Drive Time
August 15 – September 24, 2005

Artists’ Reception: Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Artists: Sean Duffy, Karl Haendel, Annetta Kapon, Helen H. Kim, Myung Hwan Lim, Meg Madison, Michael Markowsky, Barbara J. May, Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios, John Richey, Dustin Shuler, Jesse Webber

In Southern California we spend a lot of time inside our cars--driving, stuck in traffic, commuting-- time spent between places and between states. Drive Time brings together contemporary artists working in sculpture, video, drawing and photography who look at driving and our relationships with our cars in experimental and poetic ways.

Exhibition installation overview. Dustin Schuler, Saab Pelt, 1987, painted steel, plexiglass, chromed steel, aluminum, stainless steel cable, 15' x 11' x 6" Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios, Rigor Motors, 2005-2006, wood, speaker box fabric car jack, coffin handles, dimensions variable.
Photos: Amanda Isas and Melissa M. Hauptman    


Rancho Cucamonga, CA - In Southern California, we spend a lot of time in our cars - driving, stuck in traffic, commuting - time spent between places and between states. Drive Time is a group exhibition exploring driving and our relationships with our cars in unexpected and poetic ways. The artists offer an inspiring look at what passes in a hypnotic blur for most of us -- our daily quota of time spent behind the wheel. Through drawing, sculpture, video, painting and photography, these artists convey the familiarity, anxiety, humor and pathos that so often goes along with our contemporary experience of driving in Southern California.

Among the many exciting works in the exhibition are Sean Duffy's sculpture, "International Playboy," a 1993 Geo Metro transformed into sculpture and pumping out tunes of longing and alienation on its cd player. Annetta Kapon's video "405 North, 405 South," expresses the strange and poetic beauty of the slow flow of headlights and taillights on a crowded freeway, while alluding to the sense of despair the artist experiences while driving from one university to the next to teach. Chaffey alumna, Barbara May staked out a fast food "drive thru" photographing people as they interacted with the disembodied voice taking their order. May's "Order" presents a unique view of our contemporary American lifestyle. Karl Haendel's drawing of an SUV titled "$56,055.00," is a life-size portrait of what has become an ubiquitous icon of power, desire and excess on Southern California's freeways. Michael Markowsky draws while he drives. He then develops these initial sketches into complex drawings and paintings in his studio. For Drive Time he has created a series of drawings and paintings retracing OJ Simpson's infamous 1994 freeway chase through the Southland.

In all, there are thirteen artist in the exhibition: Sean Duffy, Karl Haendel, Annetta Kapon, Helen H. Kim, Myung Hwan Lim, Meg Madison, Michael Markowsky, Barbara May, Ruben Ochoa, John Richey, Marco Rios, Dustin Shuler and Jesse Webber.

Drive Time runs from August 15 through September 24, at the Wignall Museum at Chaffey College. The reception for the artists will be held on Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Wignall Museum is located on the Rancho Cucamonga campus of Chaffey College at 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002. Admission is free. Parking is free in Lot #5 with a visitor's permit. Visitor's permits are available in the museum lobby.

HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm; Saturdays: Noon - 4pm
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