“Under Current examines a collective anxiety and the ways that contemporary artists engage with his experience,” says Jessica Wimbley, Curator at CGU, about its new Under Current exhibition. “This exhibition aims to remind us that despite the sense of isolation that is characteristic of our time, we are still part of a collective whole.”
With over ten emerging artists on display, Under Current is essentially a varied collection of stylistically contemporary art. The works play upon different crises, each representing an anxiety as illustrated by the artist through their own interpretations. Looked at together, the works represent a world of hopes and fears to pinpoint the concept that, although individually we are experiencing the world on dissimilar levels, we are all still living together.
“Each of the works presented in Under Current offer a different way to deal with the problems and anxieties that confront our current time,” says Wimbley.
Under Current not only pulls together ideas, it bridges people as well. “This ambitious project is part of the Exhibition Methods class offered in Claremont Graduate University’s Masters in Arts and Cultural Management (MAACM) program,” Wimbley explains. “Bringing students together across multiple programs within the CGU School of Arts & Humanities and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management with a focus on trans-disciplinary and applied education has resulted in the exhibition.”
To further emphasize the point, Under Current uses multitude mediums in presenting the works. Wimbley says to expect “a wide array ranging from Gouache, Crossed-stitch, acrylic, fabric, media art (video), mixed media, photographs, and drawings installation.”
Christine Nguyen, an alumnus of CGU is one of the artists on display. Her “Flutter Scores of Ominous Maddening Clouds” done with mixed media on layered Mylar juxtaposed to Jan von Holleben’s “The Dog Rider” print is a fine representation of Under Current’s theme.
Under Current, at the East and Peggy Phelps Galleries at Claremont Graduate University, 150 E. 10th St, Claremont, (909) 621-8000. Through May 30; opens May 16 with a free reception at 5pm. Among the artists featured is CGU student Jacob Butts, Camilla Engman, Christine Nguyen, Harp + Silver, Jan von Holleben, Jenny Herrick, Karin Weiner, Katherine Guillen, Kozyndan, Lori Nix, Macha Suzuki, Ramis Kim, Stacia Yeapanis, Trulee Grace Hall, and Zachary Rossman