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Monte Vista Projects is proud to present Te rra Firma\, the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles based ar tist\, MICHAEL KONTOPOULOS. The exhibition runs from Janua ry 19 to February 10\, 2013. The opening reception is Saturday\, January 19 \, 7-10pm.

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The work in this exhibition borrows strategies from speculati ve fiction and design in order to explore themes of escapism\, the frontier and the illusion of utopia. In collaboration with graphic designers and 3D computer modelers\, Michael has fabricated a series of artifacts that cont rast the obviously fictitious with the ambiguously realistic and uncanny in an effort to anticipate the political imaginary of abandoning the Earth.

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Through print design\, sculpture and installation\, the works in Terr a Firma explore several ideas including the visual vernacular of how r overs and satellites (themselves\, unique sculptures) "see" their environme nt and therefore\, how we experience the unknown through them. In addition to this\, Michael is utilizing the strategies of graphic design branding ca mpaigns to envision boarding passes for impossible destinations.

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At once an imagining of a potential future and a lamentation for an unsatisfactory present\, this work investigates space exploration and space tourism as an adult concretization of a childhood need to be subsumed by fantasy.

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Michael Kontopoulos is a Los Angeles based artist an d educator. After studying electronic and time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University\, he went on to receive his MFA in Design and Media Arts from U CLA.

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He has exhibited solo and collaborative projects in galleries\, fes tivals and conferences in the U.S.\, Asia and Europe\, including the Santa Monica Glow Festival\, the Sundance Film Festival\, and the TED conference. He was the winner of a 2010 Rhizome Commission for Emerging Artists\, spon sored by the New Museum (NYC). Currently\, Michael teaches electronic media courses at USC\, UCLA\, Cal State Long Beach and Art Center College of Des ign.

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