Please join us as we celebrate the opening of UC Irvine's Artists in Residence exhibition
The representative image of the 2014 Artists in Residence exhibition is a concrete poem, a poem in which a word does what it means, in a sense performing, or visually representing, its own meaning. Performance is a key aspect of both Selwa Sweidan and Óscar Castrellón’s work for the exhibition, the culmination of a year-long research and studio practice program. The artwork performs and then the viewers play their part.
Óscar Castrellón is a Los Angeles based artist and educator, working primarily in sculpture and video.
Selwa Sweidan is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Selwa holds a BA from Smith College. Recently, Selwa was accepted to the MFA "Media Design Practices" program at
Art Center College of Design, where she will begin in September 2014.
Laura Maurer holds degrees in Literature and Religion. Experienced in both marketing communications and market research, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Religious Studies, taking an interdisciplinary approach that will include Art History, Literature and Archaeology.
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A Transcendent Pause
A caesura is a poet's technique that drives a poem's rhythm away from its meter. Meter being an expectation for the poem, a caesura is a pause in a line of verse dictated by a sense of speech rather than metrics. Derived from the Latin word for the act of cutting, a caesura creates a break, a stop in the flow of sound. In this exhibition, Sweidan and Castrellon have created pieces that cut; from the digital "cutting" of film images to manipulate and reorder them in Sweidan's work, to Castrellon’s representational cutting of the concrete that holds in the Los Angeles River to the figurative cutting of time both artists have achieved in creating a space in which to pause. To think. To reflect and break out from our usual flow.
The following artists are collaborating with Selwa Sweidan
Dancer & Choreographer
Crystal Sepúlveda is a professional choreographer and dance performing artist from Miami, FL. Crystal holds an M.F.A in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside and is a current Projects Room Resident Artist at the Milkbar in Oakland, California.
Photo © Demetrios Katsantonis
Goest Perfumes is a Los Angeles-based artisan fragrance house.
It is perfumer-owned by Jacqueline Steele, whose work has been featured by The New York Times, Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, Daily Candy, GQ, and other publications.
Louise Griffin is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer. She created GriffinMade, her design studio, to study the relationship of art, architecture and public space. Her work varies in scale from large site-specific public art to custom made products. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UCLA.
After parking within the Mesa parking structure, go to the 2nd floor and take the footbridge across to the Arts Campus. After you cross the foot bridge follow the signs which lead you to the UAG.
Please note, it is a 5 minute walk. Please use this address for your GPS:
Mesa Parking Structure, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA 92617
Our Supporters and Contributors
Dean Joseph Lewis III, Prof. Juli Carson, Deb Sunday, Robert Plogman,
Yanira Cartagena for making sure I stayed focused this past year.
Prof. James Nisbet, Bryan Jackson, Shelby Roberts, Rudy Vega, Matt Ulrich,
And thank you to the following UCI professors for allowing me to sit in on their classes and special events, and taking the time to share their knowledge and insight with me:
Prof. Andromache Karanika, Prof. Amy Powell, Prof. James Herbert,
Prof. Jack Miles and Prof. Cynthia Claxton.
to visit the show between July 12-26, 2014 during gallery hours (Tue - Sat, 12-6pm).
Please email us with times/dates you would like to visit, your name, and a number we can reach you at to:
selwa [at] selwasweidan.com
diglaura [at] yahoo.com
oscar.castrellon [at] gmail.com