Points of Departure (between Spain and France) encompasses a series of walks, an archive, objects, and paintings. Fernández’s project began in 2012 with an initial walk over the mountain range of the Pyrenees, the border from Spain into France, following Jose Garcia Cinca in the footsteps of the thousands of Spanish Republicans that crossed the same border during the mass exodus after the Spanish Civil War called La Retirada (1939). In an attempt to retrace personal histories through the process of reading the landscape, Fernández began to rewrite and reconstruct narrative from this point of entry, as she experienced both this metaphorical and historical boundary line. Taking Pierre Nora’s idea of the historian as “vehicle of transmission,” Fernández attempts to weave together a dynamic account of history through a series of paintings, objects and texts that re-present the sites and the persons that passed through them. Through this process of re-performing a path in history, Fernández began to build not only her story but also Jose’s, which is bound to the stories of the many others who walked.
At 18th Street, Fernández will use the Artist Lab as a working studio where she will continue to index the collection of objects based on her walks over the Pyrenees and translate writings from Spanish and French into English. The material ephemera and the oral histories that construct her narrative will be presented in an immersive installation, as a reconstruction of a space resembling the municipal archives of Bordeaux. Fernández will present a collection of reconstructed and found objects informed by the individual stories of Republican exiles that fled Spain during the mass exodus in 1939 and first-hand accounts of those that remained during Franco’s 36 year dictatorship. She will weave together the history of the permanent exiles and Spanish Republicans that fled to France through an archive fabricated from individual exiles’ memories standing in for the missing archives taken by the State during the Vichy Regime. Finding gaps in time and information, Fernández recreates the archives from oral storytelling of the Spanish exiles who shared lived experiences and recalled memories of their journeys over the Pyrenees Fernández will engage in weekly performative lectures on the various subjects that build this archive, expanding her artistic investigations of these stories from objects to oral histories and thereby developing an emerging sphere of its expression through language and performance.
18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition curated by EZTV’s Michael J. Masucci exploring the evolution of digital art in Los Angeles over two decades of recent history. EZTV, a pioneering video space founded in West Hollywood in 1979, has been part of the resident artist community at 18th Street Arts Center since 2000. The exhibition in the Atrium Gallery is a complement to the retrospective EZTV: Video Transfer on view at USC’s ONE Archives Gallery and Museum through June 1, 2014.
Hacking the Timeline v3.0: Digilantism and the LA Digital Art Movement (1985-2005) includes artists Victor Acevedo, Rebecca Allen, Dave Curlender and David Goodsell, Kate Johnson, Shelley Lake, Vibeke Sorensen, and Michael Wright. Many of these digital art pioneers were associated with EZTV in the early days of the collective and the artistic medium. In an era before personal computing, these artists imagined a future of ubiquitous connectivity that we now find commonplace. They developed a visual and technical language to articulate the relationships between live action and virtual imagery, and between classical influences and new visual forms. Los Angeles has been home to much of this transformative arts movement, conceptually as well as technologically. Many of the seminal collaboration projects realized by artists and scientists in tandem through EZTV have transformed the world that we take for granted today. The role that such trans-disciplinary collaboration played at universities, governmental, and industrial sites as well as at the independent artist studio level will be investigated through examination of the work of these seven artists and one collaborating scientist.
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18th Street Arts Center
18th Street Arts Center is the largest, continuously running artist residency program in Southern California. 18th Street encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. We provide artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice. Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making. We believe that the creative process is just as important as the outcome.