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Create:Fixate – re[BUILD]

June 9, 2009 by Dale Youngman in Art, Events with 0 Comments

Create Fixate

Fabrik is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the next Create:Fixate event in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 27. Come by and visit us at The Fabrik Loft and view some of Fabrik’s artists.

If you’ve never experienced Create:Fixate, you must find yourself at the arts organization’s next theme-based event on Saturday, June 27th, in downtown L.A. Build: Exploring Art, Architecture & Design explores the visual architecture of life and how it moves you. Emerging and established visual artists and musicians will create a collective definition for build (v.) – to develop or give form according to a plan or process; create: to make something by combining materials or parts.

Create:Fixate’s artists have been engaged in the construction and design of this landscape, a space full of sound and structure that they trust will engage you in an exhilarating experience. In turn, as the audience, they welcome you to “build” on their shapes and definitions with your own perceptions. Each structure ventured upon has a certain push or pull that helps to define who we are in the world.

Some of the visual artists featured at the “Build” event include Sage Raval, whose art pieces are built environments, hand-crafted with layered paper carefully stitched and assembled by hand using repurposed and recycled materials resulting in gorgeous, delicate details that are fragile and whimsical in appearance yet strong in construction. Artist and furniture designer Ando Pndlian’s work reflects his continuing interest in the interchange between research and culture as well as his belief in the importance of a sustainable and human-centered design practice. The humans behind 11.1 – Arshia Mahmoodi and Axel Schmitzberger – will present an installation based on holistic design using biology, technology and current construction processes. Beloved LA-transplant Mike Russek, the hyper-creative gallery owner, festival director, and mobile art gallery curator, will present a new series of work based on topographic maps utilizing laser cutters and a variety of materials – his first new series in over 5 years. German-born Antje Menikheim’s work is both spatial and autobiographical, though her art is rendered in geometric abstracts. From afar, the collages look like blown-up computer chips or intricate plans of buildings but closer inspection reveals documents and collected papers meticulously superposed to shape a geometrical pattern. Sculptor and designer James Peterson’s current work is also rooted in geometric organic forms, with an emphasis on sustainable materials. His furniture and sculpture work are distinguished by elegant organic forms juxtaposed with complex material combinations.

In the center of it all is [re]BUILD, a contest hosted by LAA, an art collective that encourages creation and competition amongst artists and enables audiences to witness closely the process of artistic creation. For the first time Create:Fixate will partner with LAA, whose events are unique, positing artists head to head within a different thematic competition (painting, graffiti, ice sculpture, tattoo). The contest will involve the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of an urban landscape, turning pieces of concrete and rubble into magnificent, painted, mosaic canvases. The 3-hour event will take center stage amidst DJs, live musicians, an enormous dancefloor, and a vast 3-room art gallery space. The audiences decide on the winners, prizes are awarded, and a cool and unique set of artwork is created.

Not to be outdone, the Audio Lab portion of the evening promises to impress with a collection of Los Angeles’ best talent. Some of the aural highlights for June 27th include Kenneth Graham, a Create:Fixate favorite known for combining equal elements of mind and machine, his sound is both clinical and funky. Tricia Halloran, DJ, radio host of “Brave New World,” and sublime musical curator will navigate new sounds for our dancefloor pleasure. Argentinean-born multimedia artist Rodolfo Juarez will share his inspired musical side with us and singer/ songwriter Jessica Viola, making a name for herself in the funk and blues community, will bring her innovative melodies, warm-toned vocals, and a suitcase full of poetry to the party.

In support of building a better world, Create:Fixate is working with Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) on this next event. The ECHS mission is to provide a hands-on rigorous college prep curriculum that extends learning into the local environment so all students graduate with the knowledge, values and skills to become lifelong learners and quality stewards of their community – a community where magic happens. Green Ambassadors, a project of Environmental Charter High School, is an environmental education program that empowers youth to be agents of change in their communities and world. Through service learning, community partnerships, and cross-cultural and global exchange, the program fosters personal growth and leadership skills to help youth tackle the most critical environmental issues facing our planet. For more information visit http://echsonline.org and http://greenambassadors.org.

Empowerment Works will also be in the house on June 27th. Established in 2001, Empowerment Works (EW) is comprised of a growing global community of citizens, businesses, and organizations who understand that by bringing the best of our resources and ideas to the table, we can help build a better world for humanity. EW is a Think-Tank. It is global sustainability in Action, empowering humanity to co-create a healthier, culturally rich, and environmentally secure future. Working from the grassroots up, EW fosters social and economic opportunities that value and protect indigenous heritage. In the USA, EW manifests positive social change through creative educational forums and events promoting cross-cultural appreciation and environmental responsibility. To learn more please visit http://www.empowermentworks.org.

Create:Fixate is a successful art organization in Los Angeles in its 8th year running art/music events that bring together emerging artists and musicians, along with 1500+ art lovers and party goers in a 15,000-square foot downtown warehouse on a quarterly basis. Founder Michelle Berc curates, produces and hosts these stunning group art shows that present creative people from around the globe with an emphasis on the local talent of Los Angeles. The production team also includes music coordinator Andrea Giardina, and a core team of volunteers and dedicated advisory board members. Awe-inspiring painters, photographers, sculptors, and multi-media artists exhibit alongside an equally impressive array of Los Angeles’ finest DJs and musicians. Each event’s aural artists are poised to create a soundtrack for the night that transforms this from a simple ‘art show’ into the city’s most anticipated Art Event.

VOX BOX Arts Collective is a nonprofit multi-cultural interdisciplinary arts group dedicated to presenting live performance, film, and visual arts to children and adults of diverse incomes, cultures, and abilities. VOX BOX believes in the necessity for exchange and collaboration between people, communities, and nations. We feel that the arts community needs to take an active role in creating a positive environment for social change. Create:Fixate and VOX BOX work together to produce the “8 Sundays Emerging Artist Program,” the Kids Kreativity Zone, and other programs presented to our community. To learn more please visit http://www.voxboxarts.com.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Create:Fixate presents “Build”
Exploring Art, Architecture & Design

Premiere Events Center
613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
7:00pm – 3:00am

$15.00 b4 10:00pm/$20.00 after || All ages welcome
Kids Kreativity Zone/Exhibit Preview

4:00 – 7:00pm
$5 suggested donation, kids 12 and younger free before 7pm

310-590-7199
www.createfixate.org

NOTE: The evening begins with a preview of the exhibit from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation during this period and kids twelve-years old and younger are allowed free entry before seven o’clock. Parents are encouraged to bring the whole family during the preview hours and take advantage of the Kids Kreativity Zone (4 – 7 p.m. only). Overflowing with art supplies, the Zone provides a supervised space where youth can dive into their own expression while parents explore the evening’s exhibit.

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