Archive for 'Exhibitions'

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.

Place and Time @ The Collaborative

The Arts Council for Long Beach is proud to present PLACE AND TIME: The 2013 Professional Artist Fellows an exhibition curated by Jeff Rau of Sixpack Projects, honoring all of the artists recently awarded Professional Artist Fellowship grants by the Arts Council for Long Beach. The exhibition features recent work from five Long Beach artists–Terry Braunstein, Shyamala Moorty, Jeff Rau, Hiromi Takizawa, and P. Williams–and will include painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation.

Please join us at the artist reception on Friday, February 1st, 7-10pm!

PLACE AND TIME: The 2013 Professional Artist Fellows
on view: January 25 – March 31, 2013
421 W. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

Friday, February 1, 2013. 7 – 10pm
(see also the facebook event page)

Terry Braunstein
Shyamala Moorty
Jeff Rau
Hiromi Takizawa
P. Williams

PLACE AND TIME explores the themes of both place and time as they relate within each individual artist’s body of work, and as these themes build connections between all of the exhibited works, hinting at common contemporary concerns among this group of artists. Furthermore, by including all current Professional Artist Fellows, the exhibition offers a diverse cross-section of the Long Beach artist community, representing if you will a snapshot of the creative community in a particular place and time.

This exhibition has been supported in part by grants from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.

The Collaborative: A project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) present exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and innovative approaches to art. This unique partnership is made possible through collaboration with LYON Communities and the City of Long Beach Development Services.

The Arts Council for Long Beach is a private nonprofit organization, which fosters excellence in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural endeavors in Long Beach. The Arts Council provides access for families, children, and the community to a broad spectrum of cultural experiences by building strategic partnerships and programs that weave arts and culture into the fabric of our community.

Trace Evidence at CALB for Long Beach Arts Month

Sixpack Projects is proud to participate in Long Beach Arts Month with a new exhibition curated by Jeff Rau at the brand new Cultural Alliance for Long Beach (CALB) galleries in the Bungalow Arts Building.

The exhibition entitled Trace Evidence features the work of five artists who explore and make sense of the world through systematic processes of measurement, quantification, and documentation. Whether creating sculpture based on body measurements, casting the physical marks left by performance events, allowing the wind to trace its path, or simply scanning donuts; all these artists seek to capture and permanently record the fleeting and immaterial.

Please join us at the opening reception on Friday, October 5th, 6-10pm.

Trace Evidence

curated by Jeff Rau
October 5 – October 27, 2012

Cultural Alliance for Long Beach (CALB)
at the Bungalow Arts Building
743 N. Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 5th, 6 – 10pm

Jocelyn Foye
Virginia Katz
Jeff Rau
Jennifer Reifsneider
Rebecca Sittler

All artists in this exhibition either presently live and work in Long Beach, or recently received a graduate degree from California State University here in Long Beach.

Sixpack Projects is a collective of six emerging contemporary artists and curators committed to providing innovative art exhibitions that bring together both emerging and mid-career artists to impel dialog on a variety of contemporary issues. For more information about this and other projects, please visit

This exhibition has been made possible by support from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Cultural Alliance for Long Beach. Please check out the hundreds of other arts events taking place during Long Beach Arts

Preston & Patrick at Andi Campognone Projects

Sixpack Projects is back in action helping to organize this exhibition
at Andi Campognone Projects!

PRESTON DANIELS | Black and Blue
PATRICK STRAND | Bedroom Atoll

January 14 – February 25, 2011
Art Walk Reception: January 14, 6-9pm

Andi Campognone Projects
300 W. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766

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 is realized through architectural sculptures (Daniels) and drawing studies (Strand). Both Daniels and Strand’s works represent the physical changes reflected in our living spaces and how they embody our everyday lives. Organized by Jennifer Frias and Sixpack Projects.

Preston Daniels attended the Chatauqua Institute School of Fine Art in New York and received his BFA from West Virginia University in 2007. He received an MFA on a Hallsburg Scholarship from California State University Fullerton in 2010. He has exhibited works at The OsCene at the Laguna Art Museum (2010), Crussell Fine Arts in Orange CA, SCA Project Gallery in Pomona, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and others. He has collaborated with artist and film director Tim Burton on his sculpture “Robot Boy” for the exhibition Tim Burton that opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2009, and travelled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art in May 2011. His works are included in numerous private collections around the country such as the collection of Barbra and Victor Kline. He currently lives and works in Long Beach, California.

Patrick Strand holds BFA degrees in drawing and painting from the University of Southern California (1998) and in character animation from the California Institute of the Arts (2002). In 2010 he received his MFA in Painting from Cal State Fullerton. He has exhibited at numerous southern California venues such as Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Film Festival. With his background in animation, drawing and painting, he has taught at Maxis Studios/Electronic Arts in Redwood City and Walnut Creek, CA, ABC Family in Los Angeles, California State University at Fullerton and Watts Towers through the Community Arts Partnership in Watts, CA. He currently lives and works in San Pedro, California.

Sixpack Projects is a collaboration of six artist/curators organizing innovative contemporary art exhibitions and events throughout Southern California. We are: Alyssa Cordova, Jennifer Frias, Lilia Lamas, Jillian Nakornthap, Jeff Rau, and Heather Richards. Sixpack Projects features special curatorial projects by the members of our collective and is intended to be a forum for engaging the community in important and relevant cultural discussions through the exhibition of contemporary art. For more information please visit

Jesper Just at UCR Sweeney Art Gallery

JESPER JUST | Sirens of Chrome
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery
December 17, 2011 – January 21, 2012

Opening Reception: January 14, 6pm – 9pm

Our very own Jennifer Frias has curated this fine exhibition at the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery. Be sure to check it out! Click here for more info.