You Should Not Be Here
November 1 - December 13, 2014
Opening Reception Nov 1st, 6-10pm
Screening of Art 21st shows
Chaos Theory (open call non juried) (pending)
Cabinet of Ghosts
March 7- April 18
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 7th 6-10pm
Special opening night performances by Dengue Fever
Curated by Sayon Syprasoeuth, and Michael EB Detto
Special workshops presented by the OC Phillharmonic - Music/Art presentations (HS kids)
Amy Kaps, Aragna Ker, Dengue Fever, Ichiro Irie, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Marianne Magne, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Michael Detto, Paula Goldman, Prumsodun Ok, Richard Turner, Sayon Syprasoeuth & Susanne Detto
OCCCA is pleased to present Cabinet of Ghosts - a group exhibition,
curated by Michael EB Detto and Sayon Syprasoeuth, which gathers new work from artists exploring the aftermath of the catastrophe, the genocide, or the war. How should we treat memories we leave behind – in real life, as metaphor, as a tool?
The very own substantiality each one thing in itself exhibits, its innate properties, its relation to subject, time space, and language are altogether qualities which suddenly start to dissipate when we have to deal with ghosts. It is hard even to agree on one word for them: there are specters, phantoms and wreath, genie and spirit, the apparition and many other denominations to describe a phenomenon that tends to blur the demarcation line between subject and object, past and presence, here and there.
Cultural memory is collective memory, and the artist is part of it. Today’s notions of history and memory may be flawed and disputed, but they are especially problematic for the individual that experienced the disaster.
It was repeatedly noted: the silence of the victims – when they talk, the suffering will be stretched into the present day, making it unbearable.
To explore the roles of artists as storytellers and researchers, or as social advocates, artists are invited to talk and present their work. They are the descendants, therefore in a better position to face the past.
Initiated by Michael Detto’s project “Cambodian Ghosts”, Sayon Syprasoeuth and Michael Detto invite artists to a dialogue about their art and the ghosts of the past, and to present their work in this context.
Moist, open call for art
June 6- July 11
Shana Nys Dambrot, Juror
Hot, young curator seeks sexy, sensitive artworks for long walks on the beach in the rain. About you: In leathers and feathers with an intense spirituality. Must be willing to suffer for love, speak a bit of French, and understand that sometimes the personal is political. About me: I require new experiences to satisfy an infinite thirst, a constant craving for more than roses and patchouli oil. Seduce me with images in secret dialogue with my soul. Shared interests: Let us make of the day a delirium, and of the night a theatre of desire. Moist is a tear-stained face, a risky proposition, a plea for empathy. Moist revels in the fluidity of sexual identity. In these tender transgressions beats the heart of the world. Moist is about ‘the trespass sweetly urged,’ as Shakespeare wrote.
To love is to be brushed by the wings of madness and to suffer the pangs of the impossible in moments of jouissance. A confluence of energies sublime will transcend our differences as barriers keeping us apart evaporate in a halo of bliss. Submit. You know what I want now. This is no ordinary love. There’s nothing like you and me, baby. Painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, photographs, videos, performance art and displays of fashion are all invited. The opening night of the exhibition will be a gathering of the tribes, a launch party for the enticing Moist catalogue of accepted works. Moist casts a long, slow look at sensuality, sexuality and eroticism in today’s art, giving free reign to desire.
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to the LA Weekly, Flaunt, Huffington Post, Palm Springs Life, and KCET’s Artbound. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, publishes short fiction, exhibits photography, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. An account of her activities is sometimes updated at sndx.net .
DIRECTIVE 5: Aicram-Gat and the Static Performance Piece
OCCCA 35th Anniversary Show
Welcome to the Future; Architecture in Contemporary Art open call for art
October 3- Nov 14
Daniel Paul, Juror