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Aug 22
OCC Kicks Off 2017-18 Art Season with Exhibit Showcasing Social, Environmental Activist

​Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will present "ˌterəˈfərmə," its first exhibit of the 2017-18 school year, from Sept. 21 until Dec. 8. 

An opening reception will take place on Sept. 28 from 5–8 p.m. in the Doyle Arts Pavilion. 

"ˌterəˈfərmə" features the activist artwork of artist Kim Abeles, a notable figure in the Los Angeles art world since the 1980s, when she began creating community based work with partners such as the California Science Center, The Department of Mental Health, and the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Her projects explore the complicated, interconnected systems of our world: society, geography, and environment. 

"With thorough research and collaboration, bold materials and at times quirky humor, Abeles' elegant visuals exemplify the power of artists to communicate thoughtfully about tricky political and social subjects, and her installations are as thought provoking as they are beautiful," writes curator Kim Garrison Means.  

Abeles uses site-specific installation, non-traditional materials, craft and digital technology to tell stories about feminism, conservationism and social justice. Her work has been exhibited in 22 countries, including large-scale installations in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, China and South Korea. 

Included in the exhibition is work from Abeles' series, "Smog Collectors." This work contains imagery created through an ingenious process of exposing materials to air pollution for specific lengths of time. Another piece is "Forty Days and Forty Nights (Forty Days of Smog)," an installation of a family dining room complete with table and chairs, wall décor, baby bassinet and high chair, where all the table settings, food, toys and a window were created with smog. 

Also featured in the show is "Pearls of Wisdom – End the Violence," created in collaboration with 800 survivors of domestic violence and the organization, A Window Between Worlds, and funded by the James Irvine Foundation. Using the metaphor of valuable pearls formed inside oysters in response to an irritant, Abeles designed a community art-making workshop for participants to recast personal memories of domestic pain into iridescent sculptural pearls. Following the making of the sculptural pearls, she recorded the advice that each person would share with their younger self or with another person in need. 

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