Valerie Mendoza: The Cost of Living / G. Craig Hobbs: Spectral Blossom

Valerie Mendoza: The Cost of Living / G. Craig Hobbs: Spectral Blossom

Valerie Mendoza, Associate Professor of Photography, and G. Craig Hobbs, Associate Professor of Digital Media Art, will present on their respective sabbatical projects from the Fall 2017 semester.

For the past 6 years, Mendoza’s work has addressed the housing crisis in the U.S. from a variety of perspectives; personal, political, and social. She focused specifically on the US collapse of the real estate market in the previous decade, and the inequities that have grown since, with the large-scale photo-based installation Monument, and a companion piece entitled, Our Agents. Over the summer of 2016, she began a new body of conceptually related work. She spent four weeks in Portugal, taking over 2000 photographs of homes, ruins and community land. During her sabbatical in fall of 2017, she expanded this project. Working in Portugal for 2 months, she interviewed citizens, from Lisbon to Porto, to gain a better understanding of the housing challenges that exist there. Galeria do Sol in Porto, Portugal, featured a comprehensive solo exhibition of both her video and photo-based installation work this past November, entitled, The Cost of Living.

From the bustling streets of Bangalore across the western ghats to Panjim City, Goa, from Maharashtra to the ancient Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora, G. Craig Hobbs’ sabbatical journey traversed a wide range of arts, culture, and cuisines of India. Producing large-scale projection mapping projects Migratory Cultures with Robin Lasser and Social Weavers with the 3rd Space Lab Collective, in addition to workshops and teaching at Kala Academy in Goa and Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, Hobbs’ talk explores sabbatical projects and experiences from India in Fall 2017.

TUESDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES | An acclaimed weekly lecture series brings in artists, designers, and critical theorists from around the world, broadening the students’ experiential base and complementing local offerings. All lectures and exhibitions are open to the general public free of charge. Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations will be held in the Art Building, Room #133, from 5-6pm.

Image caption (above):
Valerie Mendoza
Images and video stills from the installation, Café Espelho, 2018
Image, Object, and Video-based Installation, Variable Dimensions


Image caption (below):

Craig Hobbs
Spectral Blossom Goa
Projection Mapping Still from Kala Workshop
Casa​ ​Joao​ ​Francisco Merces,​ ​Goa, India

Date(s) - December 04, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm