NATURAL HISTORY: Jeff Cain (Cerritos College 2014 ART+TECH Artist-in-Residence)
The Cerritos College Art Gallery, along with the Cerritos College Art & Design and Engineering Design Technology departments, is pleased to announce NATURAL HISTORY, a solo exhibition of work produced by Jeff Cain during his recent 2014 ART+TECH artist residency at Cerritos College opening on Tuesday, January 27th from 6-9PM.
During the November 2014 residency period, Cain worked with a cross-section of advanced students from both the Cerritos College Art Department’s 3D-Design program and the Engineering Design Technology program, collaborating to produce life-sized sculptures inspired by 3D scans of taxidermied animal specimens from local museum collections and private holdings.
These animals, native to the American West, and therefore loaded with semiotic significance in our collective imagination (coyotes, eagles, rabbits, bears, etc.), were scanned, manipulated, and printed using the 3D software and printers available in Cerritos College’s Engineering Design lab, as well as at USC’s Roski School of Design, and the corporate headquarters of this year’s exhibition sponsor, AirWolf 3D. Assembled from multiple tessellated print-chamber-sized polyhedral forms, inspired in part by the utopian designs of Buckminster Fuller, these semi-erased biological specimens literally fuse with modernist design tropes in order to reflect on the difficulty of reconciling California’s futurist and utopian impulses with the increasingly distant and endangered legacy of its wild past.
An associated panel discussion and catalog release will be also be held on Thursday, March 5th from 6-8PM. Jeff Cain, joined by Margaret Worththeim, Julia Paull, and Andrew Kutchera, will discuss his work and the broader historical/contemporary intersections of art, environmental science, and technology. More information TBA soon.
Jeff Cain is a Lecturer of Design at University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts. He holds a MFA from CalArts and is a recent recipient of the 2014 California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists. Cain has previously served as the Exhibition Designer at the UCR ARTSblock, the Technical Director of Highways Performance Space, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. His work has been exhibited at 18th Street Art Center, the Kellogg Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona, LACE, the Torrance Art Museum, the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, the Getty Center, LACMA, and the University Art Gallery at UC Irvine.
About the ART+TECH Artist-in-Residence Program: The newly established Cerritos College ART+TECH Artist-in-Residency is a unique annual program, which pairs a local professional visual artist with the amazing technology resources available on the Cerritos College campus. During the Fall 2014 residency period, the divisional Technology partner will be the Engineering Design Technology department (with future annual partners to include Automotive Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Welding, and Woodworking).
About the Engineering Design Technology Program at Cerritos College: The Engineering Design Technology department at Cerritos College offers a certificate of achievement in Engineering Design Technology, as well as an Associate of Arts Degree. The department also offers five Verifications of Completion in Machine Design & Manufacturing, 3D Parametric Modeling Design & Presentations, Design with Autodesk Map 3D, Sheet Metal Layout Applications with 3D Parametric Solid Modeling, and Engineering Design & Production Technology.
About the Cerritos College Art Gallery: The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances. The mission of the Cerritos College Art Gallery is to serve as an educational, social, and culture enhancement for the Cerritos academic population, as well as the immediate surrounding communities.
About Cerritos College: Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college in southeastern Los Angeles county. The campus is located at 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650.