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ART21 Access '14 @GOCA

November 15, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Episode 3: Legacy
Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Artists in this episode use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. Inspired by the teachings of Laotzi, by the modern artist Brancusi, and by formative experiences with his family in Germany and India, Wolfgang Laib's sculptures seem to connect the past and present, the ephemeral and eternal. His attention to human scale, duration of time, and his choice of materials give his works the power to transport us to unexpected realms of memory, sensory pleasure, and contemplation. Tania Bruguera explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change, staging participatory events and interactions that build on her own observations, experiences, and understanding of the politics of repression and control. Her work advances the concept of arte útil, according to which art can be used as a tool for social and political empowerment. Abraham Cruzvillegas works in his Mexico City studio and at exhibitions in Paris and Minneapolis to assemble sculptures and installations from found objects and disparate materials, through which he explores the effects of improvisation, transformation, and decay. His experiments with video, performance, family archives, and academic research reveal the deep connection between his identity, born of the harsh realities of his family's life in Mexico, and his artistic practice.
PBS premiere on Friday, November 7 at 10 p.m. ET

Episode 4: Fiction
What makes a compelling story? How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths? This episode features artists who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning. Katharina Grosse creates wildly colorful sculptural environments and paintings that unite the fluid perception of landscape with the ordered hierarchy of painting. Her work is a material record-a story-and, perhaps, an inscription of her thoughts, or an illusion. Grosse uses boat building techniques to create monumental abstract sculptures for display at Brooklyn's Metrotech Plaza, while at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, she adds layers of paint to a room filled with soil as a painted sculpture pierces through the building's architecture. Shown at work in her Berlin studio, Grosse leads viewers through the recent project I Think This Is a Pine Tree at the Hamburger Bahnhof. In Sweden, pioneering artist Joan Jonas performs at both Umeå Jazzfestival with musician Jason Moran, and at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, where she reconfigures her 1969 performance Mirror Piece. Working in performance, video, installation, sculpture, and drawing, Jonas finds inspiration in mythic stories, investing texts from the past with the politics of the present. Wearing masks and drawing while performing on stage, Jonas disrupts the conventions of theatrical storytelling to emphasize potent symbols and critical self-awareness. In multi-channel video installations, Omer Fast blurs the boundaries between documentary, dramatization, and fantasy, frequently generating viewers' confusion. Fast plays with our assumptions about identity and the structure of dramatic narrative, revealing shades of meaning as stories are told, retold, and mythologized. PBS premiere on Friday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET

PARTICIPATING ARTIST BIOS

Marina Eckler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often involves text and cultural memory. She lives and works in Colorado Springs. Marina Eckler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often involves text and cultural memory. She studied art at San Francisco State University and received an MFA from Maine College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs and at The LAB in San Francisco. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, poet Noel Black and their two children where she teaches art and design at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is co-founder of Mountain Fold Books, a nonprofit bookstore for the arts located in Colorado Springs. http://index.meca.edu/mfa2013/projects/marina-eckler/

Sean O'Meallie is currently featured in the current GOCA exhibition PLAY, on display in the UCCS campus gallery through December 13, 2014. He studied art at the University of New Orleans and served as assistant to noted artist Ida Kohlmeyer. For 10 years he worked in New York City as a toy inventor for the international marketplace. O'Meallie moved to Colorado in 1977 and taught studio art at UCCS for nine years. "In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility," O'Meallie said. "In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways." O'Meallie's sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Ark., The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo. His monumental sculpture "Cowboy Pajamas," a 20-foot painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with his guns drawn, is permanently installed in downtown Denver. In 2011, O'Meallie created The Manitou Chair Project, a half-mile long outdoor installation utilizing the people, townscape and possessions of the residents of Manitou Springs

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