Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Author:

On Edge Festival 2015, featuring Xavier Cha, Dynasty Handbag, Quindar (Mikael Jorgensen and James Merle Thomas), Devin Kenny, Heather Kravas, Josh Kun, Luke Savisky, Rosy Simas (with François Richomme), Luis Tentindo, and Jennifer Vanderpool & Paige Bossier

Opening night reception: Thursday, October 15, 7 pm

Festival dates: Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Celebrates New Genres
of Performance Art with 2nd Annual On Edge Festival in October 2015
From left to right: Luke Savisky, E/x MN, 2014, Installation, Courtesy the Artist. Photo: PJ Raval; Rosy Simas. Photo: Ian Douglas; Dynasty Handbag, talk show hostess with the leastest. © Paula Courty

Santa Barbara, September 15, 2015- Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) brings internationally renowned performance artists to Santa Barbara in October 2015 for the second annual, four-day cultural celebration, On Edge Festival. The festival will take place from the night of Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2015. Launched in the fall of 2014, the festival is a consolidated form of MCASB’s historically popular 1st Thursday program, Forum Lounge, which exposed hundreds of Santa Barbara audiences to the best in contemporary performance art practices from around the world over its ten year history. This fall, On Edge Festival continues to offer a wide variety of cutting-edge performance art events in beautiful Santa Barbara, from operatic theater to contemporary dance to new genres in multimedia work. The festival is an all-ages extravaganza, featuring ten spellbinding performances at local venues, including the MCASB galleries, The Goodland, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), Center Stage Theater, and more. Almost all of the performances and educational events will be completely free of charge.

The four-day weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 15th with an exciting opening night party co-presented by New Noise Festival, featuring site-specific work by Austin-based multimedia artist Luke Savisky. Exploring the spectrum of the human experience through film and art, Savisky stretches the limits of visual media using sculptural forms and unusual projection surfaces in unlikely environments. Savisky will transform the unique organic architecture of the iconic Ablitt House into a glowing column of light, color, and dynamic imagery against the Santa Barbara night sky, reflecting the natural beauty of the area and its unique cultural contrasts. This engaging kickoff event for the On Edge Festival also includes a commissioned musical composition and ethereal sound accompaniment by Savisky’s friend and collaborator Brian McBride, founding member of ambient icons Stars of the Lid.

In addition to Savisky’s piece, the festival features Minneapolis-based contemporary dance choreographer Rosy Simas, whose work draws on her Seneca heritage and investigates how culture, history, and homeland are expressed through the body; Seattle-based choreographer and performing artist Heather Kravas, whose 2011 work The Green Surround was named one of Artforum’s top ten choreographic works of the year; a special projection and soundscape performance at The Goodland by electronic music duo Quindar, a collaborative project of Mikael Jorgensen, a member of the Grammy award-winning alternative rock band Wilco, and James Merle Thomas, a Los Angeles-based musician, curator, and arts scholar; an operatic, high-drama theater work from Jennifer Vanderpool and Elizabeth Paige Bossier; and comedian-artist Dynasty Handbag performs her live, one-hour hybrid talk show, Good Morning Evening Feelings, recently presented at The Kitchen in New York. The performances by Devin Kenny and Xavier Cha, which coincide with MCASB’s Then they form us exhibition, will explore the impact of digital culture on identity and corporeal experience.

These are all complemented by ancillary public programming that allows audience members to explore the history of performance art. This includes a special performative talk from prestigious author and USC Professor Josh Kun that focuses on California-Mexico border music and sound, from Herb Alpert to electronic music and narco-ballads. The performance will be presented in collaboration with Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) at the Davidson Gallery as part of MCASB’s festival. The festival also brings Los Angeles-based performer Luis Tentindo to Santa Barbara for an artist workshop at The Goodland hotel, in addition to a presentation of his object-theater performance titled Liquid Past. There will also be a celebratory “play with your food” interactive brunch held at The Goodland, where attendees can meet the On Edge Festival artists while taking advantage of a do-it-yourself crepe and bagel bar, creating food portraits, and listening to music by a surprise guest DJ poolside. A cash bar with signature cocktails by resident mixologist Chris Burmeister completes the lively Saturday morning event.

MCASB Executive Director Miki Garcia says, “We are thrilled to present the second iteration of the On Edge Festival this October, a program that exemplifies MCASB’s commitment to providing world-class, accessible programming as a stalwart of cultural happenings in the Santa Barbara community.” The festival represents MCASB’s mission to encourage new forms of creative expression and increase public engagement in today’s ever-changing cultural landscape, establishing the museum as a relevant and articulate champion of contemporary art. On Edge Festival provides a platform for unconventional practices within the burgeoning field of performance art and, in doing so, marks Santa Barbara as a city that is at the forefront of experimental and new genres of art. More details about the festival can be found here.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | Author:
Loree Gold


Joyce Wilson & Loree Gold

An artistic exploration of family bloodlines, sweat and tears, de mi Sangre: of my blood, collaboration between artists Joyce Wilson and Loree Gold, a mother daughter duo. Showcasing recent and revisited works that focus on a passion for life, as well as it’s challenges. Wilson and Gold use photographic art, printmaking and painting to create a dimension of endless possibilities beyond the ordinary.

October 9th – November 6th, 2015

October 9th, 5:30 – 7:30

Gallery Hours: 10am – 9pm daily
2375 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Tennis Club and the public is welcome.

Gallery Director and Curator of Exhibitions: Susan Tibbles for more information.
For more information please contact Susan Tibbles
Images available upon request

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 | Author:

This just in! I’ve seen this space and it’s great. And the other artists that work there are wonderful too. Details below:

Art studio sublease at the Can(n)on in Goleta available from October 17, 2015 through end of January 2016 (or longer if desired) for a reduced price and partially underwritten. The art studio features an 8’ x 12’ personal workspace and 2’ x 4’ storage space as well as communal front exhibition or extra work room, kitchenette, bathroom, and 2 parking spaces. High ceilings, cement floors, and a roll-up door are additional excellent features of the space.
$175 negotiable.
Please contact Marco: (805-452-1577) to inquire.


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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Author:

Hey everyone, I hope to see you at the Faulkner Gallery on Thursday, the 24th at 7pm (if you’re an email subscriber, that means TONIGHT!) for an art-centric forum for all city council candidates. The moderator will be Ted Mills, an artist, art critic, writer, teacher, film maker, and creator of the Funk Zone Podcast.  Let’s fill the place and show city leaders how important the arts are to our community. I hope to see you there.

Candidate's Forum


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Author:

Atkinson Gallery

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 25, 4pm-6pm.
youth in solitary

An exhibition about solitary confinement by Richard Ross

September 25-December 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 4pm-6pm

The Isolated exhibit is the most recent component of Richard Ross’ ten-year effort to document the juvenile justice system in the United States. In this show, Ross critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell.

For more information, please see the Juvenile In Justice project:

Richard Ross - cropped with glasses
About the artist

Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MacArthur and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. His most recent work, the – In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Two books and traveling exhibitions of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.

IMAGE CREDIT: Richard Ross, E.V., age 17, Archival Inkjet Print, 2015, 38″ x 24″