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Curated by: Scott Canty

5504 West Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
December 9th, 2011 - February 5th, 2012
Opening: December 9th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
Mon-Sat 10-4; Sun 1-4
photography, mixed-media, installation



The Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents Installations - an exhibition  exploring environmental art that takes into account the viewer’s entire sensory experience rather than having works of art hanging on a wall or sitting on a pedestal - featuring two Los Angeles Artists, Edith Abeyta and Meeson Pae Yang. This exhibit is curated by Scott Canty, PVAC Exhibitions Director. The exhibit opens December 9, 2011, and runs through February 5, 2012, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, located at the Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates. Galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Members’ opening reception is scheduled for Friday, December 9, 5-8pm.

Installation art can be either temporary or permanent within a space or as a public setting. This art form can take on many different materials; this genre incorporates a very broad range of everyday and natural materials, which are often chosen for their suggestive qualities. Many installations are site-specific types - designed to exist only in the space for which they were created for. 

Edith Abeyta uses re-purposed, salvaged and scavenged materials and incorporates interactive and participatory elements within her installations, focusing and exploring issues of collectivity, opportunity, and labor. Embracing notions of ethereality and multiplicity she offers alternatives to static, single voiced art production. Abeyta is seeking “favorite words” for the PVAC site-specific installation, Pitys Reconstructs the Word. Words can be emailed to Abeyta received a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in 2007. She has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and the University of Burapha, Thailand.  Her work has been exhibited at the Lakenhal Museum in Lieden, the Burapha University Gallery in Thailand, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum as well as numerous local, national and international galleries

            Messon Pae Yang’s objective is to interpret and examine the natural world and make new meanings and connections. By creating immersive installations, she encourages viewers to interact and be enveloped in an experiential moment of reflection, contrary to our fast paced world of globalization. Wang investigates the convergence of science, technology and mythology into a thickly layered stratum of images and objects reflecting systems of nature, death, regeneration, hybrization and transformation. Through the delicate combination of materials - plastic, fluid, light, and metal - biomorphic forms and otherworldly environments emerge and are encoded with the potential for growth, expansion, and regeneration.

Yang’s solo exhibitions have been shown internationally and nationally, including Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland), ArtHK (Hong Kong, China), Blythe Projects (Culver City, CA), JK Gallery (Culver City, CA) and Gallery 825 (Los Angeles, CA). Yang’s work has also been exhibited at the Exploratorium Museum (San Francisco, CA), and the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA). Yang is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and a recipient of the California New Vision Award, the Durfee Foundation’s ARC award, the Hans G. and Lordis W. Burkhardt Foundation Award and the Beverly Alpay Award. Yang received her BFA in 2002 from the University of California Los Angeles.

Special classes, workshops, performances and readings will be available throughout the two-month exhibition.  Classes to include, Adding Words to Pictures/Adding Pictures to Words, Design Your Own Sketchbook, and Draw in Your Book – Sketchbooks and Art Journals. Performances and readings will be conducted by Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Les Figues Press, Anna Mayer and Carol Es. Bring your unwanted books to swap throughout the exhibition!  More information about these events can be found at

Also exhibiting, PVAC Artists Holiday Exhibition, a small works exhibition featuring work by members of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s eight affiliated artists groups. Opening reception is set for Friday, December 9, 5-8pm with awards at 7pm.

The Palos Verdes Art Center and Community School of Art, celebrating 80 years in the community, is a non-profit community organization serving southwestern Los Angeles County with visual arts exhibition, education and outreach programs. For more information about any of its many activities, exhibitions art classes or volunteer support groups please visit or call 310-541-2479.