Through Dec. 7 — Artist Alison O’Daniel visualizes sound in new exhibit at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery

November 1, 2018
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Alison O’Daniel

“No Mathematical Logic. We Unfold Somehow.”

SANTA BARBARA —Through December 7, 2018, the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present “NO MA T H EMA T I C AL  LOGIC,” an exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Alison O’Daniel. With sound itself as the main character, O’Daniel presents nonlinear narratives of both real and fictionalized events. In addition to large scale sculptures, the exhibition includes a 3-channel video installation of the artist’s ongoing feature-length film project, “The Tuba Thieves,” which is based on, but not strictly about, a spate of tuba thefts from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The hard of hearing artist developed the film through structured call-and-response collaborations with Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing composers, performers, and athletes in order to highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels and to build a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories.

An artist who combines film, performance, sculpture, and installation, Alison O’Daniel lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has presented solo exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and had performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Writing on her work has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and ArtReview. She has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Art Matters, Franklin Furnace Fund, and California Community Foundation. O’Daniel has attended residencies at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. Scenes from her on-going film, “The Tuba Thieves,” as well as several sculptures were included in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum and “The Infinite Ear” at the Garage Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow.

In a presentation titled “Politic of Access & Visual Sound,” Deaf critic Rezenet Moges-Riedel will interview the artist Alison O’Daniel on November 2 at 4 p.m. in Room 211 of the Administration Building. Following the event, the Atkinson Gallery will host a reception for the artist at approximately 5:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the Humanities Building. The “NO MA T H EMA T I C AL  LOGIC” exhibition and related programs are co-presented with the American Sign Language Program at SBCC and generously sponsored by the SBCC Foundation. Santa Barbara City College Art Department’s showcase for the visual arts, the Atkinson Gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions featuring international, national, regional and student artists. All Atkinson Gallery events are free and open to the public. Atkinson Gallery’s fall hours are: Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., and by appointment.

For more information, contact Sarah Cunningham, Atkinson Gallery Director:
(917) 992-7540.

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