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Enrico Natali Fallen Fruit Gordon Matta-Clark Joseph Fernandez Joshua Short Panel
Diverted Destruction Jessamyn Fiore
The Panel
As part of the programming of DISCARTED at the Ojai Art Festival, the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art will present a panel discussion about art made from trash, discarded objects and recycled materials. Featured will be renowned curator/critics Peter Frank,
Shana Nys Dambrot, Ezhra Jean Black, artists Joshua Short, Joseph Umali Fernandez, and Deborah Munk, juror for the Ojai Art Festival. Juri Koll, director of ViCA, will moderate. The panel discussion will begin at 4:00 in front of Modern Folk Living.

Juri Koll - Moderator
As an artist in the mediums of painting, photography, experimental and documentary video, Juri Koll has exhibited at venues such as Cameravision, California Institute of the Arts, LA Louver, LA Artcore, the Trunk Gallery, the Xenodrome, BurningMan, and many others. His films have screened all over the world, in over 70 festivals, including Cannes, the Cork International Film Festival, the Australian International Film Festival, and won many awards.

Recently, Juri's first documentary, In The Steel: A Portrait of Mark di Suvero, (1991), was accepted into the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. Since 2010, he has produced and directed many new documentaries on the art world to continue his Art/World series. In January 2013, he founded the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, and brought Peter Frank and Sarah Danays onto the Advisory Board. ViCA has sponsored   Tell me more ››

Deborah Munk
Deborah Munk, Juror, has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours to over 4,000 children and adults annually. Before joining Recology in 2000 as AIR Program Coordinator, she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press, in 2002. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media.

Ezrha Jean Black
Ezrha Jean Black, staff writer for Artillery art magazine, is a writer, critic, investigative researcher, and blogger based in Los Angeles. Moving freely between the art world, the film and music industries, and L.A.'s design, fashion and literary communities -- the crisscrossing lanes of L.A....

Joseph Umali Fernandez
Joseph Umali Fernandez is a sculptor and performance artist based in Los Angeles. He studies art at various community colleges from San Diego to Torrance as he pursues a degree. He was a diesel mechanic in the U.S.  Navy for 8 years and believes it prepared him for his career as an artist both physically and spiritually. He has shown and performed at MOCA, ViCA, Barnsdall Art Park, Artslave Gallery, Trunk Gallery and many others in LA, Long Beach, Torrance, and Ventura. He has also shown at Rubbish Gallery, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs. He can be found daily winding his way through LA and through his various sculptures which have become his unique style. He will be creating a sculpture during the first Ojai Art Festival "DISCARTED" in November.

Joshua Short
Joshua Short Graduated from the University of California Davis in 2009. He was awarded a Joan Mitchell foundation grant, and a Graduate fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010. Joshua has had several solo exhibits at venues such as the Bedford Gallery, Johansson Projects, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Evergold Gallery. Mr. Short has also participated in several artist in Residencies within the United States and abroad. He was awarded a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship in 2013 and recently activated a pirate Radio station at the 33 Officiana Creativa residency in Toffia, Italy. He also the Founding member of the art group Cardboard Institute of Technology, and he is a 3rd degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do, which he attributes to his success as a visual Artist. He will be creating a new sculpture made out of recycled cardboard during the first Ojai Art Festival "DISCARTED" in November.

Liz Gordon
Liz Gordon is the owner of the world's largest antique hardware store (Liz's Antique Hardware) in Los Angeles. Located above her store is one of LA's most unique destinations – The Loft at Liz's. The Loft at Liz's, located in LA's historic Miracle Mile (near LACMA), features both emerging and established artists and artisans, fostering an open dialogue between eclectic and diverse points of view, ideologies and experiences. Her annual exhibit “Diverted Destruction”, now in its 6th year, features mixed media and assemblage works created from the castoffs and remnants of societal discards, addressing poignant questions regarding consumerism, waste and human sustainability. This year's exhibition was co-curated by Liz Gordon and Mar Hollingsworth of the California African American Museum (CAAM). Artist works from Diverted Destruction 6 are featured at both The Loft at Liz's and the California African American Museum.

Peter Frank
Peter Frank is art critic for the Huffington Post and Associate Editor for Fabrik Magazine. He has served as Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly and as critic for Angeleno magazine and the LA Weekly. Frank was born in 1950 in New York, where he wrote art criticism for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News and moved to Los Angeles in 1988.

Frank contributes articles to numerous publications and has written many catalogues for one person and group exhibitions. Frank, who recently served as Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum, has organized numerous theme and survey shows, including "Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the NonObjective World, 1950-1988," for the Riverside Art Museum; "Artists' Books U.S.A.", "Mapped Art: Charts, Routes, Regions" and "Line and Image: Tell me more ››

Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., Art Editor for VS. Magazine, arts writer at the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Bluecanvas, SCENE, and KCET's award-winning transmedia culture program, Artbound. Formerly LA Managing Editor at Flavorpill.com, her other publications have included Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz. She has written essays for scores of books and catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. A full account of her activities is sometimes updated at sndx.net.
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