Tubular! Doug Harvey curates exhibit of CSULB’s art students at Pacific Design Center

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Renowned Los Angeles-based artist, writer and journalist Doug Harvey and Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) master’s of fine arts (MFA) students will be getting “Tubular!” March 23 – May 7 for their student-showcased art exhibition at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Tubular!, an art exhibition that will be curated and organized by Harvey, will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, videos and site-specific installations by 20 artists currently enrolled in CSULB’s graduate studio art program.

Harvey, also a highly-respected are critic, writes prolifically for such publications as LA Weekly, Art Issues, Art in America, New York Times and THE Magazine Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous essays and will write a piece for the exhibition’s catalog.

“’Tubular!’ is a word that evokes concepts of both containment and connectivity—ideas that define the peculiar hothouse environment of the fine arts grad school experience,” explained Harvey. “These concepts can also inform curatorial practice, presenting the possibility that a group of artworks can add up to more than the sum of its parts, can interconnect and extend into the outside world en masse in ways the individual components cannot.”

Harvey continued, “Piecing together a show from a pool of 50-some reputation-free unknown quantities is therefore a rare opportunity to double up the incipient tubularity.”

The student art exhibition is also the latest art show to be developed by CSULB’s Fine Arts Roundtable, a group of MFA students who came together in 2005 to design and host a variety of off-campus art activities. FAR is best known for creating the annual Greater Los Angeles MFA exhibition, popularly known as GLAMFA.

GLAMFA is entirely student-organized and has included works from up to 11 Southern California graduate schools. Now approaching its sixth year, GLAMFA has succeeded the legendary Supersonic as the premier showcase for emerging talent in the Los Angeles area.

Harvey has also curated such distinctive and critically acclaimed exhibitions as “Aspects of Mel’s Hole” (Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, 2008), “Some Paintings” (Track 16, 2007), “Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence” (Laguna Art Museum, 2007), “Don Suggs: One Man Group Show” (Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, 2007) and “Chain Letter” (High Energy Constructs, 2006).

“We believe that Doug Harvey is particularly well suited to curate an exhibition of our work because of his offbeat, unconventional sensibilities and his love of championing the under-represented,” said Carol Cheh, FAR member and “Tubular!” coordinator. “At CSULB, we follow our own paths and we often make our own rules. We are excited to see the vision of ourselves that will emerge from Harvey’s unique vantage point.”

The MFA students chosen my Harvey to be part of “Tubular!” are:

  • Matthew Causey
  • Jordan Christian
  • Todd Ciborowski
  • Jennie Cotterill
  • Catherine Davis
  • Eamonn Fox
  • Julia Haft-Candell
  • Nathan Huff
  • Gretchen Jankowski
    (including a collaboration with Emily Jankowski Pezic)
  • Nancy Mayhew
  • Claudia Morales McCain
  • Alyce Haliday McQueen
  • Summer Merritt
  • Elise Preiss (in collaboration with Irene Yu)
  • Jennifer Reifsneider
  • Christina Shurts
  • Camilla Taylor
  • Nancy Voegeli-Curran
  • Julie Williams
  • Matthew Winkler

As the first public university in California to offer the MFA degree, CSULB has always attracted a vibrant and diverse student body. The campus features the largest publicly funded art department west of the Mississippi.

More than 150 graduate students are currently enrolled at CSULB and working toward master’s degrees in such fields as art education, art history, ceramics, drawing and painting, fiber, graphic design, illustration, metals and jewelry, museum and curatorial studies, photography, printmaking, sculpture and 4D, and wood.

A growing number of CSULB art students have achieved distinction in their careers and exhibit at prestigious institutions.

Locally, these have included the Hammer Museum (Kendell Carter, Christine Nguyen, Brenna Youngblood); Carl Berg Gallery (Andy Kolar); LA Louver Gallery (Matt Wedel); Haus Gallery (Jeff Foye); Long Beach Museum of Art (Carleton Christy, Matt Wedel); Huntington Beach Art Center (Carleton Christy); Torrance Art Museum (McLean Fahnestock, Christina Shurts); Mark Moore Gallery (Kiel Johnson, Ali Smith); Sam Lee Gallery (Darren Hostetter), and the Laguna Art Museum (Sierra Brown, Jocelyn Foye, Ali Smith).

“We believe that a tight and interesting show will better represent our school than a show that, for example, requires the presence of all graduating MFA students,” said Cheh. “So we have given Harvey complete freedom to create the exhibition that he desires, out of the approximately 80 artists currently enrolled in our studio programs.”

“Tubular!” is part of the Pacific Design Center’s Design Loves Art program, a rotating series of contemporary art exhibitions and talks in which invited artists, galleries, independent curators and emerging architects participate in ongoing project rooms, exhibitions and multi-media performances.

“Tubular!” will take place March 23 – May 7 in Suite B239 at Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. The opening reception will take place Thursday, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The reception will include a performance by CSULB students Eamonn Fox and Patrick Ballard.

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