CURRENT EXHIBITING ARTIST:
EXHIBITION DATES: April 17 – May 11, 2018
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Saturation Point is an exploration of melanin, the source of pigmentation that is responsible for the phenomenal spectrum of human skin. These sculptural works portray familiar yet dominant objects that exude large bodily masses of swollen and spilling color gradient. In response to societal implications of power and oppression, these sculptures display symptoms of an overextended and strained physicality. Chosen for the universal associations to the body, red iron oxide oozes from the ceiling, cascading down the wall to form puddles on the floor. The intention of this mise-en-scene is to incite a visceral empathy where the audience can feel an inclusive relatability. Saturation Point strives to affirm that human resiliency surpasses social constructs and laments how messy and precarious the process can be.
Alison Ragguette’s sculpture in the current exhibition at A-B Projects was vandalized between the hours of 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday, April 24th. The work was forcefully ripped off of the wall and floor, snapping and breaking its porcelain component into several pieces. There is absolutely no way that this damage could have been the result of an accident. It went unreported until found by Chris Christion, the ever-conscientious Gallery Manager for the Claremont Graduate University Art Department, where A-B Projects is located. We are now in the process of reporting the vandalism to CGU Risk Management.
This is the second time in three years that an act of vandalism has been committed to art work at A-B Projects. Both acts of vandalism occurred during exhibitions that address complicated and timely social issues: Kate Hampel’s 2016 exhibition questioned the death penalty, and Alison Ragguette’s current exhibition discusses racism. Ragguette’s work in Saturation Point ultimately aims to reveal the inclusive and unified potential of humankind and, as such, it is particularly disheartening that this work has been disrespected and violated. Despite opposition, Saturation Point will remain on view by appointment only through its scheduled end date, May 11. If you would like to view the exhibition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a letter from the artist to the perpetrator.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Working for over fifteen years, Alison Petty Ragguette has developed an expansive approach to making sculptural objects in porcelain, glass, and rubber. She has studied at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London (England), received her BFA from Concordia University (Montreal), and MFA from the California College of the Arts (San Francisco). She is currently a Professor of Art and Associate Chair at California State University, San Bernardino.
Alison’s work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including her most recent solo exhibitions at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona), the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (San Bernardino) and Objct Gallery (Pomona). She has exhibited at venues including Durden and Ray (Los Angeles), the Architecture and Design Museum (Los Angeles), The Contemporary (Austin), and international venues including the Galleria De Los Oficios (Santiago de Cuba), Shanghai University Art Gallery (China), and Harbor Front Center (Toronto). She has also been commissioned for multiple public artworks.
Alison has been a resident artist at the Taller Cultural in Santiago de Cuba, Jingdehzen Pottery Workshop in China, and the Purosil Rubber Company in Corona, California. Her work has been highlighted in several art publications and textbooks, including Ceramics Monthly, LA Art Week and Artillery Magazine. Alison has been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles. Alison maintains an active studio where she lives with her family in Claremont, California.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
(for images of previous shows, click here)
Alison Ragguette (April 2018)
Christian Tedeschi (March 2018)
Kari Marboe (February 2018)
Catherine Fairbanks (January 2018)
Brittany Mojo (December 2017)
Katherine L. Ross (November 2017)
Georgie Flood (October 2017)
Anna Delgado (September 2017)
Nikki Renee Anderson (April 2017)
Thomas Müller (March 2017)
Chris Miller (February 2017)
Esteban Pulido (January, 2017)
Laura Goble (December, 2016)
Kate Hampel (November, 2016)
Ariel Brice (October, 2016)
Kristen Morgin (September, 2016)
Soo Shin (May, 2016)
Charlie Schneider (April, 2016)
Steve Daly (March, 2016)
Nicole Seisler (December 2015)