UCR Today: UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting
UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting
“Painting Architecture” will open at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts on Sept. 1.
T. Kelly Mason, Grey Skies NE, Reece Mews, South Kensington, London (Bacon Triptych 2), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery | Photo Credit: Brian Forrest
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A new exhibition heading to UCR Arts invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting.
“Painting Architecture” is a group exhibition featuring the work of four Los Angeles-based artists, Kevin Appel, Sarah Cain, Andy Kolar, and T. Kelly Mason. These painters explore elements of architecture including volume, façade, public and private spaces, and utility. They also examine the tension between architecture’s ties to function and paintings’ rejection of practical usefulness.
“The artists consider the differences of presence and encounter between the frontal emphasis of a painting versus the spatial depth of architecture,” said Tyler Stallings, guest curator and artistic director at the Culver Center of the Arts from 2007 to 2017.
Kevin Appel’s paintings explore the relationship between architecture and the painted image. Using photographs of tangled rebar as a ground on which to build his painting, he applies layers of paint that act as screens, compressing the perceived space and bringing to the forefront the inseparability of an artwork’s medium and the final image.
Kevin Appel, Untitled (rebar 3), 2013
Cutting, collaging, and expanding paintings beyond their boundaries, Sarah Cain redefines the nature of painting. Though the scale of her work is at times architectural, Cain incorporates small found objects amid drawn and painted gestures, sometimes including domestic furniture such as a vanity or dresser.
Sarah Cain, dresser, 2015 Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery | Photo Credit: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
Andy Kolar’s installations are miniature, self-contained rooms that house mysterious sewn fabric sculptural elements. They explore the relationship between abstraction and figuration, painting and sculpture, alluding to actual objects but remaining ambiguous about their source.
Andy Kolar, Awkward Addition, 2017
T. Kelly Mason’s work depicts the studio of English artist, Francis Bacon. Working with transparencies mounted in light boxes that reference animation cells, advertising, and painting all at once, Mason takes as his subject the artist as celebrity and the search for meaning via the archive embodied by an artist’s studio and its artifacts.
“Painting Architecture” will run from Sept. 1 through Dec. 29. A free-admission, public reception for the artists will be held Saturday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. For more information, please visit ucrarts.ucr.edu.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO TO HOST ART AUCTION 2016 ON MAY 18 IN LA JOLLA
Posted April 5th, 2016 by MCASD
Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 - 10:19 am
San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will host the 10th biennial Art Auction at its La Jolla location at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 18. This year’s growing list of carefully selected artworks have been donated from artists and galleries both locally and internationally. This biennial event is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, providing vital support for educational programs, exhibitions, and art acquisitions.
“We’re incredibly proud to celebrate our 10th biennial auction,” said Hugh M. Davies, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. “This event is unlike any other in our city and has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated nights in San Diego’s arts scene. The 2014 auction garnered more than $1 million to support the institution in just one evening. In addition to providing vital support for our program, this night unifies the regional art collecting community and draws attendance from all over the West Coast, and call-in bids from around the world.”
This year’s auction will offer a range of works, from paintings and prints to drawings and sculpture. Artworks will be on display in the galleries at MCASD La Jolla from Saturday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 18, the night of the auction. Art Auction 2016 will offer both live and silent auctions with items presented in a lively atmosphere accompanied by all-night cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and food stations. This year’s auctioneer is Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman of Sotheby’s Regional Offices in the Americas.
“Sotheby’s is proud to continue its corporate support of MCASD’s Art Auction featuring works from emerging and established artists selected by MCASD curators sold to benefit the museum’s vibrant acquisitions, exhibitions, and education programming,” said Fiuczynski. “This is always a marvelous evening preceded by a wonderful VIP preview reception and private tours by appointment, truly a well-rounded curatorial experience for the novice and experienced collector alike, all for a great arts and cultural community cause.”
Guests at this year’s auction will have exclusive access to special-edition auction paddles created by artist Mel Bochner. These limited quantity paddles are available to Gold Circle ticket purchasers. Gold Circle ticket holders will also be able to preview the works and receive private tours and curatorial counsel, led by MCASD’s Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo at a private VIP Preview Reception at 6 PM on Wednesday, May 11.
MCASD is excited to partner with GiveSmart again, offering mobile bidding for all silent auction items. GiveSmart is a smart phone application that will allow both local and remote bidding in real time. The silent auction will be open for bids via GiveSmart beginning Wednesday, May 11. Remote bidders should note that select silent auction items, determined the evening of the event, will feature live closings. For more information and to download GiveSmart, visit www.mcasd.org.
The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a hosted bar and ample food stations as guests enter their silent auction bids. The live auction will begin at 8 PM, after which Fiuczynski will conduct a live closing of select silent auction works to conclude the evening.
The full list of artworks will be available at www.mcasd.org before the auction.
This year’s impressive roster of contemporary artists whose works will be available for purchase includes Wick Alexander, Alma Allen, Michelle Andrade, Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Sadie Barnette, Lisa Bartleson, Virginia Beahan, Adam Belt, Jennifer Anne Bennett, Tim Bessell, Colby Bird, Alvaro Blancarte, Jay Bolotin, Kelsey Brookes, Matthew Carter, Stanley Casselman, Gisela Colo?n, Alberto Contreras, Daniel Davidson, Scott B. Davis, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Mara De Luca, Roman de Salvo, Tristano di Robilant, James Drake, Tom Driscoll, Richard Dupont, Merion Estes, Teresita Fernandez, Vernon Fisher, Zipora Fried, Victoria Fu, Anya Gallaccio, Steve Gibson, Thomas Glassford, Jimi Gleason, Ramiro Gomez, Bryan Graf, Matthew Hawtin, John Brinton Hogan, Steven Hull, Jeff Irwin, Colter Jacobsen, Jay Johnson, Idris Kahn, Byron Kim, Kris Kuksi, Liz Larner, John Oliver Lewis, Joa?o Louro, Jean Lowe, Jennifer Luce, Lauren Luluoff, Kim MacConnel, David Maisel, Tim Mantoani, Heather Gwen Martin, T. Kelly Mason, Rita McBride, Jessica McCambly, Roy McMakin, Robert Minervini, Robert Montgomery, Dana Montlack, Malcolm Morley, Richard Allen Morris, Ed Moses, Dave Muller, Han Nguyen, Udo No?ger, Okay Mountain, Robyn O’Neil, William Powhida, Hayal Pozanti, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Pedro Reyes, Matt Rich, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, John Rogers, Julian Rogers, Ed Ruscha, Cordy Ryman, Italo Scanga, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Richard Serra, Devan Shimoyama, Keith Sonnier, Eva Struble, Do Ho Suh, Perry Vasquez, James Verbicky, Jack Whitten, Brian Wills, Ricardo Xavier, and Tim Youd.
Gold Circle Tickets: $250 MCASD Members ($125 is tax-deductible); $275 Non-members ($125 tax-deductible)
Gold Circle Patrons may book a private curatorial tour of the auction works and will be invited to a private VIP reception with a preview of the works led by MCASD’s curators. In addition, Gold Circle Patrons will receive a special-edition paddle designed by artist Mel Bochner (limited quantity) in partnership with Quint Gallery, and will have preferred seating at the live auction, complimentary valet parking the night of the auction, and a listing in the auction’s program.
General Tickets: $100 MCASD Members ($60 is tax-deductible); $125 Non-members ($60 is tax-deductible)
General tickets include access to the cocktail reception, silent auction, standing tickets to the live auction, and dessert reception.
To purchase tickets to this year’s Art Auction visit www.mcasd.org.
About The Auctioneer
As a dynamic art world professional with a distinguished 30-year career in the auction world, Andrea Fiuczynski has developed outstanding relationships with important collectors, advisors, attorneys, and institutions throughout the western United States. Based out of Los Angeles, the Senior Vice President and Chairman of the West Coast for Sotheby’s works closely with colleagues worldwide to develop and execute the company’s business strategy for the region, while cultivating and maintaining close relationships with clients.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Fiuczynski worked for Christie’s as a specialist in the French & Continental Furniture Department in New York and served as the Director of European Furniture & Valuations in Berlin before relocating to Los Angeles, where she was appointed President of Christie’s Los Angeles in 2001. Ms. Fiuczynski was also an important member of the company’s team of auctioneers, taking sales in New York, Hong Kong, and Europe, and continues to auctioneer internationally for Sotheby’s.
Highly regarded in the international marketplace, Ms. Fiuczynski provides her auctioneering services to charities throughout the world. She has been featured in several publications and lectures frequently at museums. She also hosts educational programming and mock auctions for the advisory community and educational institutions.
Sotheby’s is an innovative global art business serving the most discerning clients. Founded in 1744 as an auctioneer service, today’s Sotheby’s is so much more, offering clients extraordinary opportunities to transact: S 2 private sales galleries, worldwide selling exhibitions, retail wine and diamonds, financing, art education and digital engagement anytime, anywhere, on any device. Sotheby’s works to bring a world of art to a new world.
MCASD’s Art Auction 2016 is made possible by the generosity, counsel, and support of our sponsors Sotheby’s, Schubach Aviation, and Room & Board. Additional in-kind support is provided by The Frame Maker, ArtWorks San Diego, and Quint Contemporary Art.
For media interested in interviews with MCASD’s Curatorial staff, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub or Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer. High-resolution images of the artworks featured in the Art Auction are available upon request.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,500 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
T. Kelly Mason. Nocturne (Pierce Brothers Westwood Village), 2011. 4 Duratrans films. Courtesy of the artist.
Los Angeles–based artist T. Kelly Mason’s diverse practice includes sculpture, performance, sound, video, and works on paper. Since 2007 he has also been working with photographic transparencies mounted in light boxes, drawing on the medium’s elusive material presence as a means to explore representation. For this new work, Mason visited Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, an intimate, carefully landscaped cemetery nestled amid several high-rise buildings just around the corner from the Hammer Museum. Resting place of the museum’s founder, Armand Hammer, and the film director Billy Wilder, namesake of our theater, the cemetery is also the final home to Hollywood luminaries such as John Cassavetes, Farrah Fawcett, Peggy Lee, and Jack Lemmon. It is a sanctuary filled with both melancholy and humor. A small plaque reading “Marilyn Monroe” is surrounded by lipstick kisses left on the marble by loving fans, while across the park, Rodney Dangerfield’s headstone reads, “There goes the neighborhood . . . ”
Mason’s work touches on the cultural and political significance of aesthetics through a confluence of art historical references and popular culture. After extensively photographing the cemetery, he collaged portions of his images to create composite views in which the grave sites are rearranged to poetic effect, activating a conversation about memory and the meaning of existence. Aligning his interest in the transgressive potential of an aesthetic sublime with his investigations into rituals memorializing the dead, Mason looked to the German romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich as inspiration for the composition of his revised views of the cemetery. A master of the allegorical landscape, Friedrich painted dramatic scenes accentuating both the beauty and the intimidating magnitude of nature. Derived from traditional celluloid animation, Mason’s technique of layering theatrical lighting gels and articulating imagistic details with ink drawing is particularly well suited to rendering deep space and intense color in a manner that is perhaps ironically akin to Friedrich’s method. Marrying a contemporary mode of representation typically used for advertising and animation with the history of painting and photography, Mason offers us a multivalent meditation on themes of celebrity, death, and the search for meaning.
Organized by Corrina Peipon, curatorial associate.
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is located one block east and half a block south of the Hammer Museum at 1218 Glendon Avenue.