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You First

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You First at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art\, October 1 through Oct ober 29. Opening night reception 5:00 p.m. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit w ww.occca.org and www .uforafest.com. OCCCA is open Thursdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p .m and until 9:00 p.m.\, Fridays and Saturdays. Located at 117 N. Sycamore\ , Santa Ana\, California\, in the Santa Ana Artists’ Village. Contact: Rob Mintz or Dalibor Polivka \, Email:uforafest@yahoo.com   Ph: 714.667.1517

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Artists Rob Mintz and Dalibor Polivka present You First< /i>\, an exhibit arriving with more than fifty attractions! Dive into the t hink tank if you dare! Featuring young partisans of the real from the natio n’s top schools ---  plus a cadre of international art luminaries* --- Y ou First presents authentic &\; genuine Relational Aesthetics: art i n the here and now! See it\, feel it\, think it through! The great dream be longs to everyone! Glimpse the new paradigm. It’s no longer business as usu al. (Exhibit may contain language not suitable for children under eighteen years of age.) See poets\, slaves\, soap-sellers\, lovers\, inmates\, outca sts\, scientists\, city planners\, a guy reading a newspaper\, a woman in a tree! See artists\, documentarians and photojournalists at the height of t heir game. Art is more than just another facet of life: it’s the name of a hope\, reaffirming the social bond.  During the opening\, choreographer She ron Wray and her dance troupe will improvise interactively with the audienc e. On the same night\, You First will present Zoe Gruni’s performanc e piece\, Urban Jackalope\, first seen at the Biennale di Venezia\, plus the dance stylings of Derek Fleming of Soul Train fame. Milan K ovac\, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic\, will present document ation of  Slovakia’s humanitarian aid in troubled regions of the world.  You First has received the kind endorsement of the French critic and c urator Nicolas Bourriaud who coined the term\, “relational aesthetics.” Another true art luminary\, Alfredo Cramerotti\, a UK-based artist\, au thor and curator\, represents himself with a collaborative blog and videos about the radical European art fair Manifesta. Best-selling social visionar ies Michiel Schwarz &\; Joost Elffers’ will reveal new symbols for a sus tainable future. NYC’s favorite rock and roll fashionista\, Jordan B etten\, will demonstrate how to dress for the party. Marc Pally\, a high-po wer hyphenate\, is both the artistic director of Glow (an all night event h eld in Santa Monica) and an LA-based artist showing sensitive\, stylized dr awings of a human face\, wry\, melancholy and somehow heroic. Max Presneill \, mercurial director of the Torrance Art Museum\, exhibits brooding\, pain terly explorations of cognition and experience. Arie Galles\, a professor a t Soka University\, artist and gallery director\, bears witness to the Holo caust in a series of large-scale drawings of maps and aerial photographs fr om military archives. Art collectives are a fascinating phenomenon --- and there is none more elusive than Finishing School\, masters of street -smart provocation.  The artists in You First are graduates of the m ost prestigious art programs in the nation\, among them Art Center\, Art In stitute of Chicago\, Cal Arts\, California College of the Arts\, Cornell\, Cranbrook\, Harvard\, Mills College\, MIT\, New York Academy of Art\, Otis\ , Rhode Island School of Design\, Rutgers\, San Francisco Academy of Art\, and Yale. The participants in You First come from the United States\ , Italy\, France\, England\, Sweden\, and Slovakia\, nomadic citizens of th e planet Art. A complete exposition about You First\, the ideas and personalities that shaped it --- and the Ufora project in general --- will be unpacked in a forthcoming book by the curators.

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* The art lumina ries include: Alfredo Cramerotti\, Base Design\, Jordan Betten\, Nicolas Bo urriaud\, Finishing School\, Derek Fleming\, Arie Galles\, Zoe Gruni\, Milo s Koptak\, Marc Pally\, Max Presneill\, Michiel Schwarz &\; Joost Elffer s\, Karen Smith &\; Ida Hledikova\,  Stealthart\,  Wolfgang Steahle\, Ta Tu\, and Sheron Wray.

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