Suadade: (noun) The feeling akin to longing and nostalgia, with no discernible reason as to why.
The installation was mostly quiet with a low drone permeating the space. Four ghostly features spotlit to the far end of the gallery. These four delicate sculptures were made entirely of lace and clear resin, molded by domestic objects. Two chairs faced each other across an empty table, overlooked by the phantom of a painting hung upon the back white wall.
The phantom series is a balance of concept and play. The desire to evoke the sensation of absence with the presence of something was the initial force driving that drove the project. I was exploring these feelings, and those of longing, absence, void, loss, and subjectivity. I became intrigued by the narrative and magical quality that is evoked by the transformation of a domestic textile with its own baggage into an object of domestic property.
Funds provided by the Eduardo Carrillo Memorial Scholarship.
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Live performance filmed and aired in Santa Cruz from the Community Television Center in downtown Santa Cruz. The performance and installation was part of the exhibited show Such Sweet Sorrow and was part of the First Friday monthly art event.
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In conjunction with artist and UCSC alumna Katerina Lanfranco’s “Natural Selection” show in the Porter College Sesnon Gallery, her team of student assistants are displaying their own works as part of UCSC’s Pop Up Art Project. The pieces displayed were inspired by their collaboration with Lanfranco and are executed in her paper-cutting style. Students designed their own square panels of Tyvek paper, which will be showcased in the storefront of the Rittenhouse Building on Pacific Avenue.
“[The squares] form a diverse group of works that share the basic technique of cutting paper, and carry an interesting narrative when read together,” said Sesnon Gallery manager Mark Shunney.
Shunney said that this kind of collaboration is an important step for connecting the UCSC artist base to the wider Santa Cruz art scene.
“Now that we have space in the Rittenhouse Building, we can be part of the downtown buzz for First Friday,” she said.
When I was in college, I changed my major five times. It was nursing until I realized I couldn’t stand the sight of blood, guts and needles. My brief stint as a physical education major ended when it dawned on me that I’d be spending the rest of my life rubbing elbows with jocks. The list goes on. And so it was that this nerdy bookworm found her niche in journalism.
The flip-flopping isn’t uncommon for college students. Once in a while though, someone comes along like
HEIDI CRAMER, a 27-year-old student at UC Santa Cruz who seemed to know from the beginning exactly the direction she was heading — she plans to have a professional career as a fine artist. Cramer, while wrapping up her studies, is well on her way to making this dream happen.
If you’re an arts patron, you’ve surely noticed her work springing up all over the place. From a sculpture on display at the Leeds Gallery to the recent endurance art event “Listening to the Earth II” at the Museum of Art & History.
There, Cramer collaborated with artist Dmitri Zurita to create emotional tension using their bodies to pose and balance, and concentrate on one another. The 14-hour event also highlighted the work of artists like Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, among others, who recited Advertisement poetry, painted and played music.
“The experience was profound and enlightening,” Cramer says.
“The combination of showing my sculptural work and creating art with my body in performance was a balancing and grounding experience in submerging me into a lifestyle of art.”
Next up for this mixed-media installation artist are several projects including a six-foot-tall metal sculpture in the shape of a half-opened flower. She recently created this piece, which she says, “Was inspired by the desire to have a space in which an individual could sit and be inspired and soothed.”
In addition, she will partner again with Zurita on an installation piece from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at Community Television in downtown Santa Cruz. This event will feature phantom structures made of lace and resin, molded into the shape of chairs, a table, a bench and a piano. Artist Kate Moss will play music on her handmade instruments. “The effect will be haunting and beautiful,” Cramer says.
Learn more about Cramer at artbyheidicramer.weebly.com.
The MAH gives thank you to following local organizations and individual crafters that will lead all demonstrations and workshops: Central California Writing Project, Corpus Callosum , The Fábrica , Free Skool Santa Cruz, Junk Art Scramble, Makers Factory, Pajaro Valley Quilt Association , Second Harvest, The Swift Stitch, The Feminist Craft Corner,Heidi Cramer, Miki Yamada Foster, Becca Hiatt, Sara Homen, Lindsay Kelley, Fred Mindlin, Jim Sloane and Patti Shimokawa.