Multimedia Faculty Exhibition - Louie-Meager Art Gallery
Featuring work from Isabel Reichert and Sean Fletcher, Merav Tzur, Sarah Wang, and David Folker
- Exhibit runs: February 22 - March 16, 2016
- Open to the Public
- Artist Reception: Friday, March 4 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Louie-Meager Art Gallery
Isabel Reichert and Sean Fletcher (life-art.org) have been investigating the phenomenon of displacement in personal relationships since 1999 through diverse media that includes performances, theatrical work, interventions, writings, installations, videos, photography and prints. They use their personal relationship to investigate the dynamic interplay between power and vulnerability, and reveal how the struggle for power manifests in society. Collaboration is a tool to inject their interpersonal negotiations and arguments into their art in order to apply the fallout to a larger political and socio-economic framework.
Terms of Dissengament, explores personal interactions where even the smallest issues can become the focal point of some pretty substantial blow-outs. Serving a bad cup of coffee, for example, can turn into a very vocal discussion about “listening.” A miscalculation while driving a car can lead to an argument about “paying attention” that might last for the duration of the journey. A highly attuned therapist may describe this condition as “displacement,” and would explain that the small issue the couple is arguing about is perhaps a distraction from a larger area of concern that they are trying to avoid.
This phenomenon of displacement in personal relationships can also be carried over to the larger realm of social interaction, where highly public dramas unfolding on our television screens or political scandals we read in the paper are not the problems themselves, but rather a distraction from a larger social ill.
Isabel Reichert is the Chair of the Multimedia and Graphic Arts Department
Merav Tzur (meravtzur.com) is a Conceptual artist who organizes temporary circumstances and environments where participants, audiences, and herself perform various roles. Similar to how children learn through play, Tzur’s practice encourages deeper connections with people through role-play while engaging in critical conversations about our world and our role in it.
In Reenactments of a Happy Woman (2015) Merav Tzur uses the vast archive of photographic imagery available online to address the constructs of identity and image. Searching “happy woman” on Google Image, she found common themes in the photographic archive and then reenacts the images and manipulates with Photoshop to create compositions that respond to the “happy woman” images.
For the Cherubs Educational Program (2013) consists of temporary informational booths installed in Bay Area urban locations. At these kiosks, visitors are introduced to the diverse population of cherub habitats in their communities. Two volunteers, dressed in cherub-watching uniforms serve as experts, providing guidance and educational materials to passers by. Material include field guides, pamphlets and checklists as well as a promotional video of the “For the Cherubs” program cherub-watching tours. The public can contribute to the growing knowledge of cherub species in their communities by sharing images of their sightings. Cups, key chains and embroidered patches are available for sale.
Sarah Wang (cargocollective.com/yinghuawang) explores the Taoist tradition of seeking harmony in the self; harmony of our inner self and what we show to others, as well as, harmony between ourselves and our environment.
Sarah Wang works predominantly in the medium of painting and digital art. She received her PhD in Art Education at the Ohio State University in 2013, specializing in multimedia design and design thinking. As an undergraduate she studied Product Design and received an MFA in Artistic Design. She is now working as a freelancer designer and artist in Bay Area. Sarah wants to depict the extreme beauty of the natural through her meticulous Chinese painting, exploring the rhythm and flow of the natural harmony.
David Folker received a BA in Advertising, with a Minor in Graphic Design, from San Jose State University in 1988. He has worked as a User Interface Analyst and Designer at TV Guide, helping to bring about the now ubiquitous interactive on-screen television guide. He has created logos for several start-up tech companies, as well as logos for middle school and high school mascots.
David teaches 3-D animation classes at Ohlone College. He creates art using multimedia graphics programs and works in sculpture and photograph as well. David prefers representational art, and natural organic forms, and has a great appreciation for the beauty and diversity of creatures sharing this planet.