Old Pasadena Announces Artist Selections for BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena

Published : Friday, June 30, 2017 | 12:07 PM

Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) announces the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena, scheduled for Saturday, August 12 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. BoldPas is a one-day art event in historic Old Pasadena that showcases selected, site-specific, temporary art installations and also includes many merchants participating with their own “art stops.” The event will highlight Old Pasadena’s unique urban and historic spaces and will encourage visitors to experience the space, history, and character of the 22-block district.

OPMD is thrilled to announce that after reviewing the artist’s submissions, the final selection has been made and that due to the abundance of creative and intriguing proposals, the field was expanded. The awarded artists are all based in the greater Los Angeles area. They come from multidisciplinary backgrounds and professions that include architecture, art and design, history, and urban planning. Event organizers made a concerted effort to support both established artists and those that are up-and-coming.

Selected installations feature a “bold” theme, displaying bright colors, surprising scale, and playfulness. Artists will incorporate common, everyday found and lightweight materials to emphasize the temporary nature of the artworks; some reference the distinct history of Pasadena. Many are interactive, encouraging hands-on engagement with viewers. The installations will be in place only for one day, creating an ephemeral nature and not-to-miss excitement.

Visitors are invited to spend the day in Old Pasadena, meandering the historic alleyways and side streets, taking in the unique and ephemeral intersection of design, architecture, art, history, and public space. Photography and social sharing is encouraged! #BoldPas #OnlyinOldPas

More details will be announced as the event date draws nearer. Visit https://www.oldpasadena.org/visit/events/signature-events/boldpas/ for details.

Selected Artists

Abbey Luck “The Rainbow Gates” – Recyclable and brightly colored large streamers strung across an urban alleyway to create seven inverse rainbows. http://abbeyluck.com

Anali Gharakhani “Blister” – Seven compressed and nesting cardboard spheres that can be rearranged for visitors to sit and lounge. http://www.analigharakhani.com

Arty Vartanyan & Zenah Sakaamini “Vantage Obscura” – Six 8-foot cubes of simple yarn and translucent colored film woven throughout a wooden framework where the viewer walks around and inside of the art work. https://www.arty-v.com http://zenahsakaamini.com

Ash Cano “Rose Garden” – A garden of six-foot roses crafted from painted pipes, cardboard, and fabric that can be “plucked” and serve as a photographic prop.

Asli Tusavul “Better as a Color” – Comprises thousands of straws sewn together and strung in rows across a 50-foot pre-fabricated steel frame. http://www.aslitusavul.com

L.L. Kessner “Micro/Macro Waves” – This tissue paper “tapestry” will call to mind a hanging sea of brightly colored blue waves and the pattern of microwave radiation. http://www.llkessner.com

Paul Heintz “Colorful Cacti” – 200 brightly colored papier-mache cacti, some of them standing upwards of seven feet tall, bringing a showy garden to an urban alley. http://www.localstudiola.com

Po Yang Leung “Walking the Pets” – A whimsical papier-mache installation of “pets” ranging in size from 18” to 36” tall – a size meant to encourage interaction with visitors. http://www.poyanleung.com

Sarah Umles “Crystal Lucida” – An installation that encourages visitors to paint the reflections and colorful shadows created on a white table surface when light is refracted through 100 cut-glass containers filled with colored water.

Viviana Palacio “Displacement of Working Objects” – Evoking Pasadena’s past as a citrus grove capital, the installation places together found wooden orchard ladders formerly used for fruit picking. https://vivianapalacio.wordpress.com

About Old Pasadena Management

Old Pasadena is the original downtown of Pasadena, home to the Tournament of Roses and located just ten miles from downtown Los Angeles. This 22-block National Register Historic District is internationally recognized as a shining example of urban renewal. Old Pasadena is one of the premiere shopping and dining destinations in the country, featuring a cosmopolitan mix of 200 retail shops and specialty boutiques, as well as 100 restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues. This architectural gem is pedestrian friendly and provides convenient parking and easy access to public transportation, served by major bus lines and two Metro Gold Line stops. https://www.oldpasadena.org/






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