Marianic Parra: “In Dreamy Solitude”


Exhibition Information
Location: Artspace Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Saturday, January 27, 2018
Artist Talk & Artist Reception: Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m.

Artist Statement
I want to show, from a contemporary approach

  • The most intimate of the heart
  • The most divine of thought
  • The most beautiful of pictures

I want to show feeling, sensation, mind and materials.

I want to show a complete language that captures man in his humanity.

Marianic Parra is an accomplished and noted artist.  Words cannot adequately articulate the depth of her artistic merit; but, as you review this partial list of exhibitions, note the countries that have embraced her work as a solo artist or as a member of a group show, and the venues in those countries. Marianic Parra presents her artwork (paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations mainly throughout Europe and United States (London, Barcelona, Paris, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Cincinatti, Missassauga, Los Angeles , New York, etc); Marianic Parra is the author of 8 books.

Residing in Béziers (France,), Marianic Parra is used to work with her husband the writer Jean-Pierre Parra. There, the Parras take lines and words and weave both distinct entities into multi-hued artwordwork that entices the eye and the mind.  You are drawn into their world of endearment and form, of graciousness, and generosity of the spirit.


Margaret Noble: “Resonating Objects”

Exhibition Information
Location: Fine Arts Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, November 10, 2017 – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Preview, Artist Talk & Artist Reception: Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m.

Artist Statement
I​ ​create​ ​interactive,​ ​multi-sensory​ ​sculptures​ ​and​ ​installations​ ​layered​ ​in​ ​sound​ ​and gesture.​ ​I​ ​design​ ​these​ ​works​ ​with​ ​found​ ​objects,​ ​raw​ ​materials,​ ​and​ ​circuitry.​ ​I​ ​use tactile​ ​controls​ ​to​ ​integrate​ ​light,​ ​electro-acoustic​ ​sounds,​ ​and​ ​field​ ​recordings​ ​into​ ​my projects.​ ​This​ ​practice​ ​enables​ ​users​ ​to​ ​animate​ ​and​ ​be​ ​animated​ ​by​ ​my​ ​sculptures​ ​and installations.​ ​The​ ​found​ ​objects​ ​and​ ​materials​ ​I​ ​integrate​ ​have​ ​their​ ​own​ ​narratives​ ​and yet​ ​they​ ​also​ ​accrue​ ​new​ ​meanings​ ​when​ ​combined.​ ​Through​ ​this​ ​hybrid​ ​medium,​ ​my work​ ​explores​ ​human​ ​and​ ​material​ ​relationships​ ​modulated​ ​by​ ​technology,​ ​memory, and​ ​communication.​ ​I​ ​want​ ​each​ ​experience​ ​I​ ​create​ ​to​ ​become​ ​personal​ ​for​ ​the​ ​user. Instead​ ​of​ ​viewing​ ​the​ ​works,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​audiences​ ​to​ ​inhabit​ ​the​ ​works.

A​ ​note​ ​on​ ​my​ ​content;​ ​my​ ​body​ ​of​ ​work​ ​includes​ ​resonating​ ​objects,​ ​shrines,​ ​and portals​ ​which​ ​are​ ​intertwined​ ​with​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​narrative​ ​elements.​ ​I​ ​fear​ ​and​ ​love technology​ ​through​ ​a​ ​complex​ ​relationship​ ​I​ ​have​ ​with​ ​it​ ​in​ ​living,​ ​teaching,​ ​and​ ​making art.​ ​Also,​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​on​ ​welfare​ ​often​ ​boils​ ​over​ ​in​ ​my​ ​work​ ​as​ ​I frequently​ ​explore​ ​social​ ​hierarchies​ ​and​ ​escapism.​ ​I​ ​engage​ ​with​ ​all​ ​of​ ​these​ ​ideas​ ​by looking​ ​at​ ​media,​ ​society,​ ​and​ ​interpersonal​ ​conflicts.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​in​ ​my​ ​sculpture​ ​“I Long​ ​to​ ​be​ ​Free​ ​from​ ​Longing”,​ ​I​ ​present​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​intimate​ ​sounds​ ​embedded​ ​in​ ​a case​ ​with​ ​the​ ​invitation​ ​to​ ​covet​ ​things​ ​that​ ​aren’t​ ​there.​ ​In​ ​my​ ​music​ ​box​ ​sculptures: “What​ ​Was,​ ​What​ ​Is,​ ​What​ ​Is​ ​Not​ ​Yet​”​​ ​and​ ​“A​ ​Score​ ​for​ ​Conversation”​ ​I​ ​use​ ​various sound​ ​patterns​ ​controlled​ ​by​ ​interactive​ ​paper​ ​loops​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​trauma and​ ​the​ ​difficulties​ ​of​ ​listening.​ ​In​ ​my​ ​pieces:​ ​“What​ ​Lies​ ​Beneath”​ ​and​ ​“Head​ ​in​ ​the Sand”​ ​I​ ​offer​ ​audiences​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​social​ ​anxiety​ ​through​ ​light,​ ​sound,​ ​and containment.​ ​For​ ​all​ ​works,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​personal​ ​moments​ ​in​ ​public places.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​theatre​ ​in​ ​that​ ​these​ ​experiences​ ​are​ ​constantly​ ​evolving​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the particularity​ ​of​ ​various​ ​venues​ ​and​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​an​ ​audience’s​ ​participation.

Born​ ​in​ ​Texas​ ​and​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​California,​ ​Margaret​ ​Noble’s​ ​experimental​ ​artworks​ ​have been​ ​exhibited​ ​nationally​ ​and​ ​internationally.​ ​Her​ ​interdisciplinary​ ​work​ ​resides​ ​at​ ​the intersection​ ​of​ ​sound,​ ​sculpture,​ ​and​ ​performance.​ ​She​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​BA​ ​in​ ​Philosophy​ ​from the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​California,​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​and​ ​an​ ​MFA​ ​in​ ​Sound​ ​Art​ ​from​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​the Art​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Chicago.

Noble’s​ ​work​ ​is​ ​influenced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​beat-driven​ ​dance​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​southern​ ​California which​ ​flourished​ ​during​ ​the​ ​1980’s​ ​and​ ​later​ ​led​ ​her​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​as​ ​an​ ​electronic​ ​music DJ​ ​in​ ​the​ ​underground​ ​club​ ​community​ ​of​ ​Chicago.​ ​In​ ​2004,​ ​she​ ​branched​ ​out​ ​from​ ​the dance​ ​floor​ ​into​ ​experimental​ ​sound​ ​art​ ​for​ ​new​ ​audiences​ ​which​ ​intersected​ ​the electronic​ ​sound​ ​scene​ ​and​ ​the​ ​visual​ ​arts​ ​community.​ ​During​ ​this​ ​transition,​ ​Margaret created​ ​sound​ ​works​ ​for​ ​collaborative​ ​projects​ ​in​ ​video,​ ​dance​ ​and​ ​object​ ​theatre.​ ​Her artistic​ ​works​ ​have​ ​now​ ​evolved​ ​into​ ​sculpture​ ​and​ ​installation​ ​influenced​ ​by​ ​interests​ ​in memory,​ ​history,​ ​narrative,​ ​and​ ​identity.​ ​Noble’s​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​on​ ​KPBS,​ ​PRI, Art​ ​Ltd​ ​Magazine,​ ​Art​ ​Forum,​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Weekly​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Washington​ ​Post.​ ​She​ ​was awarded​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Governor’s​ ​Grant,​ ​the​ ​Hayward​ ​Prize​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Creative Catalyst​ ​Fellowship.​ ​Her​ ​artistic​ ​residencies​ ​include​ ​the​ ​MAK​ ​Museum​ ​in​ ​Vienna​ ​and​ ​the Salzburg​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​Art.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​had​ ​several​ ​solo​ ​exhibitions​ ​including​ ​the Museum​ ​of​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​San​ ​Diego,​ ​Ohrenhoch​ ​der​ ​Geräuschladen​ ​Sound​ ​Gallery in​ ​Berlin,​ ​and​ ​Mute​ ​Gallery​ ​in​ ​Portugal.

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