Test Pattern

Curated by Ryan Lamb
October 4 – 28, 2010

Lauren Dees, Spencer Douglass, Janice Gomez, Joe Hernandez, Gustavo Herrera, Fatima Hoang, Timothy Hutchings, Stephanie Hutin, May Jong, Ryan Lamb, Jennifer Levonian, Kristi Lippire, Amy Maloof, Lawrence Pearce, Kelly Sears, Ben Shaffer, Steve Shoffner, Richard David Sigmund, Tracy Stone, Macha Suzuki, Matt Wardell

Project Gallery: Laura Krifka

The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College is proud to present the exhibition Test Pattern: A Survey of Artists Using the Video Medium, featuring video work from over twenty Southern California artists. Curated by local artist Ryan Lamb, the show illustrates the variety of possibilities being explored through the increasingly accessible medium of video. In an age where high definition video can be shot, edited, and published in minutes on a cell phone, converting filmed footage into a presentable form is no longer a confusing and tech-heavy process. As technology has improved in performance and availability, artists of all genres have found video to be a viable medium to extend their body of work. For the most part, the artists selected for this exhibition are not techno-geeks or film school dropouts. These fine artists of various media backgrounds approach the video camera as a simple tool, with the same ease as one might use a paintbrush or hammer. This easy access often results in a moving image that is much more akin to a painting or drawing than it is to a major motion picture.

A second exhibition will take place in the McNish Project Gallery. Artist, Laura Krifka will exhibit a stop animation film entitled, “Blood In the Forest.”

The film depicts the story of a father and son set in pioneer times. The fairy tale-like film involves garish colors and grotesque imagery revealing a darker and more sinister view of the American frontier and its inhabitants. Laura Krifka received her M.F.A degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been featured in New American Paintings.

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, October 5, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with an artist lecture at 5:00 p.m. The McNish Art Gallery is located at 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93033. For more information contact (805) 986-5800, ext. 1929, or e-mail cmorla@vcccd.edu.

In conjunction with the exhibition will be a workshop and gallery tour during Oxnard College’s Filmmaker’s Day, Saturday, October 23. Registration will take place at 8:30am. Workshops will be held from 9am to 1pm. For more information regarding Filmaker’s Day, visit http://www.studentdigifilmfest.org or contact Kitty Merril at (805)986-1587, ocfilmfest@gmail.com


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