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Following a very polarizing Presidential election in the month of November, El Camino College Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork titled The Other Early Americans. This exhibition concentrates on work which is influenced by American traditions and/or Early American design, but which has a contemporary slant. The 8 artists in this show hale from varying ethnic backgrounds and personal persuasions.

During the course of the show performance, mixed media artist, Edith Abeyta, will be baking pies in the gallery in a piece titled, Apple Pie Saturdays. Abeyta has been visiting the homes of friends and strangers over the past year and baking a pie and sharing it with the homeowners. This installation includes her own handmade plates and the plates of 41 homes in which she has baked pies, along side a quilt made of photographs documenting each pie event.

In the tradition of early African American doll making, Angela Briggs presents dolls constructed of gourds, cloth, feathers and beads. Each figure serves also as a vessel, with tiny compartments containing magical objects, herbs and minerals.

Photographer and performance artist, Ken Gonzales-Day, utilizes fictional images from Latin American mythology. In these photographs, the artist enacts scenes from a story, which is set in New Mexico in the late 19th Century. Additionally, Gonzales-Day shows small, digitally altered etchings that document the shocking numbers of lynching of early Latin Americans in the United States.

Photographer and video artist, Betty Lee, presents large format black and white photographs which dramatically portray life as seen through the eyes of a child raised in the Midwest of the 1950s. Because Lee's family owned and lived in a laundry and because they were the only Asian people in the community, the photos have a powerful sense of place and perhaps, an air of isolation.

Sculptor, installation and video artist, Michael Lewis Miller, presents a video installation, Night Watch, in which dream-like images of performance of work-a-day tasks like chopping wood and fire building are projected on a 19th Century bed form. Beside the bed is a smoke-stained candle stand with curlicues of wax, formed by a candle, which is burning at both ends. The installation includes other Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, influenced furniture pieces and costumes that have magical and psychological overtones.

Laughing Horse Robinson shows a series of Kawaiisu winter houses made of rabbit brush, and a rock shelter, in the patio adjoining the Art Gallery. These structures focus upon a predictive, Native American calendar form that is completed by a dagger of natural sunlight that enters the roof of the rock house.

Kat Skraba's installation of 7 women's' dresses mounted on 7' high cruciform structures, draws upon American historical costume and events, both specific and spiritual, which have occurred in the history of this nation. In addition to performing in relationship to her piece, during the opening reception, Skraba will give a lecture and performance in the Art Gallery on Tuesday, February 22 at 1 p.m.

Printmaker and poet, Laura Stickney, exhibits etchings of American women poets paired with leaves from North American trees. Additionally Stickney shows large scale prints which include such personalities as the first woman in U.S. to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Jane Adams, surrounded by traditional quilt patterning and forms from nature.

Please join us in celebrating these highly personal impressions of what it is to be an American.

SUSANNA MEIERS
Curator El Camino College Art Gallery

 
EDITH ABEYTA

sOuP kitchEN
2003

I Miss You

2003-2004
 
ANGELA BRIGGS

Untitled
, 2003
mixed media

Untitled
, 2003
mixed media
 
KEN GONZALES-DAY


Untitled #36
1996


Untitled #6
1995
 
BETTY LEE

5+ Infinity(detail)
1996


5+ Infinity(detail)
1996


Documented Memory I, Livelihood
1995

Unchangeable Alien, Authentic History
1995
 
MICHAEL LEWIS MILLER

Bear Hunting (Ceremonial)
a portion of the Psychophysical Prosthetic Wardrobe

1998 to present

Bear Hunting (Ceremonial)
a portion of the Psychophysical
Prosthetic Wardrobe

2003 to present

Bear Hunting (Ceremonial)
a portion of the Psychophysical Wardrobe

2003 to present
 

LAUGHING HORSE ROBINSON


artist at work

 
KAT SKRABA

Pope
installation
2000

Pope
installation detail
2000
 
LAURA STICKNEY
Poet and Leaf XIV
etching
2000

Poet and Leaf III
etching
1993
 


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