By Scott Rappaport
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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea is an unlikely setting for an art gallery. Established in 1953 as part of an armistice agreement that ended three years of brutal war, the DMZ is a 2.5-mile-wide band that runs 155 miles across the Korean peninsula, serving as a buffer zone between the two countries. Yet a new art gallery does actually exist in that strange locale. And this spring and summer, the Yeongang Gallery has been featuring Global Station: Until the Next Voyage, a solo exhibition by UC Santa Cruz art professor Jimin Lee, running April 19 to July 30.
Art Department senior Erick Medel writes, "I re-present physical manifestations of class structures at the intersection of photography and sculpture. My work deals in constructions of normativity, and their role in repression today.
"My recent work expands on my previous theme of the body relationship to individual and private and personal objects. And now, extending into exploration - the movement of the body in space, and the time continuum that refers to migration, globablization, transportation, and mobility."
The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is delighted to present IRWIN 2018, the 32nd annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition entitled Identification, which opens on May 30 and runs through June 16, 2018.
Rachel Smith is a junior in the UCSC Art Department. About the first in the "How Many Syrians?" series, she writes, "This piece surrounds the death of Aylan Kurdi. The day he died, his father lost two sons and his wife and vowed to return to bury his family and live by their graves.
Art Department senior and Irwin Scholar Jairo Banuelos creates sculptures and performances which investigate how race and class identities prevent people from accessing certain privileges such as education, housing, and more.
The Porter-Sesnon family name is well known to many faculty, staff, and students at UC Santa Cruz.
Art Department senior Thomas Fallis is a San Diego native. He began drawing through the influence of his older brother, Ryan. In 2003, Thomas was introduced to Billy Martinez where he took lessons at Neko Press Studio for the next 6 years.