Shana Mabari is an American contemporary artist based in Los Angeles who has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work explores the intersections of art, science and technology. Through sculptures, installations and environments, Mabari investigates ways in which worldly phenomena are absorbed and processed through sensory and visual perception. She orchestrates light, reflection, color contrast, and geometry with the intent to play with the experience of physical space.
Mabari is part of the continuum of the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s. Her inspirations include James Turrell, Buckminster Fuller, and groundbreaking research by experts in the Vision Sciences at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, and the Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich, Switzerland, where’s she’s collaborated with world renowned vision scientists.
Most recently, Mabari has five translucent and mirrored sculptures – from her “Diametros Petals” and new “Leukos Petals” series – installed in downtown Los Angeles offices of MATT Construction, whose high profile projects include The Broad museum. The exhibition is in affiliation with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History and was curated by MOAH’s Manager and Curator Andi Campognone.
“Leukos Petals” pieces are also currently on view at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, first shown at the venue’s opening during Art Palm Springs and the first weekend of Modernism 2018.
In 2017, “Selected Works,” featuring ten sculptures spanning 2014-2016, was installed in the Blue Lobby at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood; it is on view through May 2018 as part of the PDC’s designLAb, an ongoing program curated by Helen Varola. The exhibition includes several “Diametros Petals,” cube sculptures from Mabari’s “Illumetric” series of geometric sculptures, and the monumental “Illumetric Rectangle,” which stands ten feet tall.
Mabari’s “Astral Challenger,” a 20-foot-high rocket-shaped sculpture, was installed in Lancaster, CA in 2016. The work was the first piece of public art commissioned by the City of Lancaster for its Art and Public places program, and remains at the site permanently. It was conceived as a monumental landmark for Lancaster in honor of the City’s achievements in the aerospace industry, and in commemoration of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger flight. The piece was featured in NASA’s official publication for its Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA. The sculpture is illuminated from dusk until dawn. Previously in Lancaster, Mabari premiered her “Diametros Petals” series at MOAH in December 2015.
Mabari’s 2014 public art project “ILLUMETRIC,” a triptych of massive diamond-, cube-, and rectangle-shaped sculptures, was created for the City of West Hollywood’s “Art on the Outside” program. She worked with legendary fabricator Jack Brogan on the design concepts for the installation. Originally introduced in July 2014 for a one year period, ILLUMETRIC was extended through April 2016. Mabari also received a WeHo@30 Film & Digital Media Grant to make Illumetric, a short film chronicling the project that premiered at the 2015 WeHo@30 Film Festival and Digital Time Capsule.
Mabari was born in Los Angeles, California. She has traveled extensively, and lived in Paris, Northern India, and Tel Aviv. Her education includes studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She holds a patent for the design of “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,” a portable version of a visual and sensory experimental environment. She is a recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant.
SHANA MABARI CV
1969 Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
1998 B.F.A. Otis College of Art and Design
American University of Paris
COMMISSIONED PUBLIC ART
2016 Astral Challenger, Lancaster, CA
2017 Selected Works , Pacific Design Center Lobby, Los Angeles, CA
2015-2016 Diametros Petals, Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, CA
2014-2016 ILLUMETRIC, Art on the Outside, West Hollywood, CA
2013 INFINITY II, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2018 Leukos Petals and Diametros Petals, IMAGO Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2017 UN/CONSCIOUS. Gatzara, Ibiza, Spain
2016 Surface, CMay Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2016-2017 Diametros Petals, IMAGO Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2015 GREEN, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA
2014- 2016 Cubes, IMAGO Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2014- 2016 Diamond, CMay Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2014 Cultural Excavation, Gallery 825-LAAA, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Out There, Gallery 825-LAAA, West Hollywood, CA
2013 Luminosity, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA
2012 INFINITY, Gallery 825-LAAA, West Hollywood, CA
2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 SEE THRU, ICON, Los Angeles, CA
2010 SEE THRU, Gallery 825-LAAA, Los Angeles, CA
2009 The AFTERIMAGE Collective, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Close Encounter-Science Meets Art, National Taiwan University, Taipei
2006 Installation of Large Scale Optical Illusions, Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL
2005 Installation of Large Scale Optical Illusions, Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL
2004 Motion Induced Blindness, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
2003 Dept of Industrial Design - Open House, Art Center, Pasadena, CA
2003 Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO
2001 Trail Makers: A Sylvan Transformation, New Town, Pasadena, CA
2000 Art in Tents, New Town, Pasadena, CA
1998 Travelers Exhibition, Rachael Stein Gallery, Tel Aviv
1996 Spiritual Worlds, New Delhi Cultural Center, India
1994 Venice Art Detour, Nova Space, Venice, CA
1993 Urban Expressionism, Goddess Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990 Group Show, Paris, France
2018 Diametros Petals, LA Art Show, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Diametros Petals, Art Aspen, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Aspen, CO
2015 Tuple Series, Art Aspen, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Aspen, CO
2013 INFINITY II, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2017 Holly Speck. “Art That Takes Us To Infinity and Beyond,” GoDesignGo, 2017
2017 “Works by Shana Mabari on Display at the Pacific Design Center,” WEHO ville, June 2017. http://www.wehoville.com/2017/06/20/works-shana-mabari-display-pdc-beginning-friday/
2016 “News Page,” Art Ltd, July/August 2016. http://artltdmag.com/2016/07/julyau...
2016 “Challenger Crew Recognized with Monument,” Colorado Space News, August 2016
2016 Levine, Jay. “Challenger Crew Recognized with Monument,” NASA, July 2016. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstr...
2016 Sharp, Barbara. “New Monument Commemorates Challenger's Disaster”, Time Warner Cable News, May 2016.
2016 “Astral Challenger Monument is City's Inaugural Public Art Piece,” Antelope Valley Today, May 2016.
2016 “Monumental Landmark,” Antelope Valley Press, May 2016.
2016 “Challenger monument a hit,” Our Weekly, May 2016.
2015 Gordon, Billie,“Artist Shana Mabari’s Massive Illumetric Triptych,” West Hollywood Magazine, Summer 2015 Issue. < http://westhollywoodlifestyle.com/artist-shana-mabaris-massive-illumetric-triptych-2/>
2014 Ng, David, “'Illumetric' Brightens Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood,” Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2014, <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-illumetric-west-hollywood-20140824-story.html>
2014 Derrick, Lisa. “Illumetric: Public Art Shapes Santa Monica Blvd with Lights,” Cartwheel Arts, September 15, 2014 <http://www.cartwheelart.com/2014/09/15/illumetric-public-art-shapes-santa-monica-blvd-with-light/>
2014 Spinner, Jenni. “Public Art Project Lights the Way,” Public Works, October 6, 2014 <http://www.pwmag.com/public-outreach/public-art-lights-west-hollywoods-streets_o.aspx>
2014 “West Hollywood Outdoor Art Display Illumetrics Lit up with LED T8 Tubes,” Ted Magazine, August 26 2014.
2014 Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Art On the Outside,” LA Weekly, September 9, 2014 <http://www.laweekly.com/calendar/art-on-the-outside-5062675>
2013 Fabrik Media, “Illuminated,” Fabrik Magazine; Issue 21, June 22, 2013 <http://issuu.com/fabrik/docs/fabrik21/55>
2015 Illumetric – A Short Film. Editor. Brian Bennett. 2015, Weho@30 Film Festival
2013 Shana Mabari: INIFINITY. Dir. Eric Minh Swenson. 2013, Eric Minh Swenson. Film.
2011 Revealing SEE THRU: A Collaboration of Art and Science, Dir. Ginger Van Hook. 2011, California Institute of Technology. Film.
2003 “Abstracted Biomorphic Pendulum”, Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop. Telluride, Colorado. 2003, Collaboration with Tobias Delbruck and Mark Tilden.
2010 Mays and Dr.Shimojo, Peter and Shinsuke. SEE THRU, exhibition catalogue, pg. 3-6 & 6-8, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles.
2004 Shimojo, Dr. Shinsuke. “Perception: Large-scale demonstrations of Motion Induced Blindness and Vection.” Report of experiments conducted using psychophysics installation, collaboration with Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo.
2003 Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop Report (“Neuro Institute out of Switzerland”). Abstract of Biomorphic Pendulum project created during the workshop. Telluride, CO
2001 Felt, Kevin. “Pieces in the Park: Lower Arroya Becomes Unique Outdoor Gallery,” pg.31, Trail Makers: A Sylvan Transformation, September 30, 2001, Pasadena Star-News
LECTURES & ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2005-2006 Vision Science Society. An annual meeting bringing together international experts in vision science; exhibited large-scale optical illusion environments.
2003-2004 Art Center College of Design, Assistant Instructor of Graduate Industrial Design. Liaison for Office of Design Transfer. Introduced and organized collaborations between design and technology students.
2003 California Institute of Technology - Institute of Neuroinformatics & Salk Institute.
“Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop;” hosted leading researchers in biological, computational and engineering sciences. Contributed to conversations surrounding Bioethics and Roving Robots. Collaborated with Tobi Delbruck and Mark Tilden on Biomorphic Pendulum.
2003 California Institute of Technology - Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering Retreat; addressed challenges in the Neuromorphic community and the advantages of artistic collaborations.
2004 Mabari, Shana and Dr.Shimojo, Shinsuke. “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,”
Caltech, Pasadena, CA, 2004.
AWARDS & HONORS
2015 WeHo@30 Film & Digital Media Grant
2013 ARC Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Neuromorph of the Year Award, Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO
1992-1994 Founding Member, Nova Space, nonprofit arts organization, Venice, CA