Richard Kraft, detail of Wing, 2019, collage on paper, 60 x180 inches (including imagery from over 50 comics and texts from the U.S., Europe, India and Japan).

Comic books, history, literature are remixed in new collages by Richard Kraft at Orange Coast College starting Oct. 24

In his first solo exhibition in southern California since 2015, a new series of large-scale collages by Richard Kraft that incorporate excised comic book images and texts from literature will be on display at Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from Oct. 24 until Dec. 5.

The exhibition, titled “Flag Sail Wing: New Collages by Richard Kraft,” is curated by The Doyle’s director Tyler Stallings, and premieres new work by the artist. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5–7 p.m., and there will be an artist talk in the gallery on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. Admission to all events is free to all events.

Kraft seeks to interrupt the world around us so that incongruities, paradoxes, and multiplicity of meaning might yield a new orientation to the familiar. “Each collage by Richard Kraft is a transmutation of existing printed matter in which the originals are deconstructed and reassembled in order to create new meanings out of what was once familiar,” says Stallings.
Richard Kraft grew up in London and moved to the United States to study photography at Parsons School of Design where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan where he received an master of fine arts degree in photography. He is a full-time faculty in the photo department at OCC.

Exhibitions include those at the Charlie James Gallery, LA Louver, Rosamund Felsen, and Greg Kucera, as well as museum, university and non-profit art spaces, including the Portland Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Ruffin Gallery at the University of Virginia, Occidental College, and Printed Matter, among others. In April 2015 Siglio Press published Kraft’s book, Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, and he recently co-edited the first complete volume of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse). Publications include BOMB, Bookforum, and Carousel among other journals, and in 2016 his work was featured in The New Collage Book, a comprehensive survey published by Gestalten.

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College focuses on contemporary visual culture and creates dynamic programming that inspires interaction and dialogue between artists, students, scholars, and local and international communities.

Concurrent exhibitions in Fall 2019:

  • “Empty Vessel — Amir Zaki,” Through Dec. 5, Main Gallery

Admission is free for all exhibitions. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and First Saturdays, Noon until 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Fridays and school holidays.

The Doyle is located next to OCC’s Parking Lot D, off Merrimac Way, building 180, between Starbucks and the Art Center classrooms. For additional information, call (714) 432-5738, or visit The Doyle website.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.

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