Woodbury University’s Nan Rae Gallery to Host PLACEBOUND, Opening Aug. 28

Curated by Bia Gayotto, Group Exhibit Showcases Works By Six Artists on Theme of Mapping

LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2016) – The Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University will present PLACEBOUND, a group exhibition curated by Bia Gayotto.  Opening Sunday, August 28, the exhibition features works by artists Carmen Argote, Cirilo Domine, Naotaka Hiro, Owen Driggs, Peter Bo Rappmund and Clarissa Tossin.


Bia Gayotto is a Brazilian-American artist and educator currently living in Los Angeles. Her interest lies in producing works that investigate the relationship between place, identity and culture, raising questions of translation and representation through multiple interpretations of a single theme. Her interdisciplinary practice includes photography, video installations and books; combining elements of documentation, fieldwork, performance and collaboration.

Gayotto obtained an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and her work has been featured in innumerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Orange County Museum of Art; LA Freewaves; Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gendai Gallery, Toronto; Asian Pacific American Institute, New York; The Breeder Project, Athens; Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo. She has received numerous grants and awards including the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A) Fellowship and Individual Artist Grant from the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.  Currently, she serves as adjunct faculty at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.



PLACEBOUND focuses on artists who use mapping techniques as a creative strategy to translate their experiences of place from macro to micro, social to artistic, local to global.  Implying that boundaries are arbitrary and flexible, these artists use mapping in different ways: Naotaka Hiro uses his body as a metaphoric site for corporeal investigation; Carmen Argote traces her family history and immigrant identity; Owen Driggs explores geographies of class conflict in Los Angeles; Peter Bo Rappmund investigates empirical and metaphysical properties of the built environment; Cirilo Domine examines the impermanence of borders and permeability of boundaries; Clarissa Tossin looks into the promises and failures of globalism.  Art is located in real and imaginary experiences, and documented through drawings, found documents, sculptures, photographs, film, textiles, maps and tours. These investigations take up narratives of geography, memory and dislocation in the production of images revealing to us aspects of our surroundings that would otherwise have been left out or kept unnoticed.


Aug. 28 – Oct 2, 2016

Opening reception:

Sunday August 28, 3-5 p.m.

Gallery hours:

Weds 12 – 8 p.m., Thurs – Sun, 12 – 5 p.m.


Nan Rae Gallery
Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank

About Woodbury University

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California.  The university ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine, and is a 2016-17 College of Distinction.  With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture. 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 a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu for more information.

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