Longtime Woodbury University Art History Prof. Ed Gomez Curates Multimedia Exhibition at LACE

‘Notes From The Front Line’ Features Solo Installations

By Long Beach-Based Artists Olga Lah and Jason Wallace Triefenbach

BURBANK (Jan. 4, 2016) – Artist and educator Ed Gomez, a longtime art history professor at Woodbury University, will bring his curatorial eye to Notes from the Front Line, a two-person multimedia exhibition opening on Jan. 6 at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), in Hollywood.

Who:   Ed Gomez received his BFA from Arizona State University in 1999 and his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003. His interdisciplinary art practice revolves around the questioning of exhibition practices, institutional framework and historical models of artistic production. In 2006, he co-founded the MexiCali Biennial, a bi-national art and music program addressing the area of Mexico and California as a region of aesthetic production. He is currently a director and co-president of this non-profit arts organization. Prof. Gomez is also the director of G.O.C.A., the Gallery of Contemporary Art, which is a traveling self-contained exhibition space humorously located in his suitcase. It has showcased emerging and established artists from Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York and Mexico.

What:  Notes From the Front Line is a two-person multimedia exhibition that explores artistic interrogations into asymmetric strategies in art production in a post-global economic crisis world. The exhibition features two solo installations by Long Beach-based artists Olga Lah and Jason Wallace Triefenbach. Both artists’ works employ the language of site-specific installations, allegorical explorations through forms and asymmetric strategies in art making embodied by found objects, ready-mades and performance.

Curated by Prof. Gomez, the exhibition was inspired by Germano Celants’s essay, Notes for a Guerilla War in which Celant makes the case that the Arte Povera artist creates spaces of possibility in which artworks can manifest from the everyday materials of existence without the industrialized process of machined fabrication or static commercial replication. The Arte Povera artists posit themselves in opposition to the formalist underpinnings of Abstract Expressionism and the neutral modernist cube.

Notes from the Front Line consists of two separate installations, taking advantage of LACE’s Project Space and rear entrance hallways. These projects interrogate not only the architecture of the exhibition spaces with site-specific installations but activate the aesthetics of Assemblage Art and agency of the D.I.Y. generation.

Date/Time:  Notes From the Front Line

Opens January 6 @ 7:00 p.m.; closes February 14 @ 6:00 p.m.

Location:              LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)

6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles 90028, 323/957-1777

About Woodbury University

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California.  It offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Transdisciplinarity, along with a Master of Arts in Media for Social Justice, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Interior Architecture (MIA), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Leadership.  The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as an MSArch degree with concentrations in Real Estate Development and Landscape + Urbanism.  DesignIntelligence has ranked the Interior Architecture BFA #2 in the West. Woodbury ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine and is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. Visit woodbury.edu for more information.

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