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Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine and Bloom Projects: Melanie Schiff, Stones
Opening Reception: SAT. MAR. 6, 7-9 PM, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum FREE
On View: MAR. 6 – MAY 2, 2010, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum FREE
Come and see the latest exhibition at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine and Bloom Projects: Melanie Schiff, Stones, on view from March 6 - May 2, 2010.
The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum presents a major West Coast exhibition of new work by internationally acclaimed artist, Sanford Biggers. The 2009 recipient of the prestigious William H. Johnson Prize, Biggers’ affecting and thought provoking work will debut at CAF with a self-titled exhibition Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine. About the exhibition in Santa Barbara, the artist states, “Moon Medicine encompasses the breadth of my practice, showcasing photography, video, installation, and performance. It is a thematic, multi-disciplinary exploration of past themes and new themes meant to broaden and complicate our read on American history.”
Informed by living in the United States, Europe, and Japan, Biggers’ work references Buddhism, Indo- European Voodoo, African American history, jazz, hip hop culture, and a range of other influences to underscore notions of interconnectedness and hybridity. Accompanying this tour-de-force exhibition is a scholarly exhibition catalog written by CAF Executive Director, Miki Garcia. Garcia states, “We are proud to produce the artist’s first publication entirely dedicated to his practice despite showing internationally and being the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and residencies. With this exhibition and catalog, CAF succeeds in its mission to support the most compelling artists of our time and to bring world-class programming to the Tri-Counties.”
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Biggers is a resident of New York, NY, where he teaches at Columbia University, New York, NY. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. The 2009 recipient of the coveted William H. Johnson Prize, Biggers has won several awards (including the Creative Capital Project Grant and Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship) and participated in prestigious artist residencies and fellowships.
This exhibition has been made possible in part by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Susan E. Bower, Cyndee Howard, Barry and Jill Kitnick, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Jon and Lillian Lovelace, Mike Healy and Tim Walsh, and Kimberly Hahn and James Van Arsdale of Myopia Design. Special thanks to Wayne McCall and Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
Bloom Projects: Melanie Schiff, Stones
CAF is proud to present never-before-shown photographs by contemporary artist Melanie Schiff. A relative newcomer to Los Angeles, Schiff explores the cityscape, employing formal elements of the medium’s most ubiquitous type: the still life. Her stark photographs
expose how empty a city can feel and how the remnants of humans, though cast off and overlooked, can become sentimental, quiet moments wavering on the edge of a
constructed poetic narrative.
Schiff studied at University of London, Goldsmiths College, London, UK, received a B.F.A from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and a solo exhibition entitled The Mirror, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL. She teaches at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.