the strange familiar and the familiar strange.
who would like to participate in an online journal
or influence an artist at work will have an opportunity
to share both their insights and creative impulses
in a new program at the California Science Center
entitled the "Art & Science Studio". The unique
program explores the relationship between art
and science, and culminates in an interactive
exhibit that incorporates a number of elements
including seminars, a forum of community Fellows,
an online journal, and an opportunity for the
public to converse with the artist.
Kim Abeles utilizes commentary from these events
and conversations to create an evolving exhibit
on Where Is Color? She will be working on-site,
using the Science Center Art & Science Gallery
as her Studio, adding elements to the exhibit
as it evolves through three stages. Where Is Color?
will be on display through fall of 2001. Both
the "Art & Science Studio" and exhibit are supported
in part by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust.
January 25, 2001 the public is invited to view
the exhibit and express their insights, either
directly to the artist or through an online journal,
in the Science Center's Art & Science Gallery.
to California Science Center Deputy Director for
Exhibits Diane Perlov, the goal of the program
"is to create a forum for on-going and substantive
dialogue, both intellectual and personal on topics
about art and science. Bringing artists, scholars
and the public together in this shared exploration
will enrich our understanding of the world and
how we experience it. I hope that it will stimulate
critical thinking about the relationship between
art and science as well as promote interest in
science through art and art through science."
Abeles is a Los Angeles-based artist and activist.
Her work is informed and inspired by her exploration
and fusion of numerous disciplines including biology,
biography, history, philosophy and contemporary
social issues. Abeles' work has been acquired
by major collectors and shown in local and national
art institutions. She has earned a number of commissions
for major projects in the metropolitan area, as
well as fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust
Fund for the Visual Arts and California Arts Council.
developed projects about air pollution with the
California Bureau of Automotive Repair and with
the Environmental Studies Department at Oberlin
College. Her art has been exhibited throughout
the United States, as well as in Canada, Belgium,
The Netherlands, Spain, the Near East, and Czechoslovakia.
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of
Contemporary Art, California African American
Museum, United States Information Agency, and
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Stage Exhibit - Where is Color?
The exhibit evolves in three stages. The first
stage, which opened in October 2000, is an exhibit
of Abeles current work on the theme of color.
It includes such works as "Sixty Days of Los Angeles
Sky Patch", a sculptural contraption used to monitor
the coloration of polluted skies, as well as "Public
Sitings" which uses telephone wires with color
codes to define public space in Los Angeles County.
Stage II is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects
of the series and debuts on January 25, 2001.
It features an exhibit based on seminar debates
from a forum of community Fellows. The first forum
in a series of scheduled discussions was held
on October 2, 2000 and explored the theme "What
is Color?" Forum participants debated Newton's
experiments on color, and Plato's dialogue between
Socrates and Meno on "how we gain knowledge."
Abeles was present to absorb and interpret the
discourse, using the Fellows' thoughts to serve
as the nucleus of the art exhibit.
The final stage of the exhibit will interpret
the public's input from the online journal, conversations
with the artist, seminar and Forum commentary.
This stage will debut in May of 2001 and remain
on display through November 2001.
Forum participants meet on a quarterly basis and
are comprised of seminar Fellows including:
Michael Alexander, Executive Director, Grand Performances;
William Alschuler, Ph.D., Science Faculty, California
Institute of the Arts; David Barrington-Holt,
Creative Director, Jim Henson Creature Shop; Jonathan
Green, Director, California Museum of Photography,
University of California at Riverside; Cecily
M. Grzywacz, Scientist, Environmental Research
Group, The Getty Conservation Institute; and Tom
Simpson, Ph.D., Tutor Emeritus, St. John's College.
are pleased to debut this innovative program,
which provides a vehicle for critical thinking
and ongoing dialogue about the relationship between
art and science," said Science Center Executive
Director Jeff Rudolph. When asked why a Science
Center is doing an art exhibit Rudolph noted,
"While scientific knowledge is our focus, it is
not the only tool we have for scientific exploration.
By looking at the world through many lenses, we
gain new insightsboth
intellectual and emotionalabout
our world and our place in it. At the Science
Center, we are using art in just such a wayto
introduce visitors to different tools and perspectives
for understanding our worldand
ultimately to inspire curiosity and learning."
The California Science Center is open daily from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits
is free. For recorded information on IMAX show
times, phone (213) 744-7400. For advance ticket
purchases, group rates, or to make free reservations
for any visiting group of 15 or more (required),
call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the
guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street for $6 per
car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater
are wheelchair accessible. For general information,
phone (323) SCIENCE.