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Free with RSVP
Emma Gray HQ
Santa Monica
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Due to the unique nature of this event, capacity is strictly limited to 30.

Celebrating Marcos LutyensIncubator Residency, Fulcrum Arts is pleased to host a special, intimate gathering in collaboration with Emma Gray HQ. The evening’s program will include a presentation by the artist that will focus on his current research toward reimagining what could become of the oil rigs off the coast of Southern California as they officially move towards their decommissioning. Following the presentation, Cassandra Coblentz will join Lutyens in a conversation about their work together on Transformative Currents: Art and Action in the Pacific Ocean, curated by Coblentz for The Getty Foundation’s PST ART: Art & Science Collide.

The evening will conclude with a hypnotic induction led by Lutyens, which will bring audience members into a state more receptive to the intertwining fate of the ocean’s ecology and the rigs as potential reefs.

All activities will take place in the meditation studio above the gallery.

Refreshments will be served after the program.

Marcos Lutyens’ presentation and residency are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Perenchio Foundation.

Marcos Lutyens’ artistic practice targets the psychic and emotional well-being of his audiences by skillfully leading participants in hypnotic exercises that affect the deepest levels of their psyche. His works take form in installations, sculptures, drawings, short films, writings, and performances.

In his explorations of consciousness, Lutyens has collaborated with celebrated neuroscientists V. Ramachandran and Richard Cytowic, as much as studying under shamans from different cultures. From these investigations and research, he has worked with visitors’ unconscious states in museums, galleries, and biennales around the world.

Lutyens was invited by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY to be keynote artist with the opening performance at Culture Summit 2019. Lutyens has exhibited in many museums and leading art exhibitions around the world, including the Royal Academy of Arts, Centre Pompidou, National Art Museum of China, Documenta, and the Biennials of Venice, Istanbul, Liverpool, and São Paulo. Lutyens is currently preparing a solo exhibition for the Armory Show NY and in Paris at Alberta Pane Gallery. Lutyens is based in Los Angeles.

Cassandra Coblentz has a diverse curatorial practice that champions the artistic process and forefronts creating meaningful, engaging experiences for audiences with works of art. As an independent curator and consultant, she continues to take innovative approaches to collaborating with artists, curating exhibitions, and building community.

She is currently Lead Curator of Transformative Currents: Art and Action in the Pacific Ocean for The Getty Foundation’s PST ART: Art & Science Collide, which will take place in the fall of 2024 at the Oceanside Museum of Art with satellite presentations at the Orange County Museum of Art and Crystal Cove Conservancy. For six and a half years she was Senior Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Orange County Museum of Art where she curated the 2017 California Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever and designed and implemented the program concept for the museum’s temporary location, OCMAExpand.

Coblentz has curated over fifty exhibitions, commissioned dozens of new works with artists, and published numerous exhibition catalogues. Her professional experience also includes appointments at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum, DIA Art Foundation, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She received her BA in Art History and English from Cornell University and her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Emma Gray HQ opened in 2013 creating site-specific solo shows at Five Car Garage with all types of work, from video to painting, performance and sculpture, leaning heavily towards showing women artists. They have been featured and reviewed in all major publications internationally and beyond, from ArtForum to the Santa Monica Chronicle, and they have shown for many years with NADA Miami and New York, placing artists in museums and institutions.

Their gallery program is often but not always developed in relation to “The Energetic Residency,” a meditation studio that operates above the gallery, which was created in 2016 by Emma Gray. A practicing energy worker, meditation teacher, and artist, Gray’s “inside out” approach to building shows and visions is integral to her relationships with collaborating artists, many of whom explore the interfaces of consciousness and energy within their own work and lives. 

Gray has worked in contemporary art in many iterations. Before Five Car Garage, she was an advisor and curator building private collections and working in depth mentoring and fostering the careers of a small group of artists. A former editor of ArtReview, she studied at University College London and studied portraiture at Heatherley Art School, London. She has been painting for the past decade.