SHANA MABARI’S ILLUMETRIC CELEBRATES LA PRIDE
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SHANA MABARI’S ILLUMETRIC PROJECT CELEBRATES LA PRIDE AND WEHO’S ONE CITY ONE PRIDE FESTIVAL BY PLACING THE NUMBER 12 ON THE CUBE SCULPTURE TO HONOR THE PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLDS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD THAT CURRENTLY HAVE A PERSON LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
MABARI WAS AWARDED A 2015 WEHO@30 FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA GRANT FOR A SHORT FILM DOCUMENTING ILLUMETRIC TO BE SHOWN AT A SPECIAL WEST HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER
BLUE CUBE SCULPTURE BY MABARI INCLUDED IN OUT THERE GROUP SHOW OPENING AT GALLERY 825/LAAA ON FRIDAY JUNE 12
West Hollywood, CA, June 11, 2015: Shana Mabari’s ILLUMETRIC, a triptych of massive diamond-, cube-, and rectangle shaped acrylic sculptures featuring internal illumination, were first installed on the median of Santa Monica Boulevard at Holloway Triangle in July 2014 for a one-year run. Earlier this spring, ILLUMETRIC – part of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside public art program — was extended through the end of 2015, becoming an ever-more integrated and dynamic presence in the West Hollywood streetscape. All three sculptures light up daily at sundown.
Now, ILLUMETRIC joins in on celebrating LA Pride weekend (June 12-14) and One City One Pride Festival activities and events by applying the number 12 in large vinyl numbers to the red and yellow Cube sculpture (signage was donated by DesignTown USA). The number recognizes and honors the 12-percent of households within West Hollywood that currently include a person living with HIV/AIDS. ILLUMETRIC is on the planned route for the LA! Pride 2015 Parade.
“I’m thrilled that ILLUMETRIC is able to play a special role in One City One Pride, and in the LA Pride events and parade,” says Mabari. “The City of West Hollywood and its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission make so many projects possible, and I’m grateful to be involved. Congratulations to the City on its 30th birthday, and on being awarded an NEA grant for next year’s One City One Pride Festival!”
Adorning the Cube with the number 12 is the first of a series of ILLUMETRIC activities and special programming made possible by theWeHo@30 Film & Digital Media grant that Mabari was awarded by the City of West Hollywood last week. Other proposed highlights include holding a same-sex wedding and a fashion show at the ILLUMETRIC site, and added features for Halloween Carnaval. Mabari will create a short film documenting ILLUMETRIC’s engagement and interactivity with its surrounding neighborhood, which will be shown at the WeHo@30 Film Festival (Oct. 23-24).
Also during LA! Pride, Mabari will have a Blue Cube sculpture (17 x 17 x 15 inches) included in the juried group exhibition “Out There,” opening Friday June 12 at Gallery 825/Los Angeles Art Association. A special show celebrating the LGBT experience, Out There is a key feature of Pride weekend; the opening reception is from 6-9PM.
Upcoming, Mabari, will have work featured in an exhibition at MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA. Several of her new light-based sculptures will be installed on the museum’s scenic rooftop for the year-end multi-artist show “Vanity,” opening Saturday, December 5.
Mabari’s body of work is in the continuing tradition of the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s. She explores the intersections of art, science and technology. Her installations, environments, sculptures, and two-dimensional pieces investigate ways in which worldly stimuli and phenomena are absorbed and processed through sensory and visual perception. She orchestrates light, reflection, color contrast, and geometry to play with and expand the reality and experience of physical space.
L: ILLUMETRIC, June 11, 2015
R: ILLUMETRIC, July 2014, photo by Eric Minh Swenson