Galleries LA in partnership with the
Beach Redevelopment Agency presents:
a solo show
by artist Susan Chorpenning, curated by Dangerous Curve
contact: Liza Simone
Brightens Up the Darkest Season in Long Beach
Chorpenning's art installation "Fiat Lux III"
CA, January 12, 2008 -
Galleries LA has become known for transforming unsightly empty storefronts into
vibrant and culturally exciting art experiences from Beverly Hills to
Pasadena. PGLA is proud to announce a partnership with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency in presenting their
inaugural Long Beach exhibit, Susan Chorpenning's window installation
"Fiat Lux III." Curated by Dangerous Curve.
Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Exhibit runs: January 12 to March 12, 2008.
24/7 with optimal viewing hours between 5 pm - 1 am.
Gallery Hours by appointment only.
the artist TBA.
Lux" means "Let There be Light." Chorpenning means to
days and longest nights of the year. If you've not seen
one of Susan
Chorpenning's twinkling light window displays, you've not
had a true
urban winter-wonderland experience! Her last PGLA
"Fiat Lux II," was like a holiday mega-display, with the
painstakingly intertwined and loaded on until they filled the
From afar, the window seemed to hover in front of its
glass. Up close, one's whole field of vision was engulfed.
was invigorating exuberance.
Lux III" is more subdued than was "Fiat Lux 2," its lights
(if only slightly) and elegant. It fills the two windows to the left and
right of the
location's main doorway. The walls are painted
with added blocks of color behind some light elements. These light
elements come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as twinkling globes,
mini-lava lamps, colored compact fluorescents, and tiny, twinkling,
multicolored lights mounted on frames. Using stretcher bars throughout -
but instead of being the structure for paintings, they are the structure for
lights - eg. strings of lights wrapped around the stretcher bars, and
variations on this theme. These
"frames" are the most recurrent image in the piece. More subtle it
is, but indeed still a beautiful sensory enterprise.
Altadena, via New York and Europe. She has had numerous solo
siteworks in galleries and museums, nationally in New York,
Francisco Bay Area, Texas, and internationally in Paris,
Germany. She has performed to rave reviews at Dixon
Knitting Factory, BACA, The Painted Bride, and Claremont
things, Chorpenning does so-called "dark rooms," chairs
units and light-sensitive rocks. All these
afterimages (from phosphorescent paint or flash units that
on one's retina to mimic memory perceptions. The "memories" can
build up and overlap, and sometimes interact and overwrite each other.
solo show at Dangerous Curve in 2004 was one of her
room" installations. In these, she uses paint on walls and
record "memories" of constantly moving sunlight streaming in
doors, windows, and skylights throughout a given day. All
past light rooms have been records of sunlight as it
into the rooms, but in "February Thirtieth," the
completely fabricated for a completely fabricated day.
has noted that light traces left from another part of a
day can have
a surprising psychological effect, causing the viewer to
enhanced brightness in a room without really understanding
the effect in a room that, facing north, doesn't have any
sunlight at all. The space at Dangerous Curve is such a room,
effect of Chorpenning's multicolored trace records was