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Free Saturday at Lux Art Institute

Exterior shot of the Lux Art Institute located at 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Above: Exterior shot of the Lux Art Institute located at 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Art lovers and their families are invited to Lux Art Institute’s Free Saturday on February 6. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will enjoy an open house with free admission, studio tours, refreshments and live music by Italian jazz guitarist Daniele Spadavecchia. Guests can also enjoy the opportunity to work on a collaborative painting project in the Lux Classroom.

Additionally, Adam Belt, the artist who co-curated SPECIMEN, the store project at Lux, will be launching an experiment for all to view. Called “Operation Astronot,” the experiment is based off a similar project two MIT students developed to create a low-cost alternative to other DIY weather balloon projects. It will consist of a typical handheld digital camera housed in a Styrofoam cooler attached to a weather balloon. The DIY space capsule will travel between 90,000 and 111,000 feet into the stratosphere to the edge of space while the camera, set on auto, incrementally takes pictures of the flight.

Lux Liaisons will guide visitors through the studio where they will be able to view resident artist Iva Gueorguieva’s stunning exhibit of large-scale abstract paintings, as well as the 100” x 150” work that she created during her residency.

Lux, San Diego’s interactive art destination, is dedicated to encouraging the artistic curiosity of guests of all ages. Lux’s programs include the new Kids-in-Residence (in-depth, after-school art classes), “Studio Series” (guest speakers share their perspective about current exhibits through commentary and discussion), Luxcursions (classroom fieldtrips to Lux,) the Valise Project, (portable museums presented to schools throughout San Diego,) Summer Art Camp, Lux@Night and Free Saturday.

Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas. Parking for Free Saturday is available in the Sanderling-Waldorf School parking lot and in posted parking zones along El Camino Real. Get Directions

Lux’s regular hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for two visits. For more information, visit http://www.luxartinstitute.org or call 760.436.6611.

About Iva Gueorguieva
Iva Gueorguieva’s exhibit at Lux features her tumultuous, acrylic-laden canvases where dizzying brushstrokes, loud colors, complex spatial configurations and frenetic energy abound. Vaguely recognizable objects, dismembered body parts, hints of architecture and obscure characters – grotesque, comic, even tragic in their tattered states – are barely revealed and even seem poised to disintegrate. Yet they all come together, curiously juxtaposed, on canvases heaving with lurid hues, swirling spaces and sharp-edged marks to depict seemingly futuristic worlds where an underlying sense of menace lurks. It is the process of painting that Gueorguieva makes evident in these chaotic, dynamic works. But as she bleeds abstraction into narrative, despite the absence of any static image, themes of beauty, violence, isolation, sex and death are exposed.

“Having Iva with us for four weeks, creating one of the largest paintings of her career, will be a magical experience for all of us,” said Lux Director Reesey Shaw. “The roiling power and energy sweeping through the layered imagery the artist pulls out of her abstract landscapes will be spectacular at this scale.”

Born in Bulgaria, Gueorguieva emigrated to the United States in 1990 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She presently teaches drawing and painting at UCLA. Gueorguieva received her B.A. in philosophy from Goucher College in Baltimore and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Her solo exhibitions include shows at Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif; Carl Berg Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Electric Works, San Francisco; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, Calif.; Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles; Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans; and Stephen Stux, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles; Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago; Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada; and Samson Projects, Boston.

Gueorguieva is in-studio at Lux through February 6. Her exhibit, as well as the painting completed during her residency, will be on view at Lux through March 17.

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