Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water

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Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water
Curated by: Megan Ellisor

2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
January 13th, 2011 - April 3rd, 2011

long beach
Thu 11-8; Fri-Sun 11-5
video, photography, mixed-media


Influential Element will feature 26 contemporary works by California-based artists who seek to explore the infinite ways in which water impacts our everyday life. Artists featured in the exhibition include Young-Il Ahn, Lynn Aldrich, Adam Belt, Todd Brainard, Matthew Cornell, F. Scott Hess, Jeff Honea, Sant Khalsa, Jeff McMillan, Marina Moevs, Jon Ng, Will Noble, Laura Parker, Elizabeth Patterson, Joan Perlman, Eric Tillinghast, Daena Title, Bill Viola and Eric Zener. The exhibition will feature works in a variety of media, including photography, watercolor, video, color pencil, and mixed media.

It is especially fitting that Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water debuts in a city in which water has historically played a vital and complex role, both from a recreational standpoint and as a major source of industry and commerce supporting Port operations. Influential Element will present nineteen artists’ depictions of water in a variety of roles: as a sustaining force of life; as one of the world’s most sought-after resources; as a medium for recreation and play; as a commercial entity that sustains business and trade; and as a violent and unpredictable weather force with the power to threaten our very existence. Not only will this exhibition offer breathtaking images of water, but it will also reflect upon our increasingly complex relationship with the element – immersing the audience in a visual conversation about water.

Influential Element will challenge viewers to reconsider their understanding of the role that water plays in our life, while offering stunning depictions of our most familiar natural element. The exhibition is supported by Long Beach Water Department and Merrill Lynch of Seal Beach.