May 15, 2016 at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose.
Sunday, May 15
ICA Members, Free
Michael Arcega, Val Britton, Alice Raymond, Lordy Rodriguez and Dimitra Skandali
Christian Frock, Independant Curator and Writer
Join us for a stimulating conversation with five Bay Area artists featured in the exhibition Demarcate: Territorial Shift in Personal and Societal Mapping. The panelists will discuss their work and the themes explored in the exhibition. Inspired by cartographic imagery as a formal starting point, each artist takes a different conceptual route, questioning the fundamental purpose of maps and their primary utility to locate people and territories in the world.
Christian L. Frock is an independent curator, writer, and educator and is presently 2015 – 2017 Scholar in Residence at California College of the Arts’ Center for Art & Public Life. Frock’s practice focuses on art, social justice, and politics. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise she founded and has directed since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in public spaces. She has organized programs, exhibitions, and commissions with many organizations including the British Arts Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, Pro Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Southern Exposure, SOMArts Cultural Center, and Emergency USA | Thoreau Center for Sustainability. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian US, KQED Arts, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Chronicle Books published her first book, titled Unexpected Art, in 2015. She recently co-curated Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now at Mills College Art Museum. Her current exhibition Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area is on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through August 14. Her work is archived on www.invisiblevenue.com and www.visiblealternative.com.
‘Demarcate: Territorial Shift in Personal and Societal Mapping’ brings together 14 artists whose work reflects the awareness of geographical territories and boundaries
The artists in Demarcate are inspired by cartographic imagery as a formal starting point. From there, each artist takes a different conceptual route, examining themes such as urbanization, the natural environment, the utopia of a unified world where borders are eradicated, and identity as it relates to emotional, social, and political needs to connect with a place.
Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk (in collaboration with Elyse Pignolet), and Lordy Rodriguez create social and political maps that reveal the diverse and multiple interpretations of a perceived world.
Tiffany Chung and Matthew Picton examine the aftermath of history, exploring the recovery and growth of cities and countries ravaged by war or heavily damaged by natural disasters.
Linda Gass considers changes to the natural environment, whereas Kim Abeles, Rob Carter, and Fran Siegel look at manmade topographic changes and their effects on an ever-changing urban landscape.
Val Britton, Nikki Rosato, and Dimitra Skandali reflect upon personal associations to places, while Alice Raymond and Kim Rugg ruminate what the world would be like if borders were eradicated.
Individually, the works emphasize the human need to draw geographic lines and to locate oneself in the world. Collectively, they highlight how maps, beyond their pragmatic aspect, tell stories of relationships between a region and an individual or groups of individuals. Serving as visual narratives, the works in Demarcate offer a wider contemplation on how the marking of territory might connect to contemporary issues surrounding gentrification, globalization, nationalism, and war.
Featured artists include: Kim Abeles, Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk, Val Britton, Rob Carter, Tiffany Chung, Linda Gass, Matthew Picton, Alice Raymond, Lordy Rodriguez, Nikki Rosato, Kim Rugg, Fran Siegel, and Dimitra Skandali
Image: Rob Carter, Metropolis, 2008, Single channel HD video, 9:30, Edition size: 10 + 2 AP; Edition # 7/10, Courtesy of the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.