Opening Reception on Saturday 24 June 2017 // 7-10PM

Dusty Selva is a group exhibition of new works by artists from the University of California, San Diego's graduate program in Visual Arts in exchange with Centro de las Artes San Agustín.

Each of the artists in this exhibition addresses the relationships between landscapes and ecologies, language, remembrance, and material as metaphor. Through art, Dusty Selva connects personal landscapes with the site of the exhibition. The exhibition will be the culmination of a week-long residency during which the artists will engage with creative practice at Centro de las Artes San Agustin.

Trevor Amery intersects objects and gestures with personal narratives to create sculptures and installations that complicate object ecologies and often subvert function or use. At CaSa, Amery will collect found materials both natural and mass produced to manipulate and intersect through a series of minimal gestures.

Audrey Hope will craft a site-specific textile work for Dusty Sleva. Her most recent installation used fabric and hand wound rope to consider the divisions between outside and inside.

Jon Paden creates works about memory of place and temporality. His time at CaSa will be spent investigating relationships to knowing and Oaxaca, the conceptions of before and the time there as present. He will develop an installation that incorporates drawings, painting, sculpture and radio that represents presence in this place.

Sascha Pohflepp explores the boundaries between the natural and the synthetic. A new work "Spacewalk" uses a system in which two artificial intelligences create a lateral evolutionary landscape, posing the question what the role of such actors may be in a future nature.

Sindhu Thirumalaisamy will work with poetry and translation, poetry in translation.

As part of the larger exchange, participants from the programs at Centro de las Artes San Agustín will travel to and exhibit work at the University of California, San Diego. Rubén Ortiz Torres is leading the group of graduate students from UC San Diego. Support for this exhibition has been provided by CaSa and the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts. The group would like to thank Saúl Hernández Vargas, Anya Gallaccio, Laureana Toledo, and Katherine Edwards.


Trevor Amery (1983, New York, USA) received his B.F.A. from MICA, M.F.A. from UC San Diego, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. He is a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Hungary, a Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award, and residencies at the Fountainhead, Arteles Creative Center, and the CAC at Woodside. He represented the U.S. at the 2012 Kathmandu International Art Festival and has exhibited at such venues as Kiasma, the Skanzen Museum, MAMU Galerie, Moore College, and Gallery Protocol. Upcoming he will be an artist in residence at Teton Artlab in Wyoming.

Audrey Hope (1986, Santa Cruz, CA, USA) is a 2017 Frontiers of Innovation Scholar and MFA candidate at UC San Diego. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Tufts University, and was awarded a 2014 Traveling Fellowship by the School. In 2014 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, OSLO10 (Basel), kijidome (Boston), xpon-art (Hamburg), SOMA (Mexico City), Fringe Projects (Miami), and Projekt722 (Brooklyn). She will be an Artist-in-Residence at Ox-Bow in the Fall of 2017.

Jon Paden is currently completing his MFA at the UC San Diego. Jon received his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. His artwork often merges new media technologies together with traditional media to investigate contextual relationships in time. Jon has worked, created and taught nationally and internationally, at the Pilchuck Glass School (WA,USA), University of Washington, Seattle (WA, USA), Art Academy of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, USA), Dream Community (Tapei, Taiwan), to name a few.

Sascha Pohflepp (1978, Cologne, Germany) is an artist and researcher who holds a diploma from The Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (RCA) London. Notable exhibitions include Talk To Me at MoMA New York, Hyperlinks at the Art Institute of Chicago, Micro Impact at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, Pre-History of the Image at STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven, Åzone Futures Market at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York and The House in the Sky at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn. Scholarships and residencies include an EPSRC grant in 2011, residencies in the NSF-funded Synthetic Aesthetics project, at Art Center College Pasadena in 2010, an honorary residency at Eyebeam, New York City in 2014 and a fellowship at Rotterdam's Het Nieuwe Instituut. Sascha's work has earned two Honorary Mentions from the VIDA Art and Artificial Life Awards and in June 2015 was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize. Pohflepp is currently a PhD Art Practice student at UC San Diego.

Sindhu Thirumalaisamy (1990, Coimbatore, India) Following the ways in which sound challenges scopic regimes, Sindhu's work engages a poetics of uncontainability across different sites, cultures, and borders. She often works with other artists and activists, taking on the roles of researcher, sound designer, editor and performer. Sindhu received a Diploma in Video Production from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and is currently a graduate student at UC San Diego.

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Image Credit:
Sascha J Pohflepp, Spacewalk, process image.
Image detail is courtesy of Artist Sascha J Pohflepp.

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