MPC’s latest exhibit is urban and post-modern and talkative.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Urban Sights/Sites brings the griminess and noise of the city – like a portrait of a grandmother and grandkids discarded with the trash – onto the idyllic Monterey Peninsula College campus.
The school’s latest exhibition brings together three artists who came from different backgrounds, met at CSU Long Beach and focus on urban landscapes.
Andrew Dickson grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and completed his MFA at CSULB, studying under Yu Ji, who is a collaborator, along with Jonathan Puls, of Urban Sights/Sites.
As a youth in China, Ji was put to work as a laborer in remote mountain villages as part of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. He went back to art, studying in China and teaching in the U.S., including at CSULB.
Puls studied art at Biola University, a private Christian school in SoCal, received his MFA in painting from CSULB in 2002 and returned to Biola to teach in 2005. The opening of their show at MPC has a visit and talk, a veritable panel discussion, on each their own vision of the urban landscape.
URBAN SIGHTS/SITES opens 1-2:30pm Thursday, Feb. 14 (artists’ talk at 1pm), at MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Free ($2/parking). 646-3060.