Media Invite | Summer 2013 Exhibitions, June 1


LAGUNA BEACH, CA (May 14, 2013)—
This summer, Laguna Art Museum opens three new exhibitions to the public:Faux Real (on display June 2-September 29); Sea Change: Tanya Aguiñiga’s Bluebelt Forest (on display June 2, 2013-May 18, 2014); and ex•pose: beatriz da costa (on display June 2-September 29). The museum’s current exhibition John Mason: Blue Wall is on display through October 13.


June 2-September 29
Faux Real is a group exhibition curated by Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art Grace Kook-Anderson, which features installation artists and sculptors who recreate reality with a twist, using off-beat materials and in most cases a keen sense of humor. The results are playful, intriguing, and highly entertaining.The participating artists re-imagine reality with their work. They begin with familiar subjects: food, furniture, and knick-knacks that occupy the spaces of many homes, and recreate them with unconventional and often surprising materials. The pieces highlight mundane everyday objects often passed over without a second thought, bringing into focus the exercise of seeing, the processes of construction, and the broad utility of materials. While often humorous in their execution, the included artwork offers social and political critique of American culture and the mass culture of consumerism.Artists featured in the exhibition include: Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk, Libby Black, Julie Bozzi, Amy Caterina, Lauren DiCioccio, Daniel Douke, Ala Ebtekar, Cheryl Ekstrom, David Gilhooly, Kim MacConnel, Matthias Merkel Hess, Jean Lowe, Gifford Myers, Kaz Oshiro, Elyse Pignolet, Walter Robinson, Richard Shaw, and Stephanie Syjuco.The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s main level galleries. SEA CHANGE: TANYA AGUIÑIGA’S BLUEBELT FOREST
June 2, 2013-May 18, 2014
This summer the museum opens a site-specific installation along the same lines as Faux Real by Los Angeles artist Tanya Aguiñiga in its upper level gallery. Aguiñiga will transform the space into a forest of kelp, corals, barnacles, and other fantastic creatures that one would typically find under the sea just off the coast of Laguna Beach. Every object in the exhibition will be hand-made by the artist and her assistants, using a variety of materials and textiles. By recreating these organic elements using unexpected, manmade materials, Aguiñiga enables the viewer to experience them anew. In addition to looking, visitors will also be able to explore the exhibition through touching it, thereby allowing for a truly immersive encounter.Aguiñiga works at the intersection of furniture design, craft making, and fine art. The ability to successfully navigate between different worlds is something that she attributes to having grown up in the border area of Tijuana and San Diego, where she had to cross the border and move between cultures on a daily basis throughout her childhood. Just as Aguiñiga has been doing in her personal life, she inhabits more than one world through her work.Aguiñiga (b.1978) received her BA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University and her MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Among the awards she has received are United States Artists Fellow and USA Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts. She has also been involved in a numerous community empowerment projects, including the Border Art Workshop (BAW/TAF), a collaborative of artists from Mexico and the U.S.

June 2-September 29
The fourth exhibition in Laguna Art Museum’s ex·pose series features the most recent project by the late Beatriz da Costa. Dying for the Other, a triptych video installation, offers a parallel consideration of mice used in breast cancer research set alongside scenes from the artist’s own life. Da Costa suffered from breast cancer and underwent intense medical treatment to combat the disease. In doing so, the artist covers an uncomfortable and sticky part of our collective social consciousness—pursuing the advancement of science and medicine, but doing so at the sacrifice of other “less intelligent” beings.

Set alongside Dying for the Other is da Costa’s Anti-Cancer Survival Kit, a friendly and interactive approach to a somewhat taboo social subject. The kit provides information for people to take the resources and knowledge home with them. Some of the components of the kit include a database of comprehensive research; a coffee-table style illustrated book providing guidelines for anti-cancer approaches; games designed for touch-screen mobile devices; and information on creating an anti-cancer, DIY garden. Bringing together scholars and artists from many disciplines, these set of supplies and collected knowledge are meant for those living with cancer, while also serving as tools for their loved ones.

“It’s the kind of kit I wish somebody would have given me as a gift, when I was first diagnosed three years ago,” da Costa says about initiating the project. She had dealt with the disease in different manifestations since diagnosed with her first cancer at age fourteen.

Da Costa has worked as a multidisciplinary artist exploring human impact on the world around us—promoting an awareness of the inextricable ways in which active and passive human action affects our environment. Her work as an educator (she was the Associate Professor of Studio Art, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine) was indicative of her multidisciplinary tact in promoting social awareness, fusing the impact of raw data and science with appeals to emotional sensibilities. After battling the illness for so long, da Costa passed away at age 38 on December 27, 2012.

ex·pose is a contemporary art program curated by Grace Kook-Anderson, curator of contemporary art at Laguna Art Museum. Focusing on one emerging or mid-career artist at a time, the program encourages the development of new projects and an immersive involvement with the museum’s Young Artists Society Gallery program. ex·pose aims to present a diverse range of artists working in all mediums.


Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of PCH and Cliff Drive, next door to Las Brisas restaurant.HOURS
Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Closed New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas DayPRICES
$7.00 general admission
$5.00 students, seniors, active military
FREE for children under 12 and museum members
FREE the first Thursday of every month from 5:00-9:00 p.m. during the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art WalkTOURS
The museum offers complimentary docent-led tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. one week after an exhibition opens. No reservations are necessary. Audio tours can be accessed on any smartphone Patrons without smartphones can rent an iPod Touch for free at the museum’s front desk.MEDIA CONTACT
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Marni Farmer, Director of Communications at Laguna Art Museum, at 949.494.8971 x208 or at

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