BC Space: Mything in Action
his exhibition highlights the thirty-seven year history of BC Space. As much a mental space as it is a physical space, BC-representing the initials of founders Jerry Burchfield and Mark Chamberlain-is the oldest established gallery in Orange County. Located on the second floor above a commercial storefront on Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach, BC Space began as a commercial photo lab and studio. Through the dedication of Chamberlain and Burchfield, this high quality photo lab soon transformed into a scarcely-for-profit art gallery, performance hall, public meeting place and a headquarters for community documentation projects and social activism. The most famous project to emerge from BC Space is the fifteen phase, three decades long Laguna Canyon Project-which garnered national media attention including Life magazine and TV coverage, involved thousands of Southern California residents, and ultimately saved the canyon from development.
BC Space: Mything in Action features artwork by forty-five artists who exhibited at the gallery over the past four decades and helped advance the reputation of BC Space as a venue for artists engaging in often controversial ideas. The exhibition will document the substantial role BC Space played in Southern California promoting photography as a fine art medium and ambitious projects such as the Laguna Canyon Project and Legacy Project documenting the transformation of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into the Great Park of Orange County.
Marsha Adams, Roger Armstrong, Steve Axelrad, Barbara Berk, George Blakley, Angie Bray, Jerry Burchfield, Jack Butler, Mark Chamberlain, Jim Cokas, Eileen Cowin, Darryl Curran, Jorge Dubin, Greg Erf, Jacques Garnier, Graham Howe, Mark Johnstone, Harold Jones, Robert Ketchum, Lynn Kubasek, Victor Landweber, James Lerager, Greg MacGregor, Mary Ellen Mark, Douglas McCulloh, Jerry McGrath, Patrick Nagatani, Thomas Neff, Joy Neimanus, Kendra North, Sheila Pinkel, Susan Rankaitis, Andrew Savulich, Lonny Shavelson, Ilene Segalove, John Sexton, Clayton Spada, Partick Sparkuhl, Jim Stone, Arthur Taussig, Richard Turner, Jo Whaley, Andy Wing, Mihoko Yamagata, Eadweard York *This exhibition is in remembrance of co-founder Jerry Burchfield who passed away September 11, 2009