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Real Shadows for Mere Bodies (Art)


Real Shadows for Mere Bodies (Art)


26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355


Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 12:00pm Twitter Tweet this event.  Calendar Add this event to your calendar.
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The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will showcase the work of Los Angeles-based artists Stephanie Deumer and Arden Surdam in the joint exhibition "Real Shadows for Mere Bodies" opening Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

The Gallery's first exhibition for the fall semester, "Real Shadows for Mere Bodies" will feature dynamic works of art that combine contemporary and traditional visual forms, photography, video, and sculpture.

"This is a wonderful exhibition to kick off our new academic year and I am happy that it is the first one I get to help facilitate as the new gallery director here at COC," said Pamela Lewis, who began her position as COC Art Gallery Director in August. "This is brand new work from these emerging, yet incredibly accomplished artists. It is a great opportunity for our students to gain insight into some of the material and critical approaches contemporary artists are taking to their art work right now."

Deumer uses water and fluidity as metaphor to blur the boundaries between video and sculpture, as well as subject and object. By editing together found digital imagery from multiple sources with original footage of a woman's hands expertly navigating tablet and computer screens, Deumer focuses on how women experience, embody and interact with digital images of themselves.

Surdam's new photographic series captures the unique still lifes she creates, many of which exist for only a few minutes, by combining sculpture, contemporary photography, and floral arrangements as her subjects.

The sculptures are made by cutting, chopping or manipulating sourced flower materials and then assembling these distorted fragments into new compositions. Referencing art history's metaphoric relationship to flowers and fabric, her work explores the discourse between pleasure, objecthood, and disrupted space.

The exhibition "Real Shadows for Mere Bodies" will run through Thursday, Oct. 12.

A reception for the artists will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

A special conversation with the artists will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

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