The Violent Bear It Away
@ Biola University
02.28.2013 – 03.21.2013
Curated by Jeff Rau
@ Biola University Art Gallery. La Mirada. CA
The Violent Bear It Away @ Biola University
THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY explores the many varied ways that contemporary artists have used their work to respond to issues of violence. Each of these artists have been struck by an awareness of violence, the scars of which are seen etched on bodies, inflicted upon the landscape, and cut into our memories. The specific violence examined by each artist varies greatly: from the substantial physical cost of war to the abstract metaphysical violence of representation & memory; and from the oppressive action of human institutions to the sublimely terrifying forces of nature. Likewise, there is great difference in their responses. Some challenge the trustworthiness of representation, while others seek understanding through images. Some attack the systems of oppression, while others create stirring memorials to victims. Some directly indict the violent offenders and force us to confront their evidence; others seduce us into complicity before revealing our own guilt. As we now engage each artist’s response, we too are awakened to the violence around us and within us. This awakening calls us into action, but a new series of questions will emerge…
Trace Evidence
@ Cultural Alliance for Long Beach
10.05.2012 – 10.28.2012
Curated by Jeff Rau
@ Cultural Alliance for Long Beach. Long Beach. CA
Trace Evidence @ CALB
Trace Evidence features the work of five artists who explore and make sense of the world through systematic processes of measurement, quantification, and documentation. Whether creating sculpture based on body measurements, casting the physical marks left by performance events, allowing the wind to trace its path, or simply scanning donuts; all these artists seek to capture and permanently record the fleeting and immaterial.
Beta Release:
experiments in video + sound
03.12.2011 – 03.19.2011
Curated by Jeff Rau & Jennifer Frias
@ Sixpack Projects. Long Beach. CA
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release invites the viewer to actively engage with a variety of time-based works. From JEFF&GORDON’s playful exploitation of filmic conventions, to Christopher O’Leary’s ostensive super-power “documentation” films—with shea M gauer’s sonic spill, j.frede’s electronic experiments in translating digital images into digital audio, and Georg Burwick’s collection of photographs of unfamiliar familiar stomping grounds—all these works offer explorations into the many ways evolving technology continues to shift our perceptions and the means by which we engage the world around us.
Constructions & Excavations:
New work by Jonathan Anderson & Nathan Huff
01.08.2011 – 02.05.2011
Curated by Jeff Rau
@ Sixpack Projects. Long Beach. CA
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations highlights recent bodies of work by artists Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff. Though differing somewhat in their choice of subject matter and conceptual approach, the work from these independent projects reveals overlapping concerns with the nature of language, representation, and memory.
Support System:
An exhibition of contemporary women artists
10.16.2010 – 12.04.2010
Curated by Jeff Rau
@ Sixpack Projects. Long Beach. CA
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System presents the work of women artists responding to concepts of feminine empowerment through mutual encouragement and community building. In a day of multiple and occasionally conflicting feminisms, women artists continue to re-interpret their positions in the world. Through diverse materials and methods, the eight artists included here employ humor, beauty, metaphor and mystery in an exchange of tangents and trajectories. From this dialogue a larger concept emerges, one of nurture and development, where individuals and ideas thrive and affect change when they are confident of the support of a shared community.
Layer Cake
@ Grand Central Art Center
10.02.2010 – 10.24.2010
Curated by Jeff Rau & Alyssa Cordova
@ Grand Central Art Center. Santa Ana. CA
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake presents a selection of California based artists who all work with the ordinary stuff of our daily lives. From Scotch tape to twist ties, discarded toys to cleaning scrubbers, likely their raw material exists in each of our homes. But here it has become something new. These artists gather material, build upon it layer by layer, and produce surprising works that defy concise description. Though we may easily identify the physical constitution of each work in terms of very familiar objects, to experience it in this new form transcends the sum of its parts and becomes something all together more complex and enticing: the layer cake. Utilizing both figurative and physical layering in their work, the artists challenge us to reconsider the product of our contemporary culture: calling attention to the cost of our consumption, challenging us to learn from the debris of our past, and compelling us to search for a better way forward buried within the striations.

Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center
Layer Cake @ Grand Central Art Center

Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects
Support System @ Sixpack Projects

Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects
Constructions & Excavations @ Sixpack Projects

Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects
Beta Release @ Sixpack Projects