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SPARC Art Gallery Exhibits at City Hall

Post Date:05/23/2019 11:00 AM

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The South Pasadena Arts Council presents Tinkering- Three dimensional constructs by Valerie Wilcox  and Childhood 101 - Photographs by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall.

Valerie Wilcox, a contemporary and mixed media artist, describes Tinkering as three-dimensional constructs. They are “a reimagined, abstracted understanding of our built environment” and incorporating “the ideals of Wabi Sabi, a traditional Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance and beauty of transience and imperfection.”  Wilcox’s Art pieces often feature wood with visible paint remnants, sourced from torn-down or remodeled houses. Based in Los Angeles, Wilcox is part of the artist collective Durden and Ray. Exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Torrance Art Museum, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Palo Alto Art Center, QiPO Art Fair in Mexico City, Kölner Liste Art Fair in Cologne; and in numerous other local and international galleries. Tinkering will run through June 30, in South Pasadena City Hall. 

In Childhood 101, South Pasadena-based photographer and educator Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin who is known for her “compassionate and curious lens,” documents the playful activities of her two sons and their friends at their South Pasadena home, in their backyard, on the road, and around town, remembering her own treasured outdoor playtime as a child. A Fulbright Senior Scholars, and recipient of the, IREX IARO Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship McLaughlin has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her images are in permanent collections at the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. Childhood 101 runs through June 30, in the 2nd floor SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall. 

For more information on the SPARC Gallery, click here.


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