December 6, 2020 — March 14, 2021
8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine
Thursdays & Fridays, 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Not opened to due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Suburban Ecologies brings together six interlocking creative projects conceived in response to the natural and built environments in which I live: the repeating architectures of the City of Irvine, the competing waterfronts of Orange County, and the topographic space defined by the Santa Ana River. The Great Park Gallery, located at the center of both the City and the County, provides a conceptually ideal venue for the work.
In the larger room, the curvilinear oceanfront of Orange County’s six beach cities is aligned with a scale model of the landform it faces. Opposite these are projected films that represent a cross-section of this landform, moving from sea level to summit and back again. In the smaller room, recurring housing units collapsed into images surround a sculpture that turns suburban development logic into an abstract form. Taken together, along with a Covid-19-inspired project in the lobby, the work expresses the commonalities and contradictions of Orange County’s overlapping ecologies.
Curated with Adam Sabolick, Suburban Ecologies completes a cycle of creative research that I began in 2013 when I moved to Southern California and accelerated in 2016 with the research seminar Space, Time, and Orange County.
Exhibition videography by Nick Alfaro. Exhibition virtual tour and Santa Ana Fall Line projector installation by Bruce Warner. Santa Ana Fall Line projection programming by Kenton Kami. Santa Ana Watershed assembly assistance by Ivette Morales and Tucker Moody. Financial support by UCI Brain.