Downtown Branch Library – Spoken/Unspoken

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

224 Church Street

Santa Cruz


Narrative art is art that tells a story through imagery. Artists visually narrate by using a series of images that represent a moment. The power of art is in how and what it makes us feel. Images ignite imagination. Through a myriad of practices, artists give voice to a broad array of ideas, feelings, and concerns. They invite us to think, to feel, to wonder, to question, to act and react. Through art, artists can shout dissent, rally for a cause, incite action, and foster community. Art can inform us, speak unspoken secrets and give a voice to the silenced. It can present puzzles to be solved or ambiguities to ponder. The Narrative Art form is a powerful tool to tell these stories through imagery. ART IN THE LIBRARY presents: Spoken/Unspoken and Doc/Undoc

Sara Friedlander’s photographs honor women immigrants. Beginning with her maternal grandmother, Sara has digitally combined vintage photos with additional images to create what she calls “creative nonfiction”.

Lidia Hasenauer’s series records current history in a circus poster format using symbolism, metaphor, color and words.

Bob Rogers’ pieces are a personal narrative. Developing over time, they combine his experiences with current world events, art, history, pop culture and literature. Bob created the name for our exhibit “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” and sums up our goal perfectly: ”to entice the viewer to look closely and “finish” the narrative in their own minds – based on their own projections and imaginations”.    

Also on Display: Doc/Undoc

The outcome of a seven-year collaboration, DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performáticafeatures Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s performance texts and Felicia Rice’s relief prints and typography, accompanied by Jennifer González’s critical commentary. What does it mean to be documented or undocumented? How do these terms work across borders and boundaries such as those that exist between nations and languages? What are the forms of policing and regulation that maintain such categories out of fear, cultural difference, or economic domination? What parts of our lives are documented and what parts remain undocumented?

Felicia Rice 

has one foot firmly planted in the 19th century and the other in the 21st. A student of the history of the book and typography, with a futurist streak, she now utilizes digital technology to bring fresh excitement to her letterpress printed artists books and prints. Her collaborations with visual and performing artists, writers and philosophers result in structures that explore the book as performance art. Felicia has taught and lectured extensively and currently is the manager of the digital arts and new media program at UCSC.

The installation will be on display through March 2018.


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