Stanford Art Spaces
July 18, 2003 to September 11, 2003, Stanford Art Spaces features an exhibit by five artists:



J. Li


Mixed Media


It's a Good Thing
© 2003

© 2003

© 2003

© 2003

© 2003

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in two buildings: the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) and Terman Engineering Center. It is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
Julie Dummermuth

Arrangement of the Month (March) © 2003

In today’s society we are surrounded by superficial decorations and meretricious performances of etiquette suggesting lives filled with importance. The visual rhetoric of hallmark celebrations insinuate all will be perfect when the appropriate festoons and somersaults are in attendance. These spectacles of artifice consume us and are certainly, simultaneously, absurd.

Mining a “loving and laughing-at-it” relationship with artificial sweetness I magnify the exuberance of holiday entertaining (used for those “calendar markers”) to celebrate a hurray-for-holidays nostalgia and to manifest a candyland of sumptuous synthetic absurdity mocking the inherent lack of meaning from such excess.

Painting alchemies of lush ornamental fantasies and garnishing them with glittering gems, gold leaf and glitter I hope to seduce viewers into that empty seasonal sweetness prevalent in these pleasantries of prettiness. After all no matter how nugatory such clutter, nor how much disdain we impart towards it, its importance does command a niche in our lives.

Eirik Johnson

Untitled © 2003

“ Stories about places are makeshift things. They are composed of the world’s debris” –Michel de Certeau

Sometimes we drift away from our daily path, wandering past a fence and into an empty lot or beyond and into the woods. Sometimes we break from the normal routine and indulge in our desire to explore what surrounds us. It is in the overlooked backwaters of an urban environment that one begins to find strange and wonderful meaning in the most basic things.

I am interested in looking at the edges of the urban environment through an inquisitive response and interaction with what I discover in the area. The resulting photographs reflect a re-interpretation of the materials found at the site. Debris becomes a new vocabulary for creating peculiar relationships with the existing environment. These cast off materials mark the path for a new exploration of the areas that border our every day surroundings.

Kathleen J. Li

Untitled © 2003

Children’s stories cast a utopian view on human life by resolving narratives in the “happily ever after” manner. Growing up hearing these myths, one encounters the disparity in the way their discord manifests and lingers on in the real world. The safe and untainted world of childhood is open to corruption by the interference of harsh realism of growing up.

The softly painted surface of the painting invites the viewer to approach the work, while slowly revealing unsettling forms within the play of silhouettes are contingent upon the viewer’s own projection onto the work. They can become harmless or as dangerous as the imagination allows. These paintings set up a condition allowing the viewer to construct one’s own narrative.

Maria Park

Hypersurface © 2003

Oh! The places you'll go
From Himalayan mountains to Hawaiian shores and alluvial plains, fully simulated and automated environments are preserved and vacuum-packed into tiny capsules (to be taken: two in the morning and one before bedtime).
You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
The Mindscape, as the final expansion frontier, is projected into the connective flow of digital stream, riding the alternation currents that rush past the shifting panorama. Velocity and sight converge, maximizing our image capacity.
Kid! You’ll move mountains! And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too.

The heavy weight of inertia dissipates as the landscapes stream past at different speeds, revealing new models of refraction.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying.
Man, promised random access and infinite variety, orchestrates the pathogenesis of artificial life. Can we retain the essential in the ephemeral movement of phenomena?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
What lies at the vanishing point of such capacity? Will man wash ashore on the wavefront of the Database as the last residue of nature?
You’re too smart to go down any not-so-good- street.
Will man be engulfed as just another interface or will he emerge triumphant as the ultimate figure of stasis in the constant trafficking of energy and information?
(Italicized test is from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh! The Places You’ll Go”)

Maria Vasconcelos

Untitled © 2003

The materiality of paint.
Vivacity, energy, celebration…

It roams about freely,
transforming the architectural space.
Angles, surfaces, light
are altered by its application, the paint rest on, in front, of, or dug into its

When does a wall stop being a wall?
When does it begin pulsating and breathing?

Moments of transformation.

Once a shape is removed from its original context
and placed elsewhere.
it can suddenly appear dislocated as if adopting an entirely new identity.
not fully integrated as one thing or another
neither natural,
nor artificial.

The search for experimental ways to apply paint…
Forcing it into new spaces,
where it bumps, collides and at times even solidifies.
Creating a new existence

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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