Pasadena City College launched an ambitious program in 1987 that brings prominent artists for a weeklong stay on campus, where the artists interact closely with students, faculty, and the larger campus community.
In addition to their exhibition in the PCC Gallery, Jacci Den Hartog will spend the week of March 16-20, 2020 on campus, during which time they will present a public lecture, followed by a reception.
Through this program, PCC has hosted celebrated artists such as Marnie Weber, Kori Newkirk, Tim Hawkinson, painters Masami Teraoka and Wayne Thiebaud; installation artist Alexis Smith; quilt maker Faith Ringgold; eco-political art collective Futurefarmers; illustrator and “futurist” Syd Mead, and photographer William Wegman, each of whom also donated works of art to the college. These works are displayed in the college’s PCC Library and Boone Sculpture Garden.
The Artist-in-Residence Program owes its existence to Professor Emeritus Suzanne Bravender, who conceived the idea after hosting an exhibit on campus by Pennsylvania artist Tom Bostelle. Bostelle donated a work that was hung in the "L" Building, PCC's library at the time.
The piece is now in the PCC Library's rotunda. So began the tradition of placing works of art in the library at Pasadena City College. Listen to Professor Sandra C. Haynes tell the story in this podcast segment. You will also find Professor Haynes's podcasts on several of the past years' Artist-in-Residence pages.
This exhibition and residency are made possible by the support of the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Student Services Fund, the PCC Foundation, the Office of the President of PCC and the Division of Visual Arts and Media Studies.
The Art Galleries at Pasadena City College
are deeply grateful to the
Pasadena Art Alliance
for their generous support.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Artist-In-Residence Lecture, 7 pm, at PCC's Westerbeck Recital Hall. Den Hartog will discuss her artistic process and work.
Reception, 8-9 pm
Friday, March 20, 2020
Curatorial Statement from Mahara Sinclaire, PCC Instructor & Art Gallery Director
In her recent sculptural works referencing local waterfall shapes, Den Hartog uses steel, aluminum mesh, aqua resin fiberglass cloth and paint on a stainless steel pedestal to create a frozen stopped movement suspended in time. An asymmetrical balancing act, these are solid sculptural realities that evoke organic movement through space responding to gravity and all the natural forces. The work harkens to Lynda Bengalis’ legacy of pours, as Den Hartog also embraces innovative exploration of unexpected media and mixed materials.
The contrast of the inert sculptural presence describing a fluid rushing of water provides great visual interest for the viewer. The dichotomous experience invites one to shift into the psychology of memory, a time frozen in the past, conjuring an elegiac memento mori. Though embalmed in stillness, one imagines a flicker of movement, as if a strange Giacometti-like figure were moving in the distance in a liminal space between now and then, stark reality and redolent memory, wavering in our temporal being like mirage-inducing desert air. And so it is, through the solid sculptures we arrive at the ethereal.
Jacci Den Hartog received her BA in Fine Art at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR and her MFA in sculpture at Claremont Graduate School in 1986. She has been actively exhibiting in Southern California since 1991 and has been included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in the “Painting Outside Painting: 44th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting;” Nantes Museum, Nantes, France; San Francisco Art Institute; Kansas City Art Institute; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and The Suburban, Chicago as well as various European galleries in The Netherlands, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
She has received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artists Grant; the Art Matters, Inc. Artists Grant; the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Award; California Community Foundation, Mid-Career Artist Grant; the Purchase Award, Alberta DuPont Bonsal Foundation for the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Den Hartog is a professor at the Otis College of Art and Design where she is the Program Director of the Sculpture/New Genres Department.