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2010 California Biennial

October 24, 2010 - March 11, 2011 │ Newport Beach

The California Biennial provides a good opportunity to discover the contemporary art scene on the American west coast. The show at the Orange County Museum of Art is once again supported by Deutsche Bank.

Curator Sarah Bancroft visited nearly 150 artist's studios before finally selecting the 45 artists for the current California Biennial. Many of the artists presented in the Orange County Museum of Art are young; their works bring together a variety of cultural identities and traditions. The participants react consciously to current social phenomena, such as the dire situation on the border to neighboring Mexico. For many migrants, the dream of a better life in the USA ends terribly: they die of thirst in the desert surrounding the border area. The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) of the collective Electronic Disturbance Theater/ b.a.n.g. lab seeks to prevent this by implanting new software into cheap used cell phones containing a GPS. These phones then guide the illegal migrants to water supplies which the human rights activists have hidden for them.

Taravat Talepasand, artist of Iranian descent, combines old Persian miniature painting done in a painstaking egg tempera process with controversial themes. One of her works, Censored Garden (2008), explores sexuality and censorship: a woman cloaked in a black chador stands in the midst of decorative and colorful flowers. Yet her body is composed of flesh-colored pixels - her figure appears naked. It is a mode of representation that seems ambivalent: on the one hand, the pixels offer protection against prying eyes, and on the other the image reads like a challenge to look more closely and decode the hidden motif.

The artist group Los Angeles Urban Rangers have organized discovery tours in the environs of the Orange County Museum of Art. The collective, comprised of artists, writers, and geographers dressed in special khaki uniforms, explore the various, primarily urban "biotopes" in the area, ranging from Hollywood Boulevard to the public beach of Malibu.

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Project picture gallery
  • Andy Kolar, Six Deep, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Andy Kolar, Six Deep, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles
  • Gil Blank, No Title, No Date, Courtesy LaMontagne Gallery, Boston
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Gil Blank, No Title, No Date, Courtesy LaMontagne Gallery, Boston
  • Taravat Talepasand, The Censored Garden, 2008, Collection of Michael Frank Black, Scottsdale, Arizona. Image courtesy of the artist and Marx and Zavatterro, San Francisco
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Taravat Talepasand, The Censored Garden, 2008, Collection of Michael Frank Black, Scottsdale, Arizona. Image courtesy of the artist and Marx and Zavatterro, San Francisco
  • Dru Donovan, Untitled, 2008 .Courtesy of the Artist
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Dru Donovan, Untitled, 2008 .Courtesy of the Artist
  • Dru Donovan, Untitled, 2008 .Courtesy of the Artist
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Dru Donovan, Untitled, 2008 .Courtesy of the Artist
  • Patrick Wilson, Insomniac, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Patrick Wilson, Insomniac, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
  • Andy Ralph, Lawn Chair, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Andy Ralph, Lawn Chair, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Andy Kolar, Six Deep, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles

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