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Anteaters in the Arts: David Torres


 

“My Son, I will eternally miss you, you have left a void in our lives that the Pacific Ocean could not fill.”
— Ricardo Torres

 

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts community is heartbroken by the passing of recent Department of Art undergraduate David Andrew Torres (B.A. Honors ’19). Torres first joined UCI Art in 2017 after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He was an interdisciplinary artist developing works through several different mediums including performance, painting, sculpture, and video. After his first year, Torres was accepted into the Honors Program, where he continued to develop his work. UCI was, for Torres, an excellent place to expand his skills as an artist as he continued his pursuit of graduate school and obtaining his Masters in Art.

Torres was an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and delved into his heritage, socioeconomic


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Meet LA’s Art Community: Linda Stark Likes the “Challenge of Resurrecting a Bankrupt Image”

HYPERALLERGIC's Meet LA’s Art Community: An interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.

In the 16th installment of the series, writer Elisa Wouk Almino interviews alumna Linda Stark, MFA '85.

 


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Citizen Artist: Christine Dianne Guiyangco

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Department of Art graduate student Christine Dianne Guiyangco (M.F.A. ’20) is a first-generation Filipino immigrant. Through her artwork, she explores the instabilities of migration and the ongoing colonial structures in the Philippines to examine the ideology of national identity. In her recent work (double you-double you)8 or WWVIII, Guiyangco uses the visual language of graphic novels to create familiar rhetoric that examines forms of nationalism, seen in the unfixed citizenships of colonial subjects.

The image above is an installation view of “Spa Day". The show was held Feb. 23 - Mar. 16, 2019, in the University Art Gallery and Room Gallery. The show included works by artists David Chen,


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Student Research: Corey Cao Nguyen

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Corey Cao Nguyen from the Department of Art.

Corey Cao Nguyen

Department of Art
B.A., Film and Media Studies (Humanities), Minor in Digital Filmmaking
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "I hope to continue my work as a cinematographer. I want to


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The UAG presents Katherina Olschbaur's "Dirty Elements"

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Katherina OlschbaurDirty Elements

Curated by Allyson Unzicker
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Gallery
On View: January 11 – March 14, 2020
Opening Reception: January 11, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s University Art Gallery is pleased to present a series of new paintings by Austrian-born, Los Angeles based artist Katherina Olschbaur in Dirty Elements, her first solo institutional exhibition in the U.S. On view in the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery January 11th through March 14th, 2020, the opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 11th from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

The law is not patriarchal because it denies the existence, even the power, of women...The law is patriarchal because it denies the bodies, sexualities of women


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Viewing Science and Society Through Art

Written by Christine Byrd

American Monument invites you to put a record on, but what you hear may make you uncomfortable. The turntables mounted on 22 white pedestals play audio from police body cams and eyewitness recordings from some of the most notorious examples of police brutality against African Americans. The monument, created by artist Lauren Woods, will be at the Beall Center for Art + Technology through Apr. 4, where it marries law and art, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with an often difficult and polarizing topic. 

“Public visibility of police brutality has increased in recent years,” says Kimberli Meyer, the curator and cultural producer for American Monument. “This work of art provides a way to go beyond the spectacle, to witness on a granular level how law is culture.”

Law and Art

UCI faculty from informatics, law, social ecology, humanities and arts worked together to bring


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Tony DeLap Honored with the Claire Trevor Commemorative Star

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Tony DeLap Honored with the Claire Trevor Commemorative Star

EVENT:
The University of California, Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) named Tony DeLap the recipient of the fifth Claire Trevor Commemorative Star. The Claire Trevor Commemorative Star is awarded to members of the community as a lasting reminder to future generations of their devotion and contributions to CTSA. Mr. DeLap, who passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, was honored for his contributions in establishing the Department of Art as well as to the art community overall. Dean Stephen Barker presented the Star at his memorial tribute event on Sunday, September 8, 2019, to Mr. DeLap's wife, Kathy DeLap. The official unveiling of the Star will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019, in the Contemporary Arts Center Plaza on the CTSA campus. A light reception will follow the program.

WHEN/WHERE:
11 a.m. – 12


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Art of Social Change

Two more UCI faculty and alumni receive Guggenheim Fellowships

When a shiny sculpture of a rabbit by the most commercially successful living artist sold for a record-breaking $91 million at auction earlier this year, UCI art professor Daniel Joseph Martinez shrugged.

“We don’t remember the people who sold the most,” he says. “We remember the people who changed the trajectory of ideas.”

Two UCI artists were recently honored for doing just that. Martinez, a UCI professor for 29 years, and alumna Hồng-An Trương ’08, were among the 168 artists, writers and scholars selected from 3,000 applicants to receive The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship this year, recognizing both “prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

“To be in the legacy of all of the artists and scholars who have received the Guggenheim over the years, that’s an


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A Tribute to Tony DeLap, honoring the life and work of a brilliant artist and educator

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A Tribute to Tony DeLap, honoring the life and work of a brilliant artist and educator

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A Tribute to Tony DeLap. UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and Parrasch Heijnen Gallery will hold a public tribute to celebrate the life and work of the late Tony DeLap who passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home in Corona del Mar, California. The memorial will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Friends, family, and colleagues will share stories and memories to honor DeLap’s legacy and the many facets of the artist’s life as a family man, teacher, magician, and revered California artist. A hosted reception will follow the program.

WHEN/WHERE:
1 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. UCI Student Center Parking Structure, 311 W


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Tony DeLap, pioneering West Coast figure in abstract art, dies at 91

Via Los Angeles Time, June 1, 2019

"Tony DeLap, the Orange County artist who helped to define West Coast minimalism through his meticulous exploration of the intersection of sculpture and painting, has died. He was 91.

DeLap died Wednesday at his home in Corona del Mar, said his studio assistant and archivist, Robin Johnson..."


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What They Found: Our Contributors Share Their 2018 Discoveries

"Ashley Clark, film programmer and critic

In March, acting on a recommendation from the website Screen Slate—an increasingly essential resource in this rep coverage–starved age—I took myself to Manhattan’s Electronic Arts Intermix to see a shorts program by a grandly named video and performance artist whose work had hitherto escaped my notice: Ulysses S. Jenkins. The L.A.-based Jenkins was an early adopter of consumer-grade video cameras and used this emergent technology to conjure idiosyncratic portraits of African-American life that challenged dominant—that is to say largely racist and reductive—depictions. “Idiosyncratic,” it must be said, barely begins to describe the pick of the program, Two-Zone Transfer (1979), a discombobulating fever dream starring Jenkins and friends (including artist Kerry James Marshall), and involving blackface and minstrel imagery, hideous rubber masks (Richard Nixon!), religious preaching, an indefatigable smoke machine, and


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All Hands on Deck for Boat Building

by Gustavo Arellano, Alta

With his proto-Fu Manchu mustache, bright eyes, salt-and-pepper hair, sporty brown vest and Australian accent, Simon Penny seems like he should be a BBC documentarian.

But he’s actually a UC Irvine professor. And a boatbuilder. And the boat he’s building is not just some pleasure craft.

For the past two years, Penny has been constructing — from scratch — a modern-day version of a proa, the Micronesian outrigger boat renowned in the sailing world for its dexterity and speed.

“To call them ‘canoes’ is a misnomer,” Penny says excitedly. “We’re not talking a kayak here. It’s the craft that humans explored a third of the planet in. We forget this. The colonial narrative is that the Micronesians just were blown to other islands. But they knew where they were going. These are humans, right?”

He has named the boat Orthogonal, and he describes the project as “a case study in decolonialized, sustainable design practice.”

The


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Simone Forti receives the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

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Simone Forti receives the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

EVENT:
The Art of Performance in Irvine: Simone Forti and Friends

WHEN/WHERE:
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018, Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Mesa Parking Structure (4002 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA 92617)

INFORMATION:
Media planning to attend should contact Jaime DeJong at 949-824-2189 or jdejong@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

HIGHLIGHTS:
earlier in the day - 12:00 p.m. Movement workshop with Simone Forti for UCI Students
7:00 p.m. Performances and award ceremony

BACKGROUND: 
An evening of performance and short films celebrating the life and work of dancer/artist


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Charles White’s Students on Why They—and the Art World—Wouldn’t Be the Same Without His Work

"But his impact extended beyond what White as an individual made himself. White was an instructor at the Otis Art Institute, where he taught a number of artists who have not only made names for themselves—in some instances, by continuing to work with the themes that White pioneered—but who now regularly break records at auction. Among them are megastars David Hammons and Kerry James Marshall, performance and video artist Ulysses Jenkins, and L.A.-based muralists Richard Wyatt Jr. and Judithe Hernández. All credit White with an undeniable influence on their work and life."


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1888 Center will feature a reading and showing of artwork by Antoinette LaFarge

This presentation focuses on Burning Time, a graphic book collaboration between writer Jonathan Alexander and artist Antoinette LaFarge, UCI Art Faculty that explores the intimacies of imagined memory and sexuality. The book consists of cycle of 8 poems and 8 associated panoramic paintings to tell the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Text and image interweave to evoke a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire— experience reimagined as mythic adventure. In this presentation, Alexander and Lafarge read poems and present art from the book, discuss their collaboration, and consider the possibilities of multimedia for queer storytelling.


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UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting

A new exhibition heading to UCR Arts invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting.

Kevin Appel’s paintings explore the relationship between architecture and the painted image. Using photographs of tangled rebar as a ground on which to build his painting, he applies layers of paint that act as screens, compressing the perceived space and bringing to the forefront the inseparability of an artwork’s medium and the final image.


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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

Curated by Kevin Appel, Stephen Barker, and Cécile Whiting
On View: September 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Opening Reception: September 29, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art will host a ‘First Glimpse’ of The Buck Collection – an exquisite but long hidden collection of California art – at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

“The First Glimpse exhibition will unveil this astonishing collection of California art and shed light on its mysterious collector, Gerald Buck,” said Stephen Barker, Executive Director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. “This is also the first step in a larger project – creating a


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Ella de Búrca's FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES bids sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video

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UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ELLA DE BÚRCA

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s Room Gallery is pleased to present new works by Ella de Búrca in her first U.S. solo exhibition Flat As The Tongue Lies, as a part of the University Art Galleries (UAG) Emerging Artist Series. The exhibition will open Saturday, September 29, 2018, with a reception from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

In Flat As The Tongue Lies, Ella de Búrca presents an installation of sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video. Using the structure of a three-act play, the installation explores the formation of meaning through reading, writing, and speech. The exhibition begins with Prelude, a sound piece that echoes the artist’s voice, leading you through a


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14 Art World “Bad Boys” Whose Macho Work Was Impossible to Ignore

At the height of Performance Art, University of California Irvine student Chris Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. He titled the action Shoot (1971). The friend was supposed to just graze the artist’s skin. Instead, the bullet passed straight through. (Two years later, Burden would stage a second gun-related art outing; he went to LAX and shot at a plane flying overhead, calling the performance 747.)


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Simon Penny publishes " Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment"

Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment By Simon Penny. Why embodied approaches to cognition are better able to address the performative dimensions of art than the dualistic conceptions fundamental to theories of digital computing.


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