Shana Mabari is an American contemporary artist based in Los Angeles who has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work explores the intersections of art, science and technology. Through sculptures, installations and environments, Mabari investigates ways in which worldly phenomena are absorbed and processed through sensory and visual perception. She orchestrates light, reflection, color contrast, and geometry with the intent to play with the experience of physical space.
Mabari is part of the continuum of the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s. Her inspirations include James Turrell, Buckminster Fuller, and groundbreaking research by experts in the Vision Sciences at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, and the Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich, Switzerland, where’s she’s collaborated with world renowned vision scientists.
Most recently, Mabari has five translucent and mirrored sculptures – from her “Diametros Petals” and new “Leukos Petals” series – installed in downtown Los Angeles offices of MATT Construction, whose high profile projects include The Broad museum. The exhibition is in affiliation with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History and was curated by MOAH’s Manager and Curator Andi Campognone.
“Leukos Petals” pieces are also currently on view at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, first shown at the venue’s opening during Art Palm Springs and the first weekend of Modernism 2018.
In 2017, “Selected Works,” featuring ten sculptures spanning 2014-2016, was installed in the Blue Lobby at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood; it is on view through May 2018 as part of the PDC’s designLAb, an ongoing program curated by Helen Varola. The exhibition includes several “Diametros Petals,” cube sculptures from Mabari’s “Illumetric” series of geometric sculptures, and the monumental “Illumetric Rectangle,” which stands ten feet tall.
Mabari’s “Astral Challenger,” a 20-foot-high rocket-shaped sculpture, was installed in Lancaster, CA in 2016. The work was the first piece of public art commissioned by the City of Lancaster for its Art and Public places program, and remains at the site permanently. It was conceived as a monumental landmark for Lancaster in honor of the City’s achievements in the aerospace industry, and in commemoration of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger flight. The piece was featured in NASA’s official publication for its Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA. The sculpture is illuminated from dusk until dawn. Previously in Lancaster, Mabari premiered her “Diametros Petals” series at MOAH in December 2015.
Mabari’s 2014 public art project “ILLUMETRIC,” a triptych of massive diamond-, cube-, and rectangle-shaped sculptures, was created for the City of West Hollywood’s “Art on the Outside” program. She worked with legendary fabricator Jack Brogan on the design concepts for the installation. Originally introduced in July 2014 for a one year period, ILLUMETRIC was extended through April 2016. Mabari also received a WeHo@30 Film & Digital Media Grant to make Illumetric, a short film chronicling the project that premiered at the 2015 WeHo@30 Film Festival and Digital Time Capsule.
Mabari was born in Los Angeles, California. She has traveled extensively, and lived in Paris, Northern India, and Tel Aviv. Her education includes studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She holds a patent for the design of “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,” a portable version of a visual and sensory experimental environment. She is a recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant.