Lauren Kasmer

Notion of Place

April 15- June 17, 2023

Angels Gate Cultural Center Main Gallery
3601 S Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA 90731

*Notion of Place is an art installation by Lauren kasmer and
a title of the group show curated by Lauren Kasmer.
Featuring following artists:
Hilary Baker, Joyce Dallal, Flora Kao, Natalie M. Godinez,
Kio Griffith, Lauren Kasmer, LaRissa Rogers, Jenny Yurshansky,
HK Zamani

Saturday, April 15
Opening Reception (upper Galleries)

Saturday, April 29
Notion of Place Activation (there will be cake)
*Monthira Soonthorsarathool and EI will be on hand to help with the toothbrush rug technique demo and Hali Klonel will serve birthday cake.

Saturday, May 13
Related Live Event, Homesĭtē Culinary Performances*
Notion of Place Activation (act2)

Saturday, June 3
Notion of Place Activation (accompanying SoundPedro)

Saturday, June 17
Closing Day Reception/ Artists Talk

Notions of Place will examine what it means to inhabit a complexity of different spaces that may be physical realities or
imagined environments. They proffer metaphors of exchange between nature and human action, drawing on dreams,
memories, and the spaces in between, disintegrating commonly held social views that have acted as fences around our
homes. The artists will be responsive to the diverse community that makes up San Pedro, while also keeping in mind the
importance that it is home to the largest port of international traffic in the US. Filtered through social, cultural, and geopolitical
frames, the artists explore relationships and systems of the urban, suburban, exurban, and rural landscape. Their
responses will ultimately transcend the singular city to reflect what one might call the Covid pandemic migration as well. As a
whole society shifts its notion of home, so its idea of place transforms too.
Each of the artists in the exhibition articulate different facets of what we call place. In it one can feel safe: a home, or a
country can be a refuge holding our values and dreams in safe harbor. Or it can be defined by a border or a wall holding
us back from a new life. In ways that are both spiritual and physical, Notions of Place explores the contours of the artist’s
experience of the world.

Homesĭtē Project is also featured in the Main gallery.

*Homesĭtē is an ongoing artwork by Joyce Dallal & Lauren Kasmer about the city of Los Angeles as one’s home. The piece
was originally created in the early 1990’s and has been displayed throughout Los Angeles County over the last 30 years.
The installation consists of a series of structures emblematic of the landscape and architecture of Los Angeles that display
objects, tableaus, and stories contributed by residents reflecting where we live and where we came from. In 2009 the project
expanded to include the Homesĭtē Exchanges, where the definition of home was widened to include how we define ourselves
through what we wear and what we eat. The Homesĭtē Recipe Exchange focuses on the connection between food and home,
and is an opportunity to share a recipe, memory, or story about a dish that means home to you. Culinary Performances are
short presentations where participants can demonstrate a dish that means ‘home’ them by sharing a recipe or a story about
ones connection to the food, or simply be part of the audience and enjoy some great food.

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