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Saturday, September 12

Artists Reception for Galaxies Exhibition

TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Award-winning painter Pam Douglas explores various human interactions with the universe in her newest exhibition “Galaxies” featuring eleven original paintings on watercolor and rice paper. While representing a departure from her larger, mixed media abstractions of years past that focused on earthy textures, earthly elements and serious subjects, these medium-sized pieces continue her experimentation by using mixed media on paper, including charcoal, pencil, acrylic and photos of galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. In “Galaxies,” she features ethereal human subjects, but with a lighthearted tone. In this case, she shows graceful figures and even a playful Buddha, each creating tangible connections with the stars. The outer space images were taken by NASA’s world-renowned Hubble Telescope, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of operation (http://hubble25th.org/). “’Galaxies’ is not a meant to be a meditation solely on celestial life—audiences can definitely relate to what these earthly subjects are doing,” says Douglas.” For example, a triptych of women serve trays of pastries made of spiralling stars. The show also includes an endearing image of a baby eating ‘galaxy fruit’ with great delight; a woman floating in outer space, catching onto a galaxy’s ‘tail’; and a grinning Buddha who juggles eight ‘galaxy balls’ above his head. The images and titles might be interpreteted as fun, but I see them also as provocative, as subtle comments on humanity’s desire to make our connection to the universe more tangible, understandable.” Special events include Artists’ Reception and Artists’ Talk. Douglas is also an award-winning writer and professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Sunday, September 13

DOOMED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN’S THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Aero Theater

1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, 90403

7:30pm

How many movies did Roger Corman make that never got released? One – a 1994 film featuring Marvel Comics superheroes The Fantastic Four. Through exclusive interviews with cast and crew, this documentary provides an inside look into the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept the Four’s first big screen adventure on the shelf.

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Tuesday, September 15

iMove

Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404

6:00pm

Lois Lambert Gallery presents an exhibition of kinetic works by four artists: Chris Eckert, Jim Jenkins, Dave Quick, and Russell Smith.

“Kinetic art was [originally] created by artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional, static art forms to introduce visual experiences that would engage the audience and profoundly change the course of modern art.” – Theo Jansen

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel (1913) is generally recognized as the first Kinetic sculpture shown in an exhibition. Duchamp’s sculpture was introduced as part of the Dada and Constructivist movement, and addressed themes such as technology, motion, and rhythm within the social context of a changing society. From 1920 – 1960 Kinetic Art was created by a number of artists, and typically fell into two categories. Early Kinetic sculpture could be manually put into motion at the most basic level or was fixed and shaped to imply motion. Alexander Calder introduced mobiles, which examined the natural behavior of an object in space. The landmark exhibition “Le Mouvement” held in Paris at the Denise René in 1955 sparked an interest internationally in Kinetic artwork. “Yellow Manifesto” by Victor Vasarely had optical effects instead of moving parts. “iMove” at the Lois Lambert Gallery is a collaboration of perspectives and styles from four of the best artists in the field.

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