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Debra Disman and Huong Nguyen: New Works

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

Debra Disman and Huong Nguyen: New Works

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Join us for the culminating exhibition of studio residents Debra Disman and Huong Nguyen, showing new works in fabric and paper. Debra Disman and Huong Nguyen are sharing the Camera Obscura Art Lab Studio space during their simultaneous residency, which spans January 10 to April 18, 2018. Debra will be disassembling and recycling her Big Beach Book project toward the end of the exhibit; join in to take components home. Light refreshments.

Disman is exhibiting a series of works that progressively investigate the emotional, sensory and evocative aspects of texture, textiles, cloth, fiber, cord and string in book format. She has spent her tenure continuing to explore the nature of the book as object, communicative tool and form of expression. In addition, her project, The Big Beach Book, will be on display. Built and developed collaboratively with the community through her public workshops, The Big Beach Book is an exhibition and performance space, a place to move in and through, and a creative surface for the public to add to and develop. The 6’ tall book made of recyclable materials is inspired by the Camera and its surroundings. 

Huong Nguyen is creating textile work that uses traditional asian craft techniques such as Shibori (Japanese tie-dye), Katagami (Japanese stencil making), and Joomchi (Korean paper felting). On display are works of hand-dyed Shibori fabric that is pleated and collaged, mulberry paper panels inspired by flora and fauna of Santa Monica, and textile and paper collages made up of work from members of the Santa Monica community who participated in her residency workshops.

Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in the form of the book, both as a solo practitioner and in the public sphere of community engagement. As a maker and teaching artist she creates work and projects which push the boundaries of the book into new forms and materials. Growing up in the American Midwest, she is informed by living in France, travelling in the US and Europe, and living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area; as well as by deep experience as a teaching artist, color designer and the owner/principal of  ArtiFactory Studio. Disman was the featured artist for the Big Read in LA in 2016, showing at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA; is the recipient of a WORD: Artist Grant / Bruce Geller Memorial Prize in 2016 to create “The Sheltering Book”, a life-sized book structure designed as a catalyst for community creativity; and was commissioned by LA’s Craft and Folk Art Museum to create an interactive book for the 2017 exhibition, “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California". Most recently she has been awarded a City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence grant to work with visual and performing arts high school students and the surrounding community in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2017-2018.

Born​ ​in​ ​Orlando,​ ​Florida​ ​to​ ​a​ ​large​ ​Vietnamese​ ​family,​ ​Huong​ ​Nguyen​ ​is​ ​a​ ​visual​ ​artist​ ​with  roots​ ​in​ ​the​ ​textiles​ ​industry.​​ ​Nguyen​ ​​received​ ​a​ BFA from ​RISD​ ​for Textile​ ​Design​ ​and​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​work​ ​on​ ​printmaking,​ ​pattern​ ​design,​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​artwork in​ ​various​ ​media.​ ​Her​ ​studio​ ​work​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​a​ ​philosophy​ ​that​ ​art​ ​is​ ​a​ ​transformative and​ ​enlightening​ ​process,​ ​creating​ ​unique​ ​and​ ​beautiful​ ​work​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​art​ ​history,  textiles,​ ​nature,​ ​culture,​ ​music,​ ​fashion,​ ​and​ ​current​ ​events.​​​ ​A​ ​tendency​ ​towards​ ​essential methods​ ​and​ ​themes​ ​outside​ ​mainstream​ ​markets​ ​lead​s ​to​ ​artwork​ ​that​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​cultural  history​ ​and​ ​tradition.​​​ Huong​ ​has  built​ ​a​ ​practice​ ​around​ ​traditional​ ​methods​ ​that​ ​hone​ ​in​ ​on​ ​meditative​ ​yet​ ​methodical  techniques,​ ​methods​ ​that​ ​are​ ​disappearing​ ​over​ ​time​ ​as​ ​industrialization,​ ​and​ ​demands​ ​of  mass​ ​production​ ​increase​ ​expediency​ ​of​ ​results.​

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Directions: By Metro - 4th St. Santa Monica Downtown stop, walk two blocks west to Ocean and 1.5 blocks north from the Pier entrance. 1450 Ocean is on the west side of Ocean Ave just north of Broadway. Parking is $1.25 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), each 30 min. thereafter $1.85, max $17.50. At the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr; $5 on weekends. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: Buses: visit or for more information. Breeze Bike Share lockup just south of us in the park; other bikes bring a lock.

Presented by the City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division: The Cultural Affairs Division supports the arts and the artists of one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations. A division of the City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department, Cultural Affairs 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. #ArtSaMo

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