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The Facebook Portraits
The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents The Facebook Portraits, featuring Los Angeles artist, Mike Reynolds, opening Oct. 11, at the Norris Gallery of the center.
Mike Reynolds is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in the traditional practice of oil painting. Drawing on tenuous personal connections through social media, Reynolds leverages handmade objects against online ego to gently prod at hierarchy, privacy, psyche, and persona (both real and imagined). He is adamantly opposed to the use of detached irony in art. The Facebook Portraits has been a yearlong project where Reynolds selects subjects from social media (some of the individuals he has met, others he has never met) and then then pursues a kind of personal editorial process (part intuition, part following their updates, part hierarchy) as the painting is developed. When the portrait is completed, Reynolds then privately shows the person depicted. If the subject likes the painting, it gets posted online. If they disagree with the representation/project, the portrait gets “redacted” – that is, disfigured, “anonymized” through a series of brusque abstractions, and the altered work is exhibited. Both types of portraits are represented in the exhibition.
The exhibit, curated by Joe Baker, will run through Jan. 5, 2014. The member pre-opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 11, with the general public opening to following from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition is free.
Also exhibiting in the Yassin and WalkerGalleries, I Love My Dog – an exhibition celebrating the relationship between man and dog featuring historical and contemporary artists to include paintings from the AmericanKennelMuseum of the Dog, artists William Wegman, Doug Meyer, Antoine Bootz, and Siri Devi Khandavilli. A series of architectural dog houses from architects and student-collectives from the area’s most accomplished designers will also be included.
Details: (310) 541-2479; www.pvartcenter.org
Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center
Location: 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes
Light and Color
Light and Color, the light-capturing landscapes of oil painter Joy Gonzalez and portrait artist Carol Hungerford with fused-glass free-standing menageries by Karen Pester, will be on exhibit Oct. 14 through Nov. 14, at the Promenade on the Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates.
For oil painters Joy Gonzalez and Carol Hungerford, light strikes the subject of the painting and illuminates its form, altering its local color. When the correct hue and value are chosen, the form emerges from the painted surface. For glass artist Karen Pester, light passes through the iridescent colored glass and adds its radiant characteristics to the sculptural form.
Meet the artists and enjoy live music and light refreshments at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
Details: (310) 541-2479 or visit: www.pvartcenter.org
Venue: Promenade on the Peninsula
Location:550 Deep Valley Drive, Gallery #159, Rolling Hills Estates
Something from Nothing
View a bunch of original art pieces by 22, made almost entirely out of recycled materials, at 1:22 p.m. Oct. 19, at Top Sekoms Headquarters in Long Beach.
The event includes live performances by Solo tha Secret, Konsept and Los Dos.
Venue: Top Sekoms Headquarters
Location: 1023 4th St., Long Beach
Both Sides of the Lens
The Manhattan Beach CreativeArts Center is presenting Both Sides of the Lens, from Oct. 19 through 31.
The exhibition by the photographic and digital artists group (PADA) explores collaborations between subjects—a Kenyan leopard, Beverly Hills papparrazzi, an aging summer house—and their treatment in the darkroom or digital lightroom.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19.
Venue: Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center
Location: 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Brass Rubbing Returns to Long Beach
The gold, silver and copper wax stick will be back for flying fingers to trace out ancient and contemporary shapes, from Oct. 23 through Nov. 16, at the BrassRubbingMedievalArtsCenter in Long Beach.
Admission to the exhibit is free. Cost for materials is $5.
Venue: Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center
Location: 525 E. 7th St., Long Beach
Slanguage Video Release
Enjoy a free showing of videos made as part of a new initiative to create a critical visibility for artists working in the public sphere, from 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, in Long Beach.
The initiative focuses on Slanguage and its community, collaborative and public practice.
Location: 1320 W. 16th St., Long Beach