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New Wight Biennial 2010: Another Romance
1100 Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095


September 23rd, 2010 - October 7th, 2010
Opening: 
September 23rd, 2010 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Volver, Giorgio Andreotta CalòGiorgio Andreotta Calò, Volver,
2008, still from video installation
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Wight Biennial 2010

Another Romance

September 23-October 7, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 23 at 5-8pm


This year's Wight Biennial brings together 15 artists from Europe and the US. Hinging on the notion of the romantic in today's secular world, the exhibition attempts to bring back the magic lost in today's scientific approaches to art making.

Curated by Laeh Glenn, Alexander Kantarovsky, and Rebecca Kolsrud

Artists:

Giorgio Andreotta Calo
Rijkesakademie
Netherlands

Rebecca Digne
Rijkesakademie
Netherlands
Melodie Mousset
California Institute of the Arts
USA
Jamie Chan
Bard College
USA

Lena Henke
Staedelschule
Germany
John Seal
University of Southern California
USA
Tyler Coburn
University of Southern California
USA

Caitlin Keogh
Bard College
USA
Julia Tcharfas & Tim Ivison
Slade School of Fine Art
UK
Fiona Connor
California Institute of the Arts
USA

Axel Linderholm
de Ateliers
Netherlands
Jo-ey Tang
New York University
USA
Stephen Decker
Yale University
USA

Alisa Margolis
Schloss Solitude
Germany
Siobhan Tattan
de Ateliers
Netherlands

Without opposing any rational methodologies, our intention was to bring together a group of artists who produce work with a Romantic raison d’être: to suspend temporality, to transcend language, and to embrace the possibility for the sublime in a contemporary territory often marked by looping self-reflexivity and irony.

The work in this exhibition, which encompasses a wide range of approaches and media, is unified by a desire to translate authentic experience through affect and artistry. Rather than focusing on discrete gestures that rely on immediate art-historical or cultural context, the artists in Another Romance uncover a renewed interest in the universal.

Another Romance brings together the work of seventeen artists from Belgium, France, Ireland, Britain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the US, many of whom have never previously exhibited in Los Angeles. In effect, the gallery space comes to serve as a site for a trans-national convergence of ambitious works, ideas and conversations, offering new potential for the authentic, the affective, the beautiful and, for lack of a better word, the Romantic.

About the Wight Biennial

Founded in 1997 by professor and artist Mary Kelly, then chair of the UCLA Department of Art, the Wight Biennial is curated and produced by a committee of graduate students in the art department, often in collaboration with students from other departments. The objective of the show is to exhibit this specific group of emerging artists as well as foster an investigative exchange between graduate programs at UCLA and other institutions.

The exhibition program of the New Wight Gallery is made possible by the generous support of Dallas Price-Van Breda.


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