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Exhibitions at Santa Monica Art Studios

At Arena 1 Gallery:
The Shape of Space
curated by Sherin Guirguis and Heather Harmon
Vinh Bui, Martin Durazo, Sherin Guirguis, Julia Latane, Timothy Nolan, Kim Schoenstadt, Fran Siegel and Almond Zigmund
At Sherry Frumkin Gallery:
Kimberly Squaglia, “Scend”
November 12 – December 24, 2005
Reception for the Artists:  Saturday, November 12, 6-9pm

ARENA 1  A project of Santa Monica Art Studios  
3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. 90405
Directors: Sherry Frumkin and Yossi Govrin
(310) 397-7456, fax (310) 397-7459
E-mail, <sherry@santamonicaartstudios.com>
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday,  12 - 6 pm

Sherry Frumkin Gallery
3026 Airport Ave., Studio 21, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 397-7493, fax (310) 397-7459
E-mail, <info@frumkingallery.com>
Web stie, <http://www.frumkingallery.com>
Gallery Hours, Wednesday – Saturday, 11am - 6pm



Almond Zigmund, BG 144, 2004, mdf and enamel.

The Shape of Space - California, in the 1960's experienced one of its most profound investigations.  This movement is called "Light and Space" and includes the artists: Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Douglas Wheeler and Bruce Nauman. Through works of art, these artists were exploring the effects of light and landscape, environment and sensation.  This is investigation had a stunning impact on the art world at the time and left questions today’s artists still consider to be relevant.

Arena 1 is very pleased to announce our upcoming show, "The Shape of Space."  This show, curated by Sherin Guirguis and Heather Harmon, seeks to illustrate how today's artists are navigating through issues presented by ideas of light and space.  Much of the early works in this movement contemplate light and space through large objects and installations.  Here in "The Shape of Space" artists deal with these thoughts in a way that is both tactile and elusive.  The show both contains objects and their counterparts, fluorescents and shadows, spaces and non-spaces.

Heather Harmon is the director of Patricia Faure gallery.  She received her MFA from Art Center and her BA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sherin Guirguis is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Most recently her work was exhibited at Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica and is currently in a group show at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art.  Guirguis has been involved in several curatorial projects including, Supersized at Frumkin Duval Gallery, Girl on Girl at Miller Durazo Artist Projects and Midas at POST, Los Angeles.
 
ARENA 1 is a non-profit exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historical hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites newly established as well as internationally known curators to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions of emerging artists from their regions.

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SHERRY FRUMKIN GALLERY is pleased to present “Scend”, a solo exhibition of new work by Kimberly Squaglia November 12th to December 24th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 12th from 6 to 9 pm. The title of the exhibition is a little used term meaning to surge rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force.

A California native, Squaglia was born in Sacramento in 1970 and completed her BA in 1996 at California State University at Chino. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000 and has shown extensively there.  This will be her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Squaglia’s meticulous paintings look effortlessly created. Lace-like biological forms surge and rise, appear and disappear under layers of resin, replicating, accentuating and manipulating associations with landscape and scientific display. The images begin as doodles, paint drips and rough strokes which stop and start seemingly at whim. Subtle and masterful changes of hue create the illusion of space and movement, breath and pulsation. Suspended in layers of resin, the shapes are squirming forms of life trapped forever for our enjoyment, surging and heaving just beneath the surface.

Squaglia’s work is included in “Populance” curated by Terrie Sultan and David Pagel. Like other artists included in this traveling exhibition, which originated at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, Squaglia’s works are “celebratory and edgy” with “traces of vulgarity promiscuously intermingled with the fine-tuned nuances of highly aestheticized delectation.” (Blaffer Gallery)


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