Artwork from Six Irvine Residents Graces Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts 

Soon after Laguna Beach’s summerlong Festival of Arts (FOA) invited people from around Orange County to enter its fine art show more than a dozen years ago, several artists from Irvine eagerly applied for admission.  This year, six Irvine residents are pleased to show their artwork in the festival, which opened on Friday, July 5. Three of these artists, working in printmaking, photography and oil painting, respectively, help to demonstrate …

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“Time Under Tension” at Irvine Fine Arts Center Is Art at Its Most Powerful

Visual art can be a powerful force of communication, it can change perceptions, open minds, and tug on viewers’ heartstrings. This power is partly responsible for art and visual communication having such a dominant role in our society; we see advertising, paintings, drawings, installations and even graffiti works that stop us dead in our tracks and make us think, fee, or consider. Making art that has this kind of power …

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Works on Paper: The Collection of Cheech Marin at the Muzeo

Bright fauve-inspired colors, energetic brushstrokes and finely wrought figurative, abstract and surreal works characterize the striking exhibition “Papel Chicano Dos” at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim. The symbolism in many pieces harkens back to the 1960s Chicano civil rights movement in East L.A, called El Movimento, while the iconography in other works references Aztlán or the mythical ancestral home of the indigenous Aztec people. The show is …

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The El Toro Air Show: A Look Back 

The Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex, at the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, is uniquely positioned to mount art shows extolling the glory and thrill of aviation. The inaugural exhibition at the arts complex gallery, displayed in 2011, was “Plane Air Power: Paintings and Sculptures by Jorg Dubin.” With the title of the show ⁠— a play on the phrase “plein air painting,” ⁠ …

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Santa Ana Sites Brings Circa Contemporary Circus to Orange County

There are some things in our own livable experiences that can be difficult to put into words — some relationships, some feelings, some monumentally impactful moments in our lives that remain untethered from verbal descriptions or explanations. There are some things that can only be represented through the expression of movement. Very few contemporary dance groups are able to combine the poetry of modern dance with the physicality of real-life …

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Exploring Space and Place with two•cubed

Currently on view at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, there is a curious assortment of artwork that at first glance resembles building blocks and structural designs. With brightly colored paintings, balancing sculptures and tiny houses, this exhibition is entrancing even at a mere glimpse through the large glass windows of the OCCCA space. The work on view is by two distinctive artists, mixing and mingling their aesthetic styles …

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Natasha Shoro: Evoking the Splendor of Nature

Natasha Shoro approaches her abstract expressionist paintings intuitively. Working in her Irvine home studio, listening to exotic dance music, she picks up her brushes and palette knives, dips them into brightly colored paints, and incorporates collage elements, some with South Asian textile designs. Moving joyously to dance music, she paints swirls, biomorphic shapes and intricate patterning onto her canvases. The results are large multicolored artworks, infused with symbols and influences …

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Kevin Staniec: Artistic Renaissance Man

On a recent tour of “The Art of Competition” exhibition, illustrating the breadth and depth of professional sports by world-famous artists, Irvine Great Park Gallery director Kevin Staniec talked enthusiastically about the artwork in that show. Along the way, he reminisced about his own nurturing childhood — he grew up with strong encouragement to pursue both the arts and sports — which mirrored the sports-themed art show. “My family moved …

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Performance, Poetry and Nature with the UCI MFAs (Part II)

Continuing on the curious exploration of the art world introductions of the graduating University of California, Irvine MFA students, additional relevant themes and ideas seem to reverberate in the work of young artists and in our collective consciousness. In this second round of solo exhibitions for MFA candidates Andrea Welton, Mountain House, Nicolas G. Miller, Ariel McCleese and Michael Thurin, the works on whole are more ephemeral and touch on …

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Tony DeLap, Former UCI Art Professor and Groundbreaking Artist, Dies at Age 91

Artist Tony DeLap, a founding member of UC Irvine’s Art Department, where he taught from 1965 to 1991, died May 29, 2019. DeLap’s final public appearance, in January, was participating in a panel discussion at UCI’s Claire Trevor Theater. For this occasion, the lucid nonagenarian exhibited his characteristic dry sense of humor while discussing memorable events from his years at UCI. Among his reminiscences, DeLap recalled walking onto campus one …

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