The Irvine Fine Arts Center announces the opening of its first exhibitions of the new year: From Here to There: A Time Machine and A trace is not a map. The exhibitions run concurrently Saturday, January 25–Friday, March 7.
From Here to There: A Time Machine presents new collaborative multimedia works by Michael Chang and Susan Lin that explore notions of ancestry, cultural time, and the precariousness of memory. Using the entirety of Gallery 1 of the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the artists create an immersive environment that couples technologies of the past — ripe with nostalgic and aspirational undertones — with videos and images that function as anecdotes about longing for a sense of home and tension between familial and cultural myths and realities.
In Gallery 2 and the Main Gallery, the artists featured in A trace is not a map employ photography, painting, video, and sculpture to explore the complexity of community in its familial, geographic, and imagined narratives and forms. Attending to the symbiotic relationship between hope and loss, joy and struggle, and illusion and disillusionment, the works on view resist oversimplifications about identity — instead presenting a spectrum of experience and possibilities of being. Exhibiting artists include Adriana Baltazar, William Camargo, Daniela Delgadillo Garcia, and Albert Lopez Jr.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibitions and parking are free. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located inside Heritage Community Park at 14321 Yale Ave. For more information, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.