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New Exhibits at Grand Central Art Center

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Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana launched several new exhibits this month that will continue into the new year, including works by recent artist-in residence Joseph DeLappe.

“Liberty Weeps” is in response to the current state of “truth, justice and liberty” in the United States. The project was built onsite and commissioned for #ManifestJustice, a pop-up exhibit held in May in Los Angeles. The work is a collaboration between DeLappe, curator Yosi Sargant, and sculptor and designer Charlie Becker.

“Unfinished Conversation: Reconstruction the Invisible” continues through Jan. 10, and is the collaboration of Bosnian-born Aida Sehović and local forensic investigator Leonard Correa. Their project spotlights specific places in Bosnia and California defined by acts of violence and trauma. Developed during Sehović’s residency at GCAC last year, it explores the similarities in their process of dealing with personal memories of familiar sites.

“Swampland” is the first in a new initiative of Grand Central Art Center, inviting artists to create large-scale projects for six-month exhibitions. Artist Jennie Cotterill has taken over the space, where she is creating her work through Feb. 14. The project is curated by Jennifer Minasian.  

” ‘Swampland’ [pays] homage to the fertile creative ecosystem provided by GCAC for Orange County. Visitors can enter a larger-than-life primordial landscape where cryptobotany and impossible biodiversity flourish,” Cotterill said of her project.

The Glass & Ceramics Show + Sale began Nov. 7 and continues through Feb. 14. Hand-crafted ceramic and glass works by local and student artists are available for purchase at the center.