by Patricia Frischer
There were throngs of students flooding the campus of UCSD when we attended the long awaited re-opening of the Mandeville Art Gallery. Closed since 2018 but started in 1966, there has not been a faculty show since 2015. So what a brilliant opportunity for high school students visiting the campus to view the work of their future tutors with this first show Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era on view until June 18.
UCSD is a city within a city and although there are other art viewing spaces included the famous Stuart Collection of sculptures scattered through the landscape, it is curated exhibitions in this main space that have been missed. Ceci Moss, the director and chief curator has a heavy responsibility to bring the space back to life. The wrap around digital video display on the outside surface of the space will certainly draw attention especially at night to the renovation. And it is important for the general public and the arts community to discover the works of these teachers who will influence future artists.
I was on a mission to see the work of Memo Akten as he is on a panel I intend to attend at Oceanside Museum of Art, Artificial Intelligence Symposium on March 22 from 6 to 8pm. It is my understand that Akten is a generative artist which roughly means that at least some of the work is created with a non-human i.e. computer generated algorithm. His work in this show All watched over by machines of loving grace, 2021 is engaging and intriguing and some might even describe as “eye candy” and I have no problem with that.
|Memo Akten (the following images are screen shots from the video below)|
|Danielle Dean - Brazilian Amazon meets corporate Amazon|
|Pinar Yoldas - genetically altered forest and the worlds that could inhabit them.|
|Paul Mpagi Sepuya - red safety light behind the scenes photography session|
|Las Hermanas Iglesias (sisters Janelle and Lisa) with mother Bodhid Iglesias - exploration of feminism and family.|
|Las Hermanas Iglesias (sisters Janelle and Lisa) with mother Bodhid Iglesias|
|Alexandro Segade - adult superhero graphic novel|
|My Barbarian - on going performance piece with faculty member Alexandro Segader with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon|
|My Barbarian - props|
|Lorena Mostajo- cross-border souvenirs|
|Lorena Mostajo - cross-border souvenirs|
|Las Hermanas Iglesias - the exhibition is named after this work which is a palindrome repeated in the shape of an American flag.|
Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era - Faculty Exhibition
Mandeville Art Gallery