march 2010

After Hours



Virtual Walkthrough

March 4-27th 2010

Opening Reception Saturday March 6th, 6-10pm

After Hours is a three phase project that emphasizes the value of promoting "mutual understanding through art."

With an exhibit about life's big questions, an artists' co-operative searches for epiphanies. Who are we, where are we going? These O.C existentialists understand fame's fifteen minutes are fleeting. Art is forever. They are activists on behalf of their obsessions, convinced that art is an unpredictable experiment. They are practical dreamers, street-smart provocateurs. They believe art has the power to cause a paradigm shift in the way people think about daily life.

When the works they create are presented together under one roof in Slovakia, magic happens, especially as the evening grows late, and final toasts are proposed to the future's unfinished sketches. The artworks come alive, rubbing against each other with the friction of ideas, triggering animated arguments among the gallery's guests, strangers no longer in a sudden rush to divulge intimate secrets, personal tastes, fears and longings. At OCCCA after hours, in every work of art, the cool breeze of a coming dawn.


Jeff Alu, Evalynn Alu, Stephen Anderson, Ricky Becerril, Suki Berg, Richard Bohn, Jeffrey Crussell, Leslie Davis, Julie Easton, Kebe Fox, Gina Genis,Pamela Grau, Rik Lawrence, Rob Mintz, David Ordaz, Dalibor Polivka, Christina Ponce, Lisa Popp, Sergio Salgado Dirzo, Joy Shannon, Gregg Stone. Kurt Weston, Darlyn Susan Yee

Images from the show at Gallery Z in Slovakia



The Beauty Mark

March 4-27th, 2010

Art and Music by Joy Shannon

Opening Reception Saturday March 6th, 6-10pm
Live Musical Performace Starting at 8pm

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"The Beauty Mark" is a 10 year artistic and musical retrospective of the printmaker and songwriter Joy Shannon of the bands; Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks and the Offering.

This show goes through the themes behind 5 albums of music and the artwork that Joy created while recording those songs.

A beauty mark was, in western history, a mark that proved a woman to be a witch. It was once a mark- like a disfiguring scar- that crippled a woman from living freely. Joy looks at her own family past and her personal experiences to take terrible, potentially crippling, life experiences and turn what those scars were into things of beauty- or "beauty marks"- manifested as her visual art and music.

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