Deep is an exhibition by artists who persist in trying to express the intangible, creating work for which no simple explanation suffices. With existential landscapes, angst-filled portraits, feverish abstractions, arcane conceptual constructions, philosophical photographs, seductive ceramics and sculptures, self-reflexive videos, heady performances, esoteric installations, and internet-based New Media explorations, the artists in Deep are fearless in the face of the infinite, unafraid of introspection. And sometimes Deep is funny! Deep is a riddle, an enigma, a plunge into the unknown.
It was a great pleasure to serve as this year’s juror for OCCCA’s DEEP exhibition. With over 800 submissions, I had the opportunity and challenge to review a diverse amount of works. Because of the wealth of submissions, I enjoyed seeing a variety of artistic practices which led me to focus my selections toward a more contemporary viewpoint.
Organizations like OCCCA are deeply important to the local community as well as to the community of artists it acknowledges. I would like to congratulate the artists recognized in this exhibition as well as to thank all the artists that have taken the time to submit their works this year. The occasion to be a juror for OCCCA has been a wonderful opportunity and I am grateful to have been selected.
Curator of Exhibitions, Laguna Art Museum
Grace Kook-Anderson received her B.A. in Art History (2000) and Art Practice (2001) from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice (2007) from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She is a co-founder of InSitu, a curatorial collaborative (2007-present). Her curatorial projects focus on contemporary art with an emphasis on the investigation of place and social change. At Laguna Art Museum, Kook-Anderson has curated WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon; OsCene 2010; Jeremy Fish: Weathering the Storm; Sean Duffy: Searcher; and is the coordinating curator for Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time initiative.