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Artist Talk w/ Luke Rothschild, Alexis Manya Spraic & Ondy Sweetman

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Artist Talk w/ Luke Rothschild, Alexis Manya Spraic &...

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net.
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5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-7:30pm: Transmutations Exhibit View and Artist Talk

Join us for a walk through of Transmutations, the new exhibition at the Beach House Gallery, with a talk by the artists followed by a light reception.

Transmutations (from the Oxford Dictionaries)

  • Physics the changing of one element into another by radioactive decay, nuclear bombardment, or similar processes.
  • Biology, chiefly historical the conversion or transformation of one species into another.
  • Alchemy: the supposed process of changing base metals into gold.

Three Los Angeles-based artists working in decidedly disparate media come together with a shared vision of capturing visceral aesthetics from the observation of life’s ever-changing panorama. Rothschild uses the process of decay in the natural world to create his own visual language from the detritus of urban landscapes – the oxidation of metal objects becomes painted composition. Spraic’s series of experimental films with music by Rothschild use the element of water to define the intangibility of creative states. Sweetman is a photographer whose images taken during her travels are studies of reflective surfaces and recursive patterns in the natural world. All three capture moments that are fleeting in time and space, speaking to the creative process as the means through which everyday elements are transmuted into the sublime. 

Luke Rothschild is a painter, sculptor, designer, composer, and visual artist whose work spans a broad stylistic spectrum. Drawing on his degree in fine art, Luke has been focusing on creating a body of work that comes from an internal aesthetic. Over the past decade Luke has been distilling his ideas into a cohesive body of work. These paintings incorporate imagery generated by oxidizing iron from found objects, and working into the rust stains with paint. After graduating from The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Luke received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992, where he nurtured a multidisciplinary approach to integrating various photographic extensions and manipulations, painting and collage/assemblage, as well as sonic and sculptural mediums. After spending a decade in Chicago creating collaborative work, installations and performances, Luke moved to LA with his wife and creative partner Holly Rothschild. Together they founded String Theory (stringtheoryproductions.com), a performance ensemble combining multiple mediums such as choreography, dance, original music, projections, and the site-specific sonic sculpture installations. 

Alexis Manya Spraic is an award winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and New York. She graduated from Columbia University with degrees in Philosophy and Economics and has since been working as a director, producer and editor of documentaries, experimental films and branded media. Her most recent work includes Ray Charles America, a feature doc for A&E Indiefilms about the cultural impact of the legendary artist. She also directed, produced and edited Shadow Billionaire, a feature documentary exploring the mysterious disappearance of DHL founder Larry Hillblom and the subsequent battle over his vast fortune. Spraic most recently directed POWER, a high profile feature-documentary about energy that was filmed in 14 countries. POWER is currently in post-production and will premiere later this year. 

Ondy Sweetman studied photography during her college years to pair her Bachelor of Arts’ in English Literature degree from the University of San Diego. Spending a large majority of her colleges years in the darkroom, she was constantly mesmerized by the alchemical nature of photo emulsion and the process of printing black and white. With nearly twenty years of consistently honing her craft, Ondy Sweetman has showed her work at southern California based gallery’s such as Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura as well as at the See Me Gallery in New York. Her works are also included in private collections throughout Southern California.  

Transmutations is on view August 27 - October 6, 2013. The Gallery is open 11am-4pm every day unless noted on the annenbergbeachhouse.com site.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about Artist Talk w/ Luke Rothschild, Alexis Manya Spraic & Ondy Sweetman? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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