Diran Lyons, Mel McCabe, Tom McCabe, Alisa Ochoa, Ben Ritter, Joel Sherman, Robert Wechsler, Robert Weschler, Jesse Wilson, Seth Wilson
Diran Lyons, Jesse Wilson
Artists Diran Lyons and Jesse Wilson utilize film to document their sculptural and performative interactions with diverse landscapes. Founding the art collective 'WHAT.IF?SOCIETY' in 2004 while studying New Media in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lyons and Wilson make public events with large inflatable objects, ludic performance, and audience participation the direct subject of CALIFORNIA:EXCURSIONS. The resulting picture explores the relationships between synthetic materials and the natural California landscape, focusing on how everyday objects and materials can interact with their surroundings to create tension, pleasure, suspense, and an altered space.