GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
A Unit of California State University, Fullerton
College of the Arts
Please join us SEPTEMBER 6 from 6-10pm for…
FIRST SATURDAY OPENING RECEPTION / ARTIST TALK
6PM – ARTIST TALK
Artist Alison O’Daniel shares insight into her work in the current GCAC exhibition LOUD silence.
7-10PM – OPENING RECEPTION
Curated by Amanda Cachia
September 6 – December 6, 2014
LOUD silence offers the opportunity for viewers to consider definitions of sound, voice, and notions of silence through a deaf perspective. The exhibition displays prints, drawings, sculptures, videos, audio works and several film installations, and features work by four artists who have different relationships to deafness, including Shary Boyle, Darrin Martin, Alison O’Daniel and Christine Sun Kim.
These four artists explore how the binary of loudness and silence might be transformed in politicized ways through deafness. The stereotypical view of the deaf experience is that they live a life of total silence, where they retain little to no concept of sound. But on the contrary, deaf people actually know a lot about sound, and sound informs and inhabits their world just as much as the next person.(1) Through these artworks, the artists aim to loudly explode the myth of a silent deaf world, and they seek to trouble just how ‘inaudible’ sound really is through their own visceral experiences of it. They mobilize a type of trespass within the territory of sound, re-imagining the agentive capacity of those not normally ‘permitted’ equal access to it.
1. Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, “The Meaning of Sound” in Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (Cambridge, MA and London, England: Harvard University Press, 1988), 91.
7-10PM – CONTINUING EXHIBITION
SUSAN ROBB: WILD TIMES
Through October 12
Artist Susan Robb’s Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650-mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.
Beginning in mid-April 2014, Robb embarked on her 5-month adventure from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she is create digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files—periodically sending them to Grand Central Art Center and a series of additional West Coast art venues. There they are printed, projected, and installed, evolving into a cumulative exhibitions, a meditation on what it means to be wild today.