100 % Other

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“100% OTHER: ARTISTS AND PSYCHO-DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITIONS”
continues yearlong examination of electoral issues at 18th Street Arts Center

Curated by Tyler Stallings, featuring artist fellow Kyungmi Shin
With Matthew Bryant, Cheryl Gilge, Perry Vasquez, Reggie Woolery, and Yasuko
April 12 – June 13, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, April 12, 6-9pm

Santa Monica, CA – In this election year, who will vote, who will be counted, who won’t be, who will be left out – and what will be the impact on the future of the nation?

18th Street Arts Center delves into these and other questions in “100% Other: Artists and Psycho-Demographic Transitions,” an art exhibition that tracks the connections and separations between our changing cultural landscape and our oftentimes lagging civic outcomes.

The exhibition, which opens April 12 and continues through June 13, forms the second part of “Future of Nations,” 18th Street’s yearlong examination of issues related to the 2008 presidential campaign. It is curated by Tyler Stallings and includes works by Matthew Bryant, Cheryl Gilge, Perry Vasquez, Reggie Woolery, and Yasuko, as well as “Rich,” an installation in the project room by Kyungmi Shin, 18th Street 2008 artist fellow.

“After Tyler Stallings’ landmark 2003 show, ‘Whiteness: A Wayward Construction,’ I am very happy to be able to present an opportunity for him to extend his curatorial investigation into identity and race,” says 18th Street Arts Center Artistic Director Clayton Campbell. “At 18th Street, we support artists and curators who look at issues of community, diversity, and social justice. There is an opportunity in our lifetime to make substantial progress in social equity, and artists are at the forefront of this effort.”

“100% Other: Artists and Psycho-Demographic Transitions” follows several recent critically acclaimed exhibitions, including “Patriot Acts” (the first installment of “Future of Nations”) and “Incognegro,” which offered a contemporary critique of race through the exploration of infamous black-face performance. Demographics provide crucial indicators of the ways in which electoral processes are slow to respond to cultural change, says curator Stallings. “On the one hand, the data usually appears neutral, but the questions and categories are not,” Stallings says. “For example, the categories in the first U.S. census in 1790 were free white males of 16 years and upward, free white males under 16 years, free white females, all other free persons (by sex and color), and slaves. The last census in 2000 had numerous categories, and for the first time, there was a multiracial category. The exhibition does not focus on the U.S. census survey but it is a prime example of the impact that demographic surveys can have on politics and the election. After all, these statistics are used for apportioning federal funding for many social
and economic programs.”

“100% Other: Artists and Psycho-Demographic Transitions” is made possible (in part) by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Durfee Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the James Irvine Foundation.

Tyler Stallings (Curator) is the director of University of California, Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery. He has organized many exhibitions and published several books that explore cross- cultural influences and politics in art, which include “Desmothernismo:  Ruben Ortiz Torres,” “Kara Walker: African’t,” and “Whiteness, a Wayward Construction,” among others.
www.tylerstallings.com

18th Street Arts Center is Southern California’s premier alternative contemporary art and artist residency center, supporting emerging to mid-career artists and arts organizations dedicated to issues of community, diversity, and social justice in contemporary society.  18th Street’s programs include residencies for Los Angeles artists and arts organizations, residencies for international visiting artists, two galleries for visual arts exhibitions, and free art events for the public.