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UNIQUE AND SINGULAR

January 31 - March 11, 2017


Mark Bradford
Untitled #38, 2004
32 5/8 x 32 5/8"
636c-MB04

Unique and Singular is a group show of works on paper. Culled from a selection of Cirrus publications, the show features the following artists, Lita Albuquerque, Peter Alexander, Mark Bradford, Jerry Brane, Laddie Dill, Jill Giegerich, Joe Goode, Charles Hill, Dennis Hollingsworth, Mark Lere, David Lloyd, Allan McCollum, Jason Meadows, Kori Newkirk, Ruben Ochoa, Ed Ruscha, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood. The exhibition explores how past printing techniques were used to create one-of-a-kind works, preceding today's prevalent use of digital printing methods to make paintings.

The show illustrates the various techniques used to create unique works on paper, including, monotype, monoprint, painting, digital printing, performance, chine-collé, drawing and lithography. In the past, the artist worked by hand and created smaller scale works. In contrast, today's artists are using new tools, which encompass digital printers and files, images sourced from the internet, and social media. The images, usually larger in scale, are frequently printed on various materials, such as canvas, wood, metal, etc. In addition to working with digital technology, a number of artists are also adding back the hand element by painting or drawing onto the printed imagery, and often times, producing these works in multiples.

During the printmaking process, most artists begin with a matrix onto which they directly apply paint or ink. The process is one of spontaneity, allowing for immediate results, unlike the digital process which may require time-consuming, file manipulation before the image is printed. In Peter Alexander's "Santa Cruz Cirrus", and Jonas Wood's 2010 series for example, one engages the fluidity of brush strokes rendered by the artist's hand. A number of artists, like Mark Bradford and Kori Newkirk, further embrace this immediacy, by incorporating collage and chine collé.

Performance, nature, and chance also allow for artists to distinguish their work as unique. Lita Albuquerque used Kundalini breathing exercises to create a random dispersion of graphite, while Joe Goode used force to incise his images. Charles Hill buried his prints in compost, and left them to the devices of the unwitting elements, which Hill later drew on with a sewing machine.

The proofing session that takes place during the creation of an edition, also enables the artist to create a unique piece. While these proofs are not editioned, they are signed and retained as works on paper. Ed Ruscha's "IF" trial proof and Mary Weatherford's "Union Ave" trial proof each show one of several changes made to the the respective image during the artist's decision making and collaboration with the printmaker.

In shedding light on the numerous tools one can engage in the workshop, the exhibition shows how artists are encouraged to explore methods and materials they would have otherwise not entertained. Similarly, in considering all of these possibilities, Unique and Singular questions the value system that is placed on the large, digitally printed, painting, to that of the totally hand-made, printed work on paper.

As part of the exhibition, Cirrus will be hosting an informal walk through and reception. Additional details regarding the event will be made available in the coming weeks.


Previous Exhibitions
2017
TYLER MATTHEW OYER: RELEASE
2016
GHOSTING THE SCREEN / ENGRAVINGS WITH SOUND
BRICE BISCHOFF: LIAR CHANNEL
THIS IS NOT A CONNECTION 2005
2015
FINE LINE
GILLIAN THEOBALD "ELEMENTS"
UNTETHERED
THE PICTURE I CARRY IN MY HEAD
CURATED BY
TERRI PHILLIPS
2014
UNTETHERED DIMITRI KOZYREV
JJ VILLARD
IAN HOKIN: MIRAGE
SUSAN LOGORECI
MARGARET NIELSEN:
LOVE STORIES / SHORT STORIES
2004
IDEAL TERRITORY
NEW WORK BY 
RECENT UC IRVINE  MFA GRADUATES
CURATED BY ELAN GREENWALD
ELAINE BRADFORD
JUSTIN MOORE - "GENESIS"
MOTION TRACKING
CALARTS POST GRADUATE EXHIBITION
CURATED BY WILLIAM KAMINSKI
PLAY-GALLERY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES AT CIRRUS
CHARLES CHRISTOPHER HILL
GIVE 'EM A LITTLE BONJOUR
ARBORETUM
2013-2014 MARGO VICTOR "MVG TESTS"
BUILDING ON RUINS JACOB DYRENFORTH "ROMANTIC COMEDY" AND "EVERY GUITAR MOVE"
2013
MARK BRADFORD MONOPRINTS
TYLER MATTHEW OYER
SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE
"CRAZY THOUGHTS HAVE QUICK WINGS"
CURATED BY
EVE WOOD
A COSMIC ENCOUNTER
BRICE BISCHOFF
"THE GLASSEL PARK SERIES"
2003
ROLE-PLAY
IMAGES IN PERIL DIMITRI KOZYREV "JOURNEY'S II
PAINTING BY LETTERS
2012
ROSS BLECKNER "PATHWAYS"
NARCISSISM, THE REAL, THE FAKE AND THE ANTI-DIGITAL IMPULSE
DANIEL BRANDELY "ALAMEDA DANCE"
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: OPEN NETWORK "RECESS"
CURATED BY DAN BAYLES
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: THE VISITATION
"IN THE SHADOW OF SUMMMER BLISS"
CURATED BY JUSTIN MOORE AND JEAN MILANT
2011
"SERIES"
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: LIVIN' L.A.
"SELECTED GRAPHICS" LOPEZ COLLECTION
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: NOW AND THEN
"DRAWINGS" DIMITRI KOZYREV
INSIDE/OUTSIDE: STATES OF BEING
2002
SUSAN LOGORECI, JAMES GRIFFIOEN AND DENNIS OPPENHEIM

MAGGIE LOWE TENNESEN
SALOMON HUERTA
2010
ED RUSCHA "COUNTRY CITISCAPES"
JONAS WOOD: PRINTS
JUSTIN MOORE
FLATLINE
CRAIG KAUFFMAN:
WORKS ON PAPER RETROSPECTIVE
DIMITRI KOZYREV
REMIX JULY 2010
2001
GILLIAN THEOBALD:
NEW PAINTINGS

RICHARD BAKER
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
2009
"l*AND*sc*APE"
CURATED BY GEORGE RAGGETT
NATHANIEL DE LARGE
at large
"AUXILIARY SETTINGS"
CURATED BY STEVEN CRIQUI AND JEAN MILANT

THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
CURATED BY
ARAM MOSHAYEDI
2000
VENICE/VENICE
JOHN BALDESSARI AND
 BRUCE NAUMAN

"VIJA CELMINS"
NEW PRINTS BY
JOAN NELSON AND 
CERAMICS BY ROGER HERMAN
JAY BOLOTIN: THE JACKLEG TESTAMENT: PART ONE: JACK & EVE
"PAST AND NEW PRINTS"
CHARLOTTE F. SMITH
1999
2008
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
JEDD GARRET:
WONDEROUS ORBS OF LIFE

"STEVEN CRIQUI"
"JERRY BRANE"
COSMOS FACTORY
CURATED BY BRAD EBERHARD
"GUY DE COINTET"
SUMMER COOL
SUSAN LOGORECI
THERE IS ALWAYS
MORE FOR PEOPLE
LIKE YOU

MARK GOLAMCO
CLOAK AND CANDLE
 
VIJA CELMINS
2007
ALL HUMAN ACTIONS
CURATED BY

DAWN KASPER
NIGHT BLOOMS
CURATED BY
MARK GOLAMCO

JUSTIN MOORE: TIME MACHINES & PARANOID LANDSCAPES
STRODE & WILDER
WORKS ON PAPER
2006
NAIVE SET THEORY
CURATED BY CATHERINE TAFT
SUSAN LOGORECI: AREAS OF INTEREST
QUIVER
SUPERSIZE PRINTS
HEATHER BROWN-
JACOB HALEVY-JONAS WOOD
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