Sixpackers back in Orange County with Form, Figure Frame Exhibition at CSUF

Form Figure Frame Exhibition

Sixpackers have returned to their alma mater for their latest curating adventure.  Alyssa Cordova and Heather Richards Siddons recently organized Form, Figure Frame: Works on Paper from the CSUF Art Collection May 16-October 4, 2013 at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo Hall- College of Business and EconomicsThe works selected for Form, Figure Frame highlight the impressive, diverse range of mediums that are often used for works on paper: Colored pencil, lithograph, woodblock printing, silkscreen and more!  Alyssa and Heather selected a survey of pieces from the collection in which the artists chose to explore the human figure as a cultural touchstone and vehicle for human expression. Admission is free and open to the public for viewing M-F 9-4, 3rd Floor, Deans Suite Mihaylo Hall.



2-for-1 night @ CSUF!

CRIT SESSION: VOLUME 1 is a collaborative project on view in the CSUF East Gallery, organized by Sixpack Projects’ Jennifer Frias with participation from CSUF graduate students and members of the community.

ATTEMPTS FOR THE MIRACULOUS: Experiments in Performance is a one-night-only performance event in the CSUF West Gallery, organized by members from both the Sixpack Projects and CHAR artist collectives.

Please join us on Saturday, March 23rd, at California State University, Fullerton, for the simultaneous opening of both projects!

Crit Session, Volume 1

A Project in Collaboration with Jennifer Frias,
Graduate Students in Art, and Community Participants

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 23, 5-8 PM
EXHIBITION DATES: March 23-28, 2013
GALLERY: Cal State Fullerton, East Gallery
800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA


Crit Session, Volume 1 is a multimedia installation based on a performance workshop in collaboration with MFA candidates in the art program at Cal State Fullerton and participating members from the community. This project is centered on the premise known in art practices, most notably in art schools and art programs, as the “crit” or “art critique.” The art system’s crit is comprised of the art student’s peers, professors and advisors conveying insight and directives to the student’s work. Ideally, a student leaves the crit with new understanding of their work, their process, and themselves. But what happens when the student leaves graduate school? The support from the institution is no longer available. Crit Session, Volume 1 is an ongoing observation and exercise of the dialogue that occurs when the context of the artist’s work is removed from the confines of an art institution or “art bubble,” and finds its way into the perception of the general public. It explores and challenges the project’s participating individuals who have an art background with a group who possess little to no art knowledge into contributing to a conversation that interrogates the role and the language imbued in art and art education.

The gallery presentation consists of three different bodies of work by three MFA students studying at Cal State Fullerton’s art program. Each of the student work- one painting, another a series of photographs and a series in mixed media, are on view in their respective wall in a confined gallery similar to an art studio. Accompanying their work is their artist statement. The focal point of the installation is an audio presentation hovering above the gallery space. The looped audio manifestation plays a recorded documentation of the dialogue from the performance workshops- three separate crit sessions between the art students and community peer participants. The peer participants range in occupational backgrounds- a musician, a retired district attorney, a budget analyst, a math tutor, a college student in studying psychology and a high school student. Each crit session embodies the disjunction between the involved groups- the art student and people outside of the arts. The ensuing dialogue varies from agreements to disagreements, clarity to ambiguity, hindrance to realization.

ATTEMPTS FOR THE MIRACULOUS | Experiments in Performance
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6-7 PM
West Gallery, Cal State Fullerton
Organized by Sixpack Projects and CHAR

Attempts for the Miraculous is a one-night-only presentation of 10-minute performances. Organizers Sixpack Projects and CHAR, transform Cal State Fullerton’s West Gallery into the “CO-LAB,” an artist laboratory for performance presentations that include developing works and first time collaborations.

Joe Biel + Nathan Bockelman
BubbleBros | Nick Lowe + Pejman Shojaei + Christopher Guerrero
Takeshi Kanemura + Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Chelsea Rector
Joanna Roche
Harmony Wolfe

CHAR is an ongoing series of experiments in which artists, theorists, and other cultural producers share ways of making and knowing. These experiments are presented in the domestic sphere as a re-staging of contexts for cultural inquiries. For more info visit

Sixpack Projects is a collective 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.

Corporeal Contours & When We Just Existed @ CFAC

Two new exhibitions curated by Sixpack Projects’ Jillian Nakornthap are now on view at the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, NY; so all you East Coast fans of Sixpack Projects rejoice!

Community Folk Art Center is presenting two exhibitions, “Corporeal Contours: Works by Firelei Baez and Andrea Chung” and “When We Just Existed: Works by Deborah Roberts.” These exhibitions open on Saturday, March 9, with a reception from 3-5 p.m. and will feature performances by the Underground Poetry Spot. In tandem with the exhibition, there will be an interactive space sponsored by Imagining America that will allow viewers to further engage with the exhibition by creating their own silhouettes.

“Corporeal Contours” confronts issues of identity in the Caribbean through silhouetted forms. Curator Jillian Nakornthap says, “While it is hard to capture the vast diversity of the Caribbean, this exhibition focuses primarily on two countries—Jamaica and the Dominican Republic—and the impact that their respective imperialist European nations had on their identity and social structures.”

Firelei Baez is a New York-based artist who has gained many accolades over the course of her young career, including the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award in 2010. Her work explores perceptions of the idealized female body, Dominican folklore and history.

Andrea Chung, who is currently an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, N.C., is a California-based artist who examines the social constructions created by tourist advertisements and post-colonial societies in both Jamaica and Trinidad. In many of Chung’s pieces, she physically cuts out the natives or workers from tourist advertisements or archival photographs, questioning the person’s importance amongst the lush landscape.

“When We Just Existed” is Deborah Roberts’ New York solo exhibition debut, where she investigates the prepubescent stage of a young girl’s life and the residual affects it has on her as an adult. In many of Roberts’ paintings, she employs her adolescent self as the subject and then, will often layer the figure with bleach, paint and string. Her intention is to question the assertions that are put upon girls before they are able to formulate their own identities. Nakornthap adds, “There is an indescribable tension that is happening in Deborah’s work, where the viewer feels pulled between a child’s innocence and the harsh realities of the world.”

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.