Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery

Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery

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Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery

Group show
Opening reception February 28, 6pm – 8pm
February 28 – June 4, 2017
Artist Talk May 6, 1:30pm – 3pm
Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/

 

Los Angeles (February 2017) – Opening February 28th, the Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery in Santa Monica will host a group show of contemporary artists who share the experience of being outsiders in Donald Trump’s America. In “Personal Narrative”, curators Diane Williams and Sheli Silverio have brought together artists from diverse backgrounds of immigrant diaspora and gender identity.

Intending to stimulate conversation, inspire creativity and increase understanding of contemporary art in the context of today’s society, the curators have collected works that raise issues and question of both cultural and social consciousness. A panel discussion on May 6th underlines this awareness with a dialogue about process and experiences as 21st century artists living and working in Los Angeles.

The work explores materials that promote a sensory experience and story lines from contemporary artists whose works are experimental, provisional, gestural and instinctive. Each artist possesses an individual approach to his or her artistic methods, working and reworking in a range of technique and materials. These themes are examined in their individual bodies of work.

Participating artists: Mardi De Veuve Alexis, Susan Amorde, Terry Arena, Chenhung Chen, Rick Dallago, Bibi Davidson, Dwora Fried, JJ L’heureux, Tom Lasley, Erika Lizee, Randi Matushevitz, Malka Nedivi, Robert Nelson, Linda Sue Price, Kristine Schomaker, Sheli Silverio, Robert Soffian, Diane Williams.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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