Like Lifelike: Painting in the Third Dimension
October 25-December 20, 2008
Reception: October 25, 7-10 pm, Free
Jacci Den Hartog
Guest Curated by Brad Spence
UC Riverside, Sweeney Art Gallery
3800 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: Shane Shukis, 951-827-1467
Websites: http://www.sweeney.ucr.edu, http://www.artsblock.ucr.edu
Hours: Tuesday Saturday, 12-5 pm; First Thursday of the month, 6-9pm
Michael Reafsnyder, "Mi Familia," 2006, Glazed Ceramic.
Courtesy the artist and Western Project
Like Lifelike: Painting in the Third Dimension will feature painted works that break free from the wall to emerge as fully formed sculptural objects. As three-dimensional offspring of two-dimensional practices, they often share a family resemblance of materials and painterly aesthetics with their pictorial origins. However these mutant forms confront some unfamiliar issues and generate a fair amount of oddball comedy as paintings transplanted into real space. The artists in this exhibition work primarily within the tradition of brushes and pigments yet here have tinkered with the genetics of their medium and discovered what happens when you depart from the easel into the third dimension. Guest curated by Brad Spence, artist and professor of painting at California State University San Bernardino. Organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery. Catalog available. This exhibition follows the preceding summer show presented at UCR/California Museum of Photography, Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture, which began to look at traditionally two-dimensional formats that were reaching into a three-dimensional, sculptural format, expanding both the medium and its subject matter.
E V E N T S
Saturday, November 8, 1:00-2:30 PM, Free
Panel discussion with guest curator Brad Spence and artists in Sweeney’s Like Lifelike: Painting in the Third Dimension.
Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:00, Free
Special Talk by Fritz Haeg. Co-Organized with the UCR Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, artist Fritz Haeg will discuss his project and book Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, http://www.fritzhaeg.com/edible-estates-book.html.