FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ENCINITAS, Calif. – June 14, 2011 — Lux Art Institute, San Diego’s first LEED certified interactive art destination, announced today the artists who will participate in Lux’s 2011/2012 Season, which begins this September.
A significant contemporary art venue in San Diego County where visitors can “see art happen,” Lux is one of the first museum facilities in the United States to establish an innovative artist-in-residence program that focuses on the living artist and the creative process.
“I am thrilled and proud to present the artist line-up of what is sure to be a dynamic 2011/2012 Season,” said Lux Director Reesey Shaw. “The talented individuals we have chosen work in diverse media—wallpaper, porcelain, furniture, clay, paint, and bronze—and hail from Maine to Miami, Korea to Brooklyn. We have found some remarkable treasures that we look forward to sharing with our community, members, friends and supporters, and I hope everyone will join us in welcoming each extraordinary resident artist.”
The 2011/2012 Artist-in-Residence Season includes:
In studio: Sept. 8 – Oct. 8, 2011
On exhibit: Sept. 8 – Oct. 29, 2011
Brooklyn, NY-based installation artist Ann Agee begins the 2011/2012 Season at Lux with an exhibit made up of three distinct but related bodies of work that present her unique spin on domesticity: large-scale murals of idealized interiors, brightly painted and stenciled on unfurled scrolls of mulberry paper; elaborate porcelain vases and platters decorated with images of modest domestic items (stoves, beds, washing machines, etc).; and updated commedia dell’arte figurines whose lively gestures and humorous poses celebrate modern, daily life. A recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Agee has created works that are in the collections of numerous prestigious arts venues such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and The Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI.
In studio: Nov. 10 – Dec. 10, 2011
On exhibit: Nov. 10 – Dec. 31, 2011
Bursting with a calculated chaos and influenced by graphic novels, pop art, woodcuts, music, and the Baroque, the textured canvases of Emilio Perez also evince sculpture. The artist's unique process of painting sheets of latex and acrylic in different hues onto wood panels and then, using an x-acto blade, slicing away at layers to reveal tracts of muted colors underneath juxtaposes freeform movement with labor-intensive, measured actions, simultaneously evoking upheaval and harmony, spontaneity and control. Perez, who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, has been featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally: from Dusseldorf, Milan, Tel Aviv and Toronto, to Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston and St. Louis. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum, FL; the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock; and in corporate collections throughout the United States.
In studio: Jan. 12 – February 4, 2012
On exhibit: Jan. 12 – March 3, 2012
Lila Jang, a young sculptor from Seoul, South Korea, makes a practice of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary by turning the traditional idea of furniture literally onto its head. Tables, chairs, desks, and footstools take on the fluid, playfully exaggerated and voluminous characteristics of fantasy home furnishings, becoming whimsical pieces that are anthropomorphic, gestural, artful and vaguely humanoid without completely disconnecting from their original, more functional nature. Jang received her BFA in Sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul and her MFA from Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She has participated in group shows and art fairs internationally, including Paris, Zurich and Basel (in Switzerland), Seoul and Busan (in South Korea), and Sarajevo.
In studio: March 15 – April 14, 2012
On exhibit: March 15 – May 19, 2012
In over three decades as a sculptor, Los Angeles-based Gwynn Murrill has created timeless and contemporary animal figures that elegantly echo the primal essence of her subjects. Calling to mind Classical and Egyptian antiquity, Murrill's signature bronze creatures are fluid in line and form, inviting to the touch, and instilled with vitality and a sense of being--either caught in a moment of serenity and self-possession or brimming with the potential to pounce at any moment. Her work is held by many private collections and can be seen in a number of public commissions throughout the U.S. and across the globe, including the American Embassy in Singapore; the City of Obihiro, Japan; Target Corporation Headquarters in Minneapolis; the San Francisco Zoo; the Portland Museum of Art, ME; and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA.
Lux Art Institute, located in Encinitas, Calif., is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site, while producing a commissioned work of art – start to finish. This one-of-a-kind institution welcomes visitors to not only “see art,” but also to “see art happen.”
Throughout each year, Lux hosts several significant regional, national and international artists who participate in its residency program. Visitors from across the country are able to participate in exclusive liaison-led tours, providing intimate access to the artist-in-residence, the artist’s exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection of indoor and outdoor art. Lux also offers a wide range of innovative programming for all ages.
The recipient of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s top design award, the Grand Orchid, and the first art museum in California awarded LEED certification for new construction, Lux is located alongside one of Southern California’s few remaining coastal wetlands. The five-acre site also overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon and is surrounded by a wildlife preserve that stretches to the Pacific Ocean.
Through its Phase II Capital Campaign, Lux plans to add more than 25,000 square feet of galleries and classrooms. Once completed, the new building will also feature a hilltop plaza and a series of gardens climbing between the galleries and the Artist Pavilion.
Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas, Calif. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and cost is $10 for two visits. For more information about donations, memberships, volunteer opportunities and more, visit http://www.luxartinstitute.org or call 760-436-6611.