California State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Presents:

Main Art Gallery and Project Room
Aspects of Mel’s Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace
September 6 – October 19, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 7-10pm
***BOOK RELEASE: Aspects of Mel’s Hole ***
Additional Special Events: TBA, check

Rental and Sales Gallery
New Paintings by Bradford J. Salamon
Curated by Dennis Cubbage
September 6-28, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 7-10pm

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Rental and Sales: Dennis Cubbage - 714-567-7236
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Main Art Gallery
In 1997, radio host Art Bell first introduced his listeners to Mel Waters, a man from eastern Washington who claimed to have discovered an ancient and apparently bottomless pit on his property. The story of the hole was remarkable enough, but the subsequent events took an almost surreal bent- Mel was threatened into silence by the US military, exiled into the Wombat Restoration Service in Australia, and tipped off to a second bottomless pit in Nevada. As the story unfolded over the course of several years, it garnered many followers, not just among paranormal researchers, but also among artists and writers.

After Mel's last official appearance on Bell's show in early 2002, LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey began approaching artists to participate in a curatorial project centered on this contemporary mythological lacuna. The response was overwhelming, and on the 10-year anniversary of the disclosure of Mel's Hole, Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is proud to present Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace. The exhibition features artistic contributions from Georgeanne Deen, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Paul Laffoley, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and many others.

An accompanying catalog will be released at the opening reception and includes short essays exploring the cultural, philosophical, psychological, and scientific implications of Mel's Hole with contributions from Doug Harvey, Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, psychoanalyst/art collector Judy Spence, and others.

Artists for Mel's Hole
Reverend Ethan Acres, Tim Armstrong, David B., Jimmy Chertkow, Sarah Cromarty, Albert Cuellar, Christian Cummings, Georgeanne Deen, Mark Dutcher, Gregg Gibbs, James Hayward, John Higham, Elliott Hundley, Marie Johnston, Paul Laffoley, Nate Lowman, Michael C. McMillen, Avigail Moss, Gary Panter, M.A. Peers, Mary Pongratz, Victoria Reynolds, Steve Roden, Ross Rudel, Connie Samaras, Charles Schneider, April Schwas, Jim Shaw, Nathan Spoor, Linda Stark, Craig Stecyk, Don Suggs, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, The Firesign Theatre, Dani Tull, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Cathy Ward, Chris Wilder, Eric Wright, Brenna Youngblood

Judy Spence - Essay
Mike McGee - Fiction Story
Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim (interview)
Brian Tucker - Essay
Hannah Miller - Essay
Reverend Ethan Acres - Sermon
Doug Harvey - Curatorial Statement

Artists in Residence

Eric Wright and Cathy Ward

Ward and Wright's combined work the past decade has involved road trips, investigating historical events now mythic, and assessing the implications of the term Manifest Destiny. Their constructed forests in the installation Transromantik; and the theatrical panoramic painting in Destiny Manifest - Eden's End encompass the epic and sentimental, whilst being rooted in significant historical agency.  Their work belies a complexity of influences, which feature as metaphors; Primitive spiritualism, Germanic tourism and culture, the black arts, pop culture, American grass roots culture, biblical themes and more.  

Cathy Ward and Eric Wright are featured artists in the Mel’s Hole exhibition. Both reside in London England.

Rental and Sales Gallery
New Paintings by Bradford J. Salamon
Curated by Dennis Cubbage

Grand Central’s Rental and Sales Gallery presents new work from talented Southern California portrait and landscape artist Bradford J. Salamon. All work is available for sale.

About the artist
(excerpts from the essay A Painter’s Progress)
By Jamie Wilson
[Salamon’s] work is consistent, and hangs together as the singular work of an experienced  and passionate artist. His influences are classic, yet he attacks each subject with his own unique style. We shared a [studio] space for a couple of years and I was able to see his work daily, listen to his ravings of current passions at any given moment. I also traveled to other galleries and studios in the company of this-ever-changing-never-quiet-about-what-he thinks being. I was privy to a play-by-play stream of consciousness about his work...If there is one thing Bradford has never been, it is complacent.

Salamon’s website:


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.

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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