Exhibition dates: June 4-August 29, 2021
The Claremont Museum of Art exhibition “LOOK UP” sends a message of hope, unity, resilience and optimism with Elizabeth Turk’s immersive artwork produced by ET Projects with the residents of Mt. San Antonio Gardens.
The exhibition, created by ET Projects, shares both intimate moments and spectacular aerial video clips of the residents’ movement patterns while carrying brightly colored umbrellas throughout the Gardens. This experience allowed for the community to be a voice of hope to each other and the world. As one masked participant proclaimed “In play we can SEE each other again”.
“LOOK UP” will open at noon on Friday, June 4 with special evening hours on Saturday, June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Walk. The exhibition, generously sponsored by ET Projects and Mt. San Antonio Gardens, will remain on view through August 29, 2021.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
ET Projects’ “LOOK UP,” the exhibition, reflects the sense of optimism, joy and resilience experienced and shared by the Mt. San Antonio Gardens resident art collaborators.
The “Post-It” mural, featuring the words of residents in answer to the question, “What do you tell yourself when you face adversity?” grounds the exhibition in the main gallery. Visitors are invited to add their own Post-It notes in answer to the question, sharing their personal guidance with others. Children will be invited to color their own joyful umbrella design to take home.
Intimate still images of residents and staff, along with mesmerizing overhead and kaleidoscopic compositions play across the mural, revealing the beauty of the experience from every angle.
IIn the atrium, videos of the various “LOOK UP” venues at the Gardens highlight the events of the day along with their musical complement. Aloft, a cloud of umbrellas draws the viewer’s eye upward. Meanwhile, rose-like windows, created from various layers of drone footage, take advantage of the vast upper area of the atrium to complete this multi-media exhibition.
Link to NYTimes article about Project “LOOK UP”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/arts/design/artist-elizabeth-turk-retirement-community.html
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist known for marble sculpture and, through ET Projects, community art events. Currently, she splits her time between a studio in Santa Ana, CA and New York City. She is a MacArthur Fellow, an Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation recipient and a Smithsonian Artist Fellow, among other awards. Turk received her BA from Scripps College in 1983 and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994. She has been represented by Hirschl & Adler, Modern in NYC since 2000.
In Turk’s practice, more traditional object-making serves as her meditation. Her marble sculptures play at the edge of boundary definitions: the contemporary in the traditional, the lightness in weight, the emptiness in mass, the fluidity in the solid, extended time in the moment. Her work defies gravity, making the impossible, possible. Inspired by the natural world, she invokes its myriad elegant, organic structures to create quiet, yet complex works of art.
ET Projects is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2018 with the goal of inspiring imagination. A non-profit without walls, it partners with other organizations to create community events such as the 2018 Shoreline Project. Every experience is unique. Participants and audience are one, working together to build brilliant creative memories. Thru immersive ART, we learn to imagine new solutions.
Learn more about Elizabeth Turk at https://elizabethturkstudios.com