BREAD AND CIRCUSES
June 17-20, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 7-10 PM
Gallery Hours: Sunday, June 18; Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 from 1-5 PM
Stirring Battle Scenes
Of More Than Ordinary Interest to the Public
Living Picturesque representations combined for an Effective Illustration of Wild Western Life
Actual Size is pleased to present "Bread and Circuses", a two person exhibition of immersion by Mariah Csepanyi and Kelly Donahey.
This is the second of three consecutive exhibitions by the graduating artists in the MFA program at UC Irvine. Each week will feature two artists in conversation.
Artist and friendly weirdo Mariah Csepanyi was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. She received her BA in Visual Anthropology from USC and her MFA at UCI. She enjoys creating interactive and immersive installations. She likes scuba diving, singing in a high pitched manner and hanging with her 3 dogs. In 1,000 years she will be reanimated as part of an experiment.
Kelly Donahey lives and works in Los Angeles. She was born at Research Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Working primarily in photographic and filmic media she critiques the archival formations of hegemonic American culture and the art world through a polemic of poetics and catastrophe. Her ongoing research practice is attentive to: the dialectic of exhibition and obscurity in human exploitation; administered culture and conformism; ontology and experimental modes of consciousness; the sex which is not; colonialism and lived epistemic space; nationalism and the repression of collective memory; pseudo-Marxism and the commodification of anti-capitalist rhetoric; anti-intellectualism in contemporary art criticism and theory; history and freedom; radical sentimentalism and nostalgia; the sacred dread of the aesthetic, and the interrelation of landscape and technologies of control. She received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she taught in the Digital Arts Minor and her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is an incoming student in the PhD Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
MAURA MURNANE & REINHART SELVIK
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 24, 7-10 PM
JASON GOWANS & CHRISTINA TSUI