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NELSON GALLERY AT UC DAVIS ANNOUNCES FOURTH REGIONAL SURVEY BIENNIAL EXHIBITION: FLATLANDERS ON THE SLANT FEATURES FIFTY LOCAL ARTISTS IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SLANT STEP

In July 2006 UCIRA Artist Renny Pritikin curated the work of some three-dozen artists from the Sacramento and Davis area into the first Flatlanders exhibition. Every other summer since he has organized new versions of the show, with all different artists. For the fourth iteration, from July 12th through August 17th, 2012, the theme will be a celebration of the (approximately) fiftieth anniversary of the original slant step show.

The slant step, for the uninitiated, was a mysterious box covered in green linoleum that William T. Wiley, UC Davis professor, and his student, Bruce Nauman, purchased from a thrift store and elevated to the status of legendary found art object. Like art itself, the slant step is interesting, often inspiring and of no apparent usefulness. Hundreds of artists have made their own versions of the slant step over the years, and for this exhibition fifty artists will present new slant step-inspired works, and the original slant step will be on view as well.

Guest curator Joy Bertinuson, adjunct faculty member at both American River and Sierra Junior Colleges, offers this insight: “I approached the Nelson about organizing this exhibition because UC Davis is where the slant step began its (new) role as muse for those early artists making works in its likeness. The inspiration for the show came with my discovery that some of those original artists, many of whom have remained in this region, have continued to be interested in the thing after forty-seven years! While it started as a local phenomenon, its appeal has reached internationally, and has crossed genres; it is for these reasons that it should not be forgotten.”

Participating artists include: Suzanne Adan, James Albertson and Julia Stagg, Cheselyn Amato, Clayton Bailey, Carol Bernard, Marcia Cary, Rachel Clarke, Andrew Connelly, Nathan Cordero, Fred Dalkey, Chris Daubert, Jose Luis Di Gregorio, Mitra Fabian, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Gioia Fonda, Ianna Frisby, Stephen Giannetti, Matthew Gottschalk, Gale Hart, Robin Hill, Stephen Kaltenbach, Brenda Louie, Lisa Marasso, Patrick Marasso, Liv Moe, Joan Moment, Tom Monteith, Jeff Musser, Tony Natsoulas, Robert Ortbal, Hearne Pardee, Maija Peeples-Bright, Ron Peetz, Nigel Poor, Doug Ratliff, Annabeth Rosen, Alejandro Rubio, Ryan Seng, Mick Sheldon, Peter Stegall, Michael Stevens, Garr Ugalde, Peter VandenBerge, Gerald Walburg, Ken Waterstreet, Gina Werfel, David Wetzl, William T. Wiley, Steve Wilson, Patricia Wood, and sketches provided by Professor Emeritus Frank Owen by University of Vermont, students, faculty and staff.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available. For further images and information, please contact Katrina Wong at kliwong@ucdavis.edu.

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