July 11 - September 1, 2019
Christine Morla: Downside Up, Outside In
Christine Morla is perhaps best known for her labor-intensive installations made up of hundreds of small weavings, painted paper and found materials. Initially inspired by the Philippine banig (a handwoven style of mat used in East Asia and the Philippines for sleeping and sitting), Morla’s works explore various cultural signifiers, mapping landscapes while simultaneously expressing a longing for identity by attempting to merge disparate selves.
For the exhibit Downside Up, Outside In, Morla will show recent works created during her studioship at the CAM Studio Gallery. These works reflect her current experimentations with color, texture, and material as well as her longstanding connection to weaving and its relationship to Modernist painting. Influenced by Bauhaus artist Anni Albers and contemporary artist Sheila Hicks, Morla is interested in exploring the crossovers of art, craft and design while utilizing various channels of compositions. This exhibit brings together site-specific installations, as well as intimately-scaled objects and works on paper.
Christine Morla is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator working in painting and installation. She graduated with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently, she is a Professor of Art at Oxnard College and Director of the McNish Art Gallery.
In conjunction with Christine Morla’s opening reception on July 11, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm, another exhibit will take place. “On Budget” is an intimate pop-up art exhibition hosted inside a midsize moving truck located behind a neoclassical art storage facility in Oxnard’s Plaza Park. Local artists Aaron Dadacay, Gladys Rodriguez, Olguin Tapia and Maria Villote present selected works that speak about issues of social activism, institutional critique, ethnocentric provincialism and budget cuts. Furthermore, “On Budget” provides a satirical discourse on the nomadic nature of art practice in response to economic crisis or perhaps a foreshadow of cultural departure in exchange for absolute gentrification. “On Budget” will take place for one night only on Thursday, July 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm behind the CAM Studio Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Reception Thursday, July 11 5:30 - 7:30 pm free admission
CAM Studio Gallery