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

orange county
Sun-Sat 11-5; First Thursdays of each month 11-9
ceramic, sculpture


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.