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Experience the distinctive ways that Stephen Kaltenbach, the great pioneer of conceptual art, transmutes space for two unique, site-specific projects. His construction of a world-famous room design from the 1960s will complement a floor-to-ceiling, assemblage collaboration with artist, Seongmin Yoo.
The John Natsoulas Gallery is thrilled to be hosting the newest exhibition of Stephen Kaltenbach’s space altering, installation art. Over the course of his career, Stephen Kaltenbach has been a critical voice in Conceptual Art. Never limiting himself in his practice, Kaltenbach has explored countless media in order to pose, and occasionally answer, questions about the fundamental definitions of art and the greater meaning of life. As a graduate student at UC Davis, studying ceramics and painting at the height of the Funk Art movement, Kaltenbach began to contemplate the traditions of fine art. During his meteoric rise in the late 1960s, he showed in high-profile solo exhibitions at SFMOMA and the Whitney and in some of the most groundbreaking gallery exhibitions of the time. By 1970, he relocated back to California, where he became one the region’s most acclaimed artists. Since that time, Kaltenbach has continued to elude definitive definition in his practice. Never abandoning his conceptual interests, Kaltenbach has pursued a myriad of provocative projects using unconventional media or designs that require a cerebral interpretation by a thoughtful audience.
This exhibition blends the past and present. A full-scale construction of a room alteration, akin to those of the 1960s, will stand alongside an entirely original site-specific multi-media installation. Alongside fellow artist Seongmin Yoo, Kaltenbach will create an assemblage installation featuring extensive drapery. The full-room installation offers viewers the opportunity to walk throughout the third floor of the gallery to participate in an immersive experience of color and light.
The opening reception will be on September 2nd at 7 pm and will feature free refreshments and music.
Wednesday and Thursday: 11am - 5pm Friday: 11am - 9pm Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Beginning in the 1960s, Stephan Kaltenbach has made groundbreaking discoveries in several art movements, including Funk, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Land Art, and Performance Art. Today, he continues to interact with each of these movements in varied degrees, but creates extremely diverse works that cannot be easily labeled within a singular category. The work features the extensive use of drapery and fabric, an individual subject which has fascinated Kaltenbach for over fifty years.
Seongmin Yoo is a Korean-born artist that now lives in America. Known for her inventive use of space and materials, her body of work reflects her blending of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Yoo works in diverse media but fabric is often her choice-material.
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