Call For Entries 2011 and Bloom Projects

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Model of the Energy Input, Output, and Transfers in the Always Strange and Surprising Animal Kingdom (Detail),, 2008 Digital/Analog Drawing 96 X 40 In.
Call For Entries 2011 and Bloom Projects

653 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
August 7th, 2011 - October 9th, 2011
Opening: August 6th, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

santa barbara
Tue.-Sat. 11-5 Sun. noon-5
mixed-media, digital, installation, performance, conceptual, pop, figurative, sculpture


Main Gallery: Call For Entries 2011:  Desiree D’Alessandro, Elizabeth Kunath, Luke Matjas, Michael Powell, Leighton Collier Roux

CAF showcases five stand-outs from the tri-counties in our annual Call For Entries (CFE) group exhibition, an opportunity that invited the artists to present newly commissioned work in the galleries. Guest curated by Kim Beil, the exhibition ranges in media, gender, and point of view, reflecting the sophistication and diversity of our region. Artist Leighton Collier Roux will present a performance artwork during the Opening Reception. 

Applicants were selected in Fall 2010 by a panel of distinguished jurors made up of artists and art professionals currently working in the visual arts field including: Kim Beil, Independent Art Writer, Santa Barbara, CA; Stephanie Dotson, Artist and Assistant Printmaking Professor at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; Rachel Gugelberger, Independent Curator, New York, NY; and Annie Wharton, Gallery Director at Annie Wharton Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.  

Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Joe LaCorte Design, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara IndependentSanta Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.

Bloom Projects: Dawit L. Petros, Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7)

Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7) are photographs of temporary sculptural installations that investigate permutational possibilities and the disjuncture between physical and abstract materiality. The works appropriate the framework of an east African alphabet script (Tigrinya, Petros’ first language) and found cardboard boxes. Petros integrates performative strategies, sculpture, and installation with legacies of landscape imagery to create a series of photographic tableaus. Each photograph depicts a specific arrangement constructed in various locations around Santa Barbara. The temporary structures merge possibilities inherent to specific cultural references: an African alphabet (a parallel model for seriality) and western minimalist traditions. Petros’ photographs present a hybridized third form, which extracts liberally from both.

Dawit L. Petros was born in Asmara, Eritrea and raised in Kenya and Canada. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Petros received his M.F.A at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2007 and his B.F.A in Photography at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 2003. Petros has shown at The Studio Museum, New York, NY, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI. He is represented by Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.

Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund, Santa Barbara, CA; Brush & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA;  Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.