Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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On November 5, 2014, performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Guillermo Gómez-Peña came onto Artists on Art to talk about his UCSC residency and the collaborative project Doc/Undoc  exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery. He performs, Imaginary Activism, at UCSC’s DARC, November 6th at 8pm.

Huge thanks to Shelby Graham, director and curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery, for inviting Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

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Irene Lusztig, UCSC film professor, filmmaker, and new media artist

PrintUCSC film professor, filmmaker, media archeologist, and new media artist, Irene Lusztig spoke about curating the latest Sesnon Gallery Exhibition, COMPLICATED LABORS feminism, maternity, and creative practicethat features many practicing feminist artists from the 1969 to today.

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Irene’s film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Her work can be seen at her website,

COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY exhibition runs February 5 – March 15, 2014 at the Sesnon Gallery and features work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The show also features a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Beth Hall and Mark Cooley, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Linsey Wolkowicz.

To hear our interview, click on the play button below.

Lynora Valdez & Noah Miska

Graduating UCSC Artists and recipients of the Irwin 2013 Scholar Awards,  photographer and writer Lynora Valdez &  Noah Miska.

irwinThe Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2013 is an annual collaborative group show recognizing and celebrating the vision of twelve artists in the Art Department at UCSC. The opening reception, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is May 29, from 5-7pm with Awards Ceremony at 6pm. The exhibition runs May 29 through June 15, 2013.

This year’s recipient artists are Jose Rodriguez, Dmitri Zurita, Heidi CramerNoah Miska, Jessie Chernetsty, Lynora Valdez, Joanne Wong, Ethan Snyderman, Katherina Teague, Coleman Pritchard, Patrick Appleby and Christopher Cravey,

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Lynora Valdez & Noah Miska graphical=”true”]

Helen & Newton Harrison & a Manifesto for the 21st Century

Ecological Artists, Professors Emeriti Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison talk about their work and exhibition, The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at  UCSC.

The Harrison’s lecture took place February 6th. The show runs to March 15, 2013 at the Sesnon Gallery in Porter College.

To hear the Harrison’s Manifesto for the 21st Century, please click the gray ‘play’ button below.
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The Harrisons have exhibited in world acclaimed art shows:

  • Sao Paolo Biennale – the Mangrove and the Pond
  • Biennale Nagoia – the Sava River Work
  • The Documenta 8 – Centerpiece (1987) Kassel Works

The Harrison have received top world Awards:

  • Great Britain Civic Prize for doing the most to explain global warming to the British Public.
  • Holland for doing the most for the Dutch Landscape
  • Nagoia, Japan – 2nd Prize for the Sava River Work

The Harrison have done major works in Germany, the former Yugoslavia , Holland, Sri Lanka and England and minor works (in their opinion)  for France, Italy, and Czechoslovakia, to name a few.

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Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 9.51.44 AMOn January 28, 2013, Artist on Art had the incredible privilege and honor to speak with Environmental & Ecological Artists, Professors Emeriti Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison about their work and upcoming exhibition, The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at  UCSC.

The Harrison Studio has been producing multi-media collaborative dialogic installation Eco-Activist art internationally for over 40 years.  After teaching at UC San Diego in the Art department for nearly thirty years, they retired and moved to Santa Cruz. Since then, they are back teaching in the Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program and began the Center for the Force Majeure Studies.

The Harrison’s lecture is  free, open to the public, and takes place  February 6, from 4:30-6pm at the Digital Arts Research Center with a Reception from 6:00–7:30pm  at the Sesnon Gallery in Porter College. The show runs from February 6 to March 15, 2013.

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast in entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below. Please be aware that the Harrison Lecture is at the DARC, February 6th from 4:30-6pm and not as misstated in the podcast.    [haiku url=”″ title=”Helen & Newton Harrison” graphical=”true”]

4/20/10 Nick Lally Guest on KZSC Artists on Art

Graduating Digital Arts and New Media artist,Nick Lally, came into the KZSC radio station to talk about his upcoming collaborative installation with Kyle McKinley entitled “Building” in the upcoming DANM MFA 2010 Exhibition (running April 30th-May 9th with the reception, all are welcome May 7th).

We started the interview talking about his art collective Art Clash which just so happens to be putting on a mail art show in May.

What is mail art?  It is exchanging artwork with friends (and strangers) across the country! Once you are in the Art Clash program, you give them your address, and they’ll send you the addresses of four other participants. Each week in May you’ll send a piece of artwork to a randomly assigned recipient. We ask artists to spend about 2 hours a week on their projects and to mail them on time, so by the end of the month you will have sent and received four pieces of art!

His collective, Art Clash, also do a yearly “Fun-A-Day” Art project.  This winter they held their sixth annual event in eight cities! Artists across the country chose something fun to do everyday and created something each day for a month. This year’s project yielded tons of work that was funny, beautiful, interesting, thoughtful, unpretentious, creative, honest, and FUN! Check out photos from the shows in Oakland, Philly, and Pittsburgh. Events were also held in New York, Portland, Boston, and Chapel Hill, NC. Find us on facebook to see more!

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Nick’s work at UCSC in the DANM program involves software experiments which enact situations that create spaces for social participation, dialogue and reflection on complex systems. These works are interventions into the everyday, which lead to open-ended, experiential modes of engagement with software, the material world, and other participants. I tried to explain one of the projects that I witnessed and participated in two years ago with Nik Hanselmann (who is also exhibiting and graduating) entitled Everydatum, Iteration II. They built custom sensors in the Sesnon Gallery to collect the data and broadcasted it to an online database. The seemingly mundane data is then visualized in unexpected, complex and beautiful ways.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio:]

Also, here’s a little twitvid we did right before our live broadcast:

The following is the gallery wall title for his upcoming DANM MFA 2010 Exhibition:
“Building anything is a process. Building something good usually involves a lot of people’s ideas and labor. building is what we have called the people and the process of building something good in this building. Each Friday at 2 PM, building gets together to talk, eat snacks, and make building. building builds on itself: last week’s building is this week’s built, but this week’s built is the place to build next week’s building. The interests of building include ghosts, software studies, coffee, walks in the woods, things that turn, critical spatial practice, the politics of representation, flea markets, poesis, precarity, female fronted punk bands of the 70s and 80s, and building. However, building interests are always building. The process of building results in traces of those interests. It also involves traces of the art/works of Nick and Kyle McKinley. All those traces are the building where you now stand. What will be building tomorrow?”

Felicia Rice Guest on Artists on Art 1/12/10

For the second show of 2010, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Felicia Rice about her current projects that involve her MOVING PARTS PRESS, a fine art and literary publishing press that she began in the late 70s here in Santa Cruz. Currently, she is involved with two exhibitions one as a curator and the other as a participant.

Ms. Rice collaborates with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create book structures in which word and image meet and merge. She employs traditional typography and bookmaking methods in conjunction with digital technology, bringing the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page.

Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio:]

Right now, Felicia has an installation at the The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center in the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowships Exhibition. It is  running now through March 14, 2010. This exhibition showcases local artists: the works of William “Skip” Epperson, Felicia Rice, Terri Garland and Daniella Woolf. They are the recipients of the 2008 and 2009 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Program at The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. The Rydell Visual Arts Fund was created by Roy and Frances Rydell to promote Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations.

During the show, Felicia told a wonderful story about one of the pieces in exhibition that involved her father that was a painter . We didn’t get to discuss in great detail one of the other works, a work in progress that she is doing in collaboration with a dream team, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Jennifer A. González,  and Gustavo Vazquez.  When I first saw this “work-in-progress”, I fell in love.  This piece is more than a book it is an museum installation out of box.  I fell in love with this book/alter/suitcase art piece.

The exhibition that we didn’t get to due time  constraints is the exhibition in preparation,  the Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text.  Felicia is co-curating with this exhibiton with the Sesnon gallery director, Shelby Graham. The show runs January 27 – March 6, 2010 at the Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, UCSC. The public reception takes place Wednesday, January 27, 5:00-7:00pm.

Below is a little video of Felicia talking more about the Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text.

This exhibition Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text is an international invitational exhibition featuring 28 book artists. Each of the participants probes issues of content, form, material, collaboration and accessibility with wide ranging results. The exhibition is sponsored by the UCSC Art Department, Charles Griffin Farr Fund, Porter College and Cowell College.

There are related events occurring on Friday, March 5, 2010. First there will be a Bookmaking Demonstration @ Cowell Press: 2:00-3:30pm with Gary Young. There will be a panel discussion @ Cowell Provost House: 4:00-5:30pm with Julie Chen, Harry Reese, Sandra Liddell Reese and Felicia Rice, moderated by Shelby Graham. The Closing Reception is at the Sesnon Gallery: 5:30-6:30pm. Events are free and open to the public.

I hope to have her back on the show one day. We didn’t get to really finish our conversation.

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