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Brian Dick with Christen Sperry-Garcia, The Nationwide Museum Mascot Project presents: OCMAscot, 2010. Performance view. From the 2010 California Biennial.

2010 California Biennial

Orange County Museum of Art

Brian Dick with Christen Sperry-Garcia, The Nationwide Museum Mascot Project presents: OCMAscot, 2010. Performance view. From the 2010 California Biennial.

Let’s be realistic. Most biennials suffer from a case of glut over guts, failing to really thrill anyone. Whether international in scope or charmingly regional, they are, more often than not, drearily low-yield, baggy affairs. Unhappily, I find myself only reinforcing expectation here, as “uneven” barely begins to describe the eleventh edition of the California Biennial. Given the Golden State’s sprawling art scenes and atomized array of artistic strategies, and given noteworthy previous editions of the exhibition, there was reason to hope for more.

Curated by Sarah Bancroft, a recent transplant to the Orange County Museum of Art (having relocated from Europe, where she lived following a stint at the Guggenheim in New York), this year’s statewide survey brings together more than 150 works, spanning the standard gamut of installation to performance, by forty-five artists and art

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