Irrational Exhibits

Performance  Installation – Video Art

Screens are the interface of our time, not just for entertainment, but for social, personal and business connections as well. One evening of LIVE ART can counter months of screen time and isolation.

In IRRATIONAL EXHIBITS (curated by Deborah Oliver), artists perform simultaneously in a spacious immersive environment that changes you from detached viewer to living participant. This is a unique blend live/sculptural/durational performance where artists bring the audience into a kinetic and visceral experience. Move freely through the gallery and dwell as long as you time want at each of the performance works exhibited. You are no longer just an observer you are a participant as well. The show creates itself with you and around you.

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Deborah Oliver

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Lecturer of Studio Art
Performance Studies

MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BFA, California Institute of the Arts

DEBORAH OLIVER is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator working in Los Angeles.  She launched and curates the annual performance/installation exhibition Irrational Exhibits at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Oliver began this  group exhibition 2001, and the 9th edition of Irrational Exhibits will take place in 2013.

Oliver curates Irrational Exhibits to focus on the intersection of live performance, installation work, and video art.  Oliver is currently at work on a catalogue that will document the last eight Irrational Exhibits shows, with critical essays that contextualize the work and define the importance of live art in the twenty-first century.

As an interdisciplinary artist, she was an active member of the Artist’s Collective MAMA (Mother Artists Making Art) . Exhibitions with M.A.M.A. included  REPRODUCTIVE FILTERS, Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, LA ;  Non Sumzero Games, Brewery Project Room, Los Angeles; Bad Moms, Side Street Projects; and MILKSTAINED, a panel presented at the College Art Association.

Oliver’s independent performances and installations include TOP HEAVY SEE SAW (with Ann Bray, Track 16 Gallery; SPLIT, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica; URBAN DISCLOSURES, Pasadena Armory for the Arts; BITING THROUGH, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions;  PETROLEUM, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA ; and  LAND, Cal State LA; NO ONE LANGUAGE, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles; CIRCUS MOON, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach CA.

In May of  2010 Oliver curated  multi-media performance for the Pasadena Arts Alliance event RAW, which took place at the Brewery, Los Angeles CA.  Other curatorial work includes; XX: THE HAPPENING, Los Angeles Exhibitions 20th Anniversary; OCTOBER SURPRISE, LA Freewaves Video Festival Finale at California Plaza, Los Angeles; POINT BLANK: PERFORMANCE & DANCE, State Playhouse, Cal State Los Angeles; DANCE WITHOUT BORDERS, Japan American Theatre, Los Angeles; FAR BAZAAR, LA’s Alternative Art Fair,  Los Angeles.

Oliver was an Ahmanson Scholar at the California Institute of the Arts, where she received both her B.A. and MFA.  She also attended the producing program at the American Film Institute.

In addition, Oliver has received a grant from the University of California Institute For Research in the Arts, a Brody Arts Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, an inter-disciplinary grant from the National/State/County/ Partnership, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; funds from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a fellow of the Yellow Springs Institute Residency Program.

Oliver teaches courses in performance art, history of performance, and  performance/video.  She has also taught performance and interdisciplinary classes at California Institute for the Arts and CalState University, Los Angeles.