APRIL 1, 2011

ADRIFT, A RAFT It's transparent. It's opaque. It's a veneer. It's all veneer. It's a curtain pulled back. It's a window. It's refuse. It’s a refusal. It's making the simple complicated; it's making the complicated simple. It’s continuity. It’s dissent. It's heart smart. It's book art. It’s static. It's visceral. It's revealing. It's concealing. It’s a language. It's us. It's the anti-community. It's forced community. It's communal. It's play. It's a joke. It's us.

Adrift, a Raft, a group show curated for Space 4 Art by UCSD Art History PhD student Rujeko Hockley, brings together the work of eight MFA candidates in UCSD’s Visual Arts Department. Conceived as a complement to MFA Open Studios at UCSD (April 2, 2011), this exhibition has emerged out of an urgent need to speak across the divide, whether that be MFA vs. PhD, UCSD vs. San Diego, or the Visual Arts Department vs. the greater San Diego arts community. It is too convenient to believe that these divisions are real, and absolute; it is inaccurate to conclude that we have no shared goals, that there are no places where we blur and overlap. However, it takes effort to forge community out of disparity and difference, to meld your concerns with those of your neighbor. This applies as equally to the connections made among students thrown randomly together by a single common interest, i.e. the pursuit of a degree in a particular program, as it does to the connections that do or do not, may or may yet, exist between us and the larger world. There is nothing to link these eight artists; there is everything to link these eight artists. They have nothing in common; they have everything in common. Adrift, a Raft finds them together, each developing an idiosyncratic vision of their relationship to one another and to their community. They form a society unseen, hidden in plain sight. Though here, standing next to one another, speaking a silent, shared language, perhaps they are revealed.

ARTISTS: JAMLAH ABDUL-SABUR SADIE BARNETTE MIKE CALWAY-FAGEN ROB DUARTE ADRIENNE GARBINI CHRISTOPHER KARDAMBKIS HYEYEON KIM STEPHANIE LIE

PERFORMANCES BY: ASSEMBLY OF MAZES ASH ELIZA SMITH ISLAND BOY

Opening Reception 6-10pm Space 4 Art 325 15th St San Diego, CA 92101

Adrift, A Raft Opening Reception 4/1/2011