New GOCA show opens at both galleries

A public reception for a new exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art will be 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 at GOCA1420 on campus and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at GOCA 121 at 121 S. Tejon.

“Systematizing” explores various forms of systems, including social systems (particularly as they relate to technology and social media), systems and patterns in nature, and systems organically and methodically constructed in specific spaces.

GOCA1420 features a site-specific installation titled “fully empty 2” by R. Justin Stewart, a Brooklyn-based artist. Stewart’s work, including his installation at GOCA1420 investigates how information is translated, transformed and conveyed across time and space. “fully empty 2” is composed of numerous fleece pods made of a fabric body and end caps which are linked by rope to each other and the surrounding architecture.

GOCA121 features work by Christopher Baker and Liz Miller. Baker’s work is fundamentally concerned with the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Trained first as a scientist and only recently as an artist, his practice represents an uneasy balance of eager technological optimism, analytical processes, deep-rooted skepticism and intuitive engagement. Much of this is inspired by the interconnectivities – visible and invisible – present in the modern urban landscape

Miller’s site specific-installation, “Decorative Eco-Disaster” combines shapes from invasive species, weather-related charts, graphs, and diagrams, elements of ornament, and weapon design. The work’s seductive color and intensive repetition camouflage the more sinister story that unfolds in the gallery. The line between beauty and devastation becomes imperceptible as seemingly stable forms morph into a display of aggressive and beautiful devastation.

GOCA1420 is openNoon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. GOCA121 is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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— Caitlin Green

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