Media Arts Preview December 9, 2010

This week in LA media art, there's a lot of video screening around town, from the low-tech and low-res Pixelvision videos at the PXL This fest to the latest digital experiments that comprise the quarterly Flux screening at the Hammer Museum.

Saturday, December 11
Part 2 of the TBA A Group Video Exhibition in 7 Parts show at the Kristi Engle Gallery opens tonight with a reception starting at 7:00 p.m., and work by a long list of artists, including Hillary Mushkin, Daniel Nord and Annetta Kapon.

A recent graduate of USC's Roski School of Fine Arts, Mores McWreath is a media artist interested in "in-between states," evident in a range of recent video pieces. A show titled Between Everywhere and featuring the artist's work opens at M+B today, with a reception 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. From the curatorial notes: "As our world plunges deeper and deeper into a state of ecstatic and continuous communication, where even brief private moments are churning with the all-consuming, superficial chatter of reigning networks, McWreath's work seeks out rapidly diminishing liminal space by employing imagery from our media culture while denying specificity."
Sunday, December 12
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space opens today at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary, highlighting the role of Latin American artists working with light and space. Curated by Alma Ruiz, the show "will position Latin America as the source of new ideas about the nature and function of art through the re-creation of important large-scale installations by five highly regarded and influential artists: Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923), Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Julio Le Parc (b. 1928), Hélio Oiticica (1937-80) and Neville D'Almeida (b.1941), and Jesus Rafael Soto (1923-05)." Ruiz, as well as several other participants, will discuss the show today at 3:00 p.m.; the discussion is free.

Monday, December 13
For 20 years, Venice-based media advocate Gerry Fialka has been expounding the wonders of the PXL 2000 toy video camera produced by Fisher-Price in the late 1980s. The plastic camera records onto regular audio cassettes and produces a grainy, chunky black-and-white image. Marketed to kids, the camera was quickly adopted by artists, and now, nearly 30 years later, the camera continues to be a favorite of those seeking a rougher aesthetic counter to the high sheen of HD or even regular video. Fialka will proudly present the 20th iteration of his PXL This festival, featuring shorts produced with the Pixelvision camera in two different shows at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica; free admission. More info: 310-306-7330.

Wednesday, December 15
The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer Museum with yet another program of brand new digital experiments, featuring work by Angela + Ithyle, Vincent Haycock, Sophie Gateau and Neistat Brothers, among others. The show starts at 8:00, with music and a party to follow.

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