• Nicolas Verguerio
    Nicolas Verguerio
  • Jane Callister
    Jane Callister
  • Chris Ballantyne
    Chris Ballantyne
  • Binh Dahn
    Binh Dahn
  • Binh Dahn
    Binh Dahn
  • Pearl C. Hsiung
    Pearl C. Hsiung
  • Shana Lutker
    Shana Lutker
  • Shana Lutker
    Shana Lutker
  • Christian Maychack
    Christian Maychack
  • Sterling Ruby
    Sterling Ruby
  • Tim Sullivan
    Tim Sullivan
  • Tim Sullivan
  • Goody-B. Wiseman
    Goody-B. Wiseman

2006 California Biennial
Orange County Museum of Art
October 2006 – January 2007

The 2006 California Biennial, included artists, working in both Northern and Southern California, showcased over 125 new works by individual artists and collaboratives and presented large-scale installations, sculpture, paintings, works on paper, wall drawing, photographs, film and video art. For almost two years, we conducted numerous studio visits throughout the state focusing on artists whose new works reflect art trends from California, the diverse communities we live in, and the rich and varied cultures we experience. As in previous Biennials, the 2006 artists represented a wide range of cultural backgrounds, geographical locales, and artistic orientations. Their works spanned the gamut from formal discrete objects to those whose work is installation-based, environmental, filmic, or performative. Working alone or collectively, their far-reaching interests and preoccupations were as heterogeneous as their aesthetics and attitudes.

Noticing particular tendencies and themes, we devised the following categories to structure the exhibition and our catalogue essay: Extreme Object Makers: artists who make exquisitely-rendered works that mutate traditional forms and media to create new hybrids. (Jane Callister, Christian Maychack, Joel Morrison, Sterling Ruby) Social Interaction: works that engage viewers to interact in particular social spaces, constructed or identified by the artists, that call attention to popular culture and everyday life. (Sergio De La Torre, Kianga Ford, Kate Pocrass, Mario Ybarra Jr.) Urban Ecologies: art that responds to the natural and built environment, including urban, suburban, and entropic landscapes. (Christopher Ballantyne, Bull.Miletic, Shannon Ebner, Lordy Rodriguez, Leslie Shows, Amir Zaki) Historical and Archival Consciousness: archiving and adapting images and text from the flow of history and contemporary political events. (Walead Beshty, Binh Danh, Martin McMurray, Speculative Archive, Hank Willis Thomas) Fantasy Verité: the resurgent interest in work that draws upon unconscious desire, dream like imagination and absurd humor as a strategy. (Scoli Acosta, Andy Alexander, Brian Fahlstrom, Pearl C. Hsiung, Marie Jager, Shana Lutker, My Barbarian, Nicolau Vergueiro) Appropriated Identities: artists who use themselves as both subject and object to construct personal, social and/or multiple identities. (Ala Ebtekar, Arturo Ernesto Romo, Tim Sullivan, Goody-B. Wiseman)

The 2006 Biennial featured a number of new works created specifically for the exhibition including: site-specific paintings by Jane Callister and Chris Ballantyne that expand the parameters of abstraction and landscape traditions; a new video installation by Marie Jager that uses the Los Angeles cityscape as backdrop for a science fiction narrative; and new sculptural installations by Arturo Ernesto Romo and Christian Maychack that function as architectural parasites in the galleries and public spaces of the museum. Artist residencies included special projects by Scoli Acosta; Jedediah Caesar; My Barbarian, Kate Pocrass, and Mario Ybarra. A full-color exhibition catalogue accompanied the 2006 Biennial.

Click here to download a pdf of the exhibition publication

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2006 California Biennial Residencies
October 2006 - January 2007
Orange County Museum of Art

Scoli Acosta
Imperfect Empathetic Sta
During his multi-week residency at the museum Scoli Acosta worked with studio art students from University of California, Irvine. They collected found objects then created an improvisational, interdisciplinary installation that included mostly scavenged sculptural elements, a homemade sound organ and a single channel video.

My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alex Segade)
With Ian Marshalll DJ
California Sweet
California Sweet was a fantastical-realist collage of pop music, improv comedy, disco-inflected choreography and social critique which opened in an L.A. acting class and ended on an Iraqi battlefield. An inter-connected assemblage of characters, from middle-aged sex bombs to drug-dealing cruise ship entertainers and gay marines, perform for the audience in front of a dreamy landscape backdrop by Jade Gordon and Pearl C. Hsiung.

Mario Ybarra/Slanguage
Sign Language
Ybarra did a residency with high school students taking them to locations in Orange County where one could see evidence of the region’s shifting demographics. This resulted in Sign Language, a series of signs that show cultural overlay (i.e. a Pioneer Chicken becoming an Asian restaurant) and a video that were included in his new biennial installation. Additionally Slanguage artists including Mario Ybarra, Alonzo Garzon, Carla Diaz, Lindsay Joy and Io Olivera did a workshop with students that culminated exhibition at the OCMA’s Orange Lounge gallery.

Kate Pocrass
Mundane Journey/Orange County
Pocrass’ Mundane Journeys are public art projects aimed to call attention to easily overlooked, but idiosyncratic and interesting details in urban environments­­. For her biennial residency, Pocrass spent four weekends in Orange County and interviewed 50 museum members about their favorite but lesser known sites. She then made a 4-color map of selected destinations and created a hotline as a part of her installation in the galleries, affording the public an opportunity to self tour the sites. Pocrass also conducted a bus tour for the opening weekends and did a workshop for OCMA’s Teen Program.
For a longer essay on this project, click here to download a pdf
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