“PARADISE TOSSED” OPENING AT KEYSTONE ART SPACE, L.A.
(Santa Barbara, CA.) - The UCSB Department of Art is pleased to present Paradise Tossed at Keystone Art Space. Featuring artwork by recent UCSB MFA graduates, this group exhibition will be on view from July 4-14, 2019 by appointment. A reception will be held on Saturday, July 6, 6:00-9:00 pm at the Keystone Art Space at 338 S. Ave 16 in Los Angeles, CA 90031. The event is free and open to the public.
An intentionally anti-thematic exhibition, Paradise Tossed includes a wide array of creative practices, ranging from computational art to sculpture. Echo Theohar creates compelling computer-generated images and texts that investigate the ways in which visualized data, computer graphics and programming shape social, cultural and political discourse. Seemingly in dialogue with Theohar’s work, due to their text based digital underpinnings, Kayla Mattes’ focus on political activism through screen-based texts and digital messaging are more formally and politically distinct. Madeleine Eve Ignon, who also utilizes text in her large banner-like paintings yet again distinguishes herself by incorporating a variety of methods in one canvas.
Maiza Hixson’s work is a curious combination of multiple forms such as sculptural constructions, paintings, video and performance all inter-connecting conceptually with each other in a playful yet serious reflection of our cultural and political systems. Elisa Ortega Montilla explores multiple fundamental aspects of her experiences as a feminist, her Spanish identity and feelings about her acculturation while living in the US, as well as her commitment to environmental sustainability. Adam Jahnke, a mechanic by trade, holds an inherent curiosity for architecture and engineering. His interdisciplinary practices guide his artistic gestures towards mechanization, pattern and repetition.
-Jane Callister, Professor of Art, UCSB
This exhibition is generously sponsored by the UCSB Department of Art and Graduate Division. For more information, please contact Maiza Hixson at 805-668-9429.