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College of the Canyons's ‘Big, Big Backyard’ exhibit will host an opening Aug. 30

Posted: August 24, 2012 9:32 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 9:32 a.m.

Hannah Standerfer, 17, of Quartz Hill, looks at "Avoca Street," a documentary project by Audrey Madelbaum, on display at the "Big Big Backyard" exhibit at the College of the Canyons art gallery in Valencia on Tuesday.

 

College of the Canyons Art Gallery is hosting a variety of interactive art content in its backyard, according to school officials.

The display, called “Big, Big Backyard,” opened Tuesday and offers a variety of interactive displays inspired by the experiences one might find in one’s figurative backyard, officials said.

“Everything in this exhibition requires involvement from the viewers,” said Larry Hurst, director of COC’s Art Gallery. “It’s not just something that you look at statically.”

Visitors may check out the works that range from traditional photographs to website works that are synchronized to nearby wall displays, allowing viewers to personalize their experiences with the art, Hurst said.

The gallery is holding a meet-and-greet with the artists Aug. 30 from 5-9 p.m., during which the artists will be available to discuss their works. The event will also debut a few of the works that are not on display yet.

One of the more unique works offered is a custom-made ice cream truck, Hurst said.

“The Idea Truck” will offer patrons an interactive menu of ideas that includes narratives and discussions with the artists.

The display will also feature documentary-style footage. One such project, “Trading Places,” pairs recorded footage with audio interviews that look at the multicultural experience of living in Los Angeles, according to a news release.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Betsy Kenyon, a COC photography instructor and the exhibit’s guest curator, will give a presentation Wednesday from 3-4 p.m.

The gallery is also showing “Breakfast with Curtis” by Laura Colella in Hasley Hall, Room 101, on Sept. 14 at 8:30 p.m.

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