Works by Shana Mabari on Display at the PDC Beginning Friday

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Shana Mabari’s ‘Diametros Petals’

“Selected Works,” an exhibition featuring ten sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Shana Mabari, is newly installed in the Blue Lobby at WeHo’s Pacific Design Center and will remain on view for one year. The pieces, ranging from 2014 to 2016, include six round translucent and mirrored pieces from Mabari’s “Diametros Petals” series. Three cube sculptures, one mirrored and two blue, are from her “Illumetric” series of geometric sculptures, as is the “Illumetric Rectangle.” The red, white and blue work stands ten feet tall and is internally illuminated with LED lighting.

This Friday Mabari’s works will be featured as part of designLAb at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), with openings taking place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Curated by Helen Varola, designLAb features contemporary art and design exhibitions in the lobby and in galleries and spaces on the second and fifth floors of the PDC, which is at 8687 Melrose Ave. near San Vicente.

“Illumetric Rectangle” was previously installed on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood as part of a public art project presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. The “Diametros Petals” series was first shown on the rooftop of the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster. The “Illumetric” cube sculptures have been exhibited at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert.

In her work Mabari explores the intersections of art, science and technology, investigating ways in which stimuli and phenomena are processed through sensory and visual perception.

Currently, Mabari also has work on display in Lancaster. “Astral Challenger” is a 20-foot-high sculpture that was the first piece of public art commissioned by the City of Lancaster for its new Art and Public Places program. Mabari conceived the piece as a monumental landmark for Lancaster in honor of the city’s ongoing achievements in the aerospace industry and in commemoration of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger flight. It will remain at the site permanently.

Mabari was born in Los Angeles. She has traveled extensively and lived in Paris, Northern India and Tel Aviv.  Her education includes studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  She holds a patent for the design of “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,” a portable version of a visual and sensory experimental environment. She is a recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant.

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