Grand Central Art Gallery & Project Room
100 Artists See Satan
July 3 – September 19, 2004
100 Artists See Satan is a survey of contemporary artists and their interpretation and representation of the supreme demon. The exhibition was organized in response to another exhibition, 100 Artists See God, organized by artists/curators John Baldessari and Meg Cranston for Independent Curators Inc. New York. During roughly the same period that 100 Artists See Satan is showing at the Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, 100 Artists See God will be on view at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach.
Mark Twain once said, “All religions issue Bibles against Satan, and say the most injurious things against him, but we never hear his side.”
While 100 Artists See Satan may not exactly present Satan’s side of things, it does present a wide, albeit inconclusive, range of perspectives; it is intended to be a series of snapshots and ruminations, and it is an essentially visual exercise—there are no artist biographies or artist statements in the catalogue, just images by 100 artists. (Actually 115 artists’ works are included in the catalogue and probably a few more in the exhibition; we attribute this to satanic math and with having an abundance of incredible work that we wanted to include in the exhibition). Some of the artists are famous and some unknown; their approaches to Satan range from humor and absurdity to deadpan seriousness, from blatantly political to esoterically philosophical, from text to symbolic images, from art historical references to pop-culture icons, from overt graphic images to subtle, sometimes poetic gestures, from abstraction to explicit depictions of individuals or imagery, from the found object to the meticulously rendered painting, from drawing to photography to video to music.
Mike McGee, curator
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