G. Ray Kerciu: Radical Retrospective

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Kerciu rose to prominence in the art world in 1963 after a solo exhibition at the University of Mississippi. On exhibit was a series of paintings that depicted the Confederate flag surrounded by segregationist slogans that were being echoed around him. These works were a response to the unrest that ensued as the institution attempted to desegregate. Kerciu was arrested and charged with desecration of the Confederate flag. This ushered in a brief period of intense media attention, and Kerciu was featured in publications such as Artnews and Time magazine. The following year Kerciu was to head the printmaking department at what is now California State University, Fullerton where he taught until his retirement in 2002. During that time he was featured as a guest artist in prestigious print houses such as Tamarind Lithography in Los Angeles and the Stanley William Hayter Atelier 17 in Paris. He later became interested in working with stained glass and for a time worked almost exclusively with that art form. More than fifty years after his whirlwind introduction into the art world Kerciu remains committed to his art. His latest, The Tower series, is a body of work that defines three-dimensional forms through the exclusive use of line. It has evolved from paintings featuring the pyramid, which later progressed into sculptural exploration of the pyramid and obelisk, and eventually into his most recent architectural towers. This latest endeavor stems from Kerciu’s aim to continually artistically challenge himself. His tireless pursuit of innovation in material, from and subject can be witnessed in this celebration of the artist’s long and diverse artistic career. The exhibition will feature more than fifty works including paintings, prints, glasswork and sculpture from all phases of the artist’s development.

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Mike McGee is the Director of the Begovich Gallery at California State University, Fullerton. He is also the Director of the Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program and a Professor in the Art Department. An expert on Southern California art history, he teaches the only art history course on the region. McGee is founder of CSUF Grand Central Art Center, a residential/commercial/educational facility in downtown Santa Ana. He founded Grand Central Press in order to publish companion catalogs in conjunction with exhibitions at Grand Central Art Center as well as the Begovich Gallery.

Artist Kerciu rose to prominence in 1963 after a solo exhibition at the University of Mississippi where Kerciu was arrested, and charged for allegedly violating a state law prohibiting desecration of the Confederate flag. A year later Kerciu accepted a teaching post at what is now known as California State University, Fullerton where he taught until he retired in 2002. Over a decade after his retirement from teaching and fifty years after his whirlwind introduction into the art world, Kerciu remains committed to his art.

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