Space 4 Art, 325 15th Street, San Diego 

September 27-October 25

September 27, 7-10 PM, Opening Reception & Interviews with Artists

October 24, 9:30 AM, Contemporary Transborder Art History Panel Q & A, UCSD, SME Rm #149

Closing Reception & Panel, 7-10PM, October 24

Gallery Hours: 11-4PM, Wednesday-Saturday

Featured Artists: alida cervantes, cog•nate collective, emily sevier, jamex and einar de la torre, julio orozco, kate clark, marcos ramírez erre

Occupy Thirdspace is an exhibition of surrealist painting featuring a radical sense of hybridity by Alida Cervantes, the delicate ironwood installation in its different stages from plant to market of Emily Sevier, one of several industrial-scale anti-monuments that Marcos Ramírez ERRE posted up to mark the physical and virtual landscape, a neo-baroque 12-foot altar layered in multiple dressings of media presenting a lenticular triptych by Jamex And Einar de la Torre, a transparent barrier invisibly emitting narrative sound of the crossing by Julio Orozco, live radio broadcast by cog•nate collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Díaz) out of their Cog•nate Cruiser, and the exchange of Paleolithic geological fragments inspiring a graphic novel of Kate Clark’s transborder trek from San Diego to El Plomo in the Sonoran Desert.

Curator Sara Solaimani worked together with the artists and Space 4 Art to design a showcase of contemporary artworks that question the transborder condition, or the index of the border’s conditions on the lives of individuals. These artists’ work complicates the questions: When and how does the transborder come to be regarded as a methodological approach, beyond a mere qualifying adjective that signifies across the border? To what degree, socially, is Tijuana-San Diego a region? What can art do to respond to the antagonism that haunts the other side of the border? The exhibition and closing panel’s objective is to contribute to that field that further complicates the transborder as both an experience of traversal, and as a state of being constantly conditioned, in critical response to the contemporary trend of borderlands theory in the North, which often abstracts itself from the real daily terror of militarized transborder spaces. It seeks to encroach upon two contemporary or postmodern concepts Occupy and Thirdspace, which have grown viral in critical theory and the popular culture of contemporary political resistance. Beyond simply occupying an imaginary transcendent thirdspace, the politically-conscious viewer is encouraged to rethink the political charge of a trace that conjures up new jurisdictions on the ground through an act of doubling. These multiple spaces of practice emerge when contemporary artist-subjects and collectives draw their own trajectories as double-borders that oscillate across the geopolitical Tijuana-San Diego divide and its regime of national security. Against this, moments in space and time in which art governs through the multiple, inspire the curatorial theory of Occupy Thirdspace. It is an effort to feed into an ongoing collaborative channel and a double-learning between the UCSD Visual Arts Department and important artists in and from North Baja California, to deepen alternative entry points into the making of the contemporary art history of the borderlands.