Tuesday, January 04th, 2011 | Author:

Happy New Year!

Between the holidays and my day job, I have yet to catch up with all the latest art events that will grace Santa Barbara’s downtown for this coming First Thursday. If you know of anything that really shouldn’t be missed please add it in a comment below.  I haven’t even had time to organize the Art Crawl this month, so we’ll reconvene in February.

Super Santa Barbara Art ExhibitThere is, however, one particular show that I wanted to make sure to highlight. Super Santa Barbara is a large group  show that will be opening on Thursday at the Contemporary Arts Forum. Last year’s Super Santa Barbara was one of my favorite shows of the year. This year’s theme for the exhibition is net neutrality. If your eyes just went a bit glassy and you are wondering what net neutrality might be, don’t worry, most people don’t. And it is a very complicated subject, but it is just as important to our every day lives (though you probably don’t even know it yet). For a great brief visual crash course on net neutrality click HERE.

Net neutrality may seem like a strange place to find artistic inspiration, but one of the reasons I like this show so much is that relevance is built in to the exhibit.  The first Super Santa Barbara show asked artists to provide visions of Santa Barbara 50 to 100 into the future. And the results were beautiful and often compelling.  This year’s show has at least as much potential to surprise and enlighten.  Artists, times and date for the show are listed below. I hope to see you there. Once you’ve seen the show, please come back and leave comments with your opinion of the show. Check out the website for the show HERE.

ARTISTS

JAMES VAN ARSDALE | JULIA FORD | SAUL GRAY-HILDENBRAND | STEVEN SORIA | JONNY TROYNA | JAKE MONTEFU | ANGUS FORBES | ALEJANDRO CASAZI | TRISTAN TYLER BLODGETT | JASON SOBER | STEPHNIE DOTSON | ROBERT HECKES | LAURA DEVENDORF | KIMBERLY HAHN | KAT TRAJANO

The opening reception (dates & time below), will feature a presentation and Q & A session with local tech guru (and SwitchBook founder) Joe Andrieu at 7:30pm.
SUPER SANTA BARBARA is a series of independent exhibitions organized/curated by Warren Schultheis. It is not installed or organized under CAF’s curatorial programming & schedule.

RECEPTION: Jan 6th, 2011 6:30pm-9pm
SHOW DATES: Jan 7th – Jan 23rd
DIRECTIONS: 653 Paseo Nuevo

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