Written in the Stars: The First in a Series of Exhibitions on Arbitrary Systems
Sarah Beadle * Jenn Berger * Nicole Capps * Josh Cho * Antoinette De Paiva * Alexandra Pacheco Garcia *
Shaun Garren * Dave Ghilarducci * Amanda Kanter * Bruce McAllister * Laurence McNamara * Jessica Minckley *
Larissa Nickel * Julie O'Sullivan * Brian Palagallo * Matthew Plaks * Deana Romo * Benjy Russell * Edwin Vasquez *
Exhibition dates: October 20– November 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 6 - 8 pm
What would an exhibition look like completely divorced from curatorial subjectivity? What kind of discourse can rise from a group of artworks that is brought together, not by one person's interests and preferences, but by chance, play, and perhaps a little divine intervention? As a way of thinking outside of a traditional relationship of dependency – artist on curator, curator's discourse upon artwork – guest curator Kellie Lanham introduces a series of exhibitions brought together through an application of arbitrary systems. I propose a series of exhibitions that are brought together through an application of completely arbitrary systems. From this experiment, my hope is to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art.
Written in the Stars, the first in this series of exhibitions, is configured based on the astrological charts of each artist who responds to this call. The collection of birthdates was given to an astrologer who selected the participants based on each birth chart's alignment with the opening date of the exhibition (October 20, 2014). From this experiment, Kellie Lanham hopes "to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art." Taking place at Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, the show will be in the epicenter of a desert landscape in which metaphysical energies and practices are said to flourish.
Kellie Lanham, the visiting writer and curator of this exhibition, is an editor and regular contributor to RECAPS Magazine and Haunt Journal of Art and holds an MFA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of California, Irvine. For more theorization on astrology check out Christopher J. Lee's "Queers Love Astrology," Marty Windahl's "When You Think the Night Has Seen Your Mind: Thoughts on Queers and Astrology," and other similar articles on RECAPS Magazine. Copyright © 2014, Kellie Lanham, All rights reserved
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