Enhance Your Experience At Glow This Saturday Night In Santa Monica

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013, 9:33:00 AM

Mirror Staff

With the sounds of music coming from all around, visitors to the 2010 Glow festival in Santa Monica did more than just view the art exhibits. Some people swung from many contraptions at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach.
Photo by Christopher Rosacker
With the sounds of music coming from all around, visitors to the 2010 Glow festival in Santa Monica did more than just view the art exhibits. Some people swung from many contraptions at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach.

Santa Monica's third iteration of Glow this Saturday from 7 pm to 3 am has commissioned 15 site-specific, interactive art projects to

activate the pier area and is a veritable survey of contemporary art

practices, ranging from large-scale earthworks to customized,

participatory apps for mobile devices.

Glow will take place on the beach and adjacent parking lots north and

south of the pier, a portion of the beach parks south of the pier, as

well as Palisades Park, the pier and the Third Street Promenade.

To enhance your art appreciation experience at Glow 2013, Artistic Director Marc Pally offers these five tips.

Understand the Tradition of Plein Air Painting

Plein air, which literally means “in the open air” is a method of

painting ideally suited for Southern California beaches because of the

phenomenal light. Artists clamored to the

coastal community’s of Laguna Beach and Santa Monica in the 19th and 20th

centuries to take advantage of crystalline light and air. The tradition

of painting and creating on the beach is one of Glow’s inspirations.

Emphasis on Experience

Instead of looking

at a two-dimesional painting and searching for the literal translation of

the visual, Glow’s artworks puts the emphasis on the experience of the

visitor. When you come to Glow try and

absorb and observe the quality and kinds of light and space around you –

consider imagery as one of many sources of meaning.

Re-Invent the Common

Taking common items

and transforming them into something magical and powerful. At this

year’s event visitors will see common cargo containers transformed into

corridors of mystery and discovery. Experiencing

such art gives us the power to rethink what is common and consider

transformation as an empowering means to more deeply experience our

lives.

Think Outside The Museum

Expand and

reconsider what you have considered as your expectations for art.

Instead of paintings and sculptures in rooms in a museum think of the

entire beach as an ever-evolving vital cultural laboratory,

a museum without walls – the beach is our common public space, a

demonstration of our democratic values, Glow invites everyone to

experience new directions in contemporary art.

Be Open to Curiosity, Wonder & Befuddlement

Don’t be burdened by the idea that you have to understand every piece

of art you see. Be open to all the wonderful experiences art can

provide including confusion – art can lead

the way to the future, so it should be no surprise that it often seems

mystifying – take this aspect of art as an opportunity to explore new

ways of thinking – stretch!

For more information about Glow 2013, visit glowsantamonica.org.

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