Louis Hock.

The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Experimental Drawing Studio (EDS) Initiatve presents

Louis Hock

as part of the

Drawn Into Film Series

Thursday, May 8th, 2014, 7-9PM

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) #202
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

The Experimental Drawing Studio (EDS) Initiative's "Drawn Into Film" Series continues with a screening and discussion hosted by UC San Diego Visual Arts Professor Louis Hock.


Louis Hock's artwork - films, video tapes, and media installations - have been exhibited in solo shows at numerous national and international art institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1986 Hock completed a four part, four-hour video about the life and times of a community of undocumented Mexican workers in southern California, THE MEXICAN TAPES: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law. The series was broadcast internationally on the PBS in the U.S., BBC in the U.K., and Televisa in Latin America. THE AMERICAN TAPES:Tales of Immigration, a follow up to that series, was released in 2013, premiered at the Morelia Film Festival, and was screened in 2014 at Ambulante, El Ojo Cojo, Cinefest, and other festivals. In 1997 Hock also completed a feature-length film, LA MERA FRONTERA. The documentary work, twisted with fiction, offers a contemporary portrait of Nogales, Arizona and Sonora through the lens of the 1918 border battle between the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with various collaborators, including Elizabeth Sisco and David Avalos, Hock has also produced eight public art media events including WELCOME TO AMERICA'S FINEST TOURIST PLANTATION (1988) and ARTE REEMBOLSO / ART REBATE (1993). The later was been transformed into four media installations at five sites: the Puerto Rico Triennial (2004-5), another for the "Work Ethic" traveling exhibition that concluded at the Wexner Center in Ohio (2004), "Money Changes Everything," Schroeder/Romero Gallery, NYC (2006), "Arteā‰ Vida," Museo Del Barrio, NYC (2008 & traveling), "Arte y Confrontacion, 1910-2010," Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico D.F. (2011).

Other exhibitions include an installation at La Panaderia in Mexico City (2002), photographs in The International Center of Photography's traveling exhibition and web exhibition (2003-5), "Only Skin Deep," a special event cine-mural screening of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at the Getty Center (2004), one person show "Constructed Evidence: Work by Louis Hock 2000-2005" at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach (2006), and one person / two installation show at the Montalvo Arts Center near San Jose, CA (2009). HOMELAND, and a permanent video installation at the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the LAX opened in 2012. A video installation based on the 1979 cinemural, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, was exhibited in 2011 at the Getty Center as part of "Pacific Standard Time." Hock lives, works, and teaches in the San Diego, California area.

About the EDS Initiative

The Experimental Drawing Studio provides open space for an intersection of disciplines that engage the practice of drawing in its expansive range of forms. Artists, engineers, architects, writers, designers, animators and media practitioners will have a clean and unencumbered space to specifically explore the role of drawing in their research. The studio will be used for exploratory drawing research and practice. This includes, for example, large scale or collaborative drawing projects, workshops and conferences on drawing, independent, collaborative and mentored projects between faculty and MFA and PhD Practice students and advanced undergraduates for the preparation for an exhibition, the scope of a proposed project, design and lay out of a graphic book, or focused research and teaching for an academic quarter.

The Experimental Drawing Studio is led by Associate Professor Amy Adler, Visual Arts UCSD in collaboration with Visual Arts Studio Area faculty and a committee of Visual Arts graduate students.

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Louis Hock
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Amy Adler
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Photo courtesy of Filmmaker Louis Hock.

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