The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department and Discursive and Curatorial Productions (DCP) Initiative is pleased to present a group exhibition and series of programs curated by Katrin Pesch and Tim Ridlen.

Spheres of Glass

Re-imagining Aesthetics of Nature and the Social

featuring:

Juan William Chávez, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, Judith Hopf, Leslie Thornton and Ron Vawter, and Erika Vogt

April 17 – June 6, 2014
Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) #142 Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception on Thursday, April 17th, 5PM

Closing Reception on Thursday, June 5th, 6-9PM

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

One stumbles over concepts like stumbling over stones. One can get entangled in seasonal branches or in theoretical discourse. Departing from the re-evaluation of the nature/culture dichotomy within the disciplines of science and humanities, Spheres of Glass takes on problems of being in the world created by the "abstract" theoretical scientific conceptualizations and the "actual" social interaction with material culture. Comprising video, sculpture, photography, and works on paper, some of the artworks in the show are framed by the prospect of ruination and others extend the definition of the environmental beyond nature while constructing workable solutions to contemporary problems. The aesthetic strategies represented here describe and imagine rather than reveal and explain the social construction through mimesis, tactility, and dialogue. Natural and cultural forces shape the material world just as much as social imaginaries. While it is important to reconsider who or what participates in the assembly of a social collective, attempts to de-center the subject cannot come at the expense of working to overcome social inequalities. Re-thinking the notions of nature and culture thus implies changing our understanding of environmental crisis so as not to divert attention from social realities or replace problems of contemporary society that remain unsolved.

Guest Speaker and Film Program

Location: SME Presentation Space #149

Vivian Sobchack
Stop + Motion: On Animation, Inertia, and Innervation
Lecture on Wednesday, April 23rd, 5:30 pm,

Curtis Tamm & Hermione Spriggs
THOSE THAT THROUGH THE EAR BECOME AN ATLAS
Film Screening on Thursday, May 1st, 6PM

Mickey Mouse, 3 animated shorts, Walt Disney (1929-1935, digital transfer, 21')
The Eleventh Year, Dziga Vertov (1928, digital transfer, 53')
Film Screening on Thursday, May, 8th, 5PM

The Invisible College / Mariana Botey
The Passage of a Few (2000, digital transfer, 16')
Film Screening on Thursday, May 22nd, 6PM

The Invisible College / Mariana Botey
The Passage of a Few (2000, digital transfer, 16')
Film Screening on Thursday, May 22nd, 6PM

The Poisoned Flume
Film Screening on Thursday, June 5th, 6PM

About DCP
The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Discursive and Curatorial Productions Initiative is a space designed for critical dialogue and experimentation in curatorial and discursive practices, with workshops for research into art practice, the aesthetics of materialization, and the cognitive and pedagogical potential of aesthetics.

The DCP is led by Visual Arts Faculty Elizabeth Newsome, Kuiyi Shen, Mariana Wardwell and a team of PhD Students.

Related Links:

Juan William Chávez
http://juanwilliamchavez.com/home.html

Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop
http://www.treeofheavenwoodshop.com/

Leslie Thornton and Ron Vawter
http://www.eai.org/title.htm?id=3183

Vivian Sobchack
Professor Emerita of Film, Television and Digital Media
UC Los Angeles
http://www.tft.ucla.edu/2012/03/vivian-sobchack/

Elizabeth Newsome
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
UC San Diego
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/elizabeth-newsome

Kuiyi Shen
Professor of Visual Arts
UC San Diego
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/kuiyi-shen

Mariana Wardwell (aka Mariana Botey)
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts
UC San Diego
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/mariana-wardwell

Katrin Pesch and Tim Ridlen are Ph.D. students in UC San Diego's Visual Arts Program in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with concentrations in Art Practice.