Deviating from the Norm: A Temporary Art Gallery Pops Up in Paseo Nuevo

Posted on Jul 26 by SEASONS Magazine

Pop-up restaurants have been all-the-rage in recent times, but a different sort of pop-up venue is coming to Santa Barbara. A 4,000 square foot store front will become a temporary Santa Barbara gallery this August 2-8, with different mediums being represented during the day and evening, and special events occurring each night.

The gallery, entitled “Standard Deviation”, will include everything from interactive sculptures and music performances to video work and projections, with paintings, photographs and multi-media works thrown into the mix. Viewers will immerse themselves in the gallery, finding that their presence is what makes the art.

The temporary gallery is curated by film maker, writer and artist Ted Mills and media artists Marco Pinter, and the temporal nature of the art is very important to its feel. Pinter states, “The show is focused on work involving motion and change over time.” What this means for viewers is that no two people will have the same experience in the gallery, especially with different events occurring each night. With so many different mediums to explore, each experience is unique.

Featuring dance performances, DJs, abstract and alternative video screenings and music performances, the evening events will bring contemporary and abstract artistic expression to the center of Fiesta (although the gallery is not associated with the festival).

Along with Mills and Pinter, several other artists and performers (many of them Santa Barbara locals) will be at the gallery, including Nebula Dance Company, Alan Macy, Jonathan Smith, Morgan DeLucia, Ethan Turpin, Davor Magdic, Angus Forbes, Nik Blaskovich, Meighann Athena Helene and Masha Keating.

August’s First Thursday celebration, complete with performances by Nebula Dance Lab, is the perfect time to experience this revolutionary exhibit, and the sooner you can make your way to the Paseo Nuevo-facing store front, the better: the gallery will only be open for a week.

“Standard Deviation” will be open every day from noon-6 p.m., except Thursday when the exhibit hosts its opening reception from 5:30 p.m. -9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday when evening events will run until 9 p.m. For more information on the Standard Deviation art gallery, please click here.

-Taylor Micaela Davis

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