JUNE 16, 2012

MY PLACE LIKE HOMEJune 16 – 30, 2012 Opening Reception June 16 6 – 10 pm Saturday

Featuring artists culled from an open call to all Southern California MFA programs, My Place Like Home investigates explorations of interpersonal relationships, particularly of the family – blood relations and the families we create – as well as the relationship to and perception of one’s own body. It is through these explorations that the artists reveal the process of finding one’s sense of place, both in the family as well as in the broader social and perceptual world. The opening reception will feature an outdoor “living room” with vintage home movies from the exhibiting artists and Space 4 Art tenants playing on the big screen.

About the Curator:

Sascha Crasnow is a San Diego-based curator, art historian and writer. She received her MA with a concentration in contemporary art from Hunter College in 2009 and is currently pursuing her PhD with a focus on contemporary Middle Eastern art and politics at the University of California,San Diego.

About the Artists:

Veronique d’Entremont is completing her MFA at UCLA this year. Her photograms and sculpture both reveal investigations of the artist’s body. In different ways, the artist leaves her impression on the works, projecting, or leaving a trace of herself behind. In her in-progress comic book, some pages of which are included in the exhibition, she visualizes a conversation with her grandmother, which primarily focuses on her practice, but exposes elements of her relationship with her grandmother, and her late mother.

Janna Ireland is finishing her first year at UCLA. Her Altars to Southern California depict the artist in her husband’s family’s backyard in the San Fernando Valley. Filled with imagery of pools and palms – clear symbols of Southern California – Ireland’s work investigates her place within this new city and the family of which she is now a member.

Jae Hee Lee is completing her MFA at UCSB this year. Her video, To Remember My Grandma, depicts the artist brushing her teeth while subtitles recall stories of both her and her mother’s relationship with Lee’s grandmother, who passed away three years ago in South Korea, a country they had left nine years previous. The performance explores the memories of these relationships and the changing perceptions, particularly after they are gone, of the people who make up our families.

Tiffany Ma is concluding her third year at CSUF. Her small “animal” sculptures, with their Dali-esque long spindly legs and absence of head, remove what the artist deems to be the root of judgment in our society – the face. In doing so, Ma imagines a world where living things would exist without this capacity for negative critique. In her Home series, Ma manipulates black and white copies of home images from a 1970s House Beautiful magazine, and couples them with terse text expressing doleful notions of home, self and family.

Vabianna Santos is completing her MFA at UCSD this year. In her work Agree to Be With Yourself, two hot pink amps, poised on an altar, are linked together, the treble knob oscillating back and forth resulting in a rhythmic “breath.” The sculpture emphasizes the absence of a body, and perhaps specifically that of a youthful teen music fan who no longer exists having grown out of her novelty amplifiers.

Jessica Sledge is completing her MFA at UCSD this year. Her current project centers on her relationship with her neighbor, Judy McCloud. In her three-channel 16mm film, Sledge searches through the contents of McCloud’s garage, emptying it of its contents: a huge collection of materials for making lamps, a former craft of McCloud’s. The two women perform ritualistic tasks, and create new objects out of these materials – McCloud passing along both her knowledge and personal artifacts to Sledge. These new constructions are neither purely Sledge nor McCloud but a true union of the two – a representation of their relationship.