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Great Park Gallery Shines With Three New Exhibitions

Solar-inspired exhibitions open on Sunday, September 15

Great Park Gallery Shines With Three New Exhibitions

IRVINE – Three new solar-inspired art exhibitions open Sunday, September 15 at the Great Park Gallery providing visitors an opportunity to explore, discover and experience how art can be influenced by environment and the environment by art. The sun provides a unifying theme for all three exhibitions in a nod to the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will make its West Coast debut at the Great Park October 3-6 and October 10-13, 2013.

OC3: Orange County Curator Challenge – Sun Soil City

The Orange County Curator Challenge (OC3) challenges 14 curators from prestigious Orange County institutions to inspire discussion relating to important topics of energy (sun), agriculture (soil), and community (city) by transforming a designated space in the Great Park Gallery. The challenge is simple – create a unique environment within an allotted space showcasing the work of one artist utilizing recycled or reused materials.

OC3 is a collaborative exhibition intended to provide support for emerging and established curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art.

A Viewer’s Choice Award will be presented to the curator who receives the most community votes utilizing a digital polling system on the Great Park website.  The winning curator will be given the opportunity to propose a full-scale exhibition accompanied by an exhibition catalog. Voting begins Sunday, September 15 and ends Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Sun Boxes by Craig Colorusso

Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes is a solar-powered sound installation comprised of twenty speakers, each operating independently.  Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a B-flat chord. As the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the musical composition slowly evolved over time.

Craig Colorusso has been exploring the intersection of sound, light, and space through sculpture since 2000. His installations consist of wood, metal, fabric, and electronics.

Into the Light, Sun photography by Alan Friedman

Alan Friedman, a self-titled citizen astronomer, points his telescope directly into the light of the sun from his backyard in Buffalo, New York.  Using special filters attached to his high definition camera Friedman captures breathtaking images and video, detailing movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes.  The raw images are black and white and often blurry, requiring numerous hours of coloring adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details.

All three exhibitions will be open from September 15 – December 1, 2013. Admission and parking are free.

Great Park Gallery Hours:

  • Thursdays and Fridays: noon to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Park Gallery will also be open during certain Great Park events, including the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon and XPO, October 3-6 and October 10-13, 2013.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, visit, please visit http://www.ocgp.org/ or call 866-829-3829.

About the Orange County Great Park

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air.  Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and Historic Hangar 244.  In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org.