“Yawnings and Dawnitecture: Celebrating Hélio Oiticica,” an exhibit curated by Munro Galloway and Trinie Dalton, is at the University of Redlands’ Peppers Art Center through Dec. 10.
For this exhibition, Galloway, an assistant professor of art at the university, and Dalton brought together a group of artists whose studio practice evokes the spirit of Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980), a Brazilian artist known for his painting, sculpture and installation work that embraces both material and concept. Oiticica is also credited as one of the founders of the Brazilian Tropicalia movement in art, architecture and music.
Since Oiticica is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York and a new monograph, curators Galloway and Dalton were compelled to offer a West Coast celebration of his influential work, according to a press release from the University of Redlands.
The exhibit’s title, “Yawnings and Dawnitecture,” conveys the imaginative, experiential, synaesthetic and psychedelic aspects of Oiticica’s post-painting work, including experiments with color, architecture, installation, environments, performance, ritual and spectacle. Works included in the exhibition span a range of forms and media: painted, constructed, sculpted, collaged, printed, sewn and knitted.
All works in the exhibit thematically continue Oiticica’s appreciation of counterculture and rebellious free spirit, by reveling in an array of unexpected combinations.
Artists whose work is in the exhibit are Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Bjorn Copeland, Jim Drain, Timo Fahler, Sam Falls, Brook Hsu, Kristin Beinner James, Rebecca Morris and Anna Sew Hoy