July 7-20, 2014
UCSB Art Gallery
Department of Art
University of California, Santa Barbara
Book Launch — Saturday, July 19 at 6-8pm
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with a new essay by Colin Gardner
The book launch will also host a series of events in the courtyard starting at 6pm, with a public reception to follow:
Through the delivery of an informal address, EJ Hill will peel back the layers to reveal the dynamics of his struggle with the complexity of things.
Walking,Timing, a movement-based, multi media performance by Santa Barbara-based artist Sophie Leddick, was created during a two-week residency with the BAU Institute in Italy, and is a reflection on the idiosyncratic path traced by one person both through time and place. Combining personal history and the act of walking, Walking,Timing explores the interconnectedness of the many moving parts of a community as experienced by a person through their own unique condition, and will be adapted specifically for the book launch reception of Autobiography of Red.
The Plane (the mollusk, the parrot, the rose) by Ben Tong
Is a presentation of a stratum of images generated from a recent residency in hotel casino in Las Vegas.
Born in the ancient city of Xi’an, Alice Wang is an artist and filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. She teaches Photography and Critical Theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and makes videos, films, drawings, sculptures, photographs, websites, and sometimes she writes.
Taro Masushio is an artist and writer from Japan, based in New York. His works have been shown at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, De Young Museum, San Francisco, Immanence, Paris, and 321 Gallery, New York among others. He is also a regular contributor to ArtAsiaPacific magazine.
Colin Gardner is Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies at UCSB where he teaches in the departments of Art, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature and Art History. He is the author of critical studies on Joseph Losey and Karel Reisz for Manchester University and Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art for Palgrave Macmillan.
EJ Hill is a Los Angeles-based artist known for his durational, physically demanding performances. Hill’s performances often possess an element of institutional critique or are direct in their address of politics around constructed identity and the body in gendered, racial and sexualized terms.
Sophie Leddick is the Director of Community Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. She received her BFA from San Diego State University. Leddick is a fine artist, curator, and a member and Director of Development at Proximity, the Santa Barbara-based contemporary theater company.
Ben Tong is an artist living and working in Los Angeles.
Book Design by Masato Nakata, www.wonder-level.org
Autobiography of Red has been generously supported by the Summer Sessions Cultural and Enrichment Grant, UCSB
Special thanks to the UCSB Department of Art
Getting to the UCSB Art Gallery
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552 University Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93106