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KATIE TORN
LOW TIDE

July 26 – August 19, 2017
First Thursday art walk August 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

For the third in a series of media art presentations this summer, New York artist Katie Torn returns for her second solo exhibition at Upfor with a series of collages and animated video installation. Before a tsunami hits there is a period of calmness: the ocean recedes, revealing a world that is usually inaccessible. Its newness is seductive and there is a moment of wonderment. The ocean floor calls to us like a predator luring in its prey.

 
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MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI, BRENNA MURPHY AND KATIE TORN

August 23 – September 2, 2017

This three-artist exhibition is the culmination of a summer-long program of media art by gallery artists Morehshin Allahyari, Brenna Murphy and Katie Torn. Often curated together in group exhibitions because of their shared interest in and use of digital media, this presents an opportunity for these artists to collaborate while highlighting their distinct themes and aesthetics. While selecting the works is a collaborative effort, Brenna Murphy will arrange them,  essentially incorporating Allahyari's and Torn's works into a modular, site-responsive installation.

 
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RODRIGO VALENZUELA
GENERAL SONG

September 6 – October 14, 2017
First Thursday opening September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
First Thursday art walk October 5, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Rodrigo Valenzuela uses staged scenes and digital interventions, manipulating codes of representation to affect viewers’ perception of logic and reality. Working primarily in photography, video and installation, his imagery is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. This is Valenzuela's second solo exhibition at Upfor. Valenzuela was recently appointed to the Department of Art faculty at UCLA.