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Chiasmus: Zones of Political and Aesthetic Imagination – Exhibition at the UC Irvine University Art Gallery

UC Irvine University Art Gallery
Opens 01/12/2012


“…Political art does not constitute itself by blurring the borders between the registers of the aesthetic and the political, but, conversely it can only communicate itself meaningfully by crossing these borders.”


- Helmut Draxler


Continuing, the UAG’s Critical Curatorial Exhibition Series, Chiasmus brings together eleven international artists working in such diverse mediums and strategies as: theatrical intervention, installation art and video, lyrical minimalism, sculptural systems, serial abstraction and gestural painting. In the exhibition, the viewer is invited to cross the borders between aesthetic and political concerns. This crossing occurs in the form of a dialogue that takes place between the viewer and the artwork – which continues between the artworks themselves – an operation traced by the discerning viewer. In the context of the current political landscape – from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street to the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision to the Global Financial Crisis – Chiasmus stresses the importance of a rhizomatic conversation between fields of practice in order to imagine different productive relationships between them. This is the zone of political and aesthetic imagination.


Featured artists: Sayre Gomez, Julia Haft-Candell, John Husley, Alexandre Joly, Liz Magic Laser, Ragen Moss, Nikki Pressley, Meghan Petras, Tom Pnini, Hong-An Truong, John Williams


Curators: Andy Brown, Todd Bura, Yaron Hakim , Kelli Lanham, Manjulika O’Rourke, Alexandra Pacheco Garcia, Martabel Wasserman


This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Tinnie and Shiv Grewal

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