March-July-September, 2010

After Hours was a three phase project that emphasizes the value
of promoting mutual understanding through art.

With an exhibit about life’s big questions, an artists’ co-operative searches for epiphanies. Who are we, where are we going? These O.C existentialists understand fame’s fifteen minutes are fleeting. Art is forever. They are activists on behalf of their obsessions, convinced that art is an unpredictable experiment. They are practical dreamers, street-smart provocateurs. They believe art has the power to cause a paradigm shift in the way people think about daily life.

When the works they create are presented together under one roof in Slovakia, magic happens, especially as the evening grows late, and final toasts are proposed to the future’s unfinished sketches. The artworks come alive, rubbing against each other with the friction of ideas, triggering animated arguments among the gallery’s guests, strangers no longer in a sudden rush to divulge intimate secrets, personal tastes, fears and longings.
At OCCCA after hours, in every work of art, the cool breeze of a coming dawn.

After Hours and Individual Stories project were made possible with generous support from the Slovak Republic Consulate in Los Angeles and the US Embassy in Bratislava and showcased at OCCCA, Santa Ana, California and Galeria Z, Zichyho Palac, Bratislava, Slovakia.


Art’s voice is crucial in a truly polyphonic society. We believe that creating a platform for artists has significance beyond the artworks themselves. Many things have been said about the “globalization” of art in an increasingly interdependent world. This project emphasizes, that globalization does not mean mono-culturalism. The globalization must be based on respect for all cultures, minorities, and cultivation of mutual understanding. After Hours is an eye-opening artistic dialog between two cultural entities overcoming preconceptions about each other. It is no secret that the spread of consumerism is destructive to the identity of small nations. Art can help counter this seemingly relentless trend. Today’s new horizon appears when art becomes a placeless idea available everywhere and to anyone. The picture of the world is finalized by the viewer, who senses the possibility of social interactions as natural as breathing. We invite audience to understand these works, not as artifacts, but as a voice of those who strive to find a place on the globe for personal development in spite of their limitations. It is this shared subjectivity, these individual stories, that we hope you will recall long after the last guests leave the gallery.

Jeff Alu, Evalynn Alu, Stephen Anderson, Ricky Becerril, Suki Berg, Richard Bohn, Jeffrey Crussell, Leslie Davis, Julie Easton, Kebe Fox, Gina Genis, Melanie Kehoss, Rik Lawrence, Rob Mintz, David Ordaz, Dalibor Polivka, Christina Ponce, Lisa Popp, Gregg Stone, Sergio Salgado Dirzo, Pamela Grau, Kurt Weston, Darlyn Susan Yee

Blažej Baláž, Mária Balážová, Marko Blažo, Xénia Bergerová, Oleg Fintora, Ašot Haas, Milota Havránková, Ján Hoffstädter, Viktor Hulík, Svetozár Ilavský, Vojtech Kolencík, Martin Lettrich, Marián Meško, Igor Minárik, Marián Mudroch, Vladimír Popovic, Marek Ormandík, Ingrid Višnovská