Group Exhibition

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  Jan. 26, 2007

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"‘Being There"’ exhibit opens Feb. 3

‘Ideas of life operating in places unknown’ at Cal State L.A.

What: Cal State L.A. presents Being There, an exhibit by Samara Caughey, Michael Gonzalez, Yoko Iida, Alice Konitz and Shirley Tse.
When: February 3 – February 24, 2007
Where: Cal State L.A. Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building
Info: Contact the Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4040

Los Angeles, CA -- The Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State L.A. presents Being There, a group exhibition featuring work by Samara Caughey, Michael Gonzalez, Yoko Iida, Alice Konitz and Shirley Tse. Organized by CSULA faculty Richard Wearn, the exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Being There evokes ideas of life operating in places unknown. Much like the Peter Sellers movie Being There, the work proposes that our desire to find the profound maybe more important than profundity itself.

Related to constructivist aspiration, Samara Caughey mixes materials and formal sculptural conventions. Her sculptures set up tensions within themselves. Caughey has had solo exhibitions at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and The Walter McBean Gallery in the San Francisco Art Institute, and group shows in New York at Participant Inc. and Gavin Brown Passerby.

Michael Gonzalez creates ethereal works from familiar materials by meticulously crafting them into synthetic visual experiences. Gonzalez has shown his work nationally and abroad, including Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) of Los Angeles, Thomas Soloman’s Garage in Los Angeles, and the Jumex Collection in Mexico City.

Yoko Iida responds to a variety of cultural situations, changing the form of her installation as she relocates it around the world. She has exhibited at the Babel Art Space in Trondheim, Norway; Platform Gallery in Vaasa, Finland; Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, Japan; and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica.

Alice Konitz designs sculptures and collages that rework form, arrangement and materiality. Her work has been described as “present yet distant, somehow useful and simultaneously removed.” Konitz has exhibited her work with Suzanne Vielmetter in L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions; Hudson Franklin in New York; Galerie Luis Campagna in Cologne, Germany; the London Institute; and the UCLA Hammer Museum.

Shirley Tse documents a sculpture placed on the widening fissure between the American and Euro-Asian tectonic plate in Iceland, exploring space and time in expansive terms. Tse has exhibited worldwide, including The Biennale of Sydney and museums in Taiwan, Italy and New York. Her solo exhibitions include Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica; Murray Guy in New York; Perugi Arte Contemporanea in Pardova, Italy; Pomona College Museum of Art; and Para/Site in Hong Kong.


Sat., Feb. 3, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Fine Arts Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, located on the Cal State L.A. campus. Directions may be found at

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Mon. – Thu. and Sat., 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Free of charge. Fine Arts Gallery: (323) 343-4040

Richard Wearn,

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 190,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center now under construction.


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