B. Wurtz Lecture

Monday, 10 February 2014, 6-7PM

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME),
Visual Arts First Floor Presentation Space #149
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

B. Wurtz combines painting, photography and sculpture with objects that are frequently disregarded; product wrappers, plastic bags, tube socks, and tin cans to name a few. The material and formal experiments of his oeuvre can be traced to his interest in “objecthood”, and are manifested through sculptural arrangements that use the objects of everyday – bringing new eyes to the remnant objects of human culture. Wurtz studied at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and CalArts as a graduate student. He cites Marcel Duchamp and other early conceptual artists as primary inspirations for his critical thinking and artistic practice. Wurtz has shown at numerous venues, including Metro Pictures in New York, the 2013 Prague Biennale and the Kate MacGarry Gallery in London. This February he is exhibiting at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles. Wurtz is the recipient of several awards; including an honorarium from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, the 2008 Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, and the 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. During the spring semester of 2014 Wurtz will teach a seminar at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts.

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Image Caption:

Untitled, 2012
wood, wire, marble, ribbon, buttons, thread, string and acrylic paint
16 x 3 x 2 inches
40.6 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm