On Saturday (Nov. 3), three new solo exhibitions by CalArtian artists open in Southern California and New York City. All three exhibitions run through November and into December.
Sean C. Flaherty
Artist Sean C. Flaherty's (Art MFA 12) work is now on view at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Calif.
In the exhibition, Flaherty explores complex family and relationship dynamics through a three-act video installation, appropriating the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Les Miserables, a musical based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. The installation includes the video pieces: Act I The Confrontation: Script as Set, Act II One Day More: A Family in Parts, and Act III A Heart Full of Love: Familiar Parts.
The Grand Central Art Center's website notes that "Flaherty's work allows the personal to become universal, providing seemingly intimate and private shared matters to be opened to critique."
Sean C. Flaherty: An Overture in Parts
Grand Central Art Center's Project Room Gallery
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
Opening: Nov. 3, 6 pm
Exhibition: Nov. 3-Dec. 31
Actual Size Gallery in Chinatown presents Sculptures from the Pedestrian Memory Bureau: New Work by Yelena Zhelezov. Zhelezov(MFA Puppetry 10), whose interdisciplinary practice encompasses performance, installation, film, drawing and sculpture, presents a collection of recent sculptures and objects.
In its description of the show, Actual Size's promotional materials for the show say, "The works displayed act as playful ciphers, translating topographic markers into lyric constructions that intimately investigate the biological and social body in space and time."
On the East Coast, the Maccarone Gallery in New York City presents Building Loving and Distrustful Relationships, an exhibition by Edgar Arceneaux (Art MFA 01).
On view Nov. 3 through Dec. 15, Arceneaux's exhibition is composed of three bodies of drawings, paintings and a two-channel 16mm film titled, I Told Jesus, Change My Name. His work focuses on relationship-building—changing the nature of interactions between things—which has been a theme in his practice for the last 15 years.
More from Maccarone: "[Arceneaux] brings together seemingly disparate elements that cross genres, histories and varied materials, to express the deeper meanings about their transient present as well as our primitive past."