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MSJC > Art Gallery > DUSK TO DUST


January 23 - February 24, 2017

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 – 4 pm

Mt. San Jacinto College Fine Arts Gallery
1499 N. State St. Building 1400
San Jacinto, CA 92583
(951) 487-3585

The Mt. San Jacinto College Fine Arts Gallery is proud to announce our new video exhibition DUSK TO DUST.  This show is a special opportunity to see four rarely screened video works by internationally recognized artists Cristopher Cichocki, Cameron Gainer, Marc Horowitz and Dawn Kasper. 


These artists c​onsider our relationship to time, mortality and banality.  The passing of time is encroaching, inevitable and inescapable. The truth is that we aren't getting out of here alive and much of the way we spend our time is frustrating at best.  These four artists find magic, fight constraints, and explore the Sisyphean aspects of life and mortality through video.


Cristopher Cichocki is an internationally recognized artist who lives and works in the desert of Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Cichocki defines his practice as New Earth Art, a title that signifies the increasingly toxic global environment that confronts our planet in the new millennium. Cichocki explores open landscapes as an external studio of production, nomadic and unrestricted to boundaries. Throughout Cichocki's trajectory there is a core that bridges the interconnection between water, life, and survival.  He has recently shown major installation works the historic Villa Angarano in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, and at Desert Daze in Joshua Tree, CA. 


Cameron Gainer works in a diverse range of media.  His work often focuses on the poetic aspects of science and nature.  He uses natural phenomena not only as inspiration for his work but as the physical material that the work is made from.  With his inventive material use he melted and recast millennia old meteorite and had an Olympic synchronized swimmer perform in a bio luminescent bay. Gainer is also the publisher of The Third Rail, a nonprofit quarterly publication devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art.  He has had solo museum exhibitions at The New Temporary Contemporary at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Museum of Contemporary art at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Gainer lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.


Marc Horowitz is a Los Angeles-based artist working in painting, performance, video, photography, and social practice. In a practice that combines traditional drawing, commercial photography, and new media, Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning. Horowitz has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Analix Forever in Geneva, Switzerland, The Depart Foundation in Los Angeles, The Hayward Gallery in London, and at New Langton Arts in San Francisco. His work has been featured extensively on local and national television including ABC News, NPR Weekend Edition, CBS Inside Edition CBS, CNN American Morning, and on NBC’s The Today Show.


This exhibition is debut of Dawn Kasper’s ON INERTIA AND ANGER or REPEATER (2009) the title comes from Newton's first law of motion, referred to as Newton's law of Inertia and the Fugazi song 'Repeater'.  It the first performance in The Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment series (2009 - 2017)

Dawn Kasper is a New York based interdisciplinary artist working in performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and sound. Her work emerges out of a fascination with existentialism, subjects of vulnerability, desire, and the construction of meaning. Kasper often critiques the corporatized aspects of culture by examining the emotions most commonly manipulated by advertisers and media such as fear, panic, hate, envy, lust and anxiety. Creating scenes that double as a platform for living sculpture, Kasper performs in a structured yet spontaneous manner using props, costume, comedy, gesture, extreme physicality, repetition, and monologue. Her work has been exhibited widely; The Migros Museum, Zurich (2005), Human Resources, LA (2011), Tramway, Glasgow (2012), 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2012), David Lewis, NY (2014), ADN Collection, Bolzano, Italy (2014), Redling Fine Art, LA (2015), Tang Museum, Skidmore College, NY (2015) and The American Academy in Rome, Italy (2016). Kasper is represented by Redling Fine Art in Los Angeles and David Lewis in New York.​


Cameron Gainer, N.I.L (naturally illuminated landscape), video still, 2016