Here’s a quick list of this weekend’s LA art openings featuring CalArts alums:
Alumna Elana Mann presents Listening as (a) movement at Side Street Projects (SSP). The solo exhibition, which opens tonight (March 8) with a reception from 6 to 10 pm, involves interactive sculpture and community-based performance art events.
More from SSP:
Listening as (a) movement investigates sound and the voice as physical entities that can move us emotionally, form deep interpersonal connections, and be agents of social change. …Mann has built three outdoor sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar sonic technologies. The sculptures simultaneously subvert and evoke the original aim of these early WWII technologies: they will promote active listening in the local neighborhood, symbolically negate the growing polarization of political discourse, and point to the erosion of personal privacy through recent developments in surveillance.
In addition to the show at SSP, Mann is also featured in a group exhibition entitled Teach-in at Cypress College in Cypress, Calif., through April 11, and a group exhibition at Smak Mellon in New York opening on March 9. Mann is currently an artist-in-residence at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
The work of artist and alumna Nicola Voss (Art BFA 88, MFA 90) has been selected for the upcoming exhibit Bite Me at the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, Calif. Opening on Saturday (March 9), the show explores food on many levels, from its production and consumption to its value as a social, cultural, economic and political commodity.
Voss’ piece Grieving Mother with Pomegranate is posted below:
Also on view this month at the Pacific Palisades Library is Journeys into Color, an exhibition by Experimental Animation graduate Mary Cohen (BFA 04, MFA 07). Cohen creates work in a variety of media, including film, photography and drawing. She is currently working on a graphic novel.
Journeys into Color is on display in the Library’s meeting room during regular library hours through March 27. A reception is forthcoming. Please email the artist for more information.
Mary Cohen: Journeys into Color
Pacific Palisades Library
861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades
On view through March 27
Nancy Buchanan Curates an Exhibit Featuring Karl Jean-Guerly Petion
Feminist art pioneer and former CalArts faculty member Nancy Buchanan curates the exhibition Power Points, which opens Saturday (March 9) at 7 pm at Avenue 50 Studio. The exhibit features the work of Chusien Chang, Francisco Letelier and CalArts alumnus Karl Jean-Guerly Petion (Film/Video-Art MFA 93).
Petion uses symbols from his Haitian birthplace as well as imagery that conveys the extreme contrast between wealth and poverty in the country. In 2011, he participated in Debating Through the Arts at the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, and his work was recently exhibited at Lambert Fine Arts in New York.
From Avenue 50:
Petion’s depiction of power plays directly invokes the contemporary art scene itself in assemblage and mixed-media sculpture and painting. These pieces issue demands for a new reading of gods and commoners, hope and despair.
The Power Points opening is part of the Northeast LA (NELA) Arts Organization of nearly 50 galleries that host openings every second Saturday in Los Angeles’ Highland Park area and nearby neighborhoods. Check out the map for this Saturday’s gallery openings.
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles
Saturday, March 9, 7-10 pm
On view through April 7