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A quick update… and new exhibition!

Sixpack Projects may have been officially silent for most of 2012, but this is not to say that we’ve been resting on our laurels. Quite the contrary!

At its core, Sixpack Projects began (and remains) a collective of six emerging contemporary artists and curators, often working independently, each with different specialties and interests. As we have been consistently excited and inspired by each other’s work, we banded together as friends and colleagues to help build a name together.

This past year has brought about some significant professional growth among the individuals in our group! From our humble beginnings in Orange County, we are now curating exhibitions on both coasts and in Europe! In a few short years, Sixpack members have been part of the curatorial/exhibitions staff at Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana; University Art Museum at CSULB, Long Beach; Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield; and the Florence Biennale, Italy. Now presently, three of our members hold senior curator positions at UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA; Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY; and LINEA Contemporary Art Space, Florence, Italy.

Of course, along with such professional responsibility to other institutions, we do not often have the freedom to brand our work with the independent name of Sixpack Projects. But, this is not to say that our independent work is done!

We may not maintain the consistent calendar of programming we established in 2010-2011, but we remain committed to providing innovative art exhibitions that bring together both emerging and mid-career artists to impel dialog on a variety of contemporary issues. As we continue to develop new relationships with artists and independent art spaces, expect to see future Sixpack Projects exhibitions pop up on both coasts and perhaps even across the globe!

Plus… a new exhibition is coming to Long Beach, for Long Beach Arts Month. More info coming soon.

Several projects by Jeff Rau

While we usually promote the curatorial projects of our members, we should note that most of us are also active artists in other media. And on that note, Sixpack Projects’ Jeff Rau has several upcoming projects that we are proud to announce!

1. You First at OCCCA – October 1, 2011

First up, Jeff Rau has work in the exhibition You First opening on October 1st at OCCCA in Santa Ana. He will be exhibiting video, photos, and other artifacts from a 30 day performance project called Climbing Trees. The exhibition is curated by an interesting group called the Universal Festival Of Relational Art (UFORA) and features work by a number of talented artists/groups including Finishing School, Marc Pally, and Max Presneill among many others. The exhibition opens concurrent with the Santa Ana Art Walk on October 1st, 2011, 5-10pm.

2. HAZE at CSUF West Gallery – October 29, 2011

Next up, Jeff Rau has a solo exhibition of his MFA work at Cal State Fullerton. This exhibition, entitled HAZE, opens at the West Gallery on the campus of CSUF on Saturday October 29, 5-8pm. HAZE is a conceptual project employing photographic strategies to represent the immaterial, ever-shifting cloud of smog/grit/marine-layer that cloaks the city of L.A. in an obfuscating fog. Jeff Rau presents his work from over 16 months of observing, documenting, and imaging this nebulous phenomenon in an exhibition of field journals and photographs. For more information about this exhibition, please email Jeff –

Side Note: A second exhibition also opens at CSUF October 29th, curated by Sixpack’s Alyssa Cordova and Heather Richards. For more information on that exhibition, please visit our Acquired Taste website.

3. photography juror – October/November

Lastly, in November Jeff Rau is excited to be a guest juror for! He will be jurying their photography contest. Winners of the online contest will receive a cash award and be featured in My Art Contest’s online journal Artist Portfolio Magazine. Submissions for the photography contest are accepted through October 31st, click here to enter.

JEFF&GORDON – Call for Community Participation!

Jennifer Frias of Sixpack Projects is curating an exhibition at the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery and artists JEFF&GORDON are asking for your help! To participate in this project all you need to do is show up at the filming location in Riverside on October 1st.

The final video piece will be exhibited at the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery in the upcoming JEFF&GORDON exhibition scheduled to open on October 29, 2011. Click here for more information on how to participate in this project.

Coming soon @ Sixpack Projects


BETA RELEASE: Experiments in video, sound + performance

Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 6-9 PM
Concurrent with the Long Beach Downtown Art Walk

Organized by Jennifer Frias, Jeff Rau and Sixpack Projects.
Featuring the works of Georg Burwick, j.frede, JEFF & GORDON, Christopher O’Leary, and shea M gauer!

BETA RELEASE: Experiments in sound, video, and performance is a one-night-only event inviting the viewer to actively engage with a variety of time-based works. From JEFF & GORDON’s playful exploitation of filmic conventions, to Christopher O’Leary’s ostensive super-power “documentation” films. With shea M gauer’s sonic spill, j.frede’s electronic experiments in translating digital images into digital audio, and Georg Burwick’s collection of photographs of unfamiliar familiar stomping grounds. All these works offer explorations into the many ways evolving technology continues to shift our perceptions and the means by which we engage the world around us.

Also on view, public photo-murals by international street artist JR cover the exterior windows of the gallery along both Broadway and Promenade. This work was installed to celebrate the launch of his latest project, Inside/Out, on the occasion of his being awarded the prestigious TED Prize. The murals will be removed soon; this weekend is your last chance to see them!


PRESTON DANIELS: Neighborhood Watch | PATRICK STRAND: Archipelago
March 26 – April 30, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, March 26, 6-9 PM
Long Beach Downtown Art Walk: Saturday, April 9, 6-9 PM

Organized by Jennifer Frias and Sixpack Projects

Sixpack Projects is pleased to present two separate bodies of work by two emerging southern California artists. Preston Daniels and Patrick Strand produce works that seize the humanization of architectural, communal and spatial elements occupying our modern environs. The artists’ re-contextualization of transcendental communities are realized through architectural foundations declining from their majestic poise (Daniels) or through fragmented drawings of multiple cities assembled together into one island (Strand). Both Daniels and Strand produce works that represent the physical changes reflected in our living spaces and how it embodies our everyday lives.

JR’s Inside/Out project inspires Long Beach

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The international artist known simply as “JR” was recently awarded the TED Prize; this week in Long Beach he unveiled his latest project, Inside/Out, undertaken with the support of the TED Prize award.

The Inside Out project website describes the project this way:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

To launch this project, the exhibition JR@TED with Phantom Galleries LA in Long Beach featured a massive photobooth allowing visitors to receive their large scale black and white portraits on the spot.

Now a group of Long Beach residents led by Alexa Fleur (Critique It), Marjorie Hooper, and Jeff Rau (Sixpack Projects), have taken JR’s project immediately back to the streets of their community by posting their portraits across the windows of a large building at the corner of 3rd and Olive in downtown. Inspired by JR’s wish to have these posters be an opportunity for “messages of personal identity”, these participants were prompted to write a statement across their image with a personal declaration, “I am …”

Be sure to drive by the property at the corner of 3rd St and Olive Ave.
You can also view the slideshow below.