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Bottle into Rope with Studio Resident Dahn Gim

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Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean

1450 Ocean Ave

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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While we'd rather reduce our plastic bottle use entirely, there are still single use containers clogging our waterways. Try out a way to transform these into usable material; learn how to make a simple and portable plastic bottle cutter and leave with yards of plastic to use as heavy duty cordage, for weaving and basketmaking, in jewelry applications, and, with a little heat, as a way to join items together. Bring clean smooth PET bottles (such as soda liter bottles); tools provided. Limited capacity workshop: please let us know if your plans change after making a reservation.

Dahn Gim is an artist/curator who explores a wide range of media and techniques to create her work. She often utilizes sound, video, textile, drawing, digital prints, sculpture, and performance. Currently she is researching and exploring various materials that can replace animal leather such as gampi paper, sausage casings and bacteria/yeast cultures, in preparation for creating her next body of work.

For her residency project, she collecting, archiving and transforming plastics from Santa Monica Beach into a series of sculptures, keeping this abundant material out of the waste stream and highlighting both the problem of “forever waste” and the overlooked utility of plastic as a resource. She is working onsite at the Camera Obscura 4/20 to 7/17/19.

All of her public events at the Camera Obscura:

Scrap Leather Wall Hanging
Saturday 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm
Sunday 5/5, 12:30-1:30pm

Found Plastic Block Printing
Saturday 5/11, 12–2 pm
Tuesday 5/14, 12–2pm

Bottle into Rope
Saturday 5/18, 7–8pm
Monday 6/10, 12 – 1pm
Saturday 6/22, 12 – 1pm

Plastic Beauty
Monday 5/20, 12–2pm
Saturday 6/8, 12–2pm

Weaving Plastic
Sunday 6/23, 11–12:30pm

Bioplastic Exploration
Monday 6/24, 12:30 - 2pm
Saturday 7/6, 12:30 - 2pm
Sunday 7/7, 12:30 - 2pm

More about the artist: Dahn Gim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and now lives in Los Angeles. As an artist and curator, her work stems from personal experiences reflecting the process of adaptation to constant shifts and changes of surroundings as she struggles to gain a sense of belonging. In this process, Gim explores the ambiguous realm between the natural and the artificial, combining analog and digital techniques and materials. She is a fellowship recipient of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), UC Institute and Research in the Arts (UCIRA). After completing her MFA in Media Arts at UCLA, she has been exhibited internationally including venues such as Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Currents New Media 2017: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Nuit Blanche: Art Souterrain 2017, Montreal; Dongdaemoon Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul; Barnsdall Art Gallery, Los Angeles; New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Somerset House; London, and TAG bxl, Brussels. She was awarded 2016 International Emerging Artists Award (Dubai), Curators Lab Award 2017 from Fellows of Contemporary Art 2018-2019, and 2019 Kala Art Institute Fellowship.

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Directions: The Camera Obscura Art Lab is at 1450 Ocean Ave on the west side of Ocean just north of Broadway. By Metro - 4th St. Santa Monica Downtown stop, walk two blocks west to Ocean and 1.5 blocks north from the Pier entrance. Parking is $6 or less for 3 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), and $5 on weekends at the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: Buses: visit or for more information. Bike share lockup just south of us in the park; for personal bikes remember to bring a strong lock.

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Registration: Fee-based workshops: we encourage reserving online with a credit card. Free events: RSVP on our eventbrite page. Some classes accept drop-ins. Bring cash to cover material fees, if applicable. Refunds/Transfers: Full refunds are given if class is cancelled before taking place - enroll online with confidence. For student withdrawals for any other reason, $15 processing fee for each multisession activity refunded; one-time classes & expended material fees are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, fax (310-899-0840), or email to within 24 hours of first class meeting. All class dates, times, locations, and instructors are subject to change.

A program of City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs: Santa Monica Cultural Affairs (SMCA) supports the arts and the artists of one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations. SMCA produces, presents and facilitates access to cultural events for residents and millions of annual visitors, helps anchor the diverse creative sector that enriches our cultural and economic base, and promotes Santa Monica as a major cultural destination. This includes managing the City’s extensive collection of public art ranging from murals to interactive installations, with new projects being developed in conjunction with most Santa Monica public works projects, as well as offering four grant programs for Santa Monica-based arts and culture organizations, schools and individual artists, an array of artist residencies and festival and workshop programs. #ArtSaMo

Camera Obscura Art Lab offers arts, crafts and culture classes year-round. Polish your writing, take a better picture, learn how to make paper, knit, sew, and find a community of artists and movers! Weekly hangouts with artists through our ongoing studio residency program as well as workshops and one-off experiences bring insight into a variety of artistic work. Our community practice space offers room for you to develop your own creativity and learn from others. It all happens at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park, where our mid-century building houses the iconic Camera Obscura mechanism and offers lovely views of the ocean, steps from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. Visit or check our current list of events.

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