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Imaginary Selves

February 2-March 10, 2016
Harris Gallery
University of La Verne
La Verne, California

Imaginary Selves Catalog Essay


Jane Callister was born on the Isle of Man, UK, and is a Southern California based artist who works across the mediums of painting, drawing, and installation. She is a Professor of painting and drawing in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Over the past nineteen years Callister has exhibited in many notable exhibits including: Cosmic Lingerie, 2001 at Gallerie Anton Weller, Paris; The 1st Prague Biennale, 2003 at the Veletrizni Palace, Prague; Extreme Abstraction, 2005 at the Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo; Step into Liquid, 2005, which was curated by Dave Hickey for the Ben Maltz Gallery, at Otis College of Art, Santa Monica; South West Net, 2006 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale; 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach.

Callister’s work has also been featured in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, San Francisco, Chicago, and at university art museums in Sweden, Texas, Arkansas, and California. Her work has been written about in notable publications including: Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting with an essay by David Pagel and published by Phaidon Press, 2002; Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques by Vicky Perry and published by Watson & Guptil, 2005; LA Artland by Chris Krauss and published by Blackdog Press, 2006; Acrylic Illuminations by Nancy Reyner published by North Light Books, 2014. Callister’s work also has been reviewed in Art in America, Art News, Art Forum and the Los Angeles Times.

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Lisa Jevbratt is a Swedish born artist and a Professor in the Art Department and in the Media Arts and Technology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more than a decade she explored the expressions and exchanges created by the protocols and languages of the Internet and the Web, often manifesting as visualization software. She then applied her understanding of these unintentional collaborations onto exchanges with animals of other species and their experiences of the world around them. In her ongoing endeavor “Interspecies Collaboration” she invites students to collaborate with individuals of other species. Her current software-art project Zoomorph is software generating simulations of how non-human animals see. Lately she has started to explore and map networks of a very different kind. Through a wide range of “visualization” strategies, including apps, imagery, prayer beads, furniture and doll making, she maps genealogical networks while investigating contemporary society’s interest in ancestral connections.

Jevbratt’s work has been exhibited in venues such as The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada; The New Museum, New York; The Swedish National Public Art Council, Stockholm; Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá; Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work is discussed in numerous books, including: Internet Art by Rachel Greene, Digital Art by Christiane Paul, Art + Science Now, by Stephen Wilson. The last few years she has been giving keynote lectures in Toronto, Vancouver, and Riga, Latvia. She has published the following texts: “Inquiries in Infomics” in Network Art - Practices and Positions edited by Tom Corby, “Interspecies Collaboration, Making Art Together with Nonhuman Animals” in Tierstudien, and “With the Eyes of Another” in Antennae. Her current project Zoomorph is supported by a Creative Capital grant.

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Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies Program | Visual & Critical Studies Graduate Program at California College of the Arts (San Francisco | Oakland). He has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others. Lê has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (Việt Nam), William Joiner Center, Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), Fine Arts Work Center (USA), Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Art Matters Foundation, International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University, Netherlands), and PEN Center USA.
Lê has presented his work at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul; Japan Foundation, Việt Nam; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; Shanghai Biennale, China; Rio Gay Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro; among other venues. He was a nominated finalist for the 2009 Sovereign Art Foundation Art Prize (Hong Kong). His poetry collection was a 2013 Crab Orchard Review First Book Award Semi-Finalist. He received the inaugural Prudential Eye Best Writing for Contemporary Asian Art Prize in 2015.

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Canadian artist Brian McArthur lives and works in Red Deer, Alberta. He attained an MFA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1997. He has taught and lectured internationally at universities and colleges. In 1999 he and his partner Dawn Detarando created Voyager Art & Tile, a successful business that creates public art and decorative tiles in their personally designed and built studio outside Red Deer.

Brian’s personal work focuses upon Canadian folklore and its importance to identity. He juxtaposes both whimsy and seriousness to capture the essence of his subjects and create a story that resonates with viewers. His sculptural work is recognized and exhibited nationally and internationally. McArthur has exhibited at the Alberta Crafts Council, Edmonton; The Works Fine Arts Festival, Edmonton; Truck Gallery, Calgary; Tea & Roses, Leighton Art Centre, Calgary; Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, Red Deer; Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Manitoba Crafts Council, Winnipeg; Harbour Front, Toronto; The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo; National Art Centre, Ottawa; The Canadian Embassy Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Diverse in his abilities, Brian actively volunteers in the arts, sporting communities, and local festivals. In his spare time he sculpts monumental snow sculptures and trains for 100 km marathon speed skating races as well as marathons.

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Catalina Jaramillo Quijano was born in Medellín, Colombia and now lives in Bogotá. She holds an MFA from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. Quijano creates works on paper, prints, and books. She has exhibited at Galería Sextante, Bogotá; Museo de arte contemporáneo, Bogotá; Museo El Castillo, Medellín; Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville.; Space Womb, New York.

Quijano’s work is included in the following collections: BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA, Bogotá; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá; JPMorgan Chase Art Collection; Haas Arts Special Collections, Yale University Library; Chapel Hill Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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James Van Arsdale lives in Santa Barbara, California. Originally from Colorado, Van Arsdale holds a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Van Arsdale creates mixed-media installations, sculptures, and videos. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; Brookhaven College Gallery, Dallas; University of Texas at Dallas Art Gallery; Cactus Bra Space at the Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio. Van Arsdale co-founded The Can(n)on Art Studios complex in Goleta, California, where he has his studio.

Van Arsdale studied music under renowned guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti and has recorded and performed with many groups. Recently, he was a member of the indie-rock band The Coral Sea, which released two albums, an EP, and two singles and toured the U.S. Music from the group was featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Sleeper Cell, and other television and film productions. Van Arsdale founded his current group—the experimental music collective/psych rock space band Heavy Cosmic Kinetic.

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