events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house
Materials provided, artistic talent optional, open mind encouraged.
Featured Artwork: Tam Van Tran, The Lavender Scavenger
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Photo: Tam Van Tran, The Lavender Scavenger, 2014. Courtesy: MCASB
SBIFF 2016 will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the US Premiere of THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy and Benicio Del Toro. THE LITTLE PRINCE is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Passes and film tickets are available for purchase.
More information can be located on the website listed below.
Photo courtesy: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations is a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence.
Featured Artists: Phil Argent, Weslie Ching, Petra Cortright, George Legrady, Kyra Lehman, Rebekah Miles, Maria Rendón, Stephanie Washburn, and Russell Young
Credit: Weslie Ching, We Are Made Of Stars, 2015, Performance, Courtesy the Artist. Photo: Arna Bajraktarevic. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Michael DeLucia (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) uses sculpture and installation to suggest a conflict between the digital and physical realms, underscoring a growing tension between the abstract and the real. At the core of DeLucia’s artistic practice is humanity’s changing phenomenological and spatial relationship to 3D experiences, particularly in regard to increased mediation by digital references and territories. “I wonder about the condition of sculpture in the technological age,” comments DeLucia, who observes that “today we work on the computer, which is an abstract and spatially fragmented place, and 99% of people will only see an exhibition on-line.”
DeLucia blurs typical associations of digital and physical realms by “sculpting” via online tools and by allowing a computer to create the physical carving. He begins his process by selecting stock models from online software catalogs (think: clip art or digital ready-mades), typically sourced by architects and animation/video game artists to develop 3D modeling. He manipulates the images by stretching and compressing them; then programs them into a computer-controlled router (CNC) that carves the impressions into formica and plywood sheets.
For MCASB’s next Bloom Projects, DeLucia will convert the gallery and reception area into a corporate-styled waiting area, using faux versions of luxurious architectural materials. Using elements from virtual environments of CAD workspaces, video games, and CGI films, DeLucia applies these references to the physical space at MCASB to highlight the disparity between the illusion of screen-based media and the reality of 3D space. The artist will project virtual objects onto the room, cutting the objects’ impressions into physical surfaces with a CNC router. The flawless precision of the machined surfaces will allow for a seamless illusion, and the result will be an uncanny and generic environment that lacks specificity in its form. The room’s contents (ie. chairs, desk, fish tank, coffee table, magazines, etc.) will be carved into the medium, revealing a true materiality that is often concealed. The work will materialize as a fragmented space where mundane objects have left ghostly remains as they have entered a more abstracted reality. This work is newly commissioned by MCASB.
Exhibition on view from: November 15, 2015- February 21, 2016
Since the early 1990s, Tam Van Tran has been producing an impressive body of work comprising abstract paintings, mixed-media collages, ceramic tiles, and sculpture. By mixing traditional art materials such as linen and acrylic with unconventionally applied organic substances (including spirulina, chlorophyll, wood, staples, and aluminum foil), Tran creates colorful and highly textural works that formally and thematically syncretize Eastern and Western influences. Tran’s intricate techniques extend the field of painting while incorporating imagery and materials laden with references to his native Vietnam, his adopted home of Los Angeles, spiritual concepts, and myriad other cultural references.
Tran’s solo exhibition at MCASB, titled Aikido Dream, which features a selection of approximately twenty works from the 2000s to the present, serves as a vehicle for understanding the nature of the artistic process rather than presenting a chronological or mid-career retrospective. Aikido, often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or "the way of harmonious spirit," represents a synthesis of physical and philosophical beliefs. Aikido Dream also reflects Tran’s interest in meditation, our environment, and his belief in intuition and transience, realms in which nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. This exhibition offers a nuanced platform to understand his artistic trajectory, providing a framework that fosters an investigation of his long-standing, iterative interests in religious thought (particularly the Buddhist idea of non-duality) and pop culture, as well as natural processes and transitions. In this spirit of ethnic and processual diversity, even Tran’s titles are delightfully unexpected cultural fusions, evoking both indie song phrases and meditative koans.
An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment.
Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films.