Observer of the Arts

culver-arts-vide0 I do a lot of poetry readings 
and am featured in art receptions. I enjoy sharing my creativity with others. But 
sometimes it's nice to attend and observe. 

I recently attended several events at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of Arts. This space is 
part of UCRArts Block in Riverside, CA. A huge space where I have seen dance,rehearsed
for a performance collaboration, performance art, art exhibitions, poetry readings, 
and art discussions. They show art-house movies too.


In one week's time I attended several events at the Culver. The first was 
"Conversations at the Culver presents Heather Altfeld and Troy Jollimore" put 
on by Inlandia. This was a combination of poetry reading, interview, and Q&A. 
I like this format because I got to learn more about the authors - their process 
and passion for writing. They shared about how it took one author 60 submissions
to publishers before the manuscript got selected. Some poets write with a book 
in mind and others write poems and compile them into a book. I do a bit of
both. Cati Porter hosted this event.


The next evening two UCR students lead a group discussion/tour for the art exhibition,
"Second Wave." I liked the concept of object representing a person in one of the 
artists' paintings. The show included video, painting, photography, and more. Then it
was time to visit the Black Box Studio for my first time to watch performance artists 
D. Hill and Takeshi Kanamura perform, "Transceiver." The audience got to color 
the performer's white clothing and their faces. Musical instruments were given to some
of the audience members. I had some percussion. The two performers left the room. Then
something magical happened. The audience passed the keyboard around the circle. There
was only one drum, so people started using their hands to drum on the floor. The 
audience became the performance. 


I spoke with Takeshi later and he said that they expected the audience to stop playing
the instruments after he and D. Hill left the room. They were surprised and pleased 
that the audience got more involved.


During the Riverside Arts Walk, it was time to explore video and photography with 
French artist, Marie Bovo. "How to Survive Abstraction" was curated by 
Joanna Myers-Szupinska-Myers. Susan Ossman lead the interview this evening of a show 
at the UCR/CA Museum of Photography. This event was held in the theater. Marie's 
videos were more like movies with amazing colors, composition, and sounds. She liked 
to capture daily life. Her still photographs used a large camera with 8x10" film. 
No digital photographs. The printed pictures were @ 6' tall. She exposed the film 
for two hours so that people moving in and out of the image disappeared leaving 
the buildings where they lived or tents in the case of gypsies. Displacement was 
another theme as the gypsies and the poor were moved out of their living spaces 
to make room for the new.


I had a culturally rich week and all of the events were free. Time to create my 
own work.


~ by fiberverse on February 5, 2016.

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