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PRE-GLO opens at the Centre for the Living Arts

10 Apr 2014

written by Mailer-Daemon

Image courtesy of Mario Ybarra Jr

Images courtesy of Mario Ybarra Jr

Centre for the Living Arts is pleased to announce that PRE-GLO will open on Friday, April 11, 2014. PRE-GLO (April 11 – July 27, 2014) is a segue into GLOBAL, CLA’s next major nine month initiative, opening September 2014.

Gallery hours are from 11 am – 5 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The gallery remains open until 7 pm on Fridays. Sunday hours are from noon until 5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission to the gallery is free for members, $5 for non-members, $3 for students and seniors, free for children.
Pre-Glo is generously sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality and Mrs. Arlene Mitchell.


The Main Gallery will feature Mario Ybarro, Jr.’s billboards from The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, organized by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project is a series of artist-produced billboards and activations that will unfold along Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California through spring 2015. Using approximately 100 billboards total, 10 artists will create “chapter” groupings along I-10, each a unique interpretive link to the exhibition’s thematic. The billboards will move through and punctuate the landscape by tracing territorial expansion from east to west, along one of the country’s busiest freeways, and will conclude in Los Angeles.

Ybarra Jr. is a visual and performance artist, educator and activist who combines street culture with fine art to produce site-specific urban interventions that often bring to light little-known aspects of a particular location’s cultural history. Ybarra Jr.’s chapter of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project uses source material from the artist’s ongoing collection of images of what he calls “barrio aesthetics” in Los Angeles. Ybarra Jr. is interested in inserting the daily culture and experience of one city and neighborhood into another, both contrasting and familiar. Ybarra’s billboards, which have been on display in both Mobile and Baldwin counties since January 2014, will be exhibited in PRE-GLO.

The Video Gallery features Global Futures: Pre-Glo, curated by Tom Leeser of the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts. This installation of sound and video blends the Centre’s upcoming theme of globalism with its previous video exhibit, Future Tense- Futures
Project. The two themes intersect at the point of representation, a “global futurism” seen through a lens of technological driven data visualizations and the ever-expanding reach of global communication.

This communication is evidenced by the data visualizations from the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University and its director, Laura Kurgan. For the exhibit, video selections of the Lab’s work are projected onto the Centre’s video gallery walls. The video is accompanied by wall text that describes each project. Click here for more information on Spatial Information Design Lab.

The Lab’s complex and compelling data visualizations are contrasted with sound art from four international artists who use electronic music, spoken word and field recordings gathered from around the world. Stephanie Smith recorded the haunting and mysterious sounds of a ship at sea. Tom Leeser captured the sound of Nepalis and Tibetans performing chants while doing “kora,” a daily walking ritual done around the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. Kristín Pora Haraldsdotti’s exhibits her rare collection of recorded Icelandic folk poems, and Henry Schroy contributed a Brazilian drumming performance from Rio de Janeiro. Each of the sound artists and their recordings are positioned in the gallery as “cardinal points”- describing the compass positions of east, west, north and south.

Global Futures: Pre-Glo is immersive, yet it provides enough space for the viewer to experience a critical distance addressing the paradox of scale within the current global condition. The Spatial Information Design Lab’s projections appear as a visual example of the enormity of publicly gathered global data, while the sound art is heard individually through headphones as an isolated and private refuge.

Global Futures: Pre-Glo participants include:

Video, Data Visualizations and Website:
Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University
Laura Kurgen, Director

Sound Artists:

Kristín Pora Haraldsdottir
Henry Schroy
Stephanie Cheng Smith
Tom Leeser

Tom Leeser

Video Editing/ Media Supervision:

Raphael Arar


The Lounge will feature the works of Allan Sekula’s Black Tide series. Sekula (1951 -2013) was a renowned American photographer whose work, which often depicted labor within the workplace, focused on the consequences of economic changes arising from globalization.

Black Tide series was the result of the 2002 oil spill in Galicia, which is located in northwest Spain. A tanker carrying in excess of 20 million gallons of oil split in half, creating one of the worst environmental disasters of the century. Sekula’s documentary-style photographs focus on the coastal landscape, the invading oil, and the efforts of the volunteers who battle what he refers to as the “black tide.”

Sekula subtitled the piece Fragments for an Opera. He created accompanying text to Black Tide, which recreates the event 30 years into the future and demonstrates the gaps between the politically-elite right wing Spanish ruling party and the scores of volunteers who actually dealt with the disaster.

Sekula’s work is found in the collections of such institutions as J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Tate, London, UK; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

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