CAC » It’s All A Blur – Special Talk To The Public On March 15th

In partnership with SOMArts San Francisco

Featuring Artists: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat


An endless train carries desert camouflaged heavy artillery through an unknown landscape. A shooting range target calls into question the form of fear and liberty in American popular culture. Performers use their bodies as a site for radical spirituality, memory, penance, activism, stylized anger and corporeal reinvention. Everyone gets the chance to be Batman.

The Contemporary Arts Center in partnership with SOMArts Cultural Center San Francisco are proud to present “It’s All A Blur”, a major touring exhibition about levels of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American Dream. This multi-media exhibition focuses on three San Francisco local masters, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat, was conceived by SOMArts curator and gallery director Justin Hoover and premiers at the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, March 15th-April 23rd 2011 before traveling to the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, Nevada, and the Feldman Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where it will appear in conjunction with the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

This multi-media exhibition has three components, a gallery component, a public intervention component and a virtual online component. “It’s All A Blur” incorporates video installation, drawings, and sculptural installation, photography, and performance/video artworks. This body of work from these three prolific artists embodies unique viewpoints towards combating the marginalization of identity, be it through fighting against racial stereotypes, the military industrial war machine or the uphill battle of poverty and economic disenfranchisement.

SOMArts Executive Director Lex Leifheit commented, ‘“It’s All A Blur” highlights local masters who have pioneered an intellectual, multifaceted approach to identity and art as means for social justice in the post-Bush era. By creating work for a community whose spiritual, political, cultural and economic realities are in constant flux, they offer hope and provide the possibility of greater empathy.’

Curator Justin Hoover commented, “It’s All A Blur” is simultaneously a local and a global exhibition. It deals with multiple languages and multiple cultures. The featured artists have a global perspective and influence, yet their work is infused with a local area ethos. This is a rare chance to share with the world how three San Francisco artists have informed and shaped artwork the world over.”

Artists will be giving a special talk to the public on March 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, UNLV located at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89154. You can contact Dustin Wax at the Barrick Museum (702) 895-3381 for more information or with any questions.

Artist Reception March 17, 2011 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

“It’s All A Blur” is supported in part by the Community Arts & Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. This project received support from Nevada Arts Council; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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