An exhibition by Desiree D’Alessandro in collaboration with Raymond Douglas
April 18th through April 22nd, 2011
Closing Reception and Exhibition Bout Friday April 22nd, 2011 from 5-7pm
in Old Gym Gallery 479 on UCSB campus
Artists Desiree D’Alessandro and Raymond Douglas take a unique look at the local student body of Isla Vista, focusing specifically on recreational and competition boxers.
The exhibition will not only depict student boxers utilizing traditional artistic approaches, but also allows the physical bodies engaged in athleticism first-hand be the medium on exhibit in an art context. This innovative and intriguing displacement facilitates dialogue across the boundaries of art and athleticism in a generative and productive new arena.
The venue that hosts the culmination of these efforts is a site of particular interest. UC Santa Barbara’s Gallery 479 is a site imbued with athletic history that still features rustic floors dating from when the space was a recreation center prior to 1949.The interplay of activating the current gallery and historical use of the space is invigorating for the context of holding an athletic-themed art exhibition, complete with alternative hours where the gallery is utilized as a training facility and a closing reception exhibition bout.
Ten student boxers from the local community, photographed by Douglas, will be on display alongside heavy bags and a full-scale boxing ring constructed by D’Alessandro. The featured student-boxers include Cameron Arthur, Sarah Cammann, Desiree D’Alessandro, Christian Gebbe, Annika Harper, Wally Ludel, Johnny Nguyen, Christine Olson, Jennifer Shin and Alan Swanson. Funding and support for this event has been generously provided by the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Art, Duke’s Boxing/Fitness of Isla Vista and David Martinez of dmboxing.com.
Art in Athleticism: The Form and Physicality of Boxing runs from Monday April 18th through Friday April 22nd, 2011. The closing reception and finale exhibition bout will be on Friday April 22nd from 5-7pm. Gallery hours are M-F from 11-5pm and Training Facility hours are Tuesday and Thursday 5-6pm.
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* Pictured: Desiree D’Alessandro photographed by Raymond Douglas, 2011