Four exhibits to open at Angels Gate

Angels Gate Cultural Center presents four dynamic, new exhibits inspired by the unique geography, vibrant people, and rich cultural history of the South Bay communities.  Showcasing the work of  regional artists, this provocative grouping of four exhibits in three galleries explores both  sweeping and deeply personal issues of contemporary life.  Themes include the powerful influences of commerce and resource use, the geography of memories, and the boundaries of exclusion, belonging, and artistic legacy.  Angels Gate Cultural Center galleries are open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is always free.

The opening reception is January 22, 1pm – 5pm.

MAIN GALLERY: Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line
Arnoldo Vargas
The oil industry exists within a duality.  It pollutes the environment with the sights, sounds, and smells of an industrial reality.  But, it also provides steady employment.  Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line presents the effects of the oil industry and sulfur production on the landscape, and its impact on the people of the South Bay area. This exhibition will look through a microscope at situations that might be reflective of a macroscopic reality.
Arnoldo Vargas is a native of Wilmington, CA.  He earned his BA in fine arts from UCLA and graduated with an MFA candidate in Photography and New Media from CalArts. His work has been exhibited internationally.

MAIN GALLERY: Immigrant/Emigrant
Curated by Lara Bullock
Daniela Calandra – Bill Daniel – Ricardo Dominguez – Micki Davis – Casey Smallwood
Immigrant/Emigrant will explore the creation of art from an “outsider” perspective.  Whether excluded from the umbrella of traditional art-making due to choice of materials, subject matter, or venue, “outsider” art challenges individuals and communities to explore the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion so often experienced in diverse and immigrant communities.
Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator.  She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is currently writing a dissertation on contemporary Street Art.

PROJECT SPACE: HITO: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach
Heather Rasmussen
This exhibition assembles many bodies of work from the artist, tied to one location: The Port of Los Angeles.  Ms. Rasmussen has pinpointed locations in San Pedro, The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach that have either greatly influenced her art, or are the exact sites of a project. Viewers are encouraged to visit these sites to seek out objects, or to recreate the views seen in her photographs for themselves. A growing online map of the artist’s explorations is available at:
Heather Rasmussen has been selected for the 2011-2012 installment of Exposure, a three-person exhibition series at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work was recently published in the book Unfolded, Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry, alongside artists Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand and Frank Gehry.

COMMUNITY GALLERY: Dear Harbor: images from our community
The Dear Harbor project is a interactive tribute to the memories, photographs and physical history of our community.  Dear Harbor asks local residents to take a past photographic print of the San Pedro harbor area to the location where it was originally shot, and take a new picture showing how things have changed.  Dear Harbor will also be displayed on our website.  To submit your photograph, please make a print that will fit on an 8″x8″ card, which will be mounted on the gallery wall.  For more information about submissions, please contact or call 310-519-0936.

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