True Believers

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Subject study: dissonant accord, 2013 Oil On Canvas 7' X 6'
True Believers

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
August 31st, 2013 - October 12th, 2013
Opening: August 31st, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5
pop, digital, video-art, sculpture, mixed-media, installation


Torrance, Calif., August 16, 2013– The Torrance Art Museum at the Joslyn Center (TAM) invites the public to attend an opening reception for new exhibitions on Saturday, August 31st from 6 – 9 pm. The opening reception is free to the public and no RSVP is necessary. The TAM is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. The following exhibitions will be on view from Tuesday, September 3rd - Saturday, October 12th, 2013. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Main Gallery:


True Believers is an exhibition featuring a selection of artists from LA and beyond whose work finds various connections and references to the tropes and conventions of science-fiction, horror films and comic books. Paralleling those inspirations with some of the recent strains of contemporary art from Los Angeles, True Believers contextualizes the artists' work with products from the vast popular culture landscape and its related sub-cultures.  The exhibition seeks an overlap in inspiration and imagination between what one may find at an art fair and what one may find at Comicon.  True Believers is curated by artist-curator Adam D. Miller, TAM director and head curator Max Presneill, and TAM assistant curator Jason Ramos.

 Featuring works by: Justin Bower, The Clayton Brothers, Monica Cook, The Date Farmers, David French, Charles Irvin, Patrick Jackson, Mike Kuchar, Joel Kyack, Candice Lin, Chad Person, Jon Pylypchuk, Colin Roberts, Robert Williams, Eric Yahnker, Creature props and effects from Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.

 Gallery 2:

Joe Meiser

 Joe Meiser works in a combination of sculpture, installation and performance art.  The gallery is filled with 1000 pounds of artwork for this exhibition.  Joe’s current body of work explores the problem of mortality as experienced by the contemporary human.

The Dark Room Video Gallery Presents:


 Australian Video, curated by Ian Haig.  The works in UNCO all manifest this “unco” state of being, of odd pairings and perverse couplings.

 Featuring works by: Philip Brophy, Martine Corompt, Heath Franco, Ian Haig, Soda Jerk, Diego Ramirez and Emile Zile

 The Torrance Art Museum is the premiere visual art space to view contemporary art in the South Bay. It is a program of the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department. The Cultural Services Division is responsible for City sponsored arts and culture initiatives held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and throughout the City.

Additional information about special events and upcoming arts programming at the Torrance Art Museum can be requested by email at or by calling 310-618-3846.

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