"having happened" UC Davis 2016 Art Studio MFA Thesis Exhibition

having happened

Sarah Chan, Zach Clark, Anna Davidson, Kristin Hough, Jeff Mayry, Julian Tan, Brett Thomas, and Angela Willetts

June 3 - June 19, 2016  

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5pm - 8pm Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento 95811 Contact: Robin Hill, Professor & Graduate Program Advisor | 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be hosting this year’s UC Davis Art Studio Master of Fine  Arts Thesis Exhibition, ​ having happened ​ . This year’s Thesis Exhibition presents the work of eight  artists engaged in reflecting and reshaping the world around them. Their art links the concrete  aspects of everyday life and the material realities of their chosen media with macro issues of time,  space, memory, and technology.   Anna Davidson and Angela Willetts utilize living bodies and environments, recording webs of  interaction in video, sculpture, and installation. The traces they present are tactile and shifting,  invoking our own sense of space and the physical imprints we leave on the world. For Zach Clark,  Kristin Hough, and Brett Thomas, the tenuous threads of memory take form in paint, print, and  sculpture. Bubbling through the object or image, the subject of recollection is refracted and reformed.  

This sense of reflection likewise informs Sarah Chan’s videos, which refocus our vision on peripheral  spaces and offer dream­like views of common environments. Jeff Mayry and Julian Tan push  painting past its traditional limits, utilizing processes that invite chance and change. Color bursts  forth from their works’ surfaces, enveloping the viewer in vivid fields of painted form.   As artist Allan Kaprow said of his own seminal “Happenings,” the audience does not simply come to  look at things. Rather, “What has been worked out instead is a form that is as open and fluid as the  shapes of our everyday experience but does not simply imitate them.” ​ having happened ​  likewise  activates our own encounters with the world, inviting us to reexamine the vestiges of our past, the  forms of our present, and the intimations of our future.   The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art Studio, established in 1969, is a two­year, critically engaged  studio program that provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. As part of a  small tight­knit community, students explore a wide range of media and approaches to studio  practice. The Art Studio Program faculty share responsibility for the graduate program. Current  faculty members engage in a broad range of disciplines including sculpture, photography,  time­based media, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramic sculpture, and include  Darrin Martin,  Hearne Pardee, Shiva Ahmadi,  Lucy Puls, Annabeth Rosen, Youngsuk Suh, Robin Hill, Tim Hyde,  and Gina Werfel.   The exhibition catalog for ​ having happened  ​  marks the third year of a fruitful collaboration between  the Art Studio Masters of Fine Arts students and the Art History Masters of Arts students, under the  direction of Bridget Gilman, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Researcher, Art Studio Program ­ Department of Art  and Art History, UC Davis and Davis Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, Santa Clara  University) and Robin Hill (Professor and Graduate Advisor in Art Studio­ Department of Art and Art  History, UC Davis ). Each artist partnered with an art historian, engaging in an extended dialogue  about the artists’ process and practice. The results, eight interpretive essays written by the Art  History students, are featured in this catalog alongside the artists’ own statements.

"Everything in Between" Morehshin Allahyari

Everything in Between
Morehshin Allahyari
April 14th - May 22nd, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 6pm - 9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, April 21st, 6pm

Inquire at front desk for gallery tours available Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Contact: Susanna Tu | | 916.448.2985
Image credit: Morehshin Allahyari, Material Speculation: ISIS, Ebu, 2016


Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present Everything in Between, a solo exhibition from Bay Area based artist, Morehshin Allahyari. Everything in Between showcases a selection of works by Allahyari, highlighting her continuing interest in poetic and practical archiving and documenting of the censored through the use of technology. In her exhibition at Verge, Allahyari explores censorship on the destruction and removal of female body, objects, and the internet through the acts of storytelling, digital and physical archiving, 3D printing, and reappropriation. Allahyari’s work studies the tension between censorship, religion, politics and the forbidden; exploring an expanded view of these relationships in digital and contemporary discourse.

Everything in Between features work from six different projects and bodies of work from Allahyari, with the title of the show being taken from one of the selected works. In the ongoing research and archival project, Everything in Between, Allahyari includes videos of Iranian women singing solo- a practice that has been banned since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In Islam, women’s voices are believed to have the potential to trigger immoral sensual - or kinetic - arousal. These videos, along with hundreds that have been uploaded onto YouTube, have triggered a lot of interesting and complicated discussions on social media. Allahyari uses the web as a platform for the documentation of these social, political and digital phenomenons.

Her most recent work, Material Speculation: ISIS, is a 3D modeling and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of 12 selected (original) artifacts that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Allahyari’s selection of Material Speculation statues at Verge highlight the destruction of the female body as a form of ownership and censorship by removing the female body from the public sphere.

With Like Pearls, Allahyari created a web-based project which is a mash-up of images and GIFs collected from her Farsi email spam and online underwear stores based in Iran. The project examines how the kitsch aesthetics of spam and advertisement on the Iranian web is a complex phenomena, involving layers of cultural and religious censorship and oppression toward women and romance.

In Allahyari’s Dark Matter series, her 3D printed sculptures are a combination of censored and/or objects forbidden in Iran. Many of these objects are common (dog, dildo, gun, necktie, satellite dish, etc.) and freely used or available in other countries, but are deemed undesirable by Iranian government laws. By printing these objects into physical existence and placing them in humorous and surreal juxtapositions, Allahyari simultaneously resists and brings awareness about the censorship of objects in the lives of Iranian citizens.

In Mere Spaces All Things Side by Side is the first video in a series which explores the complex adoption and accessibility of the internet in a developing country where the internet is heavily censored and controlled. Using her adolescence Yahoo chat archive as a point of departure, In Mere Spaces All Things Side by Side creates an imagined space between the physical and the virtual, poetically connecting the failure of the relationship to the failure of technology and communication.


Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Miami Art fair, and Material Art fair. She has been an artist in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and BANFF Centre (2013), among others.

Her work has been featured in NYTimes, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, VICE, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others. Morehshin is the Co-Founder of the Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.


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"do it"

January 9th - March 20th

Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm. 
Members Preview: Saturday, January 9th, 5pm - 9pm

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be participating in the longest-running exhibition ever, do it, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it is a conceptual exhibition that is based on written or drawn instructions from various artists, resulting in a new version of itself with each location it is shown. Verge has chosen twenty instructions from a compendium of 250, and will present them in the form of realized objects, performances, and public engagement. Artists include: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Amalia Pica, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yoko Ono, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and more. The Opening Party will be Saturday, January 9th, from 6pm – 9pm.

do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier who were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that would never need to stop. To test the idea, Obrist invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they were presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book. In the 20 years since Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier mused over the potential of “scores,” or written instructions by artists, do it created exhibition formats that could be more flexible and open-ended. Each time it was presented, do it was re-interpreted. Many new versions of the exhibition were formed, including do it (museum), do it (home), do it (TV), do it (seminar), and an online do it in collaboration with e-flux, among others.

The origin and transformation of do it reflects the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world. The project’s impetus is rooted in the extraordinary effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s, a time that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the geographies of contemporary art. Twenty years later, do it has taken place in 60+ venues worldwide and includes nearly 400 artists from across the globe, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress, while offering infinite creative possibilities for participating audiences everywhere.

Adrian Piper asks audiences to hum a tune in order to enter a room. Ben Kinmont wants us to “invite a stranger into [our] home for breakfast.” Alexandre Singh teaches us how to turn wine into soda. Yoko Ono encourages us to keep wishing. And Mircea Cantor demands that we “burn this book. ASAP,” but John Armleder says to do “None of the above.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is co- director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows.

Obrist’s publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating But Were Afraid to Ask, do it: the compendium, Think Like Clouds, Ai Weiwei Speaks, Sharp Tongues - Loose Lips - Open Eyes - Ears to the Ground, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series. Since 2006, Obrist has initiated a series of “marathons,” including the Interview Marathon, Experiment Marathon, the Poetry Marathon, and most recently the 89Plus Marathon (co-curated with Simon Castets, Director and Curator, Swiss Institute).

do it was made possible in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and of ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces traveling exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento art region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists. Located in downtown Sacramento, Verge’s facility includes a 2,000 square foot gallery, a classroom, and 38 artists studio. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm: Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.

Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm
Screening of Marina Abrahmović: The Artist is Present, Thursday, January 21st, 7pm ($5 general, $3 students, free for members)
Screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine, Thursday, February 18th, 7pm $5 general, $3 students, free for members)

For more information, please email, or call 916-448-2985.

Twitter: @vergeart
Instagram: @vergeart 

Image credit: 
Jérôme Bel, Shirtology, 2012 © Tate, 2012; Photo: Tate Photography, Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson  

Give the Gift of Youth Arts Education!

Make your year-end donation to Verge today!

The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds in the Sacramento Valley. Education at Verge was founded on the principle that studio-based artists teach lessons inspired by their practice that are designed to be stimulating, and age-appropriate, while developing dexterity and creative-thinking skills.

Access to high-quality art education is often rare for children in underserved communities. Less than 3% of our K-12 education spending is on arts education in California public schools. For children from communities with less socioeconomic wealth, high quality arts education is out of reach. Lack of financial resources should not prevent youth from participating in art activities designed to cultivate their critical thinking and creative problem skills, dexterity, and sharpen their curiosity.

Your support is critical to enriching the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable emerging artists—our children.

As part of our mission to serve Sacramento’s young emerging artists, Verge has formally launched the Youth Art Education Scholarship program as a commitment to young artists in need. This program provides up to 50% of attendance in our kids education programs free of charge to any child who qualifies for a free lunch program in the city or county of Sacramento.

Your support of Verge not only helps students attend art classes, it can also enrich their whole lives through learning new skills. A 2010 Guggenheim Foundation study found that art education methodologies like the ones Verge uses also help students improve other life skills like flexibility, resourcefulness, and reflection upon personal goal setting. Thus, Verge’s art programs provide crucial skill sets that students continue to utilize even after instruction ends.

Verge strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all kids who attend our programs so that they can fully concentrate on the joy of making art. To help aid this effort, scholarship students are provided with transportation, meals, and extended drop off times before and after class. We rely on a variety of community partners in order to facilitate these efforts including United Christian Center of Sacramento, Food Literacy Center, and Blick Art Materials.

In the previous two years, through the generosity of individuals like you as well as grants and corporate funding, Verge offered over 100 scholarships to youth from Wellspring Women’s Center, Staging a Miracle, United Christian Center of Sacramento, and Horizon Charter School’s Sacramento Leadership Cooperative Program. This support had an amazing impact on children throughout the region. Through engaging with children and their families, we identified a huge need for more scholarships and formed our Youth Art Education Scholarship program.

In 2016, we hope to provide over 400 children scholarships in the following programs:

  • Kids Studio Art Camp for 12 weeks throughout the year each with different themes developed for different ages

  • Drop-in Studios year-round open sessions in clay facilitated by an artist to get your hands dirty

  • Clay Classes multiple session classes designed to build dexterity and creative problem solving in clay

  • Bring Home Art Workshops to make framed or completed art in one day

  • Art for Everyone Intergenerational programs for the whole family

  • Emerging Artists Mentorship Program designed to cultivate the potential of students

  • Customized art curriculum development for schools and community organizations 

In order to continue and expand this program, our connection with businesses and experience in administrating these scholarships is not enough. We need your support. Your gift to the Verge Annual Fund will help underserved children have access to art education. In addition, your support will help make permanent the Youth Art Education Scholarship program by helping Verge expand outreach, administration and curriculum development.

Your end-of-year donation will provide vital resources to the Sacramento community. A donation of $200 sends a child to camp, $50 pays for attendance at a seasonal workshop, and as little as $25 can help fund art supplies or a days worth of snacks and lunches. Your generosity helps support our mission to serve the youngest members of our community’s emerging art scene. A fully tax-deductible gift in any amount is greatly appreciated.

Click here to make your donation now!

Thank you in advance for your consideration and continued support of Verge. Happy Holidays! 

THE art auction

THE art auction

Saturday, November 21st

Doors open at 5:30

Verge's first Art Auction is coming soon! Tickets are $75 general, $50 members. Since merging with the Center for Contemporary Art last summer, there's been a desire to restart the auction they had established with a few tweaks. As in year's past, we're adopting the Saturday before Thanksgiving for the event, which is November 21st this year. One of the strongest features of the Center's auction involved their emphasis on combining works by established contemporary artists with emerging artists from the region. This year will be no different will artists like Brenda Louie, Suzanne Adan, Ron Peetz, and Kim Squaglia lending their names to the event. Members receive $25 off admission so mark your calendars now!!!

Food generously provided by Hot Italian, Lucca, Magpie, and Taylor's Kitchen.



Participating artists include: 

Suzanne Adan

Cheselyn Amato

Phil Amrhein

Bob Androvich

Carolyn Angleton

Robert Arneson

Tania Beaudet

Sean Bill

James Bovard

Frank Brooks

Ann Marie Campbell

Susan Cawthon

Ron Christ

Nathan Cordero

Fred Dalkey

George DeHoff

Roma Devanbu

Jose Di Gregorio

Julie Didion

Danni Downing

Rhonda Egan

Jeff Enlow

Kate Farrall

Linda Fitzgibbon

Gioia Fonda

Darrell Forney

John Yoyogi Fortes

Jacob Fossum

Dawne Franklin

Ianna Frisby

Aida Gamez

Linda Gelfman

Richard Gilles

Ray Gonzales

Chelsea Greninger

Taylor Gutermute

Frankie Hansbearry

Stephen Hayhurst

Shirley Hazlett

Kristen Hoard

Diana Holt

Bethanie Humphreys

Judy Jacobs

Diana Jahns

Christopher Jones

Steven Jongewald

Jennifer Keller

Mary Kercher

John Krempel

Sukhee Kwon

Paulina Lawrence

Terry Lee

Brenda Louie

Nina Lynch

Michelle MacKenzie

Patrick Marasso

Kris Marubayashi

Joan Moment

Irubiel Moreno

Erick Niemann

Linda Nunes

Jennifer O'Neil Pickering

Pat Orner

Ricardo Pascual

Ron Peetz

Joe Pena

Ann Ragland

Manuel Fernando Rios

Tyson Anthony Roberts

Annie Murphy Robinson

Connie Rod

Michael S Rodriguez

Natalie Sakurai

Teresa Sealock

Barbara Shinn

Rick Siggins

Susan Silvester

James Sink

Jennifer Kim Sohn

Kim Squaglia

Jenny Stark

Michael Stevens

Charles Stroh

Emily Swinsick

Christopher Taggart

Tricia Talle

Joanne Tepper

Katie Thomas

Leslie Thompson

Jerry Uelsmann

Katherine Venturelli

Randy Won

 and many more! 

If you are interested in donating art, or volunteering, please