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Ephemeral Public Art

NewTown article in
Fabrik Magazine

 

NewTown and Side Street Projects Present:

Untamed (Parking) Spaces

Nine artists transform buses, campers, and tents into unexpected art galleries

When:

Pasadena Art Night, March 9th from 6-10PM

Where:

Side Street Projects, 730 North Fair Oaks Ave. (just north of Orange Grove Blvd).  Regular Art Night shuttles run back and forth from Old Town Pasadena all night.  Check artnightpasadena.org for shuttle map.

Why:

To bring different, interesting, fun art to the community.

What:

Lisa Mann - Tentnology 2.0
Inside her illuminated tent, a blogging camper has brought along the technological comforts of home: cell phone, digital notepad, and laptop.  A portable cell tower disguised as an evergreen tree provides a 5-bar signal and a generator recharges all batteries. Projections of U.S. National Parks sprout "stealth" cell towers. The campsite is complete with a flickering, virtual campfire.

Purgatory Arts - Recollect
The afterlife, solitude, peacefulness, the passage of time.  A physical representation of a fictional character's memories and feelings that evoke Nostalgia in the viewer.

Theresia Rosa Kleeman - Allegory of the Tipi
An appropriation of Plato's Cave Analogy; an ephemeral nomadic structure where the viewer is not bound by chains but rather free to move around.  Shadows dance around on the exterior while within the source of the illusion is blatant and the magic is revealed collapsing the spectacle to a mere trick.  The illusion falls apart and the magic is lost.

Nicholas Fedak II - Wedding Bell Blues
The past is yet to come!  An installation about memory and the evanescent, ethereal, and intangible past. A 'floating' disintegrating wedding dress and wedding tuxedo hang in the doorway to welcome visitors inside a private dream world through visual and olfactory bombardment. Once inside, each person is free to discover their own personal memory of the familiar.

Margaret Adachi - House of Cards
Life spins out of control. Events can seem to happen in random yet fateful patterns. House of Cards presents the viewer with a choice: to play the hand you're dealt or change the game.

Kira Vollman - Do Not Enter
An explosion of broken signs, Frankensteined dead-ends, dripping blood red off-limits and scattered reminiscences of forbidden locations.  A metaphorical hysterectomy that blocks the audience from taking a necessary path in life and evokes a jarring sensation through auditory and visual perception.

How

Made possible by in part by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. NewTown is also funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

And from NewTown memberships.

More at newtownarts.org, sidestreet.org and artnightpasadena.org