SANTA BARBARA, CA.-
if you dare! This November, CAF
debuts Unusual Behavior, an exhibition that critically examines the unusual and absurd in art! Featuring 11 internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, this exhibition offers a diverse range of performances captured on videosuch as Marie Losiers musical, which stars ballerinas, boxers, and a drag queen; Julie Lequins humorous knock-off of NPRs Car Talk characters Click and Clack; to Kalup Linzys outrageous, one-man rendition of a melodramatic soap opera.
This exhibition of performance-based video pushes artistic, class, and political boundaries using off-the-wall comedy and extreme absurdity to examine our societal conventions. The results are hilarious, dark, and oftentimes ironic, all of which subtly reveal the underlying brutalities, dehumanization, fears, and taboos that lurk in the every-day. Because the exhibition is curated by Heather Jeno SilvaCAFs Forum Lounge performance art series curatorexpect many of the artists at the opening and a coordinating performance by Julie Lequin for Decembers Forum Lounge!
CAF features: Tamy Ben-Tor, Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, Julie Lequin, Kalup Linzy, Marie Losier, Dave McKenzie, Julie Orser, Catherine Ross, Catherine Sullivan, and Marnie Weber. All of these talented artists are risk-taking, experimental and groundbreaking, and have received awards, exhibiting extensively nationally and abroad.
Heather Jeno Silva is a Santa Barbara-based independent art critic and curator. Currently she is the Programming, Contracts & Grants Analyst for UCSB Arts & Lectures and curator of CAFs award-winning Forum Lounge performance art series. Her art criticism has appeared in numerous print and online publications.
Bloom Projects: Mitchell Wright, The Reconstruction
For his exhibition in Santa Barbara, CAF commissioned Mitchell Wrights latest body of work inspired by William Faulkners short story, Barn Burning (1939). Faulkners coming of age text, while founded on grief and despair, ultimately acts as a metaphor for rebirth and renewal. Relating this narrative to his own history, Wrights new works were created in an effort to come to terms with his own past and to learn from his experiences. This subject matterbarns engulfed in flames has a particularly haunting and poignant read in the context of Santa Barbaras recent fires.
Wrights drawings and paintings contemplate the poeticevoking strong emotion as a source of aesthetic experience and places emphasis on trepidation, horror, and awe. In his work, one can see inspirations from varied sources including art history (Caspar David Friedrich and Francisco Goya), literature (William Faulkner and Flannery OConnor), and music (Neil Young).
Wright was born in Winona, Mississippi (1976). Solo exhibitions include Wishful Thinking, LAS Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (2008); and You, Me., White Columns, New York, NY (2006). In addition, Wright has participated in group shows such as The Merits of Silence, Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, JP (2008); The Object Direct, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY (2008); and Sonotube, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (2007).