Los Angeles-based artist Bia Gayotto wraps up the Prequel to 2018 series at the Don B. Huntley Gallery, concluding a trilogy of exhibitions that showcase art at the intersection of science and technology.
Opening Reception: Saturday. Jan. 14, 2017, 3-6 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 13.
For the filmmaker and documentarian, landscapes and the urban environment are just as central to the final cut as the human subjects she interviews in her never-ending quest to examine the ways in which identity and culture interact with places and objects. Gayotto’s multi-channel video installations portray transience and life’s synchronicites. The installation’s open-forum format encourages viewers to ponder these relationships and to find the universalities of the human condition.
“’Place-based’ video projects enable me to collaborate with a wide array of often unfamiliar groups of people and engage them in my creative process,” Gayotto says. “It’s important for me to interact with the local community and convey a sense of place from an insider’s perspective. This promotes a multifaceted collective experience, which often helps people feel more connected to each other.”
Michele Cairella-Fillmore, curator of the University Art Galleries, thought it fitting to complete the Prequel series with Gayotto’s humanistic approach. Setting her prequel show apart from predecessors David Jang and Sasha vom Dorp — artists who, respectively, integrated engineering in sculpture work and the study of physics in photographic works — is the way by which Gayotto epitomizes the complexity of human and technological interactions.
“Gayotto is not only an artist in her own right, but a curator with a discerning eye,” says Cairella-Fillmore. “Much like myself, we are both interested in featuring artists that deal with the concept of ‘the other.’ In my point of view, it is with understanding other people, their cultures, their ways of life, their points of view that we can only begin to understand people that are unlike ourselves, and in turn, better understand ourselves.”
Learn more about Bia Gayotto at http://www.biagayotto.com.
The Don B. Huntley Gallery is open Monday-Tuesday and Saturday-Sunday 12-4 p.m., and Wednesday-Thursday 4-8 p.m.
[This article first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of ENVirons Magazine.]