Exhibition on view: January 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Limuw: An Ode to the Sea, featuring artists: Miya Ando, Jules de Balincourt, Graham Caldwell, Zoe Crosher, Bill Dewey, Kim Fisher, Kimberly Hahn, Emilie Halpern, Mary Heebner, Virginia McCracken and Raymond Saá.
Like an ode, the second annual exhibition at Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum’s satellite location at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, is in praise of, or dedicated to the sea. The title combines two references—limuw, the Chumash Indian translation of “in the sea,” and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s classic poem, Ode to the Sea—which capture our passionate, compelling relationship to this element of the natural world. An enduring source of inspiration for writers, poets, and visual artists, the sea in its placidity provides solace and in its swell brings tempest and ruin.
For the artists included in this exhibition, the sea remains a site of quiet contemplation, mystery, and wonder. Works contemplate maritime ecology, oceanography, and our current socio-political relationships to the sea; themes greatly influenced by the Chumash’s legacy. Through their art, Limuw artists ponder the limitless, eternal, and preternatural qualities of the ocean.
Not quite a celebration or an elegy, this exhibition takes an existential view of the sea. In its placidity it provides solace and in its swell brings tempest and ruin. An enduring source of inspiration for writers, poets, and visual artists, our experience of the sea remains enigmatic and wondrous.
Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; and Santa Barbara News-Press, CA.
ADMISSION IS FREE
About CAF Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) expanded to a satellite location at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. Located at 121 State Street, this boutique hotel combines historic Santa Barbara architecture with modern design. Santa Barbara-based AB Design Studios, Inc., known for its innovative approach to adaptive, re-use projects, designed the hotel with a sleek, modern atmosphere. A unique model of a business/museum partnership, the CAF Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara provides a seamless mix of luxury lodging and contemporary art museum.
The CAF Satellite features annually rotating exhibitions of thought-provoking contemporary art alongside site-specific commissions, both temporary and permanent from local, national, and internationally recognized artists. This site enables CAF to further its mission by offering world-class, cutting-edge exhibitions and public programs to an even larger segment of the community—free of charge.
Educational programs, such as artist talks, curatorial lectures, film screenings. An insider’s look at the creative process accompany these exhibitions for hotel guests and visitors of all ages.
The space also enhances CAF’s capacity for creative partnerships with local neighborhood associations such as the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara Waterfront, the Urban Wine Trail, Stearns Wharf, and the Historic Downtown Santa Barbara Arts District.
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is owned by Santa Barbara Beach House Hotel, LP, and managed by Courtland-Dane Management Group, Inc, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Zoe Crosher, Transgressing the Pacific: Where Norman Maine
Disappeared at Laguna Beach,2010, Fujiflex archive print mounted on Dibond, 40 x 40 in. Edition of 6 + 2 AP, Courtesy the Artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Miya Ando, Daguerreotype Ghost 5, 2012, Dyed aluminum,
36 x 36 in. Edition of 5, Courtesy the Artist
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara Lobby