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Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project, by Los Angeles based visual and performing artist, Mary Younakof.
343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project is an interactive art piece that uses color to explore and engage the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. Central to this project is a dress design that the artist has created and made into 343 separate dresses, each a different color. The project is based on the number seven: the dress itself is comprised of seven pieces and the color palette is based upon seven colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (ROYGBIV). The 7 colors extend exponentially into 49 tones equating to a total 343 dresses.
While the central body of work in this project is the dresses, they only serve to activate a larger art project that includes video, photography, performance, sculpture, installation and interactive art. The performative aspect of this project was an ongoing process in which the artist wore a different dress each day over the course of 343 days. Each week Younakof performed in selected locations throughout Los Angeles that matched the color of the dress she was wearing that day. These happenings have been recorded and placed on the Internet for viewing. The project also made use of social networks to invite the public to virtually follow, view and interact with the project as it progressed.
Mary Younakof is a Los Angeles-based visual artist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University Los Angeles and a Masters of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown in numerous locations around the world. 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project has been featured in various publications including The Huffington Post, American Contemporary Art Magazine, and a feature in STIR Magazine by Sherwin-Williams.
For more information, please contact [email protected], or call 916.448.2985.
Verge Center for the Arts is expanding its educational offerings! This fall, deepen your connection with art, artists, friends, family and the community through our art enrichment opportunities. We look forward to celebrating with you at our exhibition opening of 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project, collaborating with you during our monthly Artaholics mixed-media art classes, and connecting with you during our monthly Artists Only Salon.
There is so much to learn, see and do at Verge. Discover the process of mold making and sculpture with installation artist Terry Peterson. Dig into clay and create buried treasure with ceramicist Linda Miller. Discover the trill of screen printing your own image with Laura Matranga. Take home a part of the 343 Dress exhibition by participating in a dressmaking workshop with artist Mary Younakof. Verge has a range of classes for kids and adults that will make going back to school a pleasure and allow you to deepen your connection with art.
Grow, explore and learn at Verge!
For a full list of classes and workshops and to register visit http://vergeart.com/learn/classes
Verge offers scholarships for kids! We wants to make quality art instruction accessible to all. To learn more email [email protected].
This August and September, come beat the heat at Verge! Our calendar is packed with, yes, cool events.
In addition to a host of exciting collaborations with UC Davis and CSU Sacramento, Verge is happy to announce its next gallery show: an installation of Mary Younakof's 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project. Details below.
Artist Salon + Sac Open Studios Guide Release
Wednesday, August 6, 6-9pm
The first Wednesday in August will launch a new program in partnership with the Shrem Museum of Art to host a monthly ARTIST ONLY salon at Verge. This first salon coincides with the release of the Sac Open Studios Guide and will be co-hosted by Rachel Teagle, Founding Director of the Shrem Museum of Art and Liv Moe, Executive Director of Verge Center for the Arts. This should make for a lively night of discussion, networking, and fun! We'll have two grills going for a potluck-style BBQ so bring something to grill or a side to share. We'll provide drinks, cups, coolers, plates, napkins, and some additional snacks.
Note! This will be a monthly event that will take place the first Wednesday of every month (so mark your calendars). This event is in partnership with the Shrem Museum of Art and the Davis Art Salon's crowdsourced exhibition program.
Reception: Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm
Sit-Things is a collection of objects designed around contemporary ideas of repose. from a folding play-seat to a multi-tasking lean aid, each of these devices considers a range of social and enviromental factors that affect the most mundane of activities: sitting.
(Sit Things is supported by the Department of Design at UC Davis.)
CSUS Senior Film Screening, Curated by Rob Fatal + LA BAMBA 2!!
Thursday, August 21
Student Films, 7pm / La Bamba 2, 9pm
FREE to members, $5 non-members
La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, is a camp/sci-fi/horror parody sequel to the 1987 film La Bamba (the biopic of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens). The film is set in 2059, 100 years after the death of the original Ritchie Valens in the original La Bamba, and centers on the journey of wannabe celebrity Rob Fatal, who is at the end of his rope in his quest for fame. On Day of the Dead 2059, Fatal is pulled into the underworld by Donna, Ritchie's girfriend in life. As Fatal travels through the underworld, he meets a host of demons, sirens, and dead celebrities, and begins to question the nature of celebrity, religion, identity, and his own desires.
343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project
September 11-October 26
Opening Reception, Thursday, September, 11, 6-9pm
Mark your calendars for Verge's next exhibition, 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project, opening September 11! 343 Dresses is a five year project by Los Angeles artist Mary Younakof as part of a residency the artist has undertaken through the Pacific Design Center. The project incorporates 343 colors that Younakof devised as part of a color spectrum ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). After completing and documenting all 343 dresses Younakof has produced a series of inventive, clever, and vibrant projects, exploring our landscape through color. The exhibition will iinclude an installation of all 343 dresses, photography, and video. There will also be a dressmaking workshop taught by Younakof in October, enabling the public to create their own piece of the project.
The opening reception will coincide with the launch of the Sac Open Studios group exhibition in our classroom exhibition space, making for a packed night of art, community, and fun!
Thank you to everyone who made the Verge Studio Art Camp a success! It was a fun filled two weeks of art making. Just a few of the amazing projects that kids worked on were making a cardboard totem pole, creating clay representations of their favorite foods, directing a claymation film, and collaborating on a tape installation. Under the guidance of Verge artists, students grew their confidence as artists in their own right. Parents at the end of each week’s open house were thrilled to see all of the truly remarkable art that kids produced. Everyone brought their artistic vision to life and had a great time in the process!
The program, classroom infrastructure, and materials were made possible by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s generous grant. Students were outfitted with materials by University Art, who also provided expert advice on materials and techniques.
Additional thanks go to social service organizations throughout Sacramento whose partnership and support made it possible to provide scholarships to over half of the participants. Thank you to Staging A Miracle, United Christian Centers of Sacramento, The Wellspring Women’s Center, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
See photos from the 2014 Studio Art Camp here... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b6cgdn38vbc77vd/AAD57qVcVS7Uw6M75pw1oaqna
Please join us again next year for the Verge Studio Art Camp!
Comming Soon...Verge's fall educational programming lineup. Keep checking our website for the full class schedule for kids and adults!