The Crystal Spirit Or: How I Became An Anarchist
June 30th - July 22nd
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30th, 7-10 pm
This exhibition explores Anarchist thought through the eyes of George Orwell’s time in the Spanish Civil War. Probing into anarchism’s altruistic roots, it ties together a diverse group of connections from contemporary neuroscience, to spirituality and politics, on into the current uprising in the Rojava region of Kurdistan where the same anarchist practice is going on today that Orwell discovered in Spain. A deeply personal work, it also reveals the artist’s own journey to find alternative ways of seeing the world after recovering from a mental illness.
A combination of a surrealistic narrative film and virtual reality installation, the work utilizes state of the art visual effects, 3D animation, and interactive virtual reality techniques to immerse the viewer inside the worldview of the anarchist.
Andy Fedak was born in 1978 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from New York University and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His work has been shown at the Palace of Fine Art in Mexico City, the Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Laguna Art Museum, and other venues around the world. Andy is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at California State University, Fullerton.