The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery features a group exhibition that focuses on “crisscrossing.” The exhibition showcases work by Los Angeles-based artists who cross traditional creative boundaries by working with other artists, writers, or peers from different fields.
The exhibit will be shown until Dec 11. There will be an artist’s talk at the gallery on Sunday, Dec 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.
“The Kellogg University Art Gallery is proud to bring this exhibition,” says Shari Wasson, gallery curator. “As an exhibition that highlights collaboration, ‘crisscrossing’ points to the rich exchange, and the results thereof, that can transpire between peers, both in and across disciplines, cultures, and personal and social backgrounds.
“I think this is a particularly interesting theme to present on a university campus, where so many possibilities for collaborative exchange exist between individuals, and even between programs and departments.”
The collaborations result in many unique works. For example, “Tangible Encounters,” a piece by Mexican media artist Gabriel Dawe and Iranian video artist Mona Kasra, showcases a geometric structure made out of thread. Upon the thread structure, a video is projected that shows aerial maps of various locations where each artist has lived.
Another interesting collaboration is by Ehren Tool, a former marine, and Daniel Molyneux, a student of the Arabic language. “Violence Produces Nothing but Violence” features more than 200 ceramic cups with English and Arabic images and words about war on a large shelving unit. Gallery visitors are invited to take a single cup for free (one per viewer), and photographs of the removed cups are put in their place.
Visitors who would like more than one cup may be able to purchase them in groups of four. The number four is significant as it corresponds to the number of soldiers in a military fire team.
Wasson believes that this artistic movement is relevant to the campus community.
“Whether we are artists, engineers, historians, or agriculturalists, as we continue our exploration of the many interests, enterprises, issues, and challenges of the present day, collaboration often becomes not only necessary, but a mutually enriching and beneficial experience and practice,” she says.
John O’Brien, an independent curator, proposed the exhibit to the gallery over a year ago. O’ Brien said the exhibition would be a significant since Patrick Merrill, who directed the gallery for many years, was a great promoter of the collaborative spirit of the arts.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at (909) 869-4302 or contact Wasson at (909) 869-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.cpp.edu/~kellogg_gallery for more information about the gallery.
(Top photo: A visitor looks over “Violence Produces Nothing But Violence,” an installation of ceramic cups at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery. Bottom photo: “Volo Libero-Infanzia e Amore” is a part of Flight Equilibria, a mixed media installation by Cielo Pessione in collaboration with Pierluigi Cappello.)