Orange County Center for Contemporary Art announces the opening of the exhibition
Architecture in Contemporary Art

Jurors: Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena

On view February 4 through March 18, 2023
Opening Reception:

Saturday February 4, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
during the monthly Santa Ana Art Walk.

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Architecture is a major theme of contemporary artistic practice both as a subject and as a method of investigation. The urban landscape is a seismograph of social change. Architecture is imbricated in a myriad of social issues, such as ecology, humanitarian crises, immigration, cultural heritage battles, gentrification, historic preservation, and city planning. Architecture also takes a starring role in our visions of the future and our glimpses of the past. The virtual environments of cyber space push architecture beyond physics, probing art’s outer limits. From the functional to the fantastical, OCCCA seeks art in all media — drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, renderings of real or imagined structures, maquettes (small, preliminary models) and computer-generated projects. Architecture and Art is a testing ground for hypotheses with multiple possibilities of realization, oscillating between history and fiction. In the architectural imaginary, utopia and ruins are two sides of the same coin. OCCCA’s re-purposed industrial space is an “ideal palace” for the presentation of radical forms, offering a territory for experimentation where art and architecture intersect. — Rob Mintz

Featured artists: Richard Bohn, Alejandro Borges, Michael Chesler, James Cooper, C Ford, Jeffrey Frisch, Jacques Garnier, Diana Ghoukassian, Maureen Haldeman, Myles Harrison, Richard Hay Jr., Susan Horowitz, Tim Kjenstad, Zara Kuredjian, Hila Laiser-Beja, Tom Lamb, Jason Lanegan, Stuart Marcus, Matthew Martinez, Carol McAdam, Sharon Pierce McCullough, John Q McDonald, Frances McMillen, Dan Meylor, Nicholas Nicola, Brian Nieman, Roxanne Norman, Tim Novara, Catherine Palmer, Erik Parra, Namita Paul, Minna Philips, Megan Riera, Emilia Sadeghi, Kerrie Smith, Kristopher Swick, K Taka, Jonathan Tarry, Emily Vanags, Nikita Vishnevskiy, Carolyn Yarnell.

About OCCCA:

Founded by artists in 1980 and located in the heart of Santa Ana Artist Village, OCCCA is a
non-profit, 501(3)(c) corporation, dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence in the arts,
a constantly changing showcase for artists, educators, and community activists. Always free
admission, OCCCA recognizes the importance of social engagement, global networking,
intellectual exchange, critical dialogue, and the collaborative process. OCCCA presents exhibitions
of contemporary art, along with concerts, performances, art classes, symposiums, and

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA)

117 North Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 - Phone: 714 667 1517

Gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from noon to 5 pm
Additional hours by appointment: send an email