California State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Presents:

Main Art Gallery
Contempt Mandala: An Installation by Richard Turner
Through December 21, 2008
***BOOK RELEASE: Contempt Mandala ***

Project Room
Alessandro Fornaci: Amerika-Sumerika and Frank Martinangeli: Creation
A combined installation of our current Artist in Residences’ work
Through December 21, 2008

Rental and Sales Gallery
The Annual Glass and Ceramics Show
A group exhibition curated by Dennis Cubbage
Through January 18, 2009



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Rental and Sales: Dennis Cubbage - 714-567-7236
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Main Art Gallery
Contempt Mandala :An Installation by Richard Turner
Through December 21, 2008
   
Contempt Mandala is a multi-media installation that takes, as its point of departure, Jean Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt. The film is about the making of a movie and the dissolution of a marriage. It simultaneously explores the creative process and the fragility of human relationships. The Buddhist mandala, a cosmic diagram, is the organizing principle of the installation. Every element of the installation proceeds from and returns to the centerpiece, a radially symmetrical table. Contempt Mandala follows the blossoming/unfolding of ideas as it maps the personal cosmology of the artist.
    
Godard's Contempt is based on a novel by Alberto Moravia, A Ghost at Noon, which is a commentary on Homer's oral epic The Odyssey. Turner's Contempt Mandala interrogates Godard's film using sculpture, video and painting. Both the 1963 film and the contemporary installation examine ideas of translation - across cultures, through time, and from one medium to another.

 Descriptio
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The Buddhist mandala, a cosmic diagram, is the organizing principle of the installation. Every element of the installation proceeds from and returns to the center, a radially symmetrical sectioned table on which is a model of the Casa Malaparte a modernist building where the second part of Contempt was filmed. The installation conflates the personal cosmology of the artist with Godard's film, relocating the characters and narrative from Italy to India and Vietnam.

Contempt Mandala
currently comprises the following components:
- Four videos in which excerpts from Godard's film are intercut with images of the installation-in-progress, the Jantar Mantar (an 18th century observatory in Jaipur) scenes from the 1957 film The Quiet American and shots of contemporary Vietnam.
- A 15' diameter table on which is an architectural model and sculptures.
- Twenty paintings of the Jantar Mantar and components of the installation done by Harish Chandra Sain in the style of Rajasthan miniature paintings.
- A 10' x 14' painting based on De Chirico's The Return of Ulysses
- Ten plaster sculptures incorporating models of the Casa Malaparte.
- Two mixed media sculptures that accompany The Return of Ulysses and the mandala table

Project Room Gallery
Alessandro Fornaci: Amerika-Sumerika and Frank Martinangeli: Creation
Through December 21, 2008
Grand Central Art Center’s 38th and 39th Artist-in-Residences from Italy Alessandro Fornaci and Frank Martinangeli combine their printmaking talents in a duo-installation of their work created both abroad and “in-house” at Grand Central Art Center’s printmaking studio ran by master printmaker James Lorigan.

Rental and Sales Gallery
The Annual Glass and Ceramics Show
Through January 18, 2009
A Group Exhibition
Curated by Dennis Cubbage

The Annual Glass and Ceramics Show
is an exhibition showcasing the work of local artists creating artworks of glass or ceramic. Fine art makes great gifts for the holidays!

Artists featured:
Ceramics:
Jackie Ames
Randy Au
Chris Carter
Diana Donaldson
John Ginney
Jean Hacker
Carlota Haider
Peggy Sue Harper
Scott Jennings
Marsha Judd
Tim Keenam
David LaCroix
Joan Libott
Magdalene Mills
Greg Morrissey
Jeff Netzer
Michael Penilla
Shana Salaff

Glass:
Leslie Davis
Jennifer Epling
Charlie Keeling
Russ Huff
Lana Merhaut
Christina Morgan
Megan Myhra
Robin Povart-Kelley

Jewelry artists featured:
Stuart Bredenstein
Alyssa Cordova
Erin Dolbey
David LaCroix
Amanda Lockrow
Marilu Morency
Erin Nomura
Shana Salaff
Aimee Sones

UPCOMING GCAC SHOWS

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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