Performance Space/Play Space

March 21 – 25, 2016

Artist Panel: Public Engagement and Performance Art
March 25, 6-7 pm, Colusa Hall 100B

See Interview with Trevor Lalaguna and Raphael Noz here

Monday, March 21
Cameron Kelly: Hug Your Center: Keep the Light On
Meriam Library breezeway

Artist Cameron Kelly’s playful sculpture invites participants to emotionally and physically consider their campus environment as a center for learning. Intentionally sited at the Meriam Library–a symbol of learning and knowledge—the brightly colored, hand-quilted sculpture emits soothing sounds and lights up when squeezed.






Tuesday, March 22 
Trevor Lalaguna: Postings
In his series Postings, artist Trevor Lalaguna examines the role of banal objects whose function is to serve the wellbeing of others. Physically assuming the role of these inanimate objects such as a bench, a garbage can, and a light pole, the artist becomes a utilitarian sculptural prop integrated into the campus surroundings.

Postings is presented at various locations throughout the Chico State campus: Creek side, 8-10am; BMU/Trinity Commons area, 2-4pm ; TBA. 8-10pm.

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Wednesday, March 23
Raphael Noz: Engaging the Beautiful

What is beautiful, where do you find it? I have heard that Cal State Chico is a beautiful campus: where do you find beauty on campus? Is there a view you pass, a place you pause or a site of a personal story? Walk with me and guide me to it. We can talk for a bit, you can describe it to me, and I’ll make a drawing of it while we’re there. Oh, by the way, I won’t be using my eyes- they’ll be covered by my crown.


For his performance at Chico State, San Francisco-based artist Raphael Noz will explore the subjectivity of beauty through his performance persona Cortezuma, a king physically blinded by the crown he wears. Participants will be invited to lead Cortezuma to a specific location of their choosing on the Chico State campus where the artist will make drawings of the sites based on the descriptions provided by each guide. The collected drawings will be presented at the University Art Gallery in Trinity Hall, March 24 – 25, 2016.

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Thursday, March 24
Melissa Wyman: Collaborative Combative Drawing
Trinity Hall 100

Bay Area artist Melissa Wyman will coach participants in effective martial art/self-defense techniques for outmaneuvering a partner to complete a representation of their personal power statement or design. The drawing exercise will be frustrating yet exhilarating, and result in surprisingly dynamic, collaborative works. The workshop is presented in collaboration with students from CMST 233: Foundations of Interpersonal Communications with Professor Michelle Givertz and ARTS 125 Basic Drawing with lecturer Joshua Olivera.

Audience welcome.

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Artist Panel: Public Engagement and Performance Art
Colusa Hall 100B

Panel discussion with Cameron Kelly, Trevor Lalaguna, Raphael Noz and Melissa Wyman, moderated by Rachel Middleman, Assistant Professor of Art History.
Reception to follow at the University Art Gallery, Trinity 100.

Performance Space/Play Space is presented in conjunction with the Humanities Center, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, California State University, Chico.

All events are free and open to the public.

Performance Space/Play Space is funded in part by Instructionally Related Activities fees.

For more information, please contact Kelly Lindner, University Art Gallery,

Photographs by Marianna Chambard.


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