Curatorial Projects > Curatorial projects 1993- 2001

A brief description of past curatorial projects:
1/01 - 2/01

"TRANSPOLYBLU: A Digital Exposition," Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO, co-curated with Ron Laboray.
A major exhibition of works by over twenty artists from around the United States who use the computer as part of the image-making process.

Artists include: Meghan Boody, Emily Cheng, Chuck Close, Kim Collmer, Carol Crouppen, David Familian, Chris Finley, Torben Giehler, Nick Kamuda, John Kelleher, Richard Krueger, Lynn Lukkas, Fabian Marcaccio, Will Mentor, Joshua Mosley, Brian Moss, Michael Rees, John F. Simon, Jr., Mary Ann Strandell, Michelle Wasson, and Jody Zellen.

Daniel, Jeff, "Digital Exhibition Taps Into Many Media and Traditions," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 11, 2001.

Dowen, Jill, West End-Clayton Word, February 22-28, 2001.

Hughes, Jeffrey. "TRANSPOLYBLU," ARTPAPERS, May/June, 2001.

Parr, Debra. New Art Examiner, July/August, 2001.


"A Box," Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, D.C.
An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by eight artists working in New York, Illinois, and California.

The inspiration for the exhibition is a poem by Gertrude Stein, entitled, "A Box":

Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes rapid same questions, out of an eye comes research, out of selection comes painful cattle. So the order is that a white way of being round is something suggesting a pin and is it disappointing, it is not, it is so rudimentary to be analysed and see a fine substance strangely, it is so earnest to have a green point not to red but to point again.
Artists include: Emily Cheng, Michael Byron, Cheonae Kim, Linda Besemer, Linda Day, Sally Elesby, Dana Duff, and Shirley Tse.

Howell, George, " A Box," ARTPAPERS, June, 1997.

12/95 - 1/96

"an accumulation of simple solids," Co-curated with Jacquie Littlejohn.
Littlejohn Contemporary Art, New York, New York. An exhibition of painting and sculpture based on quirky perversions of the grid.

Artists include: Christian Haub, Catherine Brennan, Brice Marden, L.C. Armstrong, Carter Potter, Wallace Berman, and Sabina Ott.


"Flow," Cerritos Community College Art Gallery, Cerritos, California.
This exhibition investigates fluidity, both material and spacial.

Artists include: Lillian Ball, Uta Barth, Linda Besemer, Jessica Bronson, Dana Duff, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Julian Goldwhite, Shirley Tse, and Doug Hammet.


"Transtexualism," Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
An exhibition of installation, video, sculpture, painting, and photography.

This exhibition continued to blur boundaries between categories and challenge the rhetorical impulse. The works focus on the use of language and its marriage with material that alters the original text, creating an alternative territory that prioritizes the "texture" of the object.

Artists include: Wendy Adest, Michael Anderson, Uta Barth, Stephen Berens, Ellen Birrell, Elizabeth Bryant, Emily Cheng, Dagmar Demming, Sally Elesby, Fred Fehlau, Vernon Fisher, Christopher French, Gabrielle Jennings, Susan Leopold, Daniel Marlos, Laura Paddock, Theresa Pendlebury, Maria Porges, Steve Roden, Nicolas Rule, Buzz Spector, Laura Stein, and Pae White.

Pagel, David, "Transtexualism: Works to Read, See, Feel," Los Angeles Times, August 25, 1994; page F12.


"Tom Tiddlerâs Ground: Tenanoy at Will," Co-curated by Morey Ffrench, Doris Jew, and Sabina Ott, Plaza Pasadena Mall, Pasadena, California.
An exhibition of installation, video, sculpture, and photography.

This exhibition features the work of current graduate students at Art Center College of Design and California State University at Los Angeles, within the context of a shopping mall. This exhibition explores the issues of home and territory -- physical and psychological. Primarily installation art, the work engages in a dialogue between the traditional notions of habitat and the personal interpretation of private and social space. The exhibition comments on the nature of domestic space.

Artists include: Alvaro Perdices, Andrea Kabwasa, Brian Snapp, Carol Caley, Daniel Marlos, Elizabeth Saveri, Gilbert Mercado, Joan Harrison, Morey ffrench, Phoebe Sarason, Susan Lutz, T.J. Wilcox, and Wendy Moore.


"Emblazoned Ciphers of the Visible," Co-curated by Sabina Ott, Michael Anderson, and Ed Forde. California State University Fine Arts Gallery, California State University at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
An exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography. Catalog essay by Michael Anderson. Catalog funded by Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and California State University at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

The title for this exhibition is from an essay by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This exhibition consisted of works that investigated aspects of light and reflection, some metaphorically, some literally, some phenomenologically, pointing to a politics of space -- a pluralism of vision and a criticality of dominant single point of view.

Artists include: Fred Fehlau, Vincent Shine, Michael Norton, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Diana Thater, Claudia Matzko, Karen Keehne, Marie Lafia, Linda Hudson, and Maria De Luca. Artists from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Pagel, David, "Sight, Insight, Interplay in ÎEmblazoned Ciphersâ," Los Angeles Times, October 9,1994; page F8.

2/93 - 3/93

"A Carafe That is a Blind Glass," Co-organized by Sabina Ott and Linda Besemer. Occidental College, Department of Art History and Visual Arts, Weingart Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
An exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, and video. Catalog produced and funded by Art Center College of Design and Occidental College. Catalog essay by Amelia Jones.

An exhibition based on the idea of fluidity as a dissipation of the boundaries between things. The concept of flow creates critical space that denies the discourse of polarity that is at the core of Western thought. The title of this show is the opening poem from Gertrude Steinâs "Tender Buttons." The use of Steinâs poetry reiterates a state of "between-ness." The artists in this exhibition all articulate a criticism of the static through the use of a wide variety of mediums.

Artists include: Eve Achheim, Uta Barth, Linda Besemer, Linda Burnham, Maria De Luce, Dana Duff, Nancy Evans, Caren Furbayre, Vanessa Haney, and Jennifer Steinkamp. Artists from New York and Los Angeles.

Pagel, David, "Smart and Sensuous," Los Angeles Times, February, 1993.

Anderson, Michael, "A Carafe that is a Blind Glass," Art Issues, May/June, 1993.