Opening Reception: Transecologies

Event has passed (Fri Feb 22, 2019 - Fri Feb 22, 2019)
California College of the Arts Hubbell Street Galleries
5:00-7:00 p.m.


This collaborative exhibition brings together the work of three transgender artists — Craig Calderwood, Nicki Green and Jordan Reznick — with trans scholar Mat Fournier, to traverse themes related to transecologies. Transecology describes a way of relating to nature without assimilating into norms for bodily life dictated by heteronormative traditions, myths and sciences. The trans body is normally perceived as unnatural — either as an aberration, a monstrous anomaly, or an artificial construction of medical technological intervention. Instead the works of Calderwood, Green and Reznick describe the trans relationship to nature as one of both fact and imaginary. Embracing trans phenomena as nature uncontained, these artists show transgender life on earth to be deeply historical, radically propagative and presently imperative. Green’s ceramic mushrooms grow themselves stubbornly and unstoppably, contaminating the gallery space with queer spores. Calderwood’s low craft textile paintings and sculptures use nature as the symbolic vehicle to disseminate trans histories. Reznick’s photographic portraits beckon the viewer into earthly spaces that are both familiar and peculiar. Across the works the repetition of forms, patterns and gestures compose an ecology that is at once natural and impossible. "Transecologies" invites viewers to cross into an uncharted environment of art outside of norms for creation/Creation.

On view: Feb 19 - Mar 2, 2019
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Closed Saturday & Sunday
Image credit: Nicki Green, "Morel Figure with Prosthesis," 2017.