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Written in the Stars: The First in a Series of Exhibitions on Arbitrary Systems

Sarah Beadle * Jenn Berger * Nicole Capps * Josh Cho * Antoinette De Paiva * Alexandra Pacheco Garcia *
Shaun Garren * Dave Ghilarducci * Amanda Kanter * Bruce McAllister * Laurence McNamara * Jessica Minckley *
Larissa Nickel * Julie O'Sullivan * Brian Palagallo * Matthew Plaks * Deana Romo * Benjy Russell * Edwin Vasquez *

Exhibition dates:  October 20– November 14, 2014
Opening Reception:  Saturday,  October 25, 6 - 8 pm

What would an exhibition look like completely divorced from curatorial subjectivity? What kind of discourse can rise from a group of artworks that is brought together, not by one person's interests and preferences, but by chance, play, and perhaps a little divine intervention? As a way of thinking outside of a traditional relationship of dependency – artist on curator, curator's discourse upon artwork – guest curator Kellie Lanham introduces a series of exhibitions brought together through an application of arbitrary systems.  I propose a series of exhibitions that are brought together through an application of completely arbitrary systems. From this experiment, my hope is to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art.

Written in the Stars, the first in this series of exhibitions, is configured based on the astrological charts of each artist who responds to this call. The collection of birthdates was given to an astrologer who selected the participants based on each birth chart's alignment with the opening date of the exhibition (October 20, 2014). From this experiment, Kellie Lanham hopes "to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art." Taking place at Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, the show will be in the epicenter of a desert landscape in which metaphysical energies and practices are said to flourish.

Kellie Lanham, the visiting writer and curator of this exhibition, is an editor and regular contributor to RECAPS Magazine and Haunt Journal of Art and holds an MFA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of California, Irvine. For more theorization on astrology check out Christopher J. Lee's "Queers Love Astrology," Marty Windahl's "When You Think the Night Has Seen Your Mind: Thoughts on Queers and Astrology," and other similar articles on RECAPS Magazine. Copyright © 2014, Kellie Lanham, All rights reserved

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Made in the Desert: Friends of the Gallery Exhibition

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Exhibition dates:  November 20 - December 5, 2014
Dropoff dates:  November 10-18 (during Gallery open hours)
Artist Reception:  Thursday,  November 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Antelope Valley College Art Gallery invites artists working in all media to participate in our Friends of the Gallery exhibition.  When you join Friends of the Gallery, you are invited to submit one work to the Made in the Desert exhibition honoring our members.  In accordance with this year’s theme, we encourage you to submit a work shaped by your experience of the high desert, whether that impact is visual, cultural, philosophical, etc.  Whether you are a career artist or just beginning to explore your artistic side, all are welcome!

To submit an artwork to Made in the Desert, please bring your piece to the Art Gallery during our drop-off dates where you can complete a membership form and loan agreement.  Work submitted must not have been previously shown in the gallery.  If your piece is over 50” x 50”, please contact gallery director, Christine Mugnolo (, prior to submission.  We look forward to seeing your work!

Membership Fees:  Friend - $20 per year, Student (with i.d.) - $5 per year

Pick-up dates:  December 9 & 11, 12 – 3 p.m. (subject to change, please check back here for confirmation)

For more information and pdf of the FoG brochure, please see our Membership page.



Last Updated: Thursday, November 06, 2014