Opening Reception For "Bangles" & "Rehearsals"

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Opening Reception For "Bangles" & "Rehearsals"
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Verge Center for the Arts says
Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present two solo Exhibitions by Bay Area artist Lisa Rybovich Crallé, and Detroit-based Artist Richard Haley. In celebration of the partnership between Verge and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th, Verge has chosen to exhibit four UC Davis MFA graduates this summer and fall. Crallé (2011) and Haley (2007) are two examples of emerging artists whose work exemplifies the programmatic vision of Verge, and continue the greater dialog of contemporary art in this region and beyond.

For "Bangles," Crallé fills the vertical space of Verge’s main gallery with an immersive installation comprised of large, suspended sculptures. The sculptures’ elongated looping forms incorporate denim, pleather, and coiffed synthetic hair, alluding to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Crallé’s sculptures reduce the human figure to its most basic linear form, adorning the gallery like architectural jewelry.

Join us for a conversation with Lisa about her work on Thursday, July 28th, 6pm at Verge.

In "Rehearsals," Haley’s works investigate the use of surrogates in performance as he documents staged events being performed by inanimate proxies. The surrogates function in a number of ways: as literal casts of Haley’s body parts; as digital 3D renderings; and as traces of the body, such as the impression one would leave behind if lying down in the grass or residue left behind from the ashes of Haley’s cremated body. A number of works employ hand crafted miniature sculptures of everyday objects to be used as stand-ins for the original. Haley is interested in treating the body as raw material, and with consideration of the body as an apparatus. His stand-ins create attentiveness to the materials they are being made from, and point to the authentic corpus it references. Rehearsals serves to shift the work outside the vernacular of performance and documentation and steer it towards the presence and presentness of sculpture. By using screen-based technology, Haley forces a collision between the hyperreal/unreal virtual world and the tangible physical lived experience, calling into question the ephemeral weightless matter of digital images and their heavy influence on daily lives.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 6pm - 9pm Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento 95811 Contact: Susanna Tu | susanna@vergeart.com | 916.448.2985
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By: Verge Center for the Arts

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