The Conversations With… Series brings distinctive artist voices to the Laguna Art Museum to discuss their practice in a uniquely casual conversation with guests. Our next artist in the series is Jeff Gillette. Past guests in the series, which launched in 2011, have included Amy Caterina, The Legacy Project, and Deborah Aschheim. The evening will launch with a brief presentation by the artist who will discuss the importance of his travels in his work. Gillette will mention living and working in rural Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer during the 1980s and how his work is inspired by his travels to both Western and developing countries continuingly gravitating toward the extremes of India’s’ slums.
Jeff Gillette has been pursuing the theme of urban blight of Third World countries in his art for over fifteen years. His media has grown from photography, drawing, and painting, to collage; as well as sculpture and even life-sized installations of shanty towns, notably his Slum series (2010). His extensive travels always veer off the beaten track, finding the worst parts of megalopolises, from Asia, Africa, the Americas and back to Costa Mesa where he lives and works. He gathers first-hand experiences with photographs, slides, videos, and parasites. In the summer of 2012, Gillette hopes to culminate his efforts into a deeper understanding of the plight of the developing urban poor and attempt to live in a slum in India for a period of time, where he hopes to film his adventures and create art while immersed there.
Following the discussion, enjoy a mixer featuring complimentary beverages and the opportunity to meet the artist. Additionally, you are encouraged to view the museum’s current exhibitions as well as participate in the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk which takes place at area galleries from 6:00-9:00 p.m.