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2002/2003 EXHIBITIONS



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Centric 63--Brad Spence, "Psychology Today".
June 17 —July 20, 2003
Reception, Tuesday, June 17, 6 - 8 pm
ONLINE EXHIBITION PORTFOLIO

UAM Presents New Work by Brad Spence, Los Angeles-Based Artist, in his First Museum Show

In his new series of large-scale paintings airbrushed on unprimed canvas, Brad Spence appropriates and adapts illustrations found in popular psychology publications from the late 1960s and early 1970s. In doing so, he addresses common themes, such as disconnection and isolation, on a larger social scale. Spence is also engaging in a critique of the theories of that period, emphasizing the shifting nature of both illustration styles and philosophic systems and thus questioning their intrinsic value. Known for his paintings that contemplate art, philosophy, and now pop psychology, Spence reconfigures historical documents so that we can understand them anew, through contemporary eyes. The blurry quality of the airbrushed depictions adds an element of nostalgia to the images that are clearly passed down from a previous generation.


Brad Spence, "Psychology Today",
2003, oil on unprimed canvas, 81 x 66".

Brad Spence is an artist, writer, educator, and occasional curator based in Los Angeles. His previous work has addressed topics as diverse as Star Trek, Pink Floyd, and Western philosophy, and as personal as the moment of his own conception. Spence received a BA in English from the University of Florida, Gainsville in 1990 and an MFA in Art and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles in 1996. He has had one-person exhibitions at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica and Acuna-Hansen Gallery and Post in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in group exhibitions in numerous art institutions in California and beyond including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Huntington Beach Art Center; Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; and H & R Block Art Space at the Kansas City Art Institute. Spence's work has been published in various publications such as Artforum, New Art Examiner, Artweek, Art Journal, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and many more. This exhibition is the first museum show devoted to Spence's work.



Tom Wesselmann, "Still Life #18",
1964, mixed media maquette.
From the Vault: Recent Acquisitions From the UAM Works on Paper Collection
June 17 —July 20, 2003
Reception, Tuesday, June 17, 6 - 8 pm
ONLINE EXHIBITION PORTFOLIO

The UAM presents highlights from the recent acquisitions to the permanent collection of works on paper. The exhibit will include photography, prints, drawings, and mixed media work from artists such as Robert Adams, John Baldessari, Susan Crile, Russell Crotty, Jim Dine, Vernon Fisher, Robert Rauschenberg, Julius Shulman, and the Starn Twins.

The UAM collections have brought the university and Long Beach area recognition from both the professional art community and international public. The museum collections of site-specific outdoor sculpture and works on paper feature examples of the work of the most important contemporary masters.
Presented as major exhibitions, offered for examination by students and scholars, and circulated to national institutions, the UAM collections are a permanent, regional visual arts resource and archive of contemporary culture.

The UAM, a division of the College of the Arts, receives funding from The Getty Grant Program and The Instructionally Related Activities Fund. Educational programming is provided, in part, by the California Arts Council and The Bess J. Hodges Foundation. The UAM would also like to thank Shoshana Wayne Gallery for partial support of this exhibition.



“Insights 2003: The Annual Student Exhibition”.
May 8-30, 2003
Reception & scholarship award ceremony, May 8, 5-7 pm

The University Art Museum and the Department of Art present the annual student exhibition, Insights 2003. The exhibit will be on view beginning May 8 through May 30, 2003 and will feature work by both graduate and undergraduate students from the California State University, Long Beach Art Department. Juried by the Art Department faculty members, the exhibition highlights work by students in all disciplines including ceramics, drawing and painting, fiber, graphic design, illustration, new genre, metal, photography, printmaking, and wood.

The UAM is supported, in part, by the Instructionally Related Activities Fund, the College of the Arts, CSULB, the Bess J. Hodges Foundation, and the California Arts Council. The UAM and the Department of Art wish to thank the Fine Arts Affiliates, the 49er Shops, and the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild for their support of this project.

Regular gallery hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12-5, Thursday 12-8, Saturday and Sunday 11-4. The Galleries will be open extended hours during Commencement week.



“Under Construction: The Architecture of Marmol Radziner + Associates”
January 28-April 20
ONLINE EXHIBITION PORTFOLIO

Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, named "the hottest young architects in Los Angeles" by The New York Times Magazine, are the founding partners of Marmol Radziner + Associates: Architecture + Construction, a Santa Monica-based firm that opened 14 years ago and now employs over 80 architects, designers, and fabricators. In 2001, The Accelerated School, a recent project by Marmol Radziner + Associates, was showcased along with seven other current architectural projects in the exhibition What’s Shakin’: New Architecture in L.A. at the Geffen Contemporary and MOCA’s Pacific Design Center Gallery. Now, the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, presents the first museum show devoted exclusively to the creative output of the firm, UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Architecture of Marmol Radziner + Associates.


Marmol Radziner + Associates,
"
Kaufman House, View with Mountains".
Photo: David Blomb & Julius Shulman.
The exhibition provides a snapshot of recent significant projects that exemplify their design philosophy and process. It features models, computer renderings, drawings, and photographs showcasing a variety of commercial, community, and residential projects including restorations of homes by Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as furniture designed and fabricated by Marmol Radziner + Associates.

The UAM will showcase examples of such residential projects as Guttentag Studio in Santa Monica, completed in 1998; and Altamira Ranch, a 15,500 square-foot oceanside residence with detached study, guest house, and garage, currently under construction, located on a 20-acre site in Rancho Palos Verdes. Also included will be such historically significant projects as the renowned restoration of Neutra’s 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. The firm received particular recognition for their exhaustive research, re-creating the architect’s original vision while carefully replicating materials and details. In the commercial and community realm, the firm’s output will be represented by a number of recent projects such as a 40,000 square-foot renovation to a historic warehouse for TBWA\Chiat\Day headquarters in San Francisco, which was completed in April 2001, and First Flight Child Development Center in Los Angeles.



Long Beach 2002: Faculty Biennial
November 12—December 15

The exhibition showcases recent works by faculty of the California State University, Long Beach Art Department. Long Beach 2002 offers both the university and community audiences an overview of the range of expertise found among the artists on this campus. The exhibition provides a special opportunity to see new works by longtime members of the Art Department and to become acquainted with the talents of new and visiting faculty at CSULB. There is a variety of media represented in this show, including printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, photography, illustration, and fiber, among others.



selfportrait.map: Lilla LoCurto/Willam Outcault
Online exhibition portfolio
August 27-October 27
Reception for the artists: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8 pm
Artists talk: Tuesday September 10, 5pm

New York-based artists Lilla LoCurto and William Outcault juxtapose two of art history's most time-honored subjects--the portrait and the nude--with modern, state-of-the-art computer technology. Working in collaboration with computer experts, scientists, and mathematicians, the husband-and-wife team create a series of large-scale Chromogenic prints derived from three-dimensional digital scans of their bodies.


Lilla LoCurto/William Outcault, "Gall
Stereographic L8sph(8/8) 7_98",
1998, cibachrome mounted on
aluminum, 48 x 62 1/2".
The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Commaand in Natick (near MIT where the artists were in residence), which has one of only four three-dimensional anthropometric data scanners in the country, allowed the artists access to their facility for the necessary body scans. The resulting prints are viscerally arresting; the skin appears to have been stripped away from the body, and flattened into two-dimensional projections, which are sometimes overlaid with the grid of latitude and longitude lines. The same way a map of the world distorts the three-dimensional volume of the earth, the projection of the body into a single plane likewise involves distortion. According to the artists, "There are any number of projections possible, each having its own particular set of distortions and truths" In their projections, LoCurto and Outcault choose to focus on the features that distinguish the bodys surface, such as the face, hands, feet, and breasts. More than simply being a novel approach to the nude and self-portraiture, selfportrait.map also functions as a vehicle through which we may connect to broader issues of representation, the nature of abstraction and objectivity, and the veracity of data.



Ken Price: "Small is Beatiful"
Online exhibition portfolio
August 27—October 27
Reception for the artist:
Tuesday, September 21, 12-2 pm

This exhibition focuses on ink and acrylic drawings, a rarely explored aspect of work by legendary Los Angeles artist Ken Price. Price has continuously been involved with works on paper. While unknown to the larger audience, Price’s drawings and watercolors possess all of the sensuality, elegance, and whimsy, as well as comic uplift, for which his three dimensional forms and prints have received decades of praise and recognition. The drawings represent a range of subject matter, yet they “collectively point to the pleasure of discovering small wonders hidden in the landscape,” Mary-Kay Lombino states in her essay.


Ken Price, “Secret Cold Water Spot,”
2000, ink and acrylic on paper, 10 x 8".
“To view this body of work is to share in Price’s delight in the natural wonders of the land as well as traces of strange phenomena that can be found in our surroundings when we pay close attention.” Referencing a variety of visual sources, including the Chinese-watercolor and Japanese-woodblock traditions, as well as popular culture, this body of work offers a new perspective on the artist’s oeuvre. The exhibition, the first West Coast museum investigation of the artist’s drawings, will include 45 small-scale, intimate works, ranging in size from about 5 x 3 to 18 x 13 inches, and will be accompanied by a 32-page, illustrated catalogue.



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