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Smoke and Mirrors at the Torrance Art Museum

This January, I will be participating in Smoke and Mirrors at the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California. I will be presenting a major new installation titled A Film for the Theatre/A Theatre for the Film. The piece draws from the ornate Los Angeles Theatre building in downtown LA, and a sculptural prop from City Lights, a Charlie Chaplin film which premiered at the theatre. From the museum's website: 

January 20th- March 10th, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20th, 6-9pm

The artists in SMOKE AND MIRRORS investigate the nature of reality; how objects, memories, ideas come into being, how they persist and how they cease to exist. The works want to make ghosts appear in the flesh and, at the same time reveal their illusionary nature. These artists are magicians
of their trade, oblique translators of both physical and virtual environments, recreating stages and props, histories and identities. By exploring the space between known and unverifiable realities, they shed light on the infinite vagueness of the anthropocentric universe.


The exhibition encompasses video, sculpture, installation and performance and presents artists from Argentina, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and the United States.

 Rear view of work for  Smoke and Mirrors,  under construction at Cal State University, Northridge. 

Rear view of work for Smoke and Mirrors, under construction at Cal State University, Northridge. 

Lewis Colburn