“The House of Influence”, ©1985 John Sturgeon
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles launches its new Internet channel for Video Art, September 2012. The premiere of the on-line channel will feature one of John Sturgeon’s previous video works “The House of Influence” 1985, with a current interview with the artist.
US-UK Fulbright Scholar-London 2012-13
John Sturgeon – US-UK Fulbright Scholar 2012-13
University of the Arts London Scholar Award
John Sturgeon was selected for a US-UK Fulbright Scholar Award 2012-13. As the Fulbright University of the Arts London Scholar, Professor Sturgeon will produce a new video project during his residency from September 2012 to March 2013. This Fulbright award to the UK was Professor Sturgeon’s second Fulbright appointment. Previously he served as Fulbright Scholar Abroad, to Argentina & Uruguay 1988-89.
Sacrifice of Options/Body of Empathy
Research planned for London is the production of a new video, which combines passions for spiritual connectedness through sense of place, the root processes of the ‘archive’ and the development of representation/perception strategies, which countermand the tyranny of optics dictated by the pictorial replication of Renaissance perspective reinforcing a schism– self from place. Overall structure develops in tandem with the sites and situations chosen for production – an improvisation with space. What is offered by London is the opportunity to investigate evidence of the culture’s ancient Celtic (pagan) heritage meshed with the densely layered modern urban environment over the centuries. What is preserved, what is lost? My interest is in seeking vestiges of rituals that are still active, perhaps percolating up as subconscious influences in daily life. I am focusing on the concept of – the archive, memory as cultural/historical overlay and as a form of urban ecology. – js 2012
John Sturgeon’s early videos in “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81”, Geffen at MOCA – Los Angeles
Two of John Sturgeon’s early video works are included in the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ historical survey of California art – Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81, which runs from this October 2nd through mid-February, 2012. The exhibition constitutes “the most comprehensive survey exhibition to date to examine the exceptional fertility and diversity of art practice in California between 1974 and 1980.” A fully illustrated catalogue with newly commissioned essays accompanies the exhibition.
Sturgeon’s black and white videos Porky (1974) and Conjunct (1976) will be showcased in the exhibition.
Click here to download the official MOCA flyer.