EXTENSIONS: Painting: here in its expanded field in loose connection with MCASD's current exhibition "DEAR NEMESIS, NICOLE EISENMAN 1993-2013" explores painting through a Talk with Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Aitor Lajarin, and Friends Collective (Kim Garcia and Lawrence Chit)

Aitor Lajarin, MFA UCSD, will speculate around a "story" about painting's own specificity. A story that can be told as a parallel, but nevertheless separated story, to the sociological or historical "stories" about painting. Then Friends Collective (Kim Garcia, UCI MFA candidate, and Lawrence Win Chit,) will give a friendly talk on their upcoming project, Painters Anonymous - an experimental exhibition that invites artists to explore their inner-most painterly desires, without the risk of exposure and bias. Lastly Rubén Ortiz-Torres, UCSD Visual Arts Professor, will lead a talk around his recent works.

EXTENSIONS is programmed by Michael Ano and Cris Scorza with the support of the University of California San Diego Visual Arts graduate students in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The program is free to Members, and free for non-members with Museum admission.


Aitor Lajarin was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been shown in different institutions like Artium Contemporary Art Museum, Koldo Mitxelena Kultur Gunea, La Casa Encendida, ABC Museum, CAB Burgos, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, MACUF Union Fenosa in Spain, Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Art Museum in Los Angeles Area, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, or the Avoa Ars Museum in Turku Finland among others. Lajarin’s work has also been shown internationally through spanish galleries like Parra Romero in Madrid, Luis Adelantado in Valencia, or Trayecto Galeria in Vitoria-Gasteiz, among others. Lajarin’s work has been awarded in various times in Spain. He won the first prize in Valdepenñas, the most prestigious spanish national painting award, in 2011, and he was awarded with medals of honor in the two main art prizes for emergent artists in Spain, Generaciones Cajamadrid and Premio ABC in 2010 which pointed him as one of the most promising artists of his generation in his country. He is been recipient of several grants as well. He is worked in Turku Finland in 2007 thanks to a Hangar Barcelona or in Beijing in 2010, thanks to the aid of the Basque Government and MA Studio in Beijing. In the past two years Lajarin has participated in the travelling exhibition GAUR (sic). The exhibition shows the work of young contemporary basque artists and has travelled to several countries in America and Europe. Lajarin has recently been featured on the February issue of the magazine “New American Paintings”. This year he earned his Master in Fine Arts from the University of California in San Diego where he currently teaches painting.

Friends Collective decontextualizes the artist’s practice in order to encourage open discussions that question the way we are trained to see things.

Kim Garcia and Lawrence Chit will be representing Friends Collective.

Rubén Ortiz-Torres is an artist who joined the Visual Arts Department effective Fall 2001. He began his career as a photographer, printmaker, and painter in the early 1980s, well before he received his M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts in 1992. Ortiz-Torres is a Mexican-born artist who has been living and working in Los Angeles since 1990. Ortiz-Torres is widely regarded as one of today's leading Mexican artists and as an innovator in the 1980s of a specifically Mexican form of postmodernism. Over the past ten years, he has produced a body of work in a wide range of media -- extended series of photographs, series of altered readymades, a feature film, several videos (including three in 3D), large scale video installations, major painting series, sculptures, customized cars and machines, photocollages, performances and curated exhibitions. Since 1982, Ortiz-Torres's work has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions, over 100 group shows in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and more than 50 screenings of his films and video works. Over 150 written pieces cover his work in mainstream media such as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reforma (Mexico), La Jornada (Mexico), and El Pais (Spain); in significant art world publications with international circulation such as ArtForum, Art Images, Frieze, New Art Examiner, Poliester, Bomb, Flash Art, and Art in America; and in numerous exhibition catalogues and books. Ortiz-Torres has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from, to name a few, teh Andrea Frank Foundation, the Foundations for Contemporary Performance Art, the U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Banff Center for the Arts, and the Fullbright Foundation.


Image courtesy of Michael Ano

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