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Thursday, September 2, 4- 8 pm Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum FREE
Turning the inside out, artist James Gilbert transforms CAF into an unexpected underwear factory in which the private and intimate go public.
Artist James Gilbert will set up a temporary sewing shop in the CAF gallery and sew several hundred real size pairs of unique, industrial, plastic, transparent underpants, which will amass in huge sculptural piles around him. The sculptures (representing media information) become more present throughout the performance. This accumulative performance addresses ideas of privacy, anonymity, and identity in relation to the huge amounts of intimate personal information posted daily on Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other mass media.
Gilbert is a Los Angeles-based artist who works across mediums creating drawings, installations with video, and performative art. These works comment on social themes, including identity and anonymity in a media-saturated culture where privacy has been eroded by reality television, social networking sites, and 24-hour news cycles. Gilbert has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally in the United States and Asia. Recent 2010 exhibitions include a large scale, site-specific, solo installation including fifteen videos at the Dallas Contemporary Museum and Platform4 in Aalborg, Denmark, with upcoming projects in Los Angeles and Colombia.
About the Forum Lounge Series: Forum Lounge is a series of free, unique, performance-based events, ranging from the theatrical to the avant-garde that are normally found only in large metropolitan venues, and that reflect CAF’s mission to sustain and encourage the artistic process by presenting art in the form of exceptional music, dance, video, and other multi-media to our community.
Support for Forum Lounge is generously provided by: Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, NEA, KCSB, Santa Barbara Winery, and the Santa Barbara Independent. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday.
This month's Forum Lounge featuring multimedia artist James Gilbert (whose most recent exhibition in Dallas received critical acclaim) invites the viewer to participate in a miniature mass production exercise. Gilbert's performance is somewhat atypical Forum Lounge in the fact that it is less a timed, finite, ephemeral event than an almost personal display of artistic production in which the viewer plays a critical role. Gilbert--perched atop a platform in CAF's front entrance--methodically produces and reproduces various versions of his see-through plastic underwear, allowing them to accumulate in a pile beneath his feet. By encouraging viewers to hang the underpants in the gallery's breezeway, Gilbert asks us to question ideas about intimacy and transparency, as he literally airs his laundry as public exhibition.
--Heather Jeno Silva