Unification is Distortion Art Talk and Show
January 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm PST
Created for use in temporary display and exhibition rituals at Antioch University Library Gallery, the artist Craig Cree Stone will exhibit works curated from two collections from January 22 – March 23, 2020.
The exhibition will open with a discussion between Stone and Dr. Adonia Lugo of Antioch University on Wednesday, January 22 at noon. Food and drink will be served.
The first collection of artifacts are photographic representations of public spaces designed by Stone in Southern California over the past twenty-five years that explore how meaning is constructed in the design of site-specific public space with the goal of “Making Places Public.” The second group of artifacts, Masculine Ties Remix (late 1700s to early 2000s), consists of a large container and a constructed representation of this container designed to house examples of an established gendered formal fashion accessory from the 1930s to the 1990s. Associated with job status, “dressing up” and signaling male identity and power in North American and international corporate and political-cultural expression, this form has taken on increased semiotic significance with the recent use and display of enlarged versions of the form in US political fashion sign systems.
In addition to the display of these familiar commercially available fashion items are a grouping of unique hand-made one-of-a-kind related forms. These unique North American hand-made forms from the late 1700s to the late 1900s are constructed of glass beads and fabric and were purchased on eBay in the early 2000s. These “eBay orphan teachers” are displayed in vintage bubble glass frames which is in the same manner that the first form of this type was purchased by the artist near the beginning of this century. The collections explore how meaning is constructed in the design, construction, appropriation, decontextualization, and display of context-specific fashion accessories in North American to resist, reaffirm and sustain culture, identity, worldviews and ways of knowing will be the topic of a discussion of this body of work.
Stone is a professor of Art at CSULB, the largest School of Art in a public university in the United States and the Director of the oldest American Indian Studies Program in the West at Cal State Puvungna. Stone designed and taught the first course on Public Art for Studio Artists in the United States with Jorge Pardo and Patrick Mohr.
Questions about the artwork or the exhibition can be directed to [email protected]