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ArtScene Highlights Genis’ Work in OsCene 2010

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A big thanks to ArtScene for the positive nod about my work at the Laguna Art Museum.

“The OsCene 2010 is a biennial-style survey of paintings, sculpture, photography and installations in a variety of styles, techniques and media by 50 California artists. For those familiar with the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the OsCene might appear correspondingly tepid with its numerous scenes of Orange County domesticity. But there are also plenty of quietly experimental works that expose the often hidden, darker sides of Southern California life.

The Pack Rat” by Gina Genis is a glaring exposé of this contradiction. Photographed surreptitiously from the outside of a Leisure World (retirement community) apartment at night, it reveals a domestic setting, talked about but seldom seen. An elderly man sits at a table surrounded by floor to ceiling junk and garbage, including empty potato chip cans, a notice from the DMV, newspapers, cardboard boxes, old electronic equipment, albums, plastic bins and bottles and artificial flowers.

More serene is Andrew Printer’s “Rob and Ted” depicting two men enjoying breakfast in a well-appointed kitchen, both stark naked. “Overland #7” by Fran Siegel is a hybrid painting/low relief sculpture of Los Angeles just above LAX. The colored pencil, ink and pigment on cut papers and wood used here represent more than elements of the work, but a conceptual comment on the random quality of this unplanned city. “Family Trees” by Suvan Geer is a luminous collage of old family photos that appear and disappear against the backdrop of a giant, ancient-looking tree, partially shrouded by transparent curtains with dried leaves scattered on the floor in front. The work is inspired by and commemorates the dead tree as much as the people who have passed on (Laguna Art Museum, Orange County).

Take ArtScene’s recommendation and catch the exhibit. The last day to view is this Sunday, May 16th.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

2 responses »

  1. Your blog looks great, I hope to get my up within a couple of weeks.
    Old Al


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