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Internationally renowned artist Gary Setzer lecturing at DMC Oct. 29

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Incorporating performance art, video art and sound while linking landmarks like the body, the landscape, minimalism and humor as entry points, Gary Setzer lures his audience into his conceptual framework—a theoretical space focused on our imposed dilemmas with language.


I parallel art and music, both time-based fields of study, ‘piggy backing’ performance art on top of music because of music’s readily accessible nature,” says Setzer of his work. “By hybridizing the two approaches, I instill a more palatable tempo into the repetitive action of performance.
Kerstin Dale, Assistant Professor of Art

On Monday, Oct. 29, the artist will share some of his work during his lecture, “Gary Setzer: On language, ghosts, and the tautological,” at Del Mar College (DMC).

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programs Series and Department of Art and Drama, the free event begins at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performance Hall, located on the East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin. For more information, contact DMC Assistant Professor of Art Kerstin Dale at 698-1506 or kdale@delmar.edu.

Setzer’s works have been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has performed, exhibited and screened work in venues such as the Arsenale in Venice, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, Tribeca Film Center, The National Art Center Tokyo, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Mobile Museum of Art, The Wexner Center for the Arts, the CICA (Czong Institute for Contemporary Art) Museum in South Korea, Boston Center for the Arts, Tucson Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

In 2012, Setzer released the soundtrack for his performance, Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain, on the independent label Pretend Records. From 2010 until 2015, Setzer was awarded the Louise Foucar Marshall Professorship. This five-year endowed chair position recognized Setzer's contributions to the field and was funded by the Marshall Foundation.

Setzer earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Akron and a master of fine arts in studio art from Ohio University. Currently, he resides and works in Tucson where he is an associate professor of art at the University of Arizona.

Learn more about the artist by visiting www.garysetzer.com.

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