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Opening Reception on Saturday, February 25, 6:30-8pm
Exhibitions on View: February 26 - April 22
Main Gallery: Flights from Wonder: Christopher Chiappa, Liz Craft, Martha Friedman, FriendsWithYou, Jon Pylypchuk, Carolyn Salas, Mindy Shapero, Shinique Smith, and Phoebe Washburn
"The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder." -Albert Einstein
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." -Albert Einstein
Religious leaders, intellectuals, and scientists such as Honoré de Balzac, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, and Marcel Proust, espoused a practice of perceiving art and science through a child’s perspective—straightforward, devoid of pretense, and unflinching in its outlook—to invigorate the imagination. Their philosophy encourages us as adults to cast aside preconceived notions and approach the world from this unfettered child’s point of view, so that we may broaden our world view, and stimulate our minds, allowing for greater degrees of discovery, curiosity, compassion, and wonder.
Inspired by this perspective, Flights from Wonder transforms CAF into a series of engaging, hands-on, interactive installations that heighten the synergy between artists and audience, and challenge all ages to re-imagine their relationship to art. The exhibition explores alternate ways to experience art by posing questions such as: How do children react and relate to the art of our time? How do we experience contemporary art? What new awareness can we acquire from children? Featuring an internationally recognized group of artists including Christopher Chiappa, Liz Craft, Martha Friedman, FriendsWithYou, Jon Pylypchuk, Carolyn Salas, Mindy Shapero, Shinique Smith, and Phoebe Washburn, Flights from Wonder empowers audiences to think, play, and create, and rejects the myth that contemporary art is mystifying or elitist, demonstrating instead that art is an enriching and stimulating part of the human experience.
Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY, Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Robert Johnson, Santa Barbara, CA; Jon and Lillian Lovelace, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; ParentClick, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; and X-TRA, Los Angeles, CA.
Bloom Projects: Afruz Amighi, Suspended City
Suspended City explores the often ignored and unmonumental architecture of poverty and desperation. A growing landscape of refugee camps, and their make shift tents, dot the borders of the Middle East. In Amighi's work these structures manifest as large graphite drawings, hovering in space, in a realm of permanent dislocation. Above the drawings an installation mimicking the night sky hangs. The stars are arranged in the Kufic Arabic script spelling out the Quranic surah for solace.
Afruz Amighi was born in Tehran, Iran and lives and works in New York. Amighi received a B.A. in Political Science at Barnard College and a M.F.A. from New York University in 2007. She has completed a residency program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and was selected for the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art Emerge Program in collaboration with Creative Capital (2006). Amighi will create an on-site sculptural installation at CAF based on her series of tapestry-like work inspired by Persian rugs.
Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY, Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund, Santa Barbara, CA; Brush & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
ADMISSION IS FREE