BRIANNA RIGG: IF THE OCEAN WAS WHISKEY
6 TO 10 PM
San Diego artist Brianna Rigg will transform the Space 4 Art galleries into an installation that examines the emotional content of historical artifacts. Rigg’s show will run October 29 to December 3, 2011 with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on October 29, 2011. While the reception is occurring inside the galleries of Space 4 Art, outside there also will be music, costumes, performance art and a Halloween themed exhibit, “Hell House.” Many of the 35 artists who live and/or work at Space 4 Art will also open their studios to the public.
About the show: Brianna Rigg’s installation, “If the Ocean was Whiskey,” is an immersive environment composed of artifacts that are reminiscent of the Old West, maritime culture, elementary school classrooms, and Southern Californian architecture. These artifacts, both collected and made by the artist, are arranged to create a mashup of vernaculars used to express Rigg’s imagined understandings of the historical narratives to which these artifacts refer. Driven by a desire to unveil the emotional aura surrounding the object, Rigg seeks to close the gap between the object and that which it represents by creating a contemporary mythology in the form of a blasted narrative that allows the viewer to dwell in the realm of fantasy. Objects are not on display in “If the Ocean was Whiskey.” Instead, objects inhabit the space. The environment mimics the objects within it, so that echoes of each form reverberate throughout the space to create a harmonious order that allows for the merging of the installation’s various themes.
About Rigg: Rigg was grew up in Ashland, Oregon. She attended The Evergreen State College where she received her Bachelors Degree in 2002. Brianna is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California San Diego. Recent exhibitions include; Grey Market, Fe Gallery, Pittsburg PA, 2011, Possessive/Obsessive, Art Produce Gallery, San Diego CA, 2011, Cross Disciplinary Productions, Deans Office, UCSD, La Jolla CA, 2011, Somatic Sensor, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica CA, 2011, Mourning California, Periscope Projects, San Diego, 2010, Never Took the Drugs I Meant to Take, solo exhibition, VAF Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, 2009, and The Dark Tower, Compactspace Gallery, Los Angeles CA 2009.