David Orr: The Space Between

11631 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Jan 07, 6 PM - 9 PM — ends Feb 11, 2023
Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present THE SPACE BETWEEN, a solo exhibition featuring digitally recombined photographs and videos by Los Angeles-based artist, David Orr. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. THE SPACE BETWEEN will be on view from January 7 - February 11, 2023.

*Parking info: Street parking, and public metered parking lot behind the gallery at Barry Ave.

*Gallery hours: Thursdays - Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, or by appointment

A closing reception will be held on the final day of the exhibition on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, and will feature the debut of INVISIBLE LIGHT, a live performance organized in collaboration between the artist, David Orr, and musical composer Concetta Abbate. There will be a brief Q & A with Orr and Abbate after the performance.

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Artist David Orr begins his process by photographing or filming an element then digitally repeating it and arranging the duplicate images into geometric patterns inspired by those found in nature. The resulting forms, either dye-infused into 30-inch diameter archival aluminum discs or printed on metallic paper with a circle matte frame, emphasize a reflective, circular, mandala-like design.

Orr creates works meant to transport a viewer toward the world beyond reason. He uses recombinations of form and language to create meditative geometries; many of his constructions echo patterns we find in nature, science, and sacred geometry. “I’m often preoccupied by order, pattern, and meaning. How we seek and create it. Whether or not we’ve uncovered an existing order or simply imposed our own structures over systems we don’t yet fully comprehend. As a result, I have been drawn to areas where philosophy, science, and art overlap. That seems to be where truth is most likely to reside,” Orr reflects.

“There is a long history of those who explore areas where ‘rational’ models of thought interweave with esoteric ones,” Orr continues, “After all, scientists were originally termed ‘Natural Philosophers.’” At present, even in the midst of an unprecedented ‘information age,’ there is more unknown to us than we might realize: physicists tell us that we perceive only 4% of the universe (the balance is 73% dark matter and 23% dark energy). What remains is THE SPACE BETWEEN.

INVISIBLE LIGHT, a collaboration between David Orr and composer Concetta Abbate, will be performed for the first time ever, during the closing reception at Open Mind Art Space on Saturday, February 11th from 5-8 PM. Through the interweaving of visual and musical patterns, INVISIBLE LIGHT explores the unseen paths which birds use to navigate during migration. The live performance will feature musicians performing Abbate’s score to visuals created by Orr.

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