Archive for March, 2011

Preston Daniels and Patrick Strand

PRESTON DANIELS Neighborhood Watch & PATRICK STRAND Archipelago
Organized by Jennifer Frias and Sixpack Projects


Opening reception: Saturday, March 26, 6-9 PM
LB Downtown Art Walk: Saturday, April 9, 6-9 PM
Exhibition dates: March 26 – April 16, 2011

Sixpack Projects @ Phantom Galleries Long Beach
170 N Promenade, Long Beach, CA 90802

Sixpack Projects is pleased to present two separate bodies of work by two emerging southern California artists. Preston Daniels and Patrick Strand produce works that seize the humanization of architectural, communal and spatial elements occupying our modern environs. The artists’ re-contextualization of transcendental communities is realized through architectural foundations in decline from their majestic poise (Daniels) or through fragmented drawings of multiple cities assembled together into one island (Strand). Both Daniels and Strand produce works that represent the physical changes reflected in our living spaces and how they embody our everyday lives.

PRESTON DANIELS attended the Chatauqua Institute School of Fine Art in New York and received his BFA from West Virginia University in 2007. He received an MFA on a Hallsburg Scholarship from California State University Fullerton in 2010. He has exhibited works throughout the US including The OsCene at the Laguna Art Museum (2010), Crussell Fine Arts in Orange CA, SCA Project Gallery in Pomona, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and others. He has collaborated with artist and film director Tim Burton on his sculpture “Robot Boy” for the exhibition Tim Burton that opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2009, and is scheduled to open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in May 2011. His works are included in numerous private collections around the country such as the collection of Barbra and Victor Kline located in Southern California. He currently lives and works in Santa Ana California.

PATRICK STRAND holds two BFA degrees, the first in drawing and painting from the University of Southern California (1998) and the other in character animation from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (2002). In 2010 he received his MFA in Painting from Cal State Fullerton. He has exhibited at numerous southern California venues such as Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Film Festival. With his background in animation, drawing and painting, he has taught at Maxis Studios/Electronic Arts in Redwood City and Walnut Creek, CA, ABC Family in Los Angeles, California State University at Fullerton and Watts Towers through the Community Arts Partnership in Watts, CA.

ABOUT THE GALLERY:
Sixpack Projects is a collective of six artist/curators organizing innovative contemporary art exhibitions and events throughout Southern California. We are: Alyssa Cordova, Jennifer Frias, Lilia Lamas, Jillian Nakornthap, Jeff Rau, and Heather Richards. The Sixpack Projects Gallery at Phantom Galleries Long Beach features special curatorial projects by the members of our collective and is intended to be a forum for engaging the community in important and relevant cultural discussions through the exhibition of contemporary art. For more information please visit www.SixpackProjects.com

Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach is located at 170 N. Promenade, Long Beach, CA 90802. in downtown Long Beach at the corner of Broadway and Promenade. Gallery is open limited hours and by special appointment; there is 24/7 pedestrian viewing. To schedule a viewing contact Sixpack Projects at info@sixpackprojects.com, or for more information visit www.SixpackProjects.com and www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com, or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/sixpackprojects.

Coming soon @ Sixpack Projects

UPCOMING PROJECTS @ SIXPACK PROJECTS
OPENING THIS SATURDAY!

BETA RELEASE: Experiments in video, sound + performance

Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 6-9 PM
Concurrent with the Long Beach Downtown Art Walk

Organized by Jennifer Frias, Jeff Rau and Sixpack Projects.
Featuring the works of Georg Burwick, j.frede, JEFF & GORDON, Christopher O’Leary, and shea M gauer!

BETA RELEASE: Experiments in sound, video, and performance is a one-night-only event inviting the viewer to actively engage with a variety of time-based works. From JEFF & GORDON’s playful exploitation of filmic conventions, to Christopher O’Leary’s ostensive super-power “documentation” films. With shea M gauer’s sonic spill, j.frede’s electronic experiments in translating digital images into digital audio, and Georg Burwick’s collection of photographs of unfamiliar familiar stomping grounds. All these works offer explorations into the many ways evolving technology continues to shift our perceptions and the means by which we engage the world around us.

Also on view, public photo-murals by international street artist JR cover the exterior windows of the gallery along both Broadway and Promenade. This work was installed to celebrate the launch of his latest project, Inside/Out, on the occasion of his being awarded the prestigious TED Prize. The murals will be removed soon; this weekend is your last chance to see them!

AND COMING SOON…

PRESTON DANIELS: Neighborhood Watch | PATRICK STRAND: Archipelago
March 26 – April 30, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, March 26, 6-9 PM
Long Beach Downtown Art Walk: Saturday, April 9, 6-9 PM

Organized by Jennifer Frias and Sixpack Projects

Sixpack Projects is pleased to present two separate bodies of work by two emerging southern California artists. Preston Daniels and Patrick Strand produce works that seize the humanization of architectural, communal and spatial elements occupying our modern environs. The artists’ re-contextualization of transcendental communities are realized through architectural foundations declining from their majestic poise (Daniels) or through fragmented drawings of multiple cities assembled together into one island (Strand). Both Daniels and Strand produce works that represent the physical changes reflected in our living spaces and how it embodies our everyday lives.

JR’s Inside/Out project inspires Long Beach

Scrolling Posters
The international artist known simply as “JR” was recently awarded the TED Prize; this week in Long Beach he unveiled his latest project, Inside/Out, undertaken with the support of the TED Prize award.

The Inside Out project website describes the project this way:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

To launch this project, the exhibition JR@TED with Phantom Galleries LA in Long Beach featured a massive photobooth allowing visitors to receive their large scale black and white portraits on the spot.

Now a group of Long Beach residents led by Alexa Fleur (Critique It), Marjorie Hooper, and Jeff Rau (Sixpack Projects), have taken JR’s project immediately back to the streets of their community by posting their portraits across the windows of a large building at the corner of 3rd and Olive in downtown. Inspired by JR’s wish to have these posters be an opportunity for “messages of personal identity”, these participants were prompted to write a statement across their image with a personal declaration, “I am …”

Be sure to drive by the property at the corner of 3rd St and Olive Ave.
You can also view the slideshow below.