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MELTING POINT

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Mar shall Astor\, Angie Bray\, Bill Brody\, Richard Carter\, Michael Davis\, Da niel Du Plessis\, Mineko Grimmer\, Rebeca Mendez\, Tom McMillin and George Geyer (collaboration)\, Margaret Pezalla\, Victor Raphael\, Greta Waller\, Tal Yizrael

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November 23 – December 18

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Reception: Tuesday\, December 1\, 7-9 p.m.

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Is it periodic or continuous? Is it a temperature or a state of m ind? Is it positive or negative? Is the change cellular or global? Is it an instant or the end of an ice age? Is it a heat wave or an all-encompass ing climate? These are some of the questions addressed by Melting Point at El Camino College Ar t Gallery. Each of the14 Southern California artists whose works comprise t his exhibition approaches melting point from a distinct perspective.

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Marshall A stor presents Ragnorok S upply\, a n installation that functions as an interpretation of Ragnarok\, in Norse m ythology\, The Final Destiny of the Gods\, dealing most specifically with the idea of the final battle. The installation consist s of a rectangular\, dimly lit\, black room with a pair of over-scale (10’ high) ice consistency resin swords at one end. At the opposing end a mandal a-like logo counter balances the swords.

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In Snow Field Metamorphos is\, A ngie Bray add resses the specific moment of melting in her photographs of stubble fields under snow and ice. Bray says\, Catch a falling snowflake in your black-gloved hand and s ee it. Now stick out your tongue and feel it. Go look at the white field freckling with brown and green-each crystal melting one by one. Kneel down and watch carefully. You know it’s happening. But where? When?

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Bill Brody\, denizen of Alaska\, shows black and white woodcuts of ice fields and glaciers from his surroundings. These dramatic pieces have the curious quality of intricate 19th century illustration\, dealing directly with the enormity of wil derness landscape while addressing the contemporary issue of changing globa l climate.

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Richard Carter exhibits acrylic paintings on canvas d epicting massive glaciers floating in close proximity to American cityscape s\, charted\, under dark starry skies.

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Michael Davi s presents Icecapmelt\, a prop/vi deo-installation which Davis describes as\, a stage device/presentation about those who b elieve global warming is just an illusion\, a smoke and mirror conspiracy p erpetuated by environmentalists and artists. The installation is comprised of a charred miniaturized and mechanized globe\, capped by ice\, whirling upon a spindle mounted in front of a painted night sky. This small\, staged event is acc ompanied by a video of the heating and eventual burning of the globe as the ice cap melts.

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Daniel Du Plessis exhibits 50/50 fire and ice \, an oil painting on ca nvas (56”x18”) in which a glowing yellow rose emerges from a layer of ice a nd razor sharp icicles\, against a blue ground. This piece deals with natu re as metaphor for human emotions and romantic love.

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Mineko Grimmer shows 3 dimensional work in which a cone of ice is suspended over a soun ding mechanism. The cone is impregnated with gravel that drops against the bamboo sounding structure as the ice melts\, creating an evanescent and un predictable music.

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Rebeca Mendez presents Weatherscapes\, a series of large-scale c olor photographs of the gray glacial landscape of Iceland. This work explor es the relationship of the weather and the landscape as it relates to human scale.

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George Geyer and Tom McMillin present photo documentation of their installation\, Climatic Extremes\, a frozen chamber\, in which a spiral coil\, covered in ic e\, hovers above a heated steel dome. When a visitor enters the chamber the air is warmed\, causing the ice to melt and drip on the hot steel…SSSSSSSS

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They accompany this documentation with a sculptural wo rk in the same mode: a heated steel disc is horizontally suspended beneath a water source that intermittently deposits droplets of water. When the wa ter hits the metal tiny clouds of steam hiss into the air.

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Margaret Pezalla produces large (up to 7’) paper glaciers that float under the ga llery light. These dry\, lighter-than-air\, constructions oppose the frozen weight of terrestrial glaciers\, conjuring up questions about the nature o f matter.

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Victor Raphael shows paradoxical hand-leafed Polaroid images of Alaskan glaciers\, captured in an instant\, that\, which took mil lennia to form. Raphael also presents a video of caving glaciers in the fa r north.

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Greta Waller produces small oil paintings of ice cubes m elting\, done in the tradition of Manet. While superficially simple and sm all\, the image becomes monumental in content and form.

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Tal Yizrael presents potent blue ice photographs\, in which melting areas create im ages of abstracted human body parts. Additionally\, Yizrael shows photos of her colored ice casts of objects from everyday life-miniaturized cars and houses\, melting.

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