Tuesday, October 16 , 2018, 12:41 pm | Fair 77º

 
 
 
 

New SBCC Art Faculty Featured in ‘Office of Loss Control’ Exhibit

Pop culture and media figure prominently in subject of contemporary works at Atkinson Gallery

Digital print from artist Stephanie Washburn’s series, “Congratulations, You’ve Made A Wonderful Decision.”
Digital print from artist Stephanie Washburn’s series, “Congratulations, You’ve Made A Wonderful Decision.” (SBCC Atkinson Gallery)

The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present an exhibit opening later this month titled "Office of Loss Control," which features the SBCC art department’s two new faculty members, Armando Ramos and Stephanie Washburn.

Although they work in different media, Ramos and Washburn both scratch the veneer of contemporary life through the pointed, and often darkly humorous, combination of images appropriated from popular culture and media.

The show opens with a reception for artists from 5-7 p..m. Friday, Jan. 27, and continues through March 24. Ramos will discuss his work on Wednesday, March 8. Washburn will discuss hers on Wednesday, March 22. Both lectures will held at 4:30 p.m. in the Physical Science Building room 101. Exhibit and related events are free and open to the public.

Ramos is an artist and designer who creates comically irreverent images drawn from his jumbled youth. In his work, pop culture, mass media, religious iconography, and quotidian observations are civilly canonized as high-relief sculptures, minimalist interventions, and absurd juxtapositions that question the largeness of these larger-than-life embodiments.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduate studies at Montana State University. Ramos has been an artist in residence at The Richard Cartier Studios, Napa; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and at Cal State Long Beach. He was recently awarded the Individual Artist Grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Among other venues, his work has been exhibited at the Virginia Brier Gallery, San Francisco; Oakland Museum, Oakland; and Dairy Art Center, Boulder, CO.

Washburn works in various media including drawing, painting, photography and video. Her work explores the relationship between an image, its materiality, and the psychology and body of a viewer.

Recent projects use the flat screen as a support for various physical and performative gestures. She then documents, as either photographs or video, resulting combinations of material and digital information, posing a real physicality as the dramatic player in both the digital spectacle and her own hybrid image making.

Washburn received her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and her MFA from UCSB. Recent exhibitions include ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City; and Claremont University, Claremont. Her work is in various collections including MCA San Diego and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery, established in 1975, produces exhibitions of contemporary art featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. Visit gallery.sbcc.edu or call 897-3484 for more information.

— Sarah Cunningham for Atkinson Gallery​​​​​​​​​​.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >