The opening for INTERSECTIONS was last night. It was my first curatorial project, in collaboration with Paul Paiement.
When we put together the show, we wanted to survey the current trend in painting and drawing. We saw that there is a definite shift among younger artists toward the infusing of elements from illustration, graphic design, and popular culture imagery within their work. We made sure not to call it the Illustration Show, however, because it becomes clear to any observers that these artists are not merely illustrators but fine artists in their own right.
Another objective we were reaching toward was the accessibility of the show. The Cypress College Art Gallery exists as a service of sort to the student body of the college. It firstly serves as an exhibition space, but secondly as an educational institution for the fine art department. It is a place on campus where students can go to get exposures to the current contemporary art scene. However, sometimes the work in the exhibitions are not necessary accessible the students. What I mean by this is that, though the students may say they like certain work within a show, some of the time they cannot easily grasp the context of the work or the theme of the show. A show like this can be easily understood by the student body. These are the work that they connect with.
Whether or not the attempt to curate a show within these premises equals success, or make for a good exhibition, remains with the critics and the audience. I personally believe the show came out very nicely. The opening was the first chance I was able to see the entire show up myself since I was out of commission for a couple of days due to the surgery I had this weekend. I had to let Paul run the show (as he usually does) and trust that it will come out well. And it did. The Gallery & Portfolio students worked up to the wire to make sure that the show indeed looks good.
March 12 - April 10, 2008
Cypress College Art Gallery
9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630