Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab
curated by Lara Bullock
January 22 - April 20, 2012
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The city of San Pedro is one with a rich cultural history. As with most
port cities, a state of flux is the constant. San Pedro is no different.
From it's inhabitance by the Suag-na peoples, to its colonization by the
Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, to its growth as development
into a bourgeoning port city and military fortification site, to its
annexation by the city of Los Angeles, to its pioneering efforts relating
to racial and sexual equality, San Pedro is a place of continual growth
and rich history.
Immigrant/Emigrant explored the negotiation of art practice from an
"outsider's" perspective. This can refer to non-traditional art practices
that challenge more traditional modes of art practice in terms of medium
and/or subject matter. It may also refer to practices that take place
outside of the traditional exhibition space or work within it in a
non-traditional way. Work may also adopt more literal approaches to the
title and address issues of immigration or emigration directly.
Immigrant/Emigrant negotiated terms of difference under the inclusive
umbrella of contemporary art.
Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As a critic, she has published for a variety of print media from STEP Inside Design Magazine to THE Magazine. She has composed numerous catalogue essays for both galleries and museums, most recently for the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego's catalogue for the exhibition Viva la Revolucion: Dialogue with the Urban Landscape. As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and "art" as a malleable and ever changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy. She is currently writing her dissertation on contemporary Street Art.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.