The Saddest Place on Earth: the art of Camille Rose Garcia
in the Project Room
October 1 – December 18, 2005
Opening Reception & Book Signing:  Saturday, October 1, 6-10pm

125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Director: Andrea Harris - 714-567-7234
Rental and Sales: Dennis Cubbage - 714-567-7236

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A 136 page,  hardcover book has been produced for this exhibition and features more than 100 color images.  A book signing will occur on October 1st from 6-7 pm.  The exhibition reception will be held from 6-10 pm.

Camille Rose Garcia was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias.

Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger, Walt Disney, as well as politically aware bands like The Clash and Dead Kennedys.  Her work has appeared in Flaunt Magazine, Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, and Paper Magazine, among others. Her art has been exhibited internationally in Spain, Germany and Italy, as well as in Los Angeles and New York.  She currently lives in Los Angeles.  

Camille Rose Garcia’s art might lead one to think it is from a distant time and place. The surfaces of her paintings are fatigued and suggest layers that have been worn and repeatedly painted over; her patterns and motifs allude to an array of eras from the Middle Ages to the 1950s—with heavy leanings toward the 50s; and her figures are remote cousins of classic fairytale and early-twentieth-century cartoon and animation characters. Yet Garcia is very much an artist of and about our time. The late playwright Arthur Miller told several interviewers during his lifetime that what motivated him to write was a burning desire to critique the society in which he lived. Garcia has a similar passion to create inventive characters and imaginary worlds that function on a gamut of levels but most pointedly to assess and comment upon the twenty-first century world in which she lives. As she told an interviewer, “Things that make me mad motivate me.”

In a 2003 article for the British magazine Modern Painter, in which he was asked to identify the twenty-four hottest artists in Los Angeles, art-world pundit and Coagula magazine founder Mat Gleason wrote that Garcia is “the most interesting acolyte of the Juxtapoz magazine art movement.” She has received considerable coverage by the press, lauded by mainstream and alternative critics alike. One Los Angeles Times critic wrote, “Garcia’s paintings have a dark, dark charm.” In a cover story for Los Angeles Times Magazine about Chicano art today, another writer observed, “Her experiences and work perfectly reflect the crossroads at which this new generation of [Chicano] artists has arrived.

--from the essay written by Mike McGee for the book
“The Saddest Place on Earth
the art of Camille Rose Garcia”


FASHION FRONT in the Project Room
On October 1, 2005 and November 5, 2005 CSUF Grand Central Art Center will present an exciting two part-exhibition and runway show Fashion Front featuring five hip, energetic and innovative contemporary Southern California design houses. Quickly receiving international attention, these now-minded designers create vogue urban wear inspired by the past and designed for the 21st century. The exhibition will document the designer’s creative process with multi media presentations, photographs, drawings and wearable objects.
The exhibition opening reception will be from 6-10 pm. October 1, 2005 and the runway show takes place promptly at 8 pm., November 5, 2005 on the Artist’s Village promenade.

Harveys and Original Seatbeltbag
Matte Black
Umlaut and Rosemary’s Billygoat


GCAC Rental and Sales Gallery
October 1 – November 6, 2005
Christiane Cegavske
Brent Gothold
Matthew J. Price

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