In the Belly of the Whale in the Bell Jar
March 12 to April 3, 2011
An overwhelming installation that demands active participation from viewers. Participants take on the role of Creators, inflating a sculpture that will occupy the every cubic inch of the gallery space, like a soft bulldozer blossoming into a dominant but massless volume. Once the space has been completely filled, participants enter inside the sculpture and reclaim the entire gallery space. Inside the sculpture, possibilities for manifold dynamic forms are possible, and participant-controlled. An experiment in theatre, mass displacement , and occupancy. More than just another exploration of paradox, the dynamic element of the installation spawns anthropomorphic associations and emotive bonds between viewer and subject.
About the Artist:
Omar Lopex is a filmmaker & artist based in San Diego/Tijuana. He employs analog formats including: wet-plate fotography, Polaroid, 16mm / Super 8 film, & VHS tape to produce collaborative work with strangers. His pieces tend to focus on Lies, Risk/Reward, Pretend, & Poetry. Lopex has exhibited at SDAI, LOW Gallery, La Jolla Athenaeum, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Santa Monica Museum of Art.