You haven’t really funked with the Funk Zone until you’ve stopped in at wall space, the Santa Babara outpost of photography curator extraordinaire Crista Dix. Dix specializes in exhibiting fine-art photography that pushes the medium across all kinds of boundaries — often into assemblage, but also toward abstraction, narrative, and critical/aesthetic documentary. Shows in this compact second-floor space rotate through on a monthly basis, and there’s usually some kind of great interactive event with the artist. Through September 29, Heidi Lender holds the space with delightfully witty and enigmatic surrealism of her latest show, which is called Anonymous, and features works in which the artist appears without showing her face. On Friday, September 13, Lender arrived with an update called Travels with Adele, in which she documents her recent cross-country car trip, and in which she reveals what in Anonymous remained concealed. In October, the team of Kim Kauffman and Victoria Mara Heilweil take over with non representational, an array of intriguing abstractions crafted from scanned objects. This heady show demands to be seen by anyone interested in the future of photography. In November, Lori Vrba’s anthology brings wall space home to the American South, where she lives and works, and in December, Harvard engineering researcher John Chervinsky proposes a few theorems in Studio Physics, his name for the mind-bending images he creates in still life.
More Visual Art
Nicole Strasburg, New Terrain. At Sullivan Goss — An American Gallery through Sunday, December 1.
Tonalism Then and Tonalism Now. At Sullivan Goss — An American Gallery through Sunday, December 29.
Ro Snell, All that is left. At the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Sunday, September 29 - Sunday, December 8.
Call For Entries. At the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Sunday, September 29 - Sunday, December 8.
A Formal Affaire: Art-Making in Black & White. At The Arts Fund, Sunday, Septem-ber 29 - Saturday, November 9.
Small Images. At SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery, Friday, October 4 - Friday, November 1.
John Divola: As Far As I Could Get. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, October 13 - Sunday, January 12, 2014.
Totally 80s: Gifts to the Permanent Collection. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, October 13 - Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Delacroix and the Matter of Finish. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, October 27 - Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle. At the Art, Design & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara, Friday, October 19 - Friday, December 13.
Year of Rebellion: The 1970 Isla Vista Riots, Photographs by Joe Melchione. At the Art, Design & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara, Friday, October 19 - Friday, December 13.