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What’s Happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

  • Open Art Critiques

    Starts: 4/5/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/5/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Session Dates: Friday 4/5, Saturdays 5/4 and 6/1
    Please RSVP at the link, or if bringing artwork, by sending Claudia email.

    Art Critiques for All facilitated by international visual artist Claudia Borgna www.claudiaborgna.org In collaboration with special guest poet Verónica Reyes www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/veronica-reyes

    WHO: Open to artists in all genres at any stage of their creative practice wanting feedback on their work.

    HOW IT WORKS: Bring an artwork you made and some specific questions for feedback. Two longer 45-minute spots are available, book by emailing Claudia at claudia.b@hotmail.co.uk. Shorter critiques also available for drop ins as time allows.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: A caring safe space - An organic yet in depth analytical discussion prompted by the works presented - Some serious, fun, eye-opening conversation.
  • Repair Cafe

    Starts: 4/6/2019 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/6/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 4/6, 12pm-4pm
    Cost: FREE!

    The Westside Repair Café returns to the Camera to connect the public those with broken household items with volunteers that demonstrate how to fix them - diverting goods from the landfill and increasing community skills. A partnership of Santa Monica Resource Recovery and Recycling, Our Time Bank and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, the annual event is a popular opportunity to learn more about fixing appliances, bicyles, furniture, garments and more! If you have skills to share and want to get involved email ourtimebank@gmail.com.
  • Two Minute Playwriting with Max King Cap

    Starts: 4/11/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Thursday 4/11, 1pm - 3pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Jump in to playwriting or hone your existing skills while practicing structure: set-up, conflict, redirection, and resolution in bite-sized writing. Each participant will write a two-page, two-character play, then pair with another participant to read both pieces aloud, with each acting in their own and in the other's work. After a feedback and editing session, we'll all converge for a play marathon. No previous experience required, just a willingness to experiment with words and action.

    Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. At the Camera, he is working on his digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES.
  • Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 4/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 4/13/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Frau Fiber brings her nationwide project, Sewing Rebellion, to the Camera on the second Saturday of the month concurrent to our monthly Craft Lounge. Catch Frau Fiber's regiment of Faux Fraus leading sewing, altering and repurposing projects each month. Shared sewing machines and sewing tips included.

    In March, Faux Frau Katja focuses on the Pocket: its history, pocket hacks (everyone wants bigger pockets!), patch pockets, pockets for belts, etc. As always, participants are welcome to bring their own projects and mending.

    Craft Lounge is a monthly no-host gathering of all types of crafting - bring your works in progress and make something with your neighbors! The Camera Obscura Art Lab has shared knitting, crochet, sewing, collage and drawing materials and plenty of tables for you to spread out your work. Sewing Rebellion sewing tips available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_iA8hOiZz1ipUFGAmGkrw
  • Max King Cap & DaEun Jung, New Work

    Starts: 4/13/2019 3:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/13/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Saturday 4/13, 3pm - 6pm
    Cost: Free! Note: part of this event takes place at the end of the SM Pier (DaEun Jung's Earthian Folk Dance performance, 3-3:30pm) while the rest takes place at the Camera Obscura Art Lab.
    Register at the More Info link or call 310.458.2239.

    Join us for the culminating exhibition of studio residents DaEun Jung and Max King Cap, showing new painting and performance works. Light refreshments provided.

    DaEun Jung is a choreographer, dancer, drummer, and educator, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Her choreographic practice encompasses somatic and rhythmic exploration, improvisation, and an investigation into innovative dance-making methods. Rooted in classical Korean dance training from the age of 12, Jung considers her main assignment as a bicultural artist to redefine the forms and principles of culturally specific dance in a contemporary context. At the Camera, she will be developing an 'Earthian Folk Dance,' based on the concept of a group dance that reconciles folk, social, and virtuosic dance forms for all inhabitants of our planet. Her weekly events present opportunities to explore rhythm and movement, encourage kinesthetic excitement through participatory dance, and nurture communal and cultural awareness between neighbors. More at daeunjung.com

    Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. At the Camera, he is working digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES. More at maxkingcap.com
  • Earthian Folk Dance with DaEun Jung

    Starts: 4/13/2019 3:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/13/2019 4:00:00 PM

    A free performance on the Santa Monica Pier! View an in-progress excerpt from DaEun Jung's residency project, the 'Earthian Folk Dance,' and contribute your own movement to the development of the EFD movement vocabulary. Earthian Folk Dance is a communal activity created and performed by Earthians (the people who live on this planet, irrespective of nation and culture.) This project arose from DaEun Jung’s ongoing investigation into the principles and methods of Korean folk dance and the potential physical reconciliation between participants of diverse backgrounds. EFD celebrates team spirit and bodily exhilaration, and challenges the tropes of both post-modern choreography and traditional folk dance.
  • Momentum' - Poetry Workshop with Brendan Constantine 

    Starts: 4/20/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/20/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Brendan Constantine returns to the Camera Obscura with a new generative workshop, theme: "momentum." Creating momentum within our poetry and our writing practice.  Participants will examine and discuss examples and create new poems. All levels welcome!
  • Singing Rounds with Studio Resident Alex Wand

    Starts: 4/27/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 4/27/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 4/27, 5/25, 6/22, 1pm-2pm and 7/27, 3-4pm
    Free! RSVP at link.

    Experience the joy of group singing! In this session, we will sing rounds with some guitar accompaniment; round singing is a musical form where one group starts off with a melody and the next group starts with the same melody a bit later and so on. The result is a harmonious canon of voices in perpetual motion. This repeating event is meant for non-musicians and musicians alike; all are welcome!
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