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Artists mess with domestic space in Santa Barbara's 'Home Show, Revisited'

May 18, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Will the new Home Show be worth the wait? Or, for L.A. art fans, the drive to Santa Barbara?

It’s been 15 years since Santa Barbara’s Contemporary Arts Forum did a version of this popular exhibition, which involves commissioning artists to make work for local homes and then opening those homes to the public for self-guided tours on weekends. The last time had major figures like Vito Acconci and Dan Graham.

This time the list of participating artists is promising: Piero Golia, Bettina Hubby, Evan Holloway, Florian Morlant, Kori Newkirk, Jennifer Rochlin, Ry Rocklen, Kirsten Stoltmann, Stephanie Taylor and Jennifer West.

Culture Monster got advance word from CAF on the various site-specific installations in "Home Show, Revisited." Look for:

  • A psychedelic surfing film by Jennifer West that, according to the artist, consists of “edits made by the surf and a seal while film floated in waves,” playing in a surfer’s pad in Carpinteria.
  • A copper, brass and enamel sculpture by Evan Holloway that looks like an architectural model but is made to sit on a stove top, where its walls will steam up if sprayed with water, in a house in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara.
  • A neon-sign sculpture by Kori Newkirk about secrets that reads “No visible neuroses,” mounted on a ceiling beam of an artist's loft in Carpinteria.
  • Kirsten Stoltmann’s version of a “living room gone a little awry when a child decides to do some home decorating” (shown above) installed in a house in Noleta, the area between Santa Barbara and Goleta.

The "show" opens to the public Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with houses remaining open Friday through Sunday afternoons through July 17. The CAF website has specific exhibition hours, but to pick up a map you must visit the gallery itself.

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Photo: Kirsten Stoltmann installation in David Court and Christi Westerhouse's home as part of "Home Show, Revisited," 2011. Glitter, noodles, beads, stuffed animals, stickers, clay, wax, and more; dimensions variable. Photo by Lady E Photography, Courtesy Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum.