State of the Art: LA

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.

“With a Name Like Yours, You Might Be Any Shape” – UCI Art Gallery

Our mamas gave us names for a reason but sometimes it’s more fun to shake things up. That’s what plenty of artists have done in the past, creating personas that might make them seem medio locos to their dear moms. Curators Georgia Holz and Claudia Slanar find the idea of name-changing worth exploring in the upcoming group show “With a Name Like Yours, You Might Be Any Shape,” a collection of artwork and writing. Among the participating artists is Mexican-born Angeleno Mario Garcia Torres whose work–from projections to videos–has traveled the world from Vienna to Amsterdam. See his work and that of Laura Wollen, Ronda Zheng, and more at the opening reception on October 4th at 6 p.m. Expect the unexpected.

UC Irvine

712 Arts Plaza

Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-9854

Fabiana Cruz: “Rhythm and Chalks” – LA Artcore / Union Center for the Arts

Caracas-born Fabiana Cruz creates videos that mesh her two loves: music and art. In “Linear Score #4: PaintSynth,” she composes her own music and follows the sounds of the song with her hands and a piece of chalk. Each frame shows a different layer of the music represented by a different color of chalk resulting in a black background. Other videos use paint in the same way, following the rhythm of a song with color. “Rhythm and Chalks” will feature selected videos, as well as some photography, and features the help of Alma Ruiz, associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. If we may say so, these are two fierce Latinas in one show. The exhibition opens on Monday, October 1st, but gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. In the meantime, you can search for some chalk to make your own video de colores.

LA Artcore
Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-3274