research and process and are often multilayered, humorous and ironic reflections on the way “we” communicate in our culture.
Marketou’s work has been shown internationally at the Basel Art Fair Switzerland; ZKM Centre for Art and Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Zenith Media Lounge, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, in Athens, Greece, among others.
Thursday, May 7 @ 6pm in F200
Reem Fadda is currently Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim. She is based at the Guggenheim headquarters in New York City. Fadda was granted a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her PhD at the History of Art and Visual Studies Department at Cornell University.
Between 2005-07, Fadda was Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA) and worked as Academic Director to the International Academy of Art – Palestine, which she helped found in 2006. She co-curated and had been involved in many projects such as: "Liminal Spaces", "Ramallah Syndrome", part of the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.