The Packard by Millworks, 205 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813
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Long Beach was once known as the Pearl of the Pacific not only for its famous beach but also for its upscale lifestyle of which the Villa Rivera is a silent reminder. Fitting for that era with residences of film stars and of movie palaces for celebrated premiers, the automotive company leading in luxury cars showcased its models in a theatrical setting on Anaheim Street. Now known as the Packard Automotive Palace, its former grandeur is still evident in three splendid chandeliers hanging somewhat unmotivated from the rafters.
Back then, avant-garde design housed in Spanish Revival architecture was matched by state of the art engineering. Creativity and style marked the brand. It is only fitting that this space inspires artists to interact with this environment to create a cultural rendezvous with the past.
The stage is set for installations and performances to be viscerally felt, absorbed by the senses throughout the body. Invited to be fully engaged in this encounter with artistic creativity past and present the audience may reflect on their relationship to art and place The exhibition defies canonic categories, stern delineation along distinct art forms offering instead an uncategorized multi-sensory experience.
(Frauke von der Horst)
Terry Braunstein’s work takes the form of photography, artist-made books, installation, video, sculpture and public art. A survey of her work was at the Long Beach Museum in 2015/16, and has been shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. It is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Getty Center, National Museum of American Art, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
consummate TechDweeb, visual artist and novatone "musician" univac continuously re-purposes the detritus of trickle-down technology and off-the-shelf toys and electronics in order to create circuit-bent audioVisual hybrids; causing the designers of the original items to shudder in disbelief.
Qrux, Aka Andrew Reitsma, is an artist who blends music and photography to synthesize life around him. His compositions are both improvisational and crafted. When asked how he feels about playing music, he says, "everything else goes away".
Qrux performs as part of SynthLab.
Rychard Cooper is a composer, synthesist & sound designer and teaches classes in electronic music & digital media at CSULB.
Combining modular synthesizers, with the latest digital instruments, drum machines, acoustic instruments, loopers, effects processors, and homemade software, SynthLab’s musicians create a wide range of electronic music, including ambient, electronica, techno, house, experimental, and noise.
Cathy Hsiao came from a background in craft, specifically weaving animal fibers dyed with plants, raised by a devout Buddhist mom. “Plant and Animal Studio” keeps this name as a token to these histories. Her current practice embeds an intimate politics of rhythm and ritual to translate cultural languages and create new ones. To that end she creates multi-narrative works in sculpture, sound, weaving, photography and video that switch codes depending on context. Many of her processes are grounded in craft practices from Asian textiles such as weaving and natural dyeing.
Annette Heully, a nationally exhibited artist, earned her MFA from California State University Long Beach with an emphasis in Fiber. She received her BA from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Textiles. She currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area.
Daughter of an immigrant mother, Conchi Sanford’s work reflects her own cultural diversity and calls into question social constructs that pertain to identity. Her interest is not so much in the experience, but in the psychological impact that the experience has on the individual and how that manifests itself in the individual’s psyche. While Conchi’s concentration is on sculpture, she creates pieces in a variety of mediums, which allows for much freedom. Conchi holds a Master in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University conferred in December of 2011.
Johnny Shield's grandfather made an adventure across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States during World War II, his mother went on a journey backpacking through Europe in the 1970s, and now he embarks on his pilgrimage into the depths of art. Channeling the traditional American pioneering spirit, Johnny aims to conquer ideas that appear unconquerable to him. He physically uses and sometimes alters his body and the physical art gallery to express concepts relating to what it means to be an artist and a contemporary consumer of art.
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