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Porch Gallery Ojai presents Constellatio : Planeta : Stella – New Works by Shana Mabari. Mabari was the first artist invited to fly aboard a mission of NASA’s stratospheric observatory for infrared astronomy (SOFIA) in December 2018. In 2020, she introduced new works inspired by space exploration, including the sculpture series “Meteors,” and three interrelated series of prints, “Constellatio,” “Planeta,” and “Stella,”
Throughout her professional practice, Los Angeles-based artist Shana Mabari directly represents the intersections of art and science, as evidenced by her exhibitions over the last decade. She explores the dynamics of visual perception, and investigates the ways in which we experience physical space through her use of color, light, reflection, and geometric form. Mabari’s sculptures, two dimensional works, and installations exist on a continuum with the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s. Her newest work is inspired by astronomical observations and space exploration.
Mabari also has a studio practice on Ibiza, Spain, where she spent the summers of 2018 and 2019, delving into three series of interrelated prints that originated in astronomical observations taken under the nighttime Mediterranean skies – “Constellatio,” “Planeta,” and “Stella.” During this time, she also began developing her latest acrylic sculpture series, “Meteors.”
In between the two summers, Mabari was selected to be the first artist to fly aboard a mission of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – SOFIA – which uses a 2.7-meter telescope mounted in a customized Boeing 747 aircraft. SOFIA flies to a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet to study such astronomical phenomena as black holes, magnetic fields at cosmic scales, and star formation. She took the flight in December 2018, and says, “It was an extraordinary opportunity to witness firsthand some of the astounding ways in which astronomers continue to radically expand our collective field of vision into the universe.”
Each drawing that forms the basis of the prints shows two overlapping views of the same object: a “positive view,” of the object looking up from the earth, and a “negative view,” of the object looking down on the earth. Many of them also incorporate astronomical-specific mathematical information, lending a deceptive simplicity to the elegance of the work. Mabari’s choice to infuse the original drawings onto aluminum reflects not only the metal’s historical significance to aerospace engineering, but also the fact that aluminum, often associated with technological advancement and heavy industry, is a naturally occurring element across the universe.
In coordination with the new body of work, Mabari has also curated the essays for Space, the companion book to The Light of Space, which comprises a thoughtful collection of 15 original written works from a diverse range of writers from varied practices. Each author’s work is paired with images from multiple artists selected by Andi Campognone, Museum Director and Senior Curator for Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). Books will be available through Bart’s Books in Ojai.
Mabari was born in Los Angeles, California. She has traveled extensively, and lived in Paris, Northern India, and Tel Aviv. Her education includes studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She holds a patent for the design of “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,” a portable version of a visual and sensory experimental environment. She is a recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant.