The Violent Bear It Away @ Biola University

The Biola University Art Department presents THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY: 12 Artists Respond to Violence an exhibition curated by Jeff Rau of Sixpack Projects. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the Biola Art Symposium on Saturday, March 2nd. The symposium theme of Peace and Violence in Contemporary Art served as inspiration for this exhibition featuring work by 12 contemporary artists responding to issues of violence.

Please join us at the opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd, 4:30-7pm!

Taliban (2001), by Luc Delahaye. Used by permission.

THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY: 12 Artists Respond to Violence
on view: February 28 – March 21, 2013
Biola University Art Gallery
13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639

Saturday, March 2, 2013. 4:30 – 7pm
(see also the facebook event page)

Sonny Assu
Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet
Margarita Cabrera
Lia Chavez
Binh Danh
Luc Delahaye
André Goeritz
Amanda Hamilton
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Ira Lippke
Jes Schrom
Samira Yamin

THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY explores the many varied ways that contemporary artists have used their work to respond to issues of violence. Each of these artists have been struck by an awareness of violence, the scars of which are seen etched on bodies, inflicted upon the landscape, and cut into our memories. The specific violence examined by each artist varies greatly: from the substantial physical cost of war to the abstract metaphysical violence of representation & memory; and from the oppressive action of human institutions to the sublimely terrifying forces of nature. Likewise, there is great difference in their responses. Some challenge the trustworthiness of representation, while others seek understanding through images. Some attack the systems of oppression, while others create stirring memorials to victims. Some directly indict the violent offenders and force us to confront their evidence; others seduce us into complicity before revealing our own guilt. As we now engage each artist’s response, we too are awakened to the violence around us and within us. This awakening calls us into action, but a new series of questions will emerge…

The 2013 Biola Art Symposium features a series of presentations on the theme of Violence and Peace in Contemporary Art. This year’s guest presenters include: Anne Wilkes Tucker (Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), David Bentley Hart (Philosopher/Theologian), Bobette Buster (Film analyst and Adj. Professor at USC’s Peter Stark Program), and Lia Chavez (New York based artist). The presenters will unpack the most constructive models for understanding portrayals of violence and peace, the way these portrayals have functioned, and how they have affected individuals and communities in our culture. This is the eighth in a series of symposiums created and hosted by the Biola University Department of Art. Over the years these events have engaged both the Biola academic community as well as the larger Southern California arts community in stimulating and thoughtful dialogs regarding contemporary art and Christian faith. The symposium events are FREE to all who wish to attend. For more info please visit the symposium website.

2 Comments to “The Violent Bear It Away @ Biola University”

  1. Judith Mendelsohn Rood 15 March 2013 at 11:45 am #

    This show is important. It explores the complex subject of violence through the work of a collection of artists exploring the relationship between the viewer and the viewed. Everyone hates violence. It’s ugly. This show reveals the undeniable presence of violence in our daily lives, and how we negotiate that presence. It calls upon us to deal with the truth of violence, even its transcendent beauty and meaning. Thanks, Jeff, for this fantastic exhibit. I really enjoyed our conversation with Samira Yasmin last night. What a great evening!

  2. jeff 15 March 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank you for the comment Judith! It was indeed a wonderfully engaging panel discussion. Your expertise and enthusiasm added greatly to the conversation, and thank you for participating!

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