Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Fantastic Scenarios, a group exhibition of work by undergraduate students in the Department of Entertainment Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Fantastic Scenarios, organized by Entertainment Design Chair Tim Flattery, will be on display from February 12 – May 13, 2012 in the Armory’s Community Room Gallery. A public opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 7-9pm in conjunction with Armory’s opening of simultaneous solo exhibitions by Richard Jackson, Jocelyn Foye, Nicolas Grider, and Dawn Kasper. Fantastic Scenarios, along with the exhibitions by Kasper, Grider, and Foye, coincide with the Armory’s lead exhibition, Richard Jackson’s Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, creating an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the shared conceptual and/or formal considerations between and among the works.
About Art Center’s Department of Entertainment Design
Designing new worlds, characters, and objects that have never before been seen requires great imagination as well as an understanding of how things are built — and how to communicate with the people who will build these new worlds. Art Center’s Entertainment Design curriculum helps students develop the skills and creative focus required of concept designers in the entertainment industry.
The department is relatively new, but Art Center alumni are already leaders in the fields of animation, video games, film, and television. Many work in the nearby hubs of those industries, bringing their expertise into the classroom as faculty and visiting lecturers. During the first four terms, students receive a rigorous education in drawing, rendering, model building and sculpting, as well as an introduction to 3D digital tools. The program concludes with a senior project focused on an area of particular artistic and professional interest.
In years past, students seeking a career in entertainment design took a combination of illustration and industrial design classes to develop their skills and portfolio. Today, Art Center’s Entertainment Design program incorporates and expands upon the strengths of both disciplines. Students in the program have the opportunity to collaborate with peers from other College departments through Transdisciplinary Studios and Designmatters projects, where they can apply skills for commercial and nonprofit causes.
Also on display at the Armory
Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, a solo exhibition by Richard Jackson, will feature the detritus and video documentation of an epic outdoor spectacle in which the artist crashed a 15’ model military jet, filled with paint, into a 19’ wall that read “accidents in abstract painting.” Also on display will be Jackson’s installation The War Room (2006-‘07), until now exhibited only once, and never in the Los Angeles area. By exhibiting the two installations side by side, Jackson reflects upon the Pasadena Armory's history as a repository for military accoutrements, confronting its current function as a contemporary arts center. The show will run through June 10.
Also on display will be DANCE, OPERA, DRAW, an exhibition of a new work by Jocelyn Foye in the Armory’s Mezzanine East gallery and Please Please Please, recent photographs, photograms, and text by Nicholas Grider in Mezzanine West. Both shows run 12 February through 13 May. The Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery will feature Music for Hoarders, a single-channel installation by Dawn Kasper, up through June 10.
About the Armory
The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community. Founded in 1989, the Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites.
Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5pm. $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org.Exhibition: Fantastic Scenarios
Artists: Undergraduate students from the
Department of Entertainment Design
at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Curator: Tim Flattery, Chair, Entertainment Design
Exhibition Dates: February 12 – April 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 7-9pm
Location: Armory Center for the Arts,
145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103, www.armoryarts.org
Contact: Calvin Phelps, Communications Manager
Phone: (626) 792-5101 x 130