Weekend Art Roundup: CalArts Alumni Open Exhibitions in LA


Elana Mann’s ‘Listening as (a) movement’ opens tonight. | Image: Elana Mann

Here’s a quick list of this weekend’s LA art openings featuring CalArts alums:

Elana Mann

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.

Listening as (a) movement
Side Street Projects
730 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena

Tonight (March 8), 6-10 pm, through April 29

Nicola Voss

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:

Nicola Voss. 'Grieving Mother with Pomegranate.' 2013. Pencil, Ink, and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper 12″ x 18″.

Nicola Voss. ‘Grieving Mother with Pomegranate,’ 2013, pencil, ink and watercolor on watercolor paper, 12 in. x 18 in.

Bite Me
McGroarty Arts Center
 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga
March 9, 5-9 pm
On view through March 23

Mary Cohen

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.

Works by Mary Cohen on view in Pacific Palisades. (Images: Courtesy of the artist)

Works by Mary Cohen. Images courtesy of the artist.

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.

Power Points
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles

Saturday, March 9, 7-10 pm
On view through April 7

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