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THE
O S C ENE
Contemporary Art and Culture in Orange County
November 7, 2004 – February 27, 2005


Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Stuart Byer, 949.494.8971, ext. 208
949.494.8971, extension 200 for general Museum information; Fax 949.494.1530
E-mail, <sbyer@lagunaartmuseum.org>
Web site, <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org>
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(l.) Bryan Cantley, “Seedplanter”, 2004, model for theoretical architecture.
(r.) Steve VanDemon, custom car painting.

Laguna Beach, CA — The OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC, November 7, 2004 to February 27, 2005, is a survey exhibition of Orange County artists working in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media installations, video/film, sound/music, architecture, fashion, and tattoo art. By emphasizing the often underestimated art of the immediate area, The OsCene (pronounced o-seen) serves as a counterpoint to the Orange County Museum of Art's broader themed 2004 California Biennial that runs concurrently with The OsCene.

In fact, it has been over twenty years since a survey exhibition of contemporary art in Orange County has been organized by a museum (the last major effort being done by Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1979). Tremendous growth and change have occurred both to the art scene and culture in Orange County during this period. Consider these facts: there are now more people per square foot in Orange County than in Los Angeles; there has been a substantial increase in contemporary art centers, galleries, and dedicated artists residences; art departments at OC's colleges and universities have grown dramatically; cities like Santa Ana and Laguna Beach are increasingly becoming known and are marketing themselves as world-wide art destinations; Orange County has an umbrella arts organization, Arts Orange County, that partly serves to focus and highlight the arts here; and OC also sports the most active chapter of The Business Committee for the Arts, the national organization which recognizes and encourages corporate support of the arts. In addition, there is now a weekly periodical, the OC Weekly, which pulls together the art sprawl of OC each week, not to mention several magazines, Coast and Riviera, which devote large sections to the exhibitions and artist's of OC.

So, how good is the art that is being made in Orange County? The OsCene attempts to answer this question with its survey exhibition drawn from over 400 artists who submitted work in an open call.

The curatorial team includes Tyler Stallings, Laguna Art Museum chief curator; Jacqueline Bunge, Laguna Art Museum curatorial assistant; Keiko Beatie, guest curator of film; and Tim Schwab, guest curator of music. The exhibition has been organized by Laguna Art Museum.

Major support to make this exhibition possible has been provided by OC Weekly
<http://www.ocweekly.com>.

Film editing services have been underwritten by Optical Visions <http://www.opticalvisions.com> , with special support from Streaming Media <http://www.streamingmedia.com>.

ART
The 40 artists and designers included in the exhibition are:

Misty Burruel
Bryan Cantley
Amy Caterina
Torii Cooper
Alexandra de Alcala
Tom Dowling
Daniel du Plessis
Jorg Dubin
Karen Feuer-Schwager
Kebe Fox
Sherié Franssen
Jacques Garnier
Jeff Gillette
Jimi Gleason
Marcia Hafif
Laurie Hassold
Chris Hoff
Chuck Huang
Image Comics
Fat Mark Kaake
Jason Keller
Jeff Koegel
Matt Kotch
Aaron Kraten
Lady, Sir & Her
Viet Le
Dana Lovell
Robbie Miller
Christine Nguyen
Will O'Leary
Opie Ortiz
Michael Reafsnyder
Clayton Spada
Vonn Cummings Sumner
Ed Templeton
Elizabeth Turk
Steve Vandemon
Emigdio Vasquez
Richard Ward
Chie Yamayoshi

FILM
The 41 drama, animated, and documentary films include:

Feature Films
Arizona, Daniel Holechek & David Holechek
Drag Nuns, Ren Blood
Farther Than The Eye Can See, Michael Brown & Josh Colover
Nihi, Brooks Guyer & Jimbeau Andrews
Nobody's Hero, Michael Spencer Taylor
She Said, Trish Kenney & Andrew VanderStoep
Will Unplugged, Rajan Shandil

Short Films
Actor, Walter Koenig, Bob Conrad
Adored in Languages I Don't Understand, Jon Beau Lee
Ally, Jason Mirch
Angel, Joe McGarvey
Answers of Emptiness, George Russell
The Art Police, No Exit, Tim Russ
Before My Eyes, Mathew Lundstrom
Blue Note 10 Shorts, Jeff Beals
Blue Yonder Ranch, Vanessa Harris
Breathe, Kyle Brown
Claustrophobia, Brad McLaughlin
Collorgo's Day Off, Alex Melli
The Day of Ray, RJ Ward
Elevator Etiquette, Melody Rock
Falling, Derek Doi
Fleeting, Robin Brown
Frame Job Miki Dora in Hollywood, Antonio Beecroft
Gotan Mora, Andres Buigues
Head, Chris Weller
The Horse Trader, Alex Melli
How Sweet It Is, Shea McIntee & Hoss Sarbaz
Humdrum, Bryan Irving
The One Who Wears Red, Heather Coker
Paddy Takes A Meeting, Dermott Petty
Pagliacci's Curse, Wout Brusselaers
Possibilities A Tribute To Special Olympics, Julie Ford
Rastakhiz, Iman Afar & Hoss Sabaz
Rules Of The Game, Marton Varo
Silent Village, Rajendra Desai
Snake vs. Iron Fist, Colter Freeman
Unspoken, Stephan Jonas
War, Michael Spencer Taylor
Within An Endless Sky, Lance Winkel

MUSIC
The 17 bands include:
The Barstow Boys
The Blank Tapes
Blue Wales
Geisha Girls
Gentlemen of Leisure
Image Bulletin
Layton
Lomax Monk
Mad Man Moon
Northwest
OO Soul
Part the clouds
Pistolero
Satisfaction
60 Watt Kid
Sound Head
Stanley Lucas Revolution

LECTURES AND PANELS
Talk of the Town Lectures

Sunday, November 7, 1:00 p.m.
Sex Behind the Curtain: Eroticism in the art of The OsCene
Artists Sherié Franssen, Lady, Sir & Her, Viet Le, and Ed Templeton will discuss the use of eroticism in their work that includes fashion, painting, and photography. Laguna Art Museum chief curator Tyler Stallings will moderate the panel. Please be advised that imagery with sexual content will be presented.

Sunday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.
The Spatial Orchestration of Form:uLA Dimension Laboratory
Architects Bryan Cantley and Kevin O’Donnell, whose work is included in The OsCene, will discuss their theoretical architecture influenced by the vine structure of the kudzu plant.

Sunday, January 9, 1:00 p.m.
Jody Zellen
The artist will discuss her site-specific installation at the Museum, Other Places, and past work.

Sunday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.
The Work of Roger Armstrong
The artist and Laguna Art Museum curator of collections Janet Blake will discuss his mini-retrospective of watercolors created over the past decades. A watercolor workshop/demonstration will follow.

Sunday, February 13, 1:00 p.m.
Steve Vandemon: Cars as Art
Vandemon, an artist in The OsCene, will present a demonstration workshop that highlights his airbrushing skills as applied to custom painting on cars and in his artwork.

Sunday, February 27, 1:00 p.m.
Laying It On: Painting in The OsCene
A panel of five painters, Alexandra de Alcala, Daniel du Plessis, Aaron Kraten, Karen Feuer-Schwager, and Emigdio Vasquez, moderated by Laguna Art Museum chief curator Tyler Stallings.

Lectures are free to members and free to non-members with Museum admission

FILM SCREENINGS
Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
Film Shorts from The OsCene
An anthology of short films included in The OsCene will be screened. Filmmakers will be present

Wednesday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Edge in Surf Films from The OsCene
Nihi, a feature documentary by Brooks Guyer, on Hawaiian Waterman Titius Nihi. War, a short by Michael Spencer Taylor, that mixes current politic and surf in an edgy style. Frame Job Miki Dora in Hollywood, a short by Antonio Beecroft, on the surf legend Miki Dora viewed from a unique perspective. Blue Notes 10 shorts, selected shorts by Jeff Beals, looks at sweet surf spots with a nostalgic eye.

Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Feature Film from The OsCene
Farther Than The Eye Can See, an award-winning feature documentary by Michael Brown, and Josh Colover about a blind hiker’s quest to climb Mount Everest.

Guest film curator Keiko Beatie will be present at the screenings

Screenings are $5 to members, seniors, and students, and $7 to non-members.

MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Sunday, November 14, 1:00 p.m.
Acoustic performances by the Blue Wales, a band featured in The OsCene.

Sunday, December 12, 1:00 p.m.
Acoustic performance by The Soundhead, a band featured in The OsCene.

Guest music curator Tim Schwab will be present at the performances.

Performances are free to members and free to non-members with Museum admission.

CONCURRENT EXHIBITIONS
November 7, 2004-February 27, 2005
The Many Faces of Roger Armstrong
Jody Zellen: Other Places
, site-specific installation
Surf Culture Redux, ongoing through October 2, 2005
Laguna Impressions: Student work from Anneliese School
Young Artists Society Gallery
Art Rental & Sales Gallery
Featuring artists Jennifer Griffiths, Susan Rush and Michael Slaght, and Jon Seeman

Laguna Art Museum Exhibitions Traveling:
Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, October 16-December 23, 2004.

Laguna Art Museum is heir to the Laguna Beach Art Association, the oldest cultural institution in Orange County, California founded in the summer of 1918. Permanent collections and exhibitions feature historical, contemporary, and pop-culture-oriented art, with an emphasis on the art of California.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. The Museum is open daily, including Monday holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information on the Museum, please call between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 949.494.8971, extension 0 or visit the Museum’s website at <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org> .



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