JESSICA BRONSON "speculative spectrum"
Pasadena City College Art Gallery March 11 - April 15, 2006
Jessica Bronson, Pasadena City College's twentieth annual Artist-in-Residence, presents a new installation utilizing light emitting diodes; these works initially emerged from her collaboration with scientists at Cal Tech, and were fabricated for Ms. Bronson by Bill Bell of Subliminary Artworks. Using the rainbow as a means to investigate representation, cliché, technology and nature, Bronson's artworks are moving text-based installations that viewers read with their peripheral vision.
A native of New Mexico who now lives in Los Angeles, Jessica Bronson has gained international recognition for gallery installations that combine sculptural elements with video projections or other sources of moving images. Her work addresses a wide range of artistic issues, such as the social meanings of natural forms and the relationship between technology and language. Her installations also reflect her abiding interest in pop music, non-narrative structuralist films and scientific methodology. In the words of Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel, "her powerfully original works embrace entertainment as they set you to thinking about the relationship between consciousness and its surroundings."
Bronson's undergraduate education emphasized science: she studied biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biochemistry, at the University of New Mexico. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She has held one-person shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and elsewhere, and her work has been featured in many international museum exhibitions devoted to installation art, video art or art produced in California. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Freund Fellowship at the St Louis Art Museum and Washington University; a stint as Govett-Brewster Artist in Residence in New Plymouth, New Zealand; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and the Citibank/MOCA Emerging Artist Award. She is a member of the art faculty at California Institute of the Arts.
Twenty Years of the Pasadena City College Artist-in-Residence Program In 1987, Pasadena City College launched an ambitious program to bring prominent artists for a weeklong stay on campus, where the artists interact closely with students, faculty, and the community. The program marks a milestone this year, as Jessica Bronson becomes the twentieth annual PCC artist-in-residence. In addition to producing the "speculative spectrum" exhibition in the PCC gallery, Jessica Bronson will spend the week of March 13th through 17th as Artist-in-Residence on campus, during which she will work closely with PCC students and faculty, host screenings and classroom discussions, and present a public lecture.
Through this program, PCC has hosted such celebrated artists as painters Masami Teraoka and Wayne Thiebaud, quilt maker Faith Ringgold, illustrator and "futurist" Syd Mead, installation artist Alexis Smith and conceptual photographer William Wegman. _________________________________ ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Jessica Bronson: speculative spectrum Saturday, March 11 through Saturday, April 15 in the Pasadena City College Art Gallery.
EXHIBITION PREVIEW (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC): Friday, March 10, 6 - 10 PM, in conjunction with Pasadena ArtNight
RELATED EVENTS: Public lecture by the artist, introduced by novelist and critic Leslie Dick: Monday, March 13, 7 PM at the Pasadena City College Forum.
ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Monday, March 13, 8:30 P.M.
SCREENINGS OF FILM S BY HOLLIS FRAMPTON, INTRODUCED BY JESSICA BRONSON:
Thursday, March 16, beginning at noon, Room R-122 (immediately behind the art gallery).
Friday, March 17, 2 PM, room R-122.
PCC ART GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M; Friday, Saturday: Noon to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and school holidays. Visitor parking is available on campus for $1.
Recorded Gallery information: (626) 585-3285 -------------------------
Media contact:: Brian Tucker, Gallery Director, phone: 626-585-7721, email: PCCgallery@att.net