LUCKMAN FINE ARTS GALLERY: i me mine July 16 - September 4, 1999 Opening reception: July 16, 7-9:00 p.m.
The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, announces an exhibition of artworks entitled, i me mine. Exhibition dates are July 16 - September 4, 1999.
i me mine features conceptual-based, fictionalized self-portraits by ten emerging and established artists from Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Included are recent works by Michelle Alperin, Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Howie Cherman, Susan Choi, Sam Durant, Joe Mama-Nitzberg, Marco Rios, Jim Shaw, and Tony Tasset. The exhibition is curated by Julie Joyce and Mike Mehring, with wall labels by therapist/theorist, Laurence A. Rickels. Exhibition dates are July 16 - September 4, 1999. Gallery hours are Monday thru Thursday and Saturday, 12 noon-5:00pm. Admission is free.
Representing a variety of media--video, photography, sculpture and drawing--i me mine comprises a wide range of often humorous autobiographic works which are inspired less by real or significant events than by life's minor deviations, such as casual encounters, dreams, fantasy, the subconscious and the uncanny. Merged with each artist's persona, these elements are manifest in works ranging from slightly improved or altered "selfs" to entirely fictionalized alter egos.
Works in i me mine evolve from identity-based art prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s. In a media environment where the lines of fiction and reality are blurred on a daily basis, however, these artists abandon any of the former movement's heavy seriousness in favor of diversion and chaos. As the possibility to construct our own image grows exponentially with increasingly advanced technologies, this exhibition points to our collective, consumer desire for perfection and escape.