OsCene 2004: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC


November 7, 2004 - February 27, 2005 . The OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC was a survey exhibition of Orange County artists working in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media installations, video/film, sound/music, architecture, design, and fashion. . It had been over twenty years since a major survey exhibition of contemporary art in Orange County had been organized by a museum. Tremendous growth and change had occurred both to the art scene and … [Read more...]

The Many Faces of Roger Armstrong


November 7, 2004 - February 27, 2005 . The Many Faces of Roger Armstrong was a retrospective for this octogenarian artist and teacher from Orange County who, at the age of 86, was still actively painting and teaching. A highly versatile artist, Armstrong’s work includes paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. Shown in the exhibition were works from the 1940s to the present. His paintings of the urban landscape of Los Angeles in the 1940s reflect the influence of his mentors at Chouinard Art … [Read more...]

Jody Zellen: Other Places


November 7, 2004 - February 27, 2005 . Jody Zellen presented Other Places, a site-specific installation of digital photo collages mounted throughout the Museum’s galleries and non-exhibition locations forming a dialogue with the architecture. The imagery used fragments of urban settings in various stages of growth and decay. Taken from mass media sources, these photographs comment on the transformation of urban spaces. Each panel contained a single word like, build, hurry, alien, which are … [Read more...]

100 Artists See God


August 1 - October 3, 2004 . Laguna Art Museum began working on 100 Artists See God in the spring of 2002. The date is significant: it was six months after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. At the time, the media were full of stories about god. Books about god were on the bestseller list. God was everywhere. Yet artists were uncharacteristically silent, and that peculiarity suggested the question that this exhibition explores: how do contemporary artists see god? We decided to … [Read more...]

CLASS: C at Laguna Art Museum presents Matt Driggs and Joel Heflin’s Halfpipe


July 1 - 5, 2004 . Ruben Ochoa’s curatorial project, CLASS: C, presented artists Matt Driggs’ and Joel Heflin’s halfpipe, an installation in the Museum’s lobby. The CLASS: C curatorial project sought to blur the lines between the high and low as well as the private and public spheres. CLASS: C is a mobile gallery that has been presenting an ongoing series of contextually specific exhibitions for the several years. Housed in the shell of an ’85 Chevy van, now with a fully customized interior, … [Read more...]

Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios: Rigor Mortors

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August 1-October 3, 2004 . Ruben Ochoa’s and Marco Rios’ collaborative sculptural project, Rigor Motors, conflated coffins with custom-cars. The work was inspired by the feeling that the car is in more control of the person, rather than the other way around. They realized that they more often sit in a driving position than they do in a prone, sleeping position. They asked themselves, What if I died frozen in the driving position, and if so, what would the coffin look like? . Their project … [Read more...]

Joseph Raphael: American Expatriate


March 14 - July 11, 2004 . LAREN, HOLLAND . 1905–1911 . Joseph Raphael came to Europe, trained by the Californian academic tenets of his day and formed by the brilliant light and atmosphere of his native landscape. During his first years he divided his time between Paris and the artists’ colony of Laren, near Amsterdam. Living primarily in Laren, he painted mainly figurative compositions set indoors with artificial lighting. By 1910 Raphael set his subjects en plein air. . Able to shift … [Read more...]

Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building)


March 14 - July 5, 2004 . The promise of the electronic revolution is the automation of intellectual labor: computation, communication, monitoring.  A by-product of smart technology is techno-sentience, the installing of a consciousness into our living and work environments: space in which we will never again be unobserved.  I am building nervous systems for buildings to animate and engage the invisible, spreading presence that monitors our existence in the urban landscape, in gardens and … [Read more...]

Funny Business: Humor in Art from the Permanent Collection


March 14 - June 13, 2004 . Using humor, wit, irony, and puns in various ways the works of art in Funny Business express notions about the absurdity of the art world, politics, economics, and human nature. For instance: . John Baldessari’s limited edition print, I will not make any more boring art, 1971, is composed of said-phrase handwritten many times, as if the artist is making a resolution about the future of his art. Ironically, the repetition of the black, scribbled writing on white … [Read more...]