Upcoming Downtown Exhibition to Explore the Artistic Process, Not Just the Product

Lucent Shifts by Olga Lah. Photo from the Artist Registry

On Friday at The Collaborative Gallery, blank walls will meet guests at the opening reception for Flow I Obstruction: process.dialogue.inquiry, the second of four Artist Registry shows put on by the Arts Council for Long Beach.


It’s an experiment, curated by the arts council’s Community Arts Program (CAP) committee members Carolyn Schutten and Sayon Syprasoeuth, where artists have been invited to display their creative processes within the gallery this time, giving visitors a chance to see their works unfold throughout the exhibit’s duration, on view through August 2 as they conduct a “collective inquiry of the intersections between Long Beach waterscapes and human and consumer flows,” according to the announcement.

Friday’s opening will include a panel discussion with the participating artists and curators. The conversation held on June 8 will lead to activations throughout the summer.

“This exhibition honors the artistic process rather than the product, allowing visitors to witness the considerable thinking and exploration that goes into an artist’s final product,” Schutten said in a statement. “Artists are some of the great thinkers of our time, and this exhibition will make the artist process visible.”

Detail of
Manos de Oro (2016) by Dulce Soledad Ibarra. Photo from the Artist Registry

The featured artists include Jennifer Celio, whose abstract and representational mixed-media pieces confront humanity’s dichotomic reverence and destruction for nature, Dulce Soledad Ibarra, who develops narratives exploring guilt, history and trauma and Olga Lah, who creates site-specific installations on existence, transcendence and memory.

More artists readying to display their process include Tiffany Le who tackles themes involving legendary accounts of women and mythical beasts, Anna Beatrice Scott, a performance artist exploring the intersection of dance, digital devices and text and Myriam Gurba, who creates digital and photographic art and is also a prolific writer with an Edmund White Award given to queer writers for outstanding debut fiction, according to the arts council.

“The Collaborative Gallery is both an experimental space and a venue to highlight Long Beach artists registered on the new, user-friendly site,” Syprasoeuth stated. “In addition to being eligible for future exhibitions, artists are provided an updateable micro-site and the means to add events to the Arts Council calendar. Artists in all disciplines are encouraged to submit a profile.”

Partial view of a 25-panel arrengement by Jennifer Celio. Photo from jennifercelio.com

The opening event on Friday will take place from 6:00PM to 9:00PM and is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the arts council’s website here and RSVP here.

Artists may submit an artist profile via the Artist Registry here.

Gallery hours to check out the evolving exhibition, set to culminate with a closing reception on August 2 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, are Wednesday to Saturday, 12:30PM to 5:00PM.

The Collaborative is located at 421 West Broadway.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.