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In a small art department 50 miles north of Santa Monica\, Christine Mor la and Ichiro Irie teach painting\, drawing and design at Oxnard College\, in a city perhaps better known for its agriculture\, military base\, and pu nk rock than for its visual art. Irie and Morla are current and former resi dents of 18th Street Arts Center\, respectively\, and both are alumni of Cl aremont Graduate University. Each brings an unconventional teaching style t hat emphasizes both traditional techniques and newer approaches in art maki ng to a community\, which despite its proximity to Los Angeles\, has limite d exposure to contemporary art. This mixed strategy\, implemented with a ti ght-knit set of students and faculty\, has generated a prominent core group whose works are commensurate with college and university art students acro ss Southern California. Disciplines\, genres and styles encompass conceptua l and post-conceptual works\, low-brow and street art\, photography and ill ustration\, and architecture. The Oxnartians Have Landed features recent students of Oxnard College who represent the most promising talents from the past 5 years.

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Many have transitioned to four-year academic inst itutions such as UCLA\, UC Berkley\, UC Santa Barbara\, Cal State L.A.\, Ca l State Long Beach\, and Otis College\, while others that have completed th eir undergraduate educations have done so with aplomb. As most of the young artists in this exhibition have relocated to the greater Los Angeles area\ , it is clear that the Oxnartians have landed\, and they are here to stay.< /span>

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CHRISTINE MORLA

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Christine Morla is an interdisciplin ary artist and arts educator. Her practice includes drawing\, painting\, an d installation. Ms. Morla graduated with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount Unive rsity and received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as at Art Frankfurt\, Ger many\, Rimjaus Gallery\, Mexico City\, The Armory Show\, New York\, Santa B arbara Contemporary Arts Forum\, Riverside Art Museum\, Huntington Beach Ar t Center\, Raid Projects\, Los Angeles and 18th Street Arts Center\, Santa Monica. Recent solo shows include The Space Between at CSU Channel Island N apa Gallery\, Fields of Color at Left Coast in Goleta\, CA\, and an upcomin g show of new works at Carnegie Museum in Oxnard\, CA. Currently\, she teac hes at Oxnard College\, and is Gallery Director of the McNish Art Gallery. Her numerous curatorial projects include “The Color of God: Contemporary Ex pressions of Spirit\, Race and Justice” at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University and “Tabo(o) an exhibition of Filipino-American artis ts at Claremont Graduate University’s White Room Gallery. From 2002-2004\, she served as an independent co-curator of exhibitions at Crazy Space Galle ry in Santa Monica\, California. Her work is featured in New American Paint ings\, issue #85\, Spring 2010.

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ICHIRO IRIE

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Born in Tokyo and ra ised in Los Angeles\, Ichiro Irie received his B.A. from University of Cali fornia\, Santa Barbara and his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. I n 2001\, Irie went to Mexico City on a Fulbright fellowship\, and has maint ained an active relationship with the visual art community in Mexico. Irie has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums such as Tor rance Art Museum in Los Angeles\, Gallery Lara Tokyo\, CSW Museum in Warsaw \, Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City\, and Hendershot gallery\, New York. S ince 2009\, he has had solo shows at Yautepec gallery\, Mexico City\, CAM C ontemporaneo\, Guadalajara\, Casa Del Tunel\, Tijuana\, Sam Francis Gallery \, Santa Monica and eitoeiko gallery\, Tokyo. In 2013 he has exhibited at U niversity Art Museum\, Long Beach\, CA\, and as part of the Mexicali Bienni al at Vincent Price Museum in Los Angeles\, CA. As a curator he has organiz ed over 30 exhibitions at venues such as 18th Street Arts Center and Raid P rojects in Los Angeles\, Art &\; Idea and MUCA Roma in Mexico City\, and Kyubidou Gallery in Tokyo. Irie currently lives and works in Los Angeles\, teaches at Santa Monica College and Oxnard College\, and is an artist in r esidence at the 18th Street Arts Center. He was Founding Editor of RiM maga zine\, and is currently Director of JAUS\, Los Angeles.

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