Arts and Performance

This is Not a Vacation

November 7, 2019 at 5:00pm9:00pm

The Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, California

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Join us for the opening reception of This is Not a Vacation, a group exhibition featuring the work of the Fall 2019 Turner Semester artists in residence: Matthew Apol, Widline Cadet, and Brett Morgan. The Turner Semester Residency is generously supported by Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus ’56 G’57 and Chuck Klaus G’05 and is granted to three master of fine arts students each semester. During this period, the three artists live in San Pedro, California, create new work in their Angels Gate studios, and engage with the larger Los Angeles art community.

Matthew Apol is an American interdisciplinary artist currently based in northern New York. His work draws from the experiences of being raised in a working-class home, early exposure to counterculture/underground music communities, and a personal interest in graffiti as a language/tool for coded communication. His paintings and sculptures examine the intersection of labor, access, viewer engagement, and the multifunctional aspect of materials.

Widline Cadet is a Haitian-born artist. Her practice examines race, black Caribbean cultural identity, erasure, and (im)migration from within the United States. Through photographs, videos, and installations she interrogates the visual language with which the black Caribbean body, specifically her own, is misidentified, misrepresented, expected, and forced into one-dimensional performances of “blackness” and exoticism.

Brett Morgan is an artist from rural Central Pennsylvania. His recent textile-based works use layers of patterns, images, and objects to reflect on the confusing and entangled space between pleasure/play and pain/violence, and interrogate the moments where being in control versus being controlled is not clear. Using patchwork fabrics alongside of images appropriated from mass media, these collages present personal narratives that are inseparable from their politics.

This event was published on November 4, 2019.


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