Eleanor Antin: “The Sad Song of Columbine” from “Roman Allegories”, 2004
The Klines have curated “Beyond the Age of Reason”, an exhibit at the San Diego Art Institute from September 1 thru October 31.
Eleanor Antin, Wayne Martin Belger, Adam Belt, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Einar de la Torre, Jamex de la Torre, Stephen Douglas, Steve Eilenberg, Scott Froschauer, Dave Ghilarducci, Cole Goodwin, Ichiro Irie, Beliz Iristay, Paula Levine, Maria Munroe, Cheryl Nickel, Sean Noyce, Ruben Ochoa, Erika Rothenberg, and Kristine Schomaker.
Beyond the Age of Reason brings together a diversity of artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies.
As SDAI guest curators, Debby and Larry Kline selected works and designed an exhibition that offers visitors the chance to explore the visual and cultural influence of religion on art. They discuss more details of the show and their process below:
Beyond the Age of Reason Reflects the Past, Present, and Future
Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion while religious leaders have found power in pictures; often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition’s individual artists put this iconography through its full range of plastic possibilities.
The exhibition is all about faith, and how it meshes with popular culture. Most often, faith has to do with things beyond reason. All of the artists in the show are dealing with some issue of spirituality: whether making a statement, raising a question, evidencing a struggle. They’re often dealing with the difference between myth and truth, the romantic world verses the observable world. Some of the artists may not adhere to the faith they were raised in, but they continue to use the religious iconography that’s familiar to them. The iconography remains part of who they are, regardless of their current belief system.
For more information about Beyond the Age of Reason and the San Diego Art Institute, please contact Jessica Ballenger at email@example.com 1-619-717-7342.
Public reception: Saturday, September 5, 6-8 pm
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-5
Wednesday 10-8; Saturday 12-5
Debby and Larry Kline have had an eventful summer. Check out these write ups.
The Klines participated in Studio Systems II at the Torrance Art Museum. Here’s press talking about work at the midpoint of the residency:
And an follow up article at the conclusion:
Earlier in the year the Juggling Klines also did a residency at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. They also installed a conceptual piece at the San Diego Art Institute, also in Balboa Park in collaboration with neuroscientist Saket Navlakha of the Salk Institute:
In June they installed their latest version of The Candy Store at Shoebox Projects in LA:
Gerda Govine Ituarte Interview, 1st PRP lunchtime reading series funded by the NEA and City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division with partner Side Street Projects, Pasadena Senior Center, July-August, 2016.
Pasadena Rose Poets monthly readings at Pasadena City Council Meetings 2017-2018.
Pasadena Rose Poets and “guests” read and created writing, dance and music events, Huntington Art Collections and Botanical Garden, as part of “Family Day,” December 30, 2017.
2nd PPR lunchtime reading series funded by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Pasadena City Council Chambers, January-April, 2018.
Gerda Govine Ituarte and Doris Bittar, Public Address members, read at Escondido City Council Meeting as part of the pre-exhibit outreach activities for Public Address (publicaddressart.com) “DesEscondido/No longer hidden exhibit,” California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, September 29-November 18, 2018.
Closeup of "Leela," with "Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress" in the background.
Photo by Lynn Susholtz.
Bhavna was artist-in-residence at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park during the month of June. During her residency she created "Leela – Portrait of A Woman in a Green Dress," a 3-dimensional artwork on display throughout the summer, echoing the Timken's "Portrait of a Lady" by Bartolomeo Veneto. The exhibit will be on display through September 16.
For photos and a video documenting her construction of this striking artwork, visit her website at http://www.bhavnamehta.com/leela.html.
Gerda’s poem “Boy Child,” was printed in Change-Links, July 4, 2018 issue. Check it out: change-links.org
Doris Bittar exhibits at the Institut de Monde Arabe in Paris; Bittar and Smedley prepare for Denmark.
Doris is in a collaborative exquisite corpse exhibit at the Institut de Monde Arabe in Paris. (See photo of her piece.) There is a video that describes and explains her contribution in the context of the other Arab artists who participated.
Doris also says that she and Melissa Smedley have a report from Denmark that they are working on. Melissa is making short videos that describe the Happenings called Storming the Wall that they created at the Roskilde Festival last week, with two moms, one dad, and lots of young people in tow. They rocked and swayed to St. Vincent and Eminem.
Judy Chicago with Gerda Govine Ituarte
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that still resonates. The curator for Judy Chicago's show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art gave an excellent talk utilizing stories that were rich and real. Afterwards, Judy spoke at the Pasadena Women’s City Club, sold her books with proceeds going to the Museum, and stayed for an elegant reception—mouth-watering brownies got me. Judy is a trailblazer who said that she did what she felt she had to do. And, initially did not focus in on the impact because she spent most of her time in her Pasadena studio. She recalled that when she was teaching, for some reason, she did not have to go to faculty meetings. We all laughed when she said, "Initially I did not get why they did not want me to attend." A young woman shared the challenges she was facing, for example, dealing with people who she believed did not like her and criticized her work. Judy listened intently and responded, “I did not become an artist to be liked.” My life applauds meeting her as my brain is still stuck in What just happened? She has an upcoming exhibit in Santa Monica and at least three more exhibits within the next couple of years.
I was invited to Poetry Circus #4 last year. An unforgettable and enjoyable magical experience. I was invited this year and I am thrilled and look forward to being there. I hope that you can join me at this amazing gathering of poets.
Pubic Address’s exhibition, desEscondido: No Longer Hidden, opens at the California Center for the Arts on Sept 28, 2018! Eighteen members of Public Address will create engaging, interactive work that reveals the hidden treasure of local communities and public art. Shown are artists at various stages of the planning process.