august 2020

Terra Incognita

August 1 - October 10, 2020

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Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new
work by:

Joe Forkan, Jeffrey Gillette, Lauri Hassold, Stephanie McManus, Robert Repp,
Robin Repp, Victoria Reynolds, Eric Stoner, Jeffrey Vallance, Crystal Yatchin Lee.




The exhibition Terra Incognita (The Unknown Land) explores the creative terrain occupied by artist-couples. Sometimes such couples collaborate on the same project. More likely, they work alone. Often, they provide inspiration for each other though shared adventures, traveling thousands of miles together to develop ideas for new work, typically interpreting the experience in completely different ways. Artist-couples learn to communicate their critiques in dulcet tones or suffer the consequences. In the history of modern art there are wonderful examples of artist couples, such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Stieglitz, Eric Fishl and April Gronik, Marina Abramovic and Ulay --- not to mention Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner, or Elaine and William de Kooning. No two artist couples are alike. During the Dark Ages, it was not uncommon for the wife of an artist to sacrifice her artistic ambitions in favor of her husband’s career. Relationships are more egalitarian now. We admire the fecundity, the collaborative productivity, of a Christo and Jean-Claude, or an Edward and Nancy Keinholz.

Terra Incognita takes us behind closed doors into the private studios of several significant local artist-couples. It is true, an “unknown land” exists in every relationship, but for artist-couples, it’s vast --- and it calls to them unceasingly.


Joe Forkan


Jeff Gillette : Freeway 5 Homage to Duchamp


Lauri Hassold


Stephanie McManus


Robert Repp


Robin Repp


Victoria Reynolds


Eric Stoner


Jeffrey Vallance


Crystal Yatchin Lee


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