Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea

Saturday, February 21, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, March 19, 2015 (All day)
Still of containers on a ship
This exhibition explores the geopolitical dynamic of the ocean as conceptualized by a group of diverse artists working in California. Organized by the Fine Arts Gallery and Michael Arcega. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm. Reception: February 21, 1 - 3pm. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Gallery
Department of Art
Fine Arts Gallery
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Conceived by Assistant Professor Michael Arcega, this exhibition features works from his War Clubs series, along with his sculpture El Conquistadork. Allan Sekula’s and Noël Burch’s award-winning film essay The Forgotten Space — which follows container cargo aboard ships and barges — will be screened as an installation.

Hydrarchy also features aspects of Rene Yung’s on-going Chinese Whispers project, specifically her recent efforts to spotlight the history of the rich 19th-century Chinese shrimp fisheries in the San Francisco Bay. An installation of paper sculpture by Weston Teruya examines the interstitial potential of Hawaii’s isolated island location. John Roloff will be represented by both his early ceramic sculpture and a more recent photographic diptych. In addition, provocative recent paintings by David Huffman and Jenifer Wofford will be presented.


  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Michael Arcega
  • David Huffman
  • John Roloff
  • Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  • Weston Teruya
  • Jenifer Wofford
  • Rene Yung

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Still from Allan Sekula’s and Noël Burch’s award-winning film essay The Forgotten Space