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  • Pearl C. Hsiung, Tidal Wretch, 2005, enamel on canvas, 96 x 72". From 2006 California Biennial.

    Pearl C. Hsiung, Tidal Wretch, 2005, enamel on canvas, 96 x 72". From 2006 California Biennial.

    2006 California Biennial

    Orange County Museum of Art
    1661 W. Sunflower Ave.
    October 1–December 31, 2006

    Curated by Elizabeth Armstrong, Rita Gonzalez, and Karen Moss

    In the context of the nonstop worldwide biennial circuit, the comparatively quaint 2006 California Biennial does not radiate the same air of edgy market influence as do its Venetian or New York forebears. Nor, for that matter, does it boast a panel of curatorial imports or a suitably abstruse theme coupled with a knowing, au courant installation concept. Instead, this show—organized by OCMA’s Elizabeth Armstrong and Karen Moss and Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Rita Gonzalez—brings together approximately 125 works by some thirty artists working in California, organized under six loose themes such as “Impulsive Surrealism” and “Urban Ecologies.” This unassuming premise distances the biennial from prevailing trends and, with artists like Christian Maychack, Walead Beshty, Shannon Ebner, and Binh Danh, may provide a much-needed breath of fresh West Coast air.