Diverted Destruction #14: Cal State LA Edition / Curated by Liz Gordon & Mika Cho
Exhibition Dates l January 25 - February 26, 2022
Reception l Thursday, February 3, 2022 @ 7 - 9 PM
Workshop l January 26, 2022 @ 7 - 9 PM
Workshop l February 6, 2022 @ 2 - 5 PM
The exhibition, “Diverted Destruction #14 @ Cal State LA,” co-curated by Liz Gordon and Mika Cho, highlights art made of discarded objects to address global environmentalism and sustainability.
The exhibit (opening 1/25 and closing 2/26) features the works of eight Southern California artists (Michael Arata, Chelle Barbour, Kate Carvellas, Aaron Kramer, Dave Lovejoy, Vojislav Radovanovic, Anna Stump, and Monica Wyatt) and Cal State LA art students whose works were produced in collaboration with the aforementioned artists. Of particular interest is the novel display of art produced in twofold spaces; one in the artists’ studios and the other at the exhibit site.
The invited artists, the Cal State LA art students, and the curators will collect refuse and other found materials destined for the trash and produce art in two collage and assemblage workshops at the Gallery in view of the visitors. A panel of the invited artists and participating students will engage in an Artist-Talk to address various aspects of recycling in Los Angeles.
The exhibition Diverted Destruction, started initially and curated by Liz Gordon (Gallerist, Loft at Liz’s), has been shown in various galleries. The latest version #13, “The Fashion Edition,” was hosted at the Loft at Liz’s in 2021. Gordon’s first collaboration with university students is this upcoming “Diverted Destruction #14: Cal State LA Edition” at the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery. One of many unique aspects of the Diverted Destruction exhibition is the curator, Gordon’s, installation: Diverted Destruction Giveaway Tables. It has been included in every Diverted Destruction exhibition, where artists, workshop participants, gallery audiences, and students this upcoming exhibition can collect materials, which Gordon provides to create recycled and repurposed art.
With support from the Pasadena Art Alliance (PAA), this exhibition delivers on its mission to transform lives and sustain thriving communities and cultures. The PAA supports academic learning and real-world experience for Cal State LA art students through the experience of working with professional curators and artists and developing their unique talents and diverse life experiences through engaged learning. This exhibition manifests educational priorities and advances the PAA’s mission to foster an appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs, and art-oriented, non-profit institutions.
This exhibit may also be viewed virtually at the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery website: www.ronaldhsilvermangallery.com
By Liz Gordon and Mika Cho