Neil Mathis was raised in the Bay Area before relocating to Southern California. He received a BA in Political Science in 2008, and an MFA in Sculpture in 2011. Neil practices a variety of art forms, including carpentry, furniture design, illustration, printmaking, and the fermentation of food and drink. He has always needed to create artistic gibberish and fun nonsense to stay sane in this meat grinder world.
The Icehouse, 625 W Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813
Icehouse exhibits are available to view during performances taking place there on opening night, October 7th, 5pm to 10pm and closing night, October 21st 5pm to 10pm.
Exhibits at The Icehouse:
Rob Brown and Davy Sumner, both artists and sound engineers, will create a soundtrack for the basement of the Icehouse expanding upon the natural reverberation of sound in the space by emphasizing time, space, tempo, and the experience of moving through both simultaneously.
Kiyomi Fukui is a Japanese-American artist who lives and works in Long Beach, CA. Recent exhibitions include Poetics of Relation, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Thread, El Camino Art Gallery, Torrance, CA; and Bloom Polylogue, Gallery 211, Santa Ana, CA. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach and a BFA in Graphic Design from La Sierra University. In addition to producing print-based artwork, Kiyomi also practices participatory performance and fiber arts, such as tatting and crocheting.
Mimi Haddon uses fiber sculpture as a tool to express the theme of invasion. She prefers to show her work outside of the gallery walls and in public or unexpected locations and enjoys the freedom of responding to spaces not normally reserved for artistically charged notions. Through her use of color, light and awkward body references, she infuses a sense of humor into her creature-like sculptures. She attributes her fascination with combining humor and post-apocalyptic themes to the many thousands of hours watching I Love Lucy and Twilight Zone reruns as a child.
Christine Hudson covers an area of the floor with over one hundred thousand handmade porcelain teeth, intended to be traversed by foot. By crossing this sea of ceramic works and reading the artist statement, the work offers understandings relative to personal grief and discomfort.
Christine Hudson is part of Michael Nannery’s Mind Games – Group Exhibition.
Matt Roberts is an Englishman who packed his bags to start a new life in the United States in 2008. Settling in Long Beach the first thing that struck him on arrival in his new hometown was the diversity of its people. It was something he felt was unique to a city of its size anywhere he'd seen before and was just one of the many reasons he immediately fell in love with the place.
"Common Senses", an original aural and visual concept by Martin Espino, explores the 5 Senses by performing ambient and groove oriented music along with Video Digital Artist, William Almas and Cinematographer, Ivan Cordeiro. The three artists will interpret the senses around Eating and Food, of Taste and Smell and also incorporate the Sounds of various restaurants, local eateries, chefs. The artists seek to use all of the other sense, through their performance, to inspire cravings for food. PUMP Patrons are invited to participate on instruments provided by the artists.
Rob Brown is a visual and sound artist who lives in Santa Ana, California. He was born in 1981 in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Reno, Nevada. His practice includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sound installation. His current work deals with ideas of systems, structure, logic and perception. He employs processed and synthesized sound/video alongside prints and drawings. These works are often realized through a set of self-defined parameters which come from personal research and interests.
Bessie Kunath received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2012. Previous exhibitions include “Baker’s Dozen” at the Torrance Art Museum, “Touch Move” at the Royal Nonesuch Gallery curated by Lisa Rybovich Cralle, “Safety Dance” at Eastside International; “I Know Everything” curated by Iris Hu at Dave Gallery; “Free Normcore” at Autonomie Projects; “Demolition Woman” curated by Young Chung at Chapman University; “Odd Ghosts and Unlikely Dancers” curated by Michelle Carla Handel at Weekend Gallery .
Michael Nannery received his BFA in Printmaking in 2011 from Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was acknowledged with the Menz Award. In 2014 he received his MFA in Printmaking from California State University - Long Beach. Michael seeks to share his work in increasingly diverse and varied forms, and is interested in expanding perspectives on art and how we may benefit from coming to understand such viewpoints. In addition to his personal artwork, Michael shares his ideas through curatorial practice and organized events and exhibitions.
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