Call For Entries 2012: Alexander Bogdanov, Samantha Fretwell, Jae Hee Lee, Ilia Ovechkin, and Rimas Simaitis, and Bloom Projects: Ethan Turpin, Video Feedback: Pixel Behaviors, opened on Saturday, October 20, and will be open through December 23, 2012.
In our annual Call For Entries (CFE) group exhibition, CAF showcases five stand-outs from the tri-counties, with an opportunity that invites the artists to present newly commissioned work in the galleries. Applicants were selected in Fall 2011 by a panel of distinguished jurors made up of artists and art professionals currently working in the visual arts field including: Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator at Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; John Spiak, Director/Chief Curator of the California State University, Fullerton, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Shane Tolbert, past CFE artist, Houston, TX; and Geoff Tuck, independent art writer, Los Angeles, CA.
In our Bloom Projects space, the Santa Barbara-based artists Ethan Turpin presents new work by pointing a live video camera at it’s own projection which gives what is known as a “video feedback loop”. The camera reads the screen and then projects the image, in a repeating vortex. By carefully adjusting the angles and standard controls on a mid-1990’s-era video camera, Turpin isolates the self-sustaining patterns. The real-time animation can move from patterns resembling pantheistic design to microorganisms expanded to a human scale, evoking the uncanny feeling that life has emerged from within the system. Participants can move in the space between the camera and projection screen surface, integrating into the abstracted image.
Santa Barbara-based artist Ethan Turpin received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MO. He has been awarded the Visions For a New California Award (2010) and the William T. Colville Memorial Grant (2006). Turpin has recently shown at the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside; 18th Street Arts, Santa Monica, CA; and Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
As the Art Outreach Coordinator for adult programming at CAF, I would like to invite you to schedule a tour of the exhibition with your class(es). We offer two types of tours; a Visual Thinking Strategies tour, where we look at a few pieces in the show in-depth to foster an analytical conversation about the work and bring new insight and appreciation of the work to the viewer. The second is a standard tour guided by a staff member, which incorporates a brief overview of all the work in the exhibition.