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OCMA announces 2024 Artist Talk Series featuring Charles Long and Jennifer Guidi

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) continues their artist talks series into the new year with two current exhibition artists in conversation with OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman this month.

Join OCMA on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. for a conversation with Charles Long about his practice, the reimagination of material and his incredible participatory installation 100 lbs. of Clay (2001) featured in their exhibition Start, Start Again.

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Artist Charles Long in conversation on January 16

California-based artist Charles Long explores the possibilities of sculpture through his use of materials, vibrant colors and intricate shapes. Long’s work incorporates references to popular culture, art history, nature and technology. His participatory installation 100 lbs. of Clay (2001), featured in the Start, Start, Again exhibition, invites visitors to create and mold sculptures from colorful clay emphasizing the cycle of initiation and reinvention and reminding viewers that art is rooted in “making an occasion” for new experiences.

Join Long in conversation with OCMA’s CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman, as they delve into the reimagination of material, the fleeting nature of art, and Long’s stylistic wit in creating his work.

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Jennifer Guidi featured on January 28

On Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m., enjoy an intimate conversation with Jennifer Guidi about her first U.S. museum solo show And so it is., exploring the spiritual and metaphysical world, and Guidi’s rich history growing up in Orange County.

Known for her colorful sand-and-paint creations that employ systematic mark-making, Guidi’s practice investigates and generates meditative states of being – spaces in which spiritual, natural and ethereal boundaries cease to exist. Jennifer Guidi: And so it is. is the artist’s first U.S. museum solo show and spans a decade of her practice, including several new paintings and a mesmerizing rainbow-hued outdoor sculpture, Kundalini Rising (2023), the largest sculpture the artist has ever created to date.

Join Guidi in conversation with exhibition curator and OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman as they discuss exploring the spiritual and metaphysical world, the importance of place and Guidi’s rich history growing up in Orange County.

Upcoming programs can be found at www.ocma.art.

OCMA is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa.

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