Shelby Graham

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Local artist, photographer, curator and the Director of the Mary Porter Sesnon, Shelby Graham came into KZSC to talk about her work and current installation Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology.

This solo artist show features, Xiaoze Xie, who was born in China in 1966 at the start of the Cultural Revolution and is currently the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art at Stanford University.

The exhibition has stunning new larger-than-life paintings, prints and provocative video installations, showcasing Xiaoze Xie’s use of books and newspapers to symbolize the fragile nature of compressed history and memory. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, several distinguished private collections and are currently featured in a traveling exhibition from Bucknell University “Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments (1993–2008).”

Shelby and I talked about how one goes about curating and in this case choosing the works while visiting the artist in his studio. Coincidentally, his studio happens to be the same size as the Sesnon. This made it a little easier for Shelby to visualize the pieces, some of them are vey big, in the relatively small space of the gallery. We also talked about Professor Xie’s videos and his requisite for the building of the wall of books on which one of the video would be projected. The wall they built took over 1000 books donated by Logos and Goodwill Industries. Later in January, the Sesnon will have an event for the public to make and repurpose new things out of the old books. In December, the video will be shown in a storefront in downtown Santa Cruz after the show is over.

The opening reception and art talk was captured and published on the Sesnon Flicker.

If you are in the Monterey Bay area, don’t miss this show that ends November 23, 2011.
Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
For more information, call 831-459-3606.

Joyce Brodsky, Professor Emeritas-Arts Division, is writing a book on Transnational Artists including Prof. Xie. It was a natural to come together for Shelby and Joyce to co-create this show. On Saturday, November 12, Joyce & Shelby spoke about co-curating the show, and the work and artist, Xaoze Xie.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa111411.mp3″ title=”Shelby Graham” graphical=”true”]

Here are pictures of the paintings: