FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Presents:
Main Art Gallery
Original Photography by Andy Warhol
Exhibition featured in the GCAC Main Gallery
April 5-May 18th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th 7-10pm

Project Room
Blackwater Babylon: Michael Knowlton
Exhibition featured in the GCAC Project Room
April 5-May 18, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th 7-10pm

Rental and Sales Gallery
“SOS” Surfin’ U$A
A Surf Culture and Board Installation by 1653 Superior
Original paintings by G. Ray Kerciu and Michael Knowlton
Exhibition featured in the Rental and Sales Gallery
April 5-27, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th, 7-10pm
Live Music Performance by Mattson 2 at the opening reception


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Director: Andrea Harris - 714-567-7234
Rental and Sales: Dennis Cubbage - 714-567-7236
Press: Alyssa Wiens, 714.567.7233
E-mail, aharris@fullerton.edu
Web site, http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11a.m.-4p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11a.m.-9p.m.



Main Art Gallery
Original Photography by Andy Warhol
150 Polaroid and Black and White Photographic images

A gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation to CSUF—part of The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program celebrating the foundation’s 20th anniversary. Grand Central Art Center proudly features 155 Polaroid and black and white photographs by legendary pop art icon Andy Warhol of notable socialites and Factory regulars Tatum O’Neal, John McEnroe, Jon Gould, Constance Young, Mary Tyler Moore and many more. Also, rare still lifes and landscapes of flea markets, a Halloween parade, beaches, dogs, and Japanese toys .This is the first complete exhibition of  this work in the United States.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced an unprecedented gift of Warhol art to 183 college and university art museums across the U.S.  The gift, made through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary, consists of 28,543 original Warhol photographs valued in excess of $28 million.
http://www.warholfoundation.org

Project Room
Blackwater Babylon: Michael Knowlton
Michael Knowlton is an artist involved in the lowbrow art scene as a writer for Juxtapoz and an early exhibitor in Zero One Gallery. His recent paintings are politically charged comments on current events and the war in Iraq, inspired by news broadcasts on TV and in newspapers, photojournalistic scenes, and the artist’s unique narrative.

“As we moved closer to invading Iraq for a second time, like many Americans, I saw that this had nothing to do with 9/11, spreading freedom or finding WMD. This was the PNAC plan, shaped and signed by the usual suspects. Carlyle and Halliburton already had maps, blueprints. No one wanted this war as much as the Oval Office. There were so many lies told. This war will cost over three trillion dollars and much of this money is going to mercenaries that answer to no law, military or Iraqi. Everybody knew if we were to take out a dictator there would be chaos. This war has become flypaper to the U.S. sapping our resources and spending future generations’ nest egg and making generations of enemies. These paintings try to express my frustration at the squandering of resources, lives and future for what seems to be a business deal that will leave us vulnerable and under-armed if a real threat occurs. The mercenaries in these pictures are fictitious, but no more a lie than any told in Washington.” -Michael Knowlton, 2008
http://www.michaelknowlton.com

Rental and Sales Gallery
“SOS” Surfin’ U$A
A Surf Culture and Board Installation by 1653 Superior
Original paintings by G. Ray Kerciu and Michael Knowlton
Live Music Performance by Mattson 2 at the opening reception

A unique Costa Mesa surfboard company, Gato Heroi brings high craftsmanship and original artwork design back to the surf industry.  Grand Central features an installation of their boards, apparel, and artwork.
Lush acrylic and oil paintings inspired by ocean wave patterns and the beach environment are the focus of  favorite surf culture painters  G.Ray Kerciu and Michael Knowlton.

Curator Statement:
“SOS” sticks a dagger into the pitfalls of contemporary surf culture to reveal a landscape inhabited by a new feral breed. -Dennis Cubbage, curator
http://www.gatoheroi.com

UPCOMING GCAC SHOWS

Emerging Artist Collective - Outreach Student Exhibition
June 7-June 22, 2008GCAC Main Gallery
Opening Reception: June 7, 6-10 pm.
 
Language of Gaming – A Multimedia Installation
July 5-August 24, 2008
GCAC Main Gallery
Opening Reception: July 5, 7-10 pm.
 
Amy Caterina – Installation
“This used to be real estate, now it's only fields and trees.”
Lecture series and workshops
July 5-August 24, 2008
Opening Reception: July 5, 7-10 pm.
 
Aspects of Mel’s Hole
Curated by Doug Harvey
A publication will be produced
September 6–October 19, 2008
GCAC Main Gallery and Project Room


Artist in Residence Installation
Alessandro Fornaci and Frank Martinangeli
Guest artists from Rome
November 1-December 21, 2008
Project Room
 
Richard Turner
Contempt Mandela
Installation and Publication
November 1-December 21, 2008
Contempt Mandala is a multi-media installation that takes, as its point of departure, Jean Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt. While primarily about the making of a movie and the dissolution of a marriage, it simultaneously explores the creative process and the fragility of human relationships.
 
2009
Grand Central Art Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition
An exhibition featuring artists works from the past 10 years of exhibitions and programming presented by CSUF Grand Central Art Center in celebration of our anniversary. An exhibition catalog will also be produced and available at the exhibition.
February 7th–March 22nd
Main Gallery and Project Room Installation



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