ODD FITS: MADE FROM SCRATCH JACQUELINE DREAGER, SHEILA KLEIN, CHRIS SAUTER, JASON WILSON
Curated by YOLANDE MACIAS McKAY
Pasadena City College Art Gallery
Exhibition: October 9 – November 19, 2008 Reception for the artists: Thursday, October 9, 7 – 9 PM
Sculptor Yolande Macias McKay has curated an exhibition of sculpture by artists who make “a compulsion to manipulate” materials palpable in their work, which ranges from a delicate pillar of lace (by Sheila Klein) to a customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle (by Jason Wilson). The title Odd Fits is intended both to suggest work that doesn’t easily conform to traditional categories and to evoke “fit” in the sense of physical activity or emotional mood. “As I see it,” McKay says, “the artists in this exhibition are involved in ‘fits’ or urges that result in objects.”
Jacqueline Dreager is a Los Angeles-based artist who revels in a playful relationship to materials and forms—her works in the exhibition include a wall-mounted forms and a single-channel video “Pod,” wherein scenes of a pair of strangely costumed bathers cavort on the beach are intercut with scenes of whales emerging from the sea.
Sheila Klein, who lives in a small town north of Seattle, is known to Southern California audiences for several successful public art projects, including her design for the Hollywood/Highland Metro station and “Vermonica Urban Candelabra,” her installation of historic streetlamps in a parking lot at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Using fabric to create new architectural features in the gallery, Klein will exhibit pieces made specifically for the Odd Fits exhibition.
Chris Sauter, based in San Antonio, Texas, describes his work as “an interaction between biology and culture.” This conjunction is reflected in such pieces as “Power Lines,” models of electrical towers built from stalks of wheat, and “Ovary (Crane),” in which a colorful model of a bisected ovary is attached to the gallery wall alongside a miniature construction site.
Jason Wilson is the proprietor of Sacred Steel, a custom motorcycle shop in Duarte, California, that offers “hand-made parts that are formed with a relationship between owner and builder for a truly life altering experience.” In addition to wall-mounted steel sculpture, the exhibition includes an extensively customized (and entirely road-worthy) 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster.
According to curator McKay, the show’s subtitle, Made from Scratch, underlines the sense in which “the artist is a kind of chef, concocting more than simple nourishment or retinal candy.” The title “is not meant simply as a reference to the use of materials,” McKay says, “but is seated also in the realm of ideas that are mixed with personal references and preferences, to create the ‘meals’ that artists serve up for your pleasure in this exhibition.” _________________________________ ODD FITS: MADE FROM SCRATCH at the Pasadena City College Art Gallery
Artists: JACQUELINE DREAGER, SHEILA KLEIN, CHRIS SAUTER, JASON WILSON
Curated by YOLANDE MACIAS McKAY
DATES: Thursday, October 9 through Wednesday, November 19 Pasadena City College is a participant in ArtNight Pasadena, Friday, October 10. RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: Thursday, October 9, 7 – 9 PM
ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Lecture by Chris Sauter, October 9, 6:30 PM. Lecture by Sheila Klein, details TBA: contact the Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies at (626) 585-7238. PCC ART GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 11 A.M. to 8 P.M; Friday, Saturday: Noon to 4 P.M. Closed Sundays and school holidays. Visitor parking is available on campus for $2. Recorded Gallery information: (626) 585-3285
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE ART GALLERY 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 Recorded Gallery information: (626) 585-3285 Additional information: (626) 585-7238
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Related link: http://www.pasadena.edu/artgallery