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Faux Real

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Laguna Art Museum
Faux Real

307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
June 2nd, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Opening: June 2nd, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
orange county
PHONE:  
949-494-8971
OPEN HOURS:  
Sun-Sat 11-5; First Thursdays of each month 11-9
TAGS:  
ceramic, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

In this summer’s main-level exhibition, Laguna Art Museum presents a collection of works by contemporary artists who mimic reality with a playful twist, in the process raising questions of authenticity and duplication. Often using off-beat materials, and showing a sly sense of humor, they take as their subject-matter items that anyone might pass over without a second thought, such as food, furniture, or domestic knick-knacks. By turning the ordinary into art, they get us to think about how things are made, what they are made from, and how we see them in our everyday experience.
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Many of the works in Faux Real are about the pleasures of trompe l’oeil, the creation of an eye-deceiving illusion—the delicate ceramic works of Richard Shaw, for instance, or the sculptures of Matt Merkel Hess and Lauren Dicioccio. Each artist, in his or her own way, offers a rich, textured challenge to us to question our visual surroundings. Kim MacConnel’s reconstruction of a living room extends the tradition of the interior genre painting, allowing us to move into the space.
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While generally humorous in tone, the exhibition also includes works that, at some level, offer a critique of American culture and consumerism. The clay food sculptures of Julie Bozzi ask us to consider “American types” of food, presenting what could be Cold War-era, Sunset magazine images as a cabinet of curiosities.
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In addition to those mentioned above, the exhibition includes the following participating artists: Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk, Libby Black, Amy Caterina, Ala Ebtekar, Cheryl Ekstrom, David Gilhooly, Jean Lowe, Gifford Myers, Elyse Pignolet, Walter Robinson, and Stephanie Syjuco.
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On display on the museum’s upper level, the installation Sea Change: Tanya Aguiñiga’s Bluebelt Forest plays with transformations in a way that perfectly complements the Faux Real theme.