What is the grotesque? And why, sometimes, does it evoke opposite sides of the spectrum, both laughter and disgust? These are the questions being asked on a panel tonight at Long Beach State entitled Confronting the Exquisite Corpse: the Grotesque in Contemporary Culture. The panel runs in conjunction with the now on display exhibit of the work of horror effects guru Gabe Bartolos, whose work can easily be described at grotesquely beautiful given the painstaking detail he puts into creating monsters.
Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim is one of the leading experts on traditional Cambodian dance, and has written extensively on the intersection of arts and social justice. She and many others will be gathering this Sunday to share their academic and performative works at the inaugural Forum for Art and Peace, a free event organized by the local grassroots effort, Children Of Refugees, and hosted by the Khmer Arts Academy.
This Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, the community is gathering to celebrate the birthday of Doors front-man Jim Morrison. The event is also a food drive for Food Finders, so people are encouraged to bring new cans of food. In this interview with Food Finders' Executive Director Patti Larson, she speaks about the amazing work they do.
The tale of one of the world's most iconic film directors returning to film school became the muse of current CSULB music student Joshua Hoh, who created a 21-minute filmic take on the adventure called Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School. And in a competition which saw 154 entries from 16 CSU campuses across the state, Hoh's film garnered him two major awards from the CSU Media Arts Festival.
When Lara Meintjes sees someone driving down the street, her first thought is that they would look so much cooler if there was a raccoon on their shoulder or if their face was a deer head instead. “This is just the world I live in,” says the Long Beach-based artist with perpetually hot-pink hair who turns her peculiar thoughts about strangers and friends into hand-drawn anthropomorphic portraits.