UCSB, MFA, 2021
Virtual Opening: Saturday, March 20th from 6-8PM PST
Virtual Glassbox link: https://hubs.mozilla.com/zBf65Fk/lucas-murgida-safe-2
Hubs navigation controls: https://hubs.mozilla.com/docs/hubs-controls.html
Wonder overflow room (Hubs has a 50 person max): www.wonder.me/r?id=0ed80b1f-2b8e-4d1e-9380-ba065cf24d9f
Safe: 2 Documentation: https://vimeo.com/522585889
Safe: 1 Documentation: https://vimeo.com/512741814
Through performance, installation, video, photographic documentation, viewer interactions, and social practice I create situations that provide audience members the opportunity to experience very private moments in very public situations. Thematically, my projects address ideas of service, perception, liberation, privacy, power, and labor by utilizing my employment as research to inform my art practice. Having dissected my careers as a professional cabinetmaker, busboy, locksmith, yoga teacher, and production-assistant for adult-fetish films, I utilize the under-appreciated aspects and roles of human existence – such as furniture, locks, teachers, and service professionals – as raw material to craft my artistic experiences. Graduate school has provoked several investigative threads for conceptual research, including, the use of tools outside of their intended purpose, the fetishization of safety, and the exploration of intimacy (of/by/for) the self.
Lucas Murgida’s work has been presented nationally and internationally in performance, gallery, public, and museum contexts and has been reviewed in Art Forum, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Selected exhibitions include Conflux, New York City; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco; Portland State University, Portland, OR; and S.M.A.K (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art), Ghent, Belgium. In 2010 Murgida was an artist in residence with Vooruit Center for the Arts in Ghent, Belgium. His photographic works are housed in The Berkeley Art Museum’s permanent collection. In 2018-9, he was an artist in residence at Grand Central Art Center at Cal State, Fullerton funded through a grant from the Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. In 2002 Murgida received his BFA with honors from the New Genres Department of the San Francisco Art Institute. And, in June of 2021, Murgida will receive his MFA from UC Santa Barbara as a Regents Fellow in the Department of Art.