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The Huntington Beach Art Center is presenting an original curated exhibi tion in the Main Galleries entitled\, Escape from the Landfill< /strong>.  This three-person exhibition features new site-specific lar ge scale sculpture and installation by Joyce Dallal\, Olga Lah and Cynthia Minet.   The artists combine discarded and repurposed materials to address issues concerning plastics in our environment\, consumerism\, and energy co nsumption. The exhibition opens with a reception scheduled for Saturday\, J uly 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The artists will be in attendance and the receptio n is free and open to the public.  The exhibition continues through Septemb er 1.

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Cynthia Minet’s new installation for Huntington Beach Art Center is titled\, Ox Pull and is part of an ongoing project\, Unsustainable Creatures.  Minet repurp oses and recycles plastic objects and containers culled from discount and h ardware stores\, and rescued from dumpsters\, to construct her sculptures o f domesticated animals.  Lit from within by LED lighting\, these creatures glow with a life force that escapes our landfills.  Underlying their playfu l construction\, Minet’s sculptures question whether ultimately we will evo lve to become the materials that we can’t do without and point to humankind ’s dependence on electricity. In Ox Pull\, two life-size oxen plow through a field composed of plastic bottles.  Inspired by piles of kelp and detritu s washed up on the shore\, the installation features bottles and other mate rials attached to a plow made from a found piece of playground equipment.  The glowing bottle-strands suggest both entrails and furrows simultaneously .  The oxen\, in shades of green\, yellow and blue\, toil through this land scape made from their same materials in an inescapable cycle of use\, re-us e and refuse.

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Joyce Dallal’s sculptural work titled\, R eceptacle\, is essentially a 10-foot tall trash can in the shape of a baby doll.  The art work is designed to hold several hundred pounds of used and broken toys that are too thrashed to be donated and contain materials that cannot be recycled.  Dallal has collected used and broken toys over the las t year and separated the trash from the toys that can be donated.  Toys tha t would have been put into the trash are instead “fed” to the baby. The scu lpture becomes an alternative to a landfill as well as a metaphor for a chi ld’s consumption of the culture he or she grows up in. In addition\, two ne w pieces will be premiered at this exhibition.  A smaller receptacle that i s the first in a series of sculptures titled Litter¬¬—domestically scaled w ire wastebasket babies that can be filled with small toys\, each in a uniqu e pose.  Dallal envisions this new series as sculptures that could be used in the home to showcase beloved used toys rather than toss them\, creating a memento of a specific childhood. The second new piece is a short video cr eated in collaboration with writer/director John Flynn\, titled Mine\, that juxtaposes individual stories about favorite and desired toys with images of the toys collected and disposed of in the Receptacle.

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Olga La h’s installation is site-specific and is made up from thousands of plastic bottle caps that were sourced from local manufacturers seeking to divert leftover product away from the landfill.  Starting in the lobby and spanning across the Huntington Beach Art Center’s gallery walls\, they move through each space until they end in masse as an encompassing experience i n the last gallery.  This continues Lah’s continuing interest in the accumu lation and repetition of humble materials from previous works.  She questio ns the viewer’s perception by using an accessible object like a bottle cap and multiplying it monumentally in abstract patterns and forms.  This senso ry driven installation is not intended to question the validity of plastics but how we choose to produce and use them.  Ultimately\, asking “How does this reflect our overall approach to material consumption\, our values\, an d our future?”

DTEND:20120901 DTSTAMP:20140723T214058 DTSTART:20120714 GEO:33.6622612;-117.9987977 LOCATION:Huntington Beach Art Center\,538 Main Street \nHuntington Beach\, CA 92648 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Escape from the Landfill\, Joyce Dallal\, Olga Lah\, Cynthia Minet UID:224300 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120714T210000 DTSTAMP:20140723T214058 DTSTART:20120714T190000 GEO:33.6622612;-117.9987977 LOCATION:Huntington Beach Art Center\,538 Main Street \nHuntington Beach\, CA 92648 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Escape from the Landfill\, Joyce Dallal\, Olga Lah\, Cynthia Minet UID:224301 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR