Ein Gesamtkunstwerk

August 2-30, 2014

Opening Reception:
Saturday Aug. 2nd, 2014

Gesamtkunstwerk is a term first utilized by the German theologian and philosopher Karl Friedrich Eusebius Trahndorff in an essay prepared during the year 1827. Originally a German term, it has come to be accepted in English as a term of aesthetics. Loosely translated, it might be explained as an “all encompassing artwork” or a “synthesis of the arts”. It was used often by Composer/Theater Director Richard Wagner as a work of art which attempts to make use of all or many mediums, or at the very least strives to do so. Therein, the integration of visual arts, design, literature, architecture, technology, music, fashion, and virtually any creative endeavor might be part of a gesamtkunstwerk.

As an artist who is a self admitted slave to aesthetics, I find myself unsatisfied with much of what I view in the world. Eating lunch I gaze at my spoon and think… “Why does this have to be so freaking ugly”? Perhaps it is this neurotic personality trait that has served me as a catalyst, a fire that burns within me to create a world whereby I can live my aesthetic fantasy.

Gesamtkunstwerk has become my lifestyle. For me, art is something far more than an object to hang on the wall. It is a way of living. Yes, it is a singular vision... but then again, it IS my fantasy! I welcome you to my somewhat eclectic world.

I hope you enjoy! Craig Sibley


The Art of Stem Cells

Sept 6 - Oct 10, 2014

Opening Receptions:
Saturday Sept. 6th, 2014 &
Saturday Oct. 4th, 2014, 6:00 to 10:00pm


This is a portrait of researchers Aileen Anderson & Brian Cummings. Paired both at work, and at home, I celebrate their love for their research, each other and their amazing sense of humor by photographing them in their daughter's room. The pursuit of art and science are very similar endeavors; both requiring creativity and an imagination that lead to discovery. Jane Szabo

An educational art exhibition on the stem cell research being conducted at University of California Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. Artists will present their conceptual vision of the cutting edge regeneration work being done on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cancer, Diabetes and Retina.

OCCCA Gallery artists and invited artists working in close collaboration with UCI researchers, will create unique artwork based upon this exciting cutting edge scientific research .

Gallery Hours: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 12-5pm and Friday: 12-8pm

Artists and Researchers will be present for Q & A.


Jeffrey Crussell "Lower three" Mixed Media 24" x 78" 2014


Sat Oct 4th, 2014, 6pm-9pm, Free

Art For All: Free Hands-on Workshop Series

During the 2nd Reception of the Art of Stem Cells collaboration exhibition with UCI Scientists.

Learn about, and view actual cell samples thru microscopes. Then create your own designs using glass beads, pastels, chalk, and oil techniques,

El arte se encuentra con la ciencia
Sábado 4 de octubre de 6 a 9pm, gratis

Durante la segunda recepción para la exhibición de grupo titulada Arte de las Células Madres de los científicos de la Universidad de California, Irvine, aprenda sobre y vea muestras reales de células madres a través de microscopios. Después cree sus propios diseños usando pasteles, yeso y técnicas en óleo.


Kurt Weston, "Noble Gaze" Photography




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