The Art Galleries at California State University, Northridge is hosting a new exhibition that explores future dystopias based on a turbulent present. The show “Tomorrowland” runs through Dec. 8.
“The title, ‘Tomorrowland’, comes from Disneyland’s vision of the future, where everything runs with clean, modernist precision, a utopia that never came to pass,” said exhibition curator and CSUN art professor Samantha Fields. “The artists were selected based on the thematic content of their work in relation to the theme of ‘Tomorrowland.’ I also specifically sought artists working in a variety of media so that the entire department could get involved with the show.”
Sean Higgins’ photographs of landscape exist in the black vacuum of space. Trygve Faste makes shaped, dimensional paintings that reference science fiction spaceships and fast moving high-tech machines. Klutch Stanaway’s sculptures reference dysfunctional lunar modules and satellites. Kelly McLane’s nightmare worlds pull past and present together in a carnivalesque parody of theme parks and circuses. Daniel Dove’s deconstructed playgrounds, airplanes and landscapes hint at a post-apocalyptic junkyard. Lisa Adams’ paintings offer a bittersweet view of nature as trampled, tagged, and out of sorts. Libby Clarke’s Monstress Products use small tools and “living aides” to help ease a way through a troublesome post-modern world. Thomas Müllers ceramic works must be broken to be fully realized.
In addition to the show, there will be several lectures held in conjunction with the exhibition. All lectures will take place in the Art and Design Center, room 300.
The lecture schedule is as follows:
• Monday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. Trygve Faste will give lecture and critiques.
• Monday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. Libby Clarke will be giving a lecture.
• Nov. 5 through the 8 Libby Clarke will be hosting work shops.
• Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8 a.m. Thomas Müller will host a lecture.
• Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. Sean Higgins will lecture and give critiques.
• Monday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Daniel Dove will give a lecture and critiques.
• Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Lisa Adams will give a lecture and critiques.
• Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. Klutch Stanaway will give a lecture and critiques.
• Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Klutch Stanaway will give a lecture.
For more information, contact the CSUN Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156 or visit its website at www.csun.edu/artgalleries.
Cal State Northridge’s Art Galleries is located on Plummer Street east of Etiwanda Avenue.