Ars Una | Art is One

Transmedia Visions of Feminist Surrealists

NARA collective presents:  ARS UNA | ART IS ONE

An exhibit featuring the transmedia visions of Feminist Surrealists in conjunction with the Every Woman Biennial.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Surrealism, the show features multi-media works by artists: CHELLE BARBOUR, CHEQUAMEGON BOLLINGER, MEAGAN BOYD, BIANCA BUTTI, DELPHINE DIALLO, ASHLEY EDES, COCO FRONSAC, PETECIA LE FAWNHAWK, ALICE HUALICE, CORINNE LOPERFIDO, ANNA MALINA, BILJANA MISIC, LOA MYSTE X KIUMBE KULTURE, PENNY SLINGER and VANESSA WOODS.


“Connecting the movement with Ecology, female Surrealists saw the liberation of women, all humankind and of nature – as one. As a cultural movement in which womxn initiated a shift in consciousness still reverberating today, our intention with ARS UNA is to introduce the Surrealist movement and its feminist roots to a new generation,” Sabrina Y. Smith, co-curator and co-founder of NARA collective, a conscious creative studio based in LA.

Plant music by MIDI sprout and Optical Aerobic Chamber by Future Eyes

Proudly serving female-owned Wild Tonic Kombucha, Three Weavers Brewery Co., YOLA Mezcal and Casa Dumetz Wines

Saturday June 8th 6-10pm

Rhythm Visuals Gallery, 1040 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90015


"For the freeing of mankind can only come through the releasing of the creative spirit within each one of us." – Grace Pailthorpe; Surrealist Painter and Psychoanalyst

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VANESSA WOODS   |  @VANESSA_WOODS_STUDIO
The Chambered Nautilus, 201016mm B&W film transferred to video, 3:47 

"I'm really interested in creating these spaces that are neither here nor there. They could be the realm of dreams, or deaths - spaces that exist somewhere between reality and illusion. There are references to theater, memory and many layers, openings, doorways or screens where you see something beyond, on the other side." – Vanessa Woods, collage artist based in SF.

The Chambered Nautilus explores the idea of the Nautilus as a metaphor for the creation, transformation and the evolution of life. In nature, the nautilus shell grows in a spiral shape and consists of a series of ever-larger chambers in which that animal lives for a season until it outgrows that particular space. The Nautilus then enlarges its shell by the addition of a new chamber, suitable for the next stage of its life. Drawing from Oliver Holmes’ poem of the same name, The Chambered Nautilus is an animated underwater film in which objects continually transform, dissolve and evolve. Created from over 100 original photograms, and hundreds of nineteenth century collage elements, this 16mm film is entirely handmade.
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COCO FRONSAC   |  @COCO.FRONSAC
Slide Show by Rudy Perez featuring selection of works by Coco Fronsac:

Autoportrait, de la série Autoportrait au(x) Masque(s), 2015Ambrotype by Michal Sitkiewicz and Pawl Sokolowski 

Masque Yup’k, de la série Autoportrait au(x) Masque(s), 2016Ambrotype by Michal Sitkiewicz and Pawl Sokolowski 

Minute, papillon ! , de la série Chimères et Merveilles, 2015Gouache on Vintage Photograph

La poule bleue aux oeufs d’or,  d’or, 2015Gouache on Vintage Photograph

Through collage, carving, painting, weaving, coloring and juxtaposition,  Parisian artist Coco Fronsac plays with our vision of time and our relationship to the other in order to transport us into a new reality; a reality that is fluctuating, alive, abstract.
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