Fragile / Fiber: May 20 – July 31, 2022

Fragile / Fiber – May 20 – July 31, 2022

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Fragile / Fiber is a group exhibition exploring contradiction and materiality, funds raised will benefit the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and the Artists. Join us!

Opening reception: Friday, May 20, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
248 S Montgomery St, Ojai, California

The exhibition will be on view in person through July 31, 2022, and works will be online shortly.

Artists include:

Tanya Aguiñiga
Kelly Akashi
Doña Viviana Alávez
Juliana Altamirano
Alison Andersson
Brian Calvin
Četáŋ Ská designs by Dyani White Hawk
Mark Churchill
Sally England
Dena Paige Fischer
Porfirio Gutiérrez
Elizabeth Herring
David Horvitz
Janna Ireland
Cole M James
Jmy James Kidd
P.Lyn
Shana Mabari
Zenaida Maldonado Martinez
Julie Maren
Ana Martinez Alarzon
Monty J
Yassi Mazandi
Yunhee Min
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Tara Jane O’Neil
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
Jim Robie
Ry Rocklen
Sarah Rosalena
Melanie Schiff
Aaron Spangler
Cole Sternberg
Marc Swanson
Cayetano Talavera
Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales
Natasha Wheat
Rosha Yaghmai

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala 2022

(left) Sarah Rosalena (right) Aaron Spangler

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala
Celebrating Sarah Rosalena & Aaron Spangler

Saturday, May 21, 2022
Ojai, California
Reception: 2:00 pm | Al Fresco Luncheon & Award Program: 3:00 pm

Proceeds benefit Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation artist and free art programs

Art Prize Gala Weekend Starts Friday, May 20, 2022 with the opening reception for Fragile/Fiber a fundraising exhibition, and the Artists’ Dinner

All ticket and table levels include reception, luncheon & award program

Quantity:Ticket Type:Amount:Description:
Lead Underwriter table for 10 guests5000.00 USDFour tickets to the Artists’ Dinner on Friday May 20 (value of goods: $700, not tax-deductible)
Underwriter Table for 8 guests2500.00 USDTwo tickets to the Artists’ Dinner on Friday May 20 (value of goods: $500, not tax-deductible)
Underwriter Ticket (s) for 2 guests1000.00 USD(value of goods: $100, not tax deductible)
VIP Sponsor Ticket(s) for 2 guests500.00 USD(value of goods: $100, not tax deductible)
VIP Sponsor Ticket(s) per guest250.00 USD(value of goods: $100, not tax deductible)
Patron Ticket (s) per guest175.00 USD(value of goods: $50, not tax-deductible)
Underwrite an Artist Ticket175.00 USDI would like to underwrite ticket (s) for special artist guests
Artists' Dinner175.00 USDFriday May 20 Artists' Dinner Ticket (s) - (value of goods: $50, not tax-deductible)
Your confirmation will be emailed after payment is complete

Book Club: Thought Forms by Annie Besant & C. W. Leadbeater Saturday, May 7, 2022

Book Club: Thought Forms by Annie Besant & C. W. Leadbeater
Saturday, May 7, 3:00 pm, reception to follow at 5:00 pm

Join us for a short symposium exploring the book Thought Forms and related ideas around consciousness and the history of Ojai with Rosha Yaghmai and invited special guests. You are encouraged to read along with us these next few weeks and arrive ready to discuss the book on May 7th. Books may be purchased locally at Barts Books, or at your local bookstore.

The symposium will conclude with a closing reception for the exhibition.

Please note time change to 3:00 pm.

Thought Forms: A Record of Clairvoyant Investigation is a seminal occult book compiled by the leaders of the Theosophical Society, Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater. It was originally published in 1905 in London. According to the teachings of Theosophy, thoughts and emotions create distinctive patterns of color and form in the human aura—visible only to those who are gifted with a sufficient degree of clairvoyance and can see beyond our normal perceptions. Besant and Leadbeater dictated their clairvoyant “thought-forms” to a group of friends who then created the 58 magnificent illustrations contained in the book. This book was a major influence on the artists Hilma Af Klint and Wassily Kandinsky among many others but has long been overlooked as a foundational pillar in art history.
Image: Artwork plate from Thought Forms: A Record of Clairvoyant Investigation, Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater

On Heidi Bucher, Saturday, April 23, 2022

On Heidi Bucher
Saturday, April 23, 5:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Rosha Yaghmai as we discuss her interest in the work of Heidi Bucher. The Swiss avant-garde artist Heidi Bucher (1926-1993, born Adelheid Hildegard Müller) distinguished herself particularly through her legendary “mouldings”, focussing and exploring the architectural space and the body through sculpture. It is a transformative and poetic work, that deals primarily with private spaces and belongings, architectural fragments from mostly the 19th century, feminism, domestication and the individual or collective experiences and memory.

We will be referencing the Heidi Bucher symposium produced by Haus der Kunst on the occasion of the retrospective Heidi Bucher. Metamorphoses with The Estate of Heidi Bucher. Watch the previously recorded symposium online.

Image: Heidi Bucher, Untitled, 1991, December, Postcard collage, 16,7 x 14,8cm, Copyright 2021 The Estate of Heidi Bucher.

Rosha Yaghmai: The eyes, March 12 – May 7, 2022

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present The eyes, a solo exhibition project by Rosha Yaghmai for the Ojai Institute. The exhibition will be on view March 12 – May 7, 2022. 

There will be a public reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 5-7 pm.

The eyes is a site-responsive installation that draws attention to the architecture, geology, and history of place. This intervention by Yaghmai seeks to shift and blend vision, unearth and expose knowledge, while creating a multidimensional psychedelic space. The Ojai Institute and Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation gallery space becomes a platform for accessing the esoteric history of Ojai, while being transformed into an imagined portal through which one might transcend time and space. Additional sculptural works in the show explore material and meaning, offering many interpretations and avoiding specific revelation. Or perhaps the works reveal more to the individual upon closer examination. 

Through a sculptural practice that melds industrial and craft processes, Rosha Yaghmai’s work utilizes these provocations to alter the familiar. She uses materials such as silicon and resin for their skin-like translucency and bodily, fleshy quality. Yaghmai contrasts this softness with hard mediums like cast plaster or fiberglass to contradict the expected. Her work, in exhibition form, often takes shape as an assemblage of fragmented objects that evoke an environment of estrangement. Yaghmai is most interested in exploring themes of the psychedelic that includes feelings of transcendence and otherness. Using architectural structures like gates, doorways, courtyard walls, she hopes to push the feeling of passing through, telepathic transformation or metamorphosis. Yaghmai was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) (2021), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco (2019). She was also included in the 2018 iteration of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum curated by Erin Christovale and Anne Ellegood.

Rosha Yaghmai lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Solo and 2 person exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA; Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles, CA; The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY; Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA; Weiss Berlin, Germany; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA; Tif’s Desk, Los Angeles/Miami; and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA amongst others. Selected group shows include: Made in LA curated by Erin Christovale and Anne Ellegood, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Domestic Plane curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, and David Adamo, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Mad World curated by Ali Subotnick, Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her Writings curated by Laura Smith, Tate ST. Ives, Cornwall, UK; The Annex, M+B, Los Angeles, CA; Hanging With Friends curated by Diana Molzan, The Finley, Los Angeles, CA; California Curse curated by Pejman Shojaei, Mothers Beach, CA; KNOWLEDGES curated by Christina Ondrus, Mount Wilson Observatory, Alta Dena, CA; Present Future curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Artissima Turin, Italy; THE STAND IN (OR A GLASS OF MILK) curated by Lauren Mackler and Alex Gaty, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA;  9/11 15 Years Later, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA; ET IN ARCADIA EGO, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico; Seeing is Believing curated by Carol Cheh, Cal State Long Beach, CA; and HOT ROCK, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland amongst others. Yaghmai is a Terra Foundation Fellow, Giverny, France (2009), a Villa Aurora Fellow, Berlin, Germany (2016), a recipient of the California Community Foundation grant (2019), The Chara Schreyer Arts Initiative (2020), and the Bullseye Glass Residency (2021).

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prizes 2022

(left) Sarah Rosalena (right) Aaron Spangler

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 awards. The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize will be awarded to Sarah Rosalena. The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize will be awarded to Aaron Spangler. Both prizes include exhibition projects at the Ojai Institute in Ojai, the artist centric initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. Spangler is a critical partner, and source of inspiration, as the foundation embarks on a new residency exchange partnership with the Nemeth Art Center based in Park Rapids, Minnesota. 

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize consists of an unrestricted gift of $10,000. Previous prize recipients include Porfirio Gutiérrez (2021), Tanya Aguiñiga (2020), Kelly Akashi (2019), Ry Rocklen (2018), and Rob Fischer (2017). The prize is awarded on an annual basis and the current focus is on supporting artists living in Southern California.

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize consists of an unrestricted gift of $5,000. Previous prize recipients include Jovan C. Speller (2021), and Dyani White Hawk (2020). The prize is awarded on an annual basis and the current focus is on supporting artists living in Minnesota.

Tables and tickets are now available! Purchase your table or ticket online here or by contacting Frederick Janka, Executive Director, fjanka@cgbfoundation.org or 646.334.1006.

Artist Biographies:

Sarah Rosalena (Wixárika, b. 1982, Los Angeles) is Assistant Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara in Computational Craft and Haptic Media. Her work deconstructs technology with material interventions, creating new narratives for hybrid objects that function between human/nonhuman, ancient/future, handmade/autonomous to override power structures rooted in colonialism. She was recently given Creative Capital, the LACMA Art + Tech Lab Grant, the Steve Wilson Award from Leonardo, the International Society for Art, Sciences, and Technology, and the Craft Futures Grant from Center for Craft. Her research focuses on Indigenous scholarship and mentorship in STEAM. She has presented her work and research at places such as LACMA, Blum & Poe Gallery, Frieze LA, New Wight Gallery, and Ars Electronica. Upcoming solo exhibitions include LACMA/Mount Wilson Observatory and Clockshop. Her work is in the permanent collection at LACMA.

Aaron Spangler (b. 1971, Minneapolis) is a sculptor and printmaker best known for his monumental, monochromatic carved wooden sculptures and for resuscitating and contemporizing the traditional art of bas relief. His themes emerge from his roots in a heavily forested area of northern Minnesota, and began in darkly calamitous, intricately carved wood bas relief. Painted black with gesso and rubbed with graphite, the surfaces appear to be machined, the surrealistic scenes–of twisted tree roots, limbs, and extinct hand tools–illustrating, or presaging, various breakdowns of rural society. Since moving back home to his house and studio in the Two Inlets Forest in Minnesota in 2009, his work has grown in a more smoothly abstracted, heavily patterned, and intimate direction. In bas relief, freestanding sculpture, and woodblock and hand-rubbed prints, he continues to explore and provoke the ineffable truths and mythologies of the rural ethos. 

Since 1998 Spangler’s work has been the subject of many national and international exhibitions, including solo shows in galleries in New York and Berlin. In recent years he’s been included in group shows such as “Working Thought,” The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Takashi Murakami’s “Superflat Collection,” Yokohama, Japan; the two-person “American Gothic” at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (with Alison Elizabeth Taylor), Winston-Salem, N.C.; “Spectacular of Vernacular” (2011–12), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; “Heartland” (2008–10), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; and the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. His work belongs to many public and private collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Rubell Family Collection, among others.  He has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2014), McKnight Foundation (2009), Minnesota State Arts Board (1998), and Jerome Foundation (1997). In 2017, Spangler’s first large-scale bronze, Bog Walker, was commissioned by Walker Art Center for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Spangler lives with his wife, writer Amy Thielen, and their son, just outside their hometown of Park Rapids, Minnesota. In a volunteer capacity, Spangler advises and curates exhibitions for the Nemeth Art Center, a contemporary art center housed in the historic Hubbard County courthouse.

In Conversation: Jovan C. Speller and Dyani White Hawk, Friday, February 25, 2022

In Conversation: Jovan C. Speller and Dyani White Hawk
Friday, February 25, 2022, 5:00pm PST

On the occasion of our current exhibition Jovan C. Speller: Sounds for Survival for the Ojai Institute, this virtual event, In Conversation, will feature Jovan C. Speller and Dyani White Hawk. Jovan is the 2021 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize recipient, and Dyani received the prize in 2020.

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This event will take place on zoom, will have live closed captions, and will be recorded.

 

Photography Expanded: Jovan C. Speller, Kelly Akashi, Janna Ireland, and Cole M. James, Friday, February 11, 2022

Photography Expanded
Friday, February 11, 2022, 5:00pm PST

On the occasion of our current exhibition Jovan C. Speller: Sounds for Survival for the Ojai Institute, this virtual event, Photography Expanded, will feature a conversation with Jovan C. Speller, Kelly Akashi, Janna Ireland, and Cole M. James. Each of these artists have a significant foundation in photography and push and pull at it through their various practices. Each having also previously or currently exhibiting for the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s Ojai Institute initiative.

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This event will take place on zoom, will have live closed captions, and will be recorded.

Jovan C Speller: Sounds For Survival, November 20, 2021 – February 26, 2022

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present Sounds For Survival, a solo exhibition project by Jovan C. Speller for the Ojai Institute. The exhibition will be on view November 20, 2021 – February 26, 2022. Speller is the recipient of the 2021 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize.

There will be a public reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 5-7 pm.

248 South Montgomery Street, Ojai

Jovan C. Speller is a multidisciplinary artist based in Northern Minnesota. Her work – visual, textual and performative – interprets historic narratives through contemporary discourse. Her research based practice is centered around elevating, complicating and inventing stories that explore ancestry, identity, and spatial memory – making the intangible tangible and the invisible visible.

Scott Johnson: Uncommon Ground, The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, October 30 – December 31, 2021

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present Uncommon Ground, a solo exhibition project by Scott Johnson for the Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. The exhibition will be on view October 30 – December 31, 2021. 

There will be a public reception to celebrate the opening on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 5-7pm. 

Uncommon Ground features recent works that incorporate collage and three dimensional surfaces in an array of experiments in shape and form. Johnson, a voracious visual consumer of contemporary culture, creates layer upon layer of image, paint, and board to create dynamic and often colorful compositions. Our world of glossy magazines, models, actors, political figures and the anonymous are embedded, torn, and turned every which way. One experiences his artwork in almost a bricolage fashion, as disparate materials are brought together in an idiosyncratic visual language of his own making. Johnson references and pays homage to many artists and cultural producers past and present all the while steadfastly building his own path forward. 

Scott Johnson was born in California and educated at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (BA in Architecture) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Master in Architecture), Johnson worked variously at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Skidmore Owings Merrill, and the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York City. Joining Pereira Associates in Los Angeles in 1983 as Principal and Design Director, he and William Fain acquired the firm now known as Johnson Fain in 1988. 

Recent exhibitions of his artwork include, It’s Art If I Say It’s Art. Otherwise It’s Not, Eastern Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Looking at Architecture, Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA, and HÔTEL: A Concert Exhibition, Ojai, CA.

In addition to designing nearly 100 built projects in the past 20 years, Johnson has also taught and lectured at various universities. He served as Director of the Master of Architecture Programs at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture from 2004 through 2007. 

He is the author of the publications Uncommon Ground:  Notes on the Visual Arts + Architecture (2021), Essays on the Tall Building and the City, as well as Performative Skyscraper Tall Building Design Now, Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper, Tectonics of Place: The Architecture of Johnson Fain, and The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture.

The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is a unique public-private partnership that seeks to raise funds to support the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s Ojai Institute artist residency and education programs. You may learn more online at www.theojaiinstitute.org and www.cgbfoundation.org.