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Partnership between Verge Center for the Arts & Manetti Shrem Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15th, 2016
Contact: Susanna Tu / [email protected] / 916­448­2985

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its partnership with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum at the University of California, Davis. The Manetti Shrem Museum opens to the public on Sunday, November 13th, 2016, and will host a celebration with activities, programming, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony created by UC Davis alumna, Lisa Rybovich Crallé. The grand opening weekend’s festivities will be curated by Verge in collaboration with Crallé.

In celebration of our partnership with UC Davis and the Manetti Shrem Museum, Verge has chosen to highlight four outstanding alumni from the UC Davis Art Studio Graduate Program for our summer and fall exhibitions. Two concurrent solo shows will be in the gallery, featuring emerging artists who have graduated in the last 10 years.

The artists in each of the four solo shows are: Lisa Rybovich Crallé (2011), Richard Haley (2007), Mathew Zefeldt (2011), and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor (2005). These UC Davis alumni were chosen based on the high quality of their work, and their continuing achievements in their careers. These four artists also exemplify the variety and strength of artists produced by the UC Davis MFA program, the programmatic vision of Verge, and continue the greater dialogue of contemporary art in this region and beyond.

Please join us on Thursday, July 28, at 6pm​ for an artist talk from Lisa Rybovich Crallé, whose solo show, Bangles​, is currently on view through August 21st. Featuring new work from Crallé, the exhibition ​fills the vertical space of Verge’s main gallery with an immersive installation comprised of large, suspended sculptures. The sculptures’ elongated looping forms incorporate denim, pleather, and coiffed synthetic hair, alluding to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Crallé’s sculptures reduce the human figure to its most basic linear form, adorning the gallery like architectural jewelry.

About the Artist

Lisa Rybovich Crallé is an interdisciplinary artist based in the SF Bay Area. Her installations and collaborative performance projects incorporate elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture to address the possibilities of spectatorship, participation, and embodiment. Lisa is the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award and the 2015 Alternative Exposure Award. Her work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), the Berkeley Art Museum, di Rosa (Napa), Field Projects (NYC), Weekend (LA), The Dublin City Gallery (Ireland) and other venues. Lisa has been an artist in residence at Arteles Center for Creative Art, (Finland), Bubec Sculpture Studio (Prague), Ox-Bow (MI), Art342 (CO), and The Studios of Key West (FL). In addition to her studio practice, Lisa teaches Sculpture at California College of the Arts. For more info: www.lisaRcralle.com 

"Bangles" and "Rehearsals"

Bangles by Lisa Rybovich Crallé
Rehearsals by Richard Haley

July 9 - August 21, 2016

Bangles is a solo exhibition by Bay Area artist, Lisa Rybovich Crallé. For Bangles, Crallé fills the vertical space of Verge’s main gallery with an immersive installation comprised of large, suspended sculptures. The sculptures’ elongated looping forms incorporate denim, pleather, and coiffed synthetic hair, alluding to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Crallé’s sculptures reduce the human figure to its most basic linear form, adorning the gallery like architectural jewelry.  

Join us for a conversation with Lisa about her work on Thursday, July 28th, 6pm at Verge.

This exhibition is one of 4 shows being held in celebration of the partnership between Verge Center for the Arts and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th. Verge, in collaboration with Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is curating the festivities for the grand opening weekend of the Manetti Shrem. For more information, please visit manettishrem.org. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST Lisa Rybovich Crallé is an interdisciplinary artist based in the SF Bay Area. Her installations and collaborative performance projects incorporate elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture to address the possibilities of spectatorship, participation, and embodiment. Lisa is the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award and the 2015 Alternative Exposure Award. Her work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), the Berkeley Art Museum, di Rosa (Napa), Field Projects (NYC), Weekend (LA), The Dublin City Gallery (Ireland) and other venues. Lisa has been an artist in residence at Arteles Center for Creative Art, (Finland), Bubec Sculpture Studio (Prague), Ox-Bow (MI), Art342 (CO), and The Studios of Key West (FL). In addition to her studio practice, Lisa teaches Sculpture at California College of the Arts. For more info:www.lisaRcralle.com 

Rehearsals Richard Haley July 9 - August 21, 2016   

Rehearsals is a solo exhibition by Detroit-based artist, Richard Haley. Haley’s works​ investigate the use of surrogates in performance as he documents staged events being performed by inanimate proxies. The surrogates function in a number of ways: as literal casts of Haley’s body parts; as digital 3D renderings; and as traces of the body, such as the impression one would leave behind if lying down in the grass or residue left behind from the ashes of Haley’s cremated body. A number of works employ hand crafted miniature sculptures of everyday objects to be used as stand-ins for the original.  Haley is interested in treating the body as raw material, and with consideration of the body as an apparatus. His stand-ins create attentiveness to the materials they are being made from, and point to the authentic corpus it references. ​ Rehearsals ​ serves to shift the work outside the vernacular of performance and documentation and steer it towards the presence and presentness of sculpture. By using screen-based technology, Haley forces a collision between the hyperreal/unreal virtual world and the tangible physical lived experience, calling into question the ephemeral weightless matter of digital images and their heavy influence on daily lives.
This exhibition is one of 4 shows being held in celebration of the partnership between Verge Center for the Arts and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th. Verge, in collaboration with Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is curating the festivities for the grand opening weekend of the Manetti Shrem. For more information, please visit manettishrem.org.

ABOUT THE ARTIST Richard Haley is an artist, teacher, and arts writer working in Detroit, MI. His work has been exhibited in galleries and non-profits in New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, and Berlin. Critical praise of his work has been published in the Los Angeles Times , ​ San Francisco Chronicle, and Bad At Sports. In addition his scholarly writings have been published in the peer-reviewed journals ​Body, Space, and Technology and About Performance 

"having happened" UC Davis 2016 Art Studio MFA Thesis Exhibition

having happened

Sarah Chan, Zach Clark, Anna Davidson, Kristin Hough, Jeff Mayry, Julian Tan, Brett Thomas, and Angela Willetts

June 3 - June 19, 2016  

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5pm - 8pm Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento 95811 Contact: Robin Hill, Professor & Graduate Program Advisor | [email protected] 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be hosting this year’s UC Davis Art Studio Master of Fine  Arts Thesis Exhibition, ​ having happened ​ . This year’s Thesis Exhibition presents the work of eight  artists engaged in reflecting and reshaping the world around them. Their art links the concrete  aspects of everyday life and the material realities of their chosen media with macro issues of time,  space, memory, and technology.   Anna Davidson and Angela Willetts utilize living bodies and environments, recording webs of  interaction in video, sculpture, and installation. The traces they present are tactile and shifting,  invoking our own sense of space and the physical imprints we leave on the world. For Zach Clark,  Kristin Hough, and Brett Thomas, the tenuous threads of memory take form in paint, print, and  sculpture. Bubbling through the object or image, the subject of recollection is refracted and reformed.  

This sense of reflection likewise informs Sarah Chan’s videos, which refocus our vision on peripheral  spaces and offer dream­like views of common environments. Jeff Mayry and Julian Tan push  painting past its traditional limits, utilizing processes that invite chance and change. Color bursts  forth from their works’ surfaces, enveloping the viewer in vivid fields of painted form.   As artist Allan Kaprow said of his own seminal “Happenings,” the audience does not simply come to  look at things. Rather, “What has been worked out instead is a form that is as open and fluid as the  shapes of our everyday experience but does not simply imitate them.” ​ having happened ​  likewise  activates our own encounters with the world, inviting us to reexamine the vestiges of our past, the  forms of our present, and the intimations of our future.   The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art Studio, established in 1969, is a two­year, critically engaged  studio program that provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. As part of a  small tight­knit community, students explore a wide range of media and approaches to studio  practice. The Art Studio Program faculty share responsibility for the graduate program. Current  faculty members engage in a broad range of disciplines including sculpture, photography,  time­based media, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramic sculpture, and include  Darrin Martin,  Hearne Pardee, Shiva Ahmadi,  Lucy Puls, Annabeth Rosen, Youngsuk Suh, Robin Hill, Tim Hyde,  and Gina Werfel.   The exhibition catalog for ​ having happened  ​  marks the third year of a fruitful collaboration between  the Art Studio Masters of Fine Arts students and the Art History Masters of Arts students, under the  direction of Bridget Gilman, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Researcher, Art Studio Program ­ Department of Art  and Art History, UC Davis and Davis Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, Santa Clara  University) and Robin Hill (Professor and Graduate Advisor in Art Studio­ Department of Art and Art  History, UC Davis ). Each artist partnered with an art historian, engaging in an extended dialogue  about the artists’ process and practice. The results, eight interpretive essays written by the Art  History students, are featured in this catalog alongside the artists’ own statements.

"Everything in Between" Morehshin Allahyari

Everything in Between
Morehshin Allahyari
April 14th - May 22nd, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 6pm - 9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, April 21st, 6pm

Inquire at front desk for gallery tours available Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Contact: Susanna Tu | [email protected] | 916.448.2985
Image credit: Morehshin Allahyari, Material Speculation: ISIS, Ebu, 2016

 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present Everything in Between, a solo exhibition from Bay Area based artist, Morehshin Allahyari. Everything in Between showcases a selection of works by Allahyari, highlighting her continuing interest in poetic and practical archiving and documenting of the censored through the use of technology. In her exhibition at Verge, Allahyari explores censorship on the destruction and removal of female body, objects, and the internet through the acts of storytelling, digital and physical archiving, 3D printing, and reappropriation. Allahyari’s work studies the tension between censorship, religion, politics and the forbidden; exploring an expanded view of these relationships in digital and contemporary discourse.

Everything in Between features work from six different projects and bodies of work from Allahyari, with the title of the show being taken from one of the selected works. In the ongoing research and archival project, Everything in Between, Allahyari includes videos of Iranian women singing solo- a practice that has been banned since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In Islam, women’s voices are believed to have the potential to trigger immoral sensual - or kinetic - arousal. These videos, along with hundreds that have been uploaded onto YouTube, have triggered a lot of interesting and complicated discussions on social media. Allahyari uses the web as a platform for the documentation of these social, political and digital phenomenons.

Her most recent work, Material Speculation: ISIS, is a 3D modeling and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of 12 selected (original) artifacts that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Allahyari’s selection of Material Speculation statues at Verge highlight the destruction of the female body as a form of ownership and censorship by removing the female body from the public sphere.

With Like Pearls, Allahyari created a web-based project which is a mash-up of images and GIFs collected from her Farsi email spam and online underwear stores based in Iran. The project examines how the kitsch aesthetics of spam and advertisement on the Iranian web is a complex phenomena, involving layers of cultural and religious censorship and oppression toward women and romance.

In Allahyari’s Dark Matter series, her 3D printed sculptures are a combination of censored and/or objects forbidden in Iran. Many of these objects are common (dog, dildo, gun, necktie, satellite dish, etc.) and freely used or available in other countries, but are deemed undesirable by Iranian government laws. By printing these objects into physical existence and placing them in humorous and surreal juxtapositions, Allahyari simultaneously resists and brings awareness about the censorship of objects in the lives of Iranian citizens.

In Mere Spaces All Things Side by Side is the first video in a series which explores the complex adoption and accessibility of the internet in a developing country where the internet is heavily censored and controlled. Using her adolescence Yahoo chat archive as a point of departure, In Mere Spaces All Things Side by Side creates an imagined space between the physical and the virtual, poetically connecting the failure of the relationship to the failure of technology and communication.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Miami Art fair, and Material Art fair. She has been an artist in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and BANFF Centre (2013), among others.

Her work has been featured in NYTimes, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, VICE, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others. Morehshin is the Co-Founder of the Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.

 



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"do it"

January 9th - March 20th

Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm. 
Members Preview: Saturday, January 9th, 5pm - 9pm
 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be participating in the longest-running exhibition ever, do it, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it is a conceptual exhibition that is based on written or drawn instructions from various artists, resulting in a new version of itself with each location it is shown. Verge has chosen twenty instructions from a compendium of 250, and will present them in the form of realized objects, performances, and public engagement. Artists include: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Amalia Pica, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yoko Ono, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and more. The Opening Party will be Saturday, January 9th, from 6pm – 9pm.

do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier who were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that would never need to stop. To test the idea, Obrist invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they were presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book. In the 20 years since Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier mused over the potential of “scores,” or written instructions by artists, do it created exhibition formats that could be more flexible and open-ended. Each time it was presented, do it was re-interpreted. Many new versions of the exhibition were formed, including do it (museum), do it (home), do it (TV), do it (seminar), and an online do it in collaboration with e-flux, among others.

The origin and transformation of do it reflects the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world. The project’s impetus is rooted in the extraordinary effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s, a time that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the geographies of contemporary art. Twenty years later, do it has taken place in 60+ venues worldwide and includes nearly 400 artists from across the globe, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress, while offering infinite creative possibilities for participating audiences everywhere.

Adrian Piper asks audiences to hum a tune in order to enter a room. Ben Kinmont wants us to “invite a stranger into [our] home for breakfast.” Alexandre Singh teaches us how to turn wine into soda. Yoko Ono encourages us to keep wishing. And Mircea Cantor demands that we “burn this book. ASAP,” but John Armleder says to do “None of the above.”

CURATOR
Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is co- director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows.

Obrist’s publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating But Were Afraid to Ask, do it: the compendium, Think Like Clouds, Ai Weiwei Speaks, Sharp Tongues - Loose Lips - Open Eyes - Ears to the Ground, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series. Since 2006, Obrist has initiated a series of “marathons,” including the Interview Marathon, Experiment Marathon, the Poetry Marathon, and most recently the 89Plus Marathon (co-curated with Simon Castets, Director and Curator, Swiss Institute).

do it was made possible in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and of ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.

ABOUT ICI
Independent Curators International (ICI) produces traveling exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

ABOUT VERGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento art region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists. Located in downtown Sacramento, Verge’s facility includes a 2,000 square foot gallery, a classroom, and 38 artists studio. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm: Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.

RELATED PROGRAMMING
Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm
Screening of Marina Abrahmović: The Artist is Present, Thursday, January 21st, 7pm ($5 general, $3 students, free for members)
Screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine, Thursday, February 18th, 7pm $5 general, $3 students, free for members)

For more information, please email [email protected], or call 916-448-2985.

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Image credit: 
Jérôme Bel, Shirtology, 2012 © Tate, 2012; Photo: Tate Photography, Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson