Deborah Aschheim, “Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building)”
March 14 – July 5, 2004

Laguna Art Museum
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Deborah Aschheim, Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building), 2004, detail, large-scale installation for Laguna Art Museum, plastic, sensors, surveillance cameras, lights.

Laguna Beach, CA - February 18, 2004) Deborah Aschheim's (born 1964) work consists of site-specific installation based on neurobiology, with light as the principal medium. Her recent work has modeled neural systems literally as cognitive networks, and metaphorically as structures for considering the intersection of perception, consciousness, culture, and technology. She will be creating a site-specific installation at the Museum. The installation, Neural Architecture, is based on the structure of the cerebral cortex, and the immersive sculptural environment lights up in response to each viewer's approach. The installation appears to "synapse" with the gallery's existing motion sensors and security devices, and quietly highlights the building's surveillance of its occupants. This installation is part of a series of traveling, mutating, adaptive site-specific installations.

For this installation, the neural network will have evolved to include optical devices/capabilities. It continues to evolve with each appearance across the United States.

Aschheim received a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the studio art department at the University of California, Irvine. During the past decade, she has created installations for various group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Europe. She recently received a prestigious City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship in 2003. Her installation for the resulting exhibition was praised in the Los Angeles Times as being "perhaps the most exciting work in the show."

Curated by curator of exhibitions, Tyler Stallings. Organized by Laguna Art Museum.

A color catalogue will be produced for the exhibition. It will be Aschheim's first catalogue to discuss her current and past work in depth. For more information about book purchases, please call Laguna Art Museum 949.494.8971 extension 206.

Talk of the Town Lectures
Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.
Artist Deborah Aschheim will conduct a gallery walk-through of her current installation at the museum, Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building).

Sunday, May 2, 2004 at 11:00 am
Panel discussion about the intersection of art, biology, and architecture with artist Deborah Aschheim, Jim Fallon-neurobiologist and anatomist with the UCI School of Medicine, and Wallace Cunningham, architect.

Free to Museum members and free with Museum admission to non-members.

Greetings from Laguna Beach: Our Town in the Early 1900s
Continuing to July 5, 2004

Joseph Raphael: American Expatriate
Impressionist Painting from the Collection of Oscar and Trudy Lemer

March 14-July 11, 2004

Continuing the tradition of the oldest cultural institution in Orange County (the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded 85 years ago in 1918), Laguna Art Museum's permanent collections and exhibitions feature historical, contemporary, and pop-culture-oriented American art, with emphasis on the art of California.

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