Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren: AND/OR
September 10 – December 11, 2016
Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren are the first to say they are “poles apart” in their creative process. Fine begins with “clarity” and arrives at “complexity” while McCarren begins with “complexity” and arrives at “clarity.” It is by no means a natural or easy effort for this artistic dyad to work from opposite poles. Their choice of subject matter inevitably parallels the significant role that forces of opposition play in the process of creation.
Sixteen collaborative artworks by McCarren/Fine will be on view in AND/OR. In their long-running collaborative endeavor, Continental Edge Dwellers, McCarren/Fine address land (the beach), water (the sea), and the line of division (the coastal shore). To dwell on the continental edge is to occupy some of the most exclusive and expensive space on the planet, as well as the most fragile and threatened. Unique conditions arise at the edge to affect individuals living there, but also the entire world. For both artists, the impenetrability of the sea versus the intimacy and comfort of a land-based society speaks metaphorically to human constraint and provides the two with an infinite field for imaginative expanse. Two works from their Currency series will be re-created for the first time in Southern California. In these works, the artists consider global conflicts and economic intrigues through the mandala configurations of facsimile currencies.
Funding for McCarren/Fine: AND/OR was generously provided by Pasadena Arts Alliance.
June 20 – April 9, 2017
The University Art Museum is fortunate to have received several important artworks from dedicated supporters over the last several years. Recent Acquisitions is an opportunity for the community to experience these new collection gems.