Compound presents newly commissioned works of art and experimental projects.

Tavares Strachan / You Belong Here

Compound greets visitors with Tavares Strachan’s neon artwork You belong here. This piece is part of an ongoing body of work in which the artist explores the power of language in observing our relationships to place and one another.

Glenn Kaino, Concept sketches for *Tidepools*, Glenn Kaino Studio, 2020

We open our new cultural complex located in the heart of Long Beach with a newly commissioned experiential installation by artist Glenn Kaino. The Laboratory at Compound is a site for artistic experimentation. It is a place for art to interface directly with the public with the intention of supporting artists in realizing innovative ideas according to their vision. Compound is invested in creating intimate encounters between new art and new audiences.

Coming soon to the Laboratory: Glenn Kaino / Tidepools

Radical Empathy

Art in our political present can be read as a call to arms, gesturing to what the late curator Okwui Enwezor considered “a change agenda.” Compound proposes that a cultural space for the community is a place in which “to act,” educate, and illuminate artistic ideas and ideals particularly at such a critical cultural moment. 

Coming Fall 2020 to the Project Space: EJ Hill / Regalia (Line Drawing)

Fred Eversley, Untitled (parabolic lens), 1969, 2018, 3-color, 3-layer cast polyester, 19 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches

Coming Spring 2021 to the Project Space: Fred Eversley / Untitled (Parabolic Lens)

Coming Spring 2021, Chaos to Cosmos will feature artists addressing nature and beauty, working on the creation of visual systems, order and iconography to address the mysteries of the universe, seeking to represent the inexplicable.

Anna Sew Hoy has spent the past several years working at the Ceramic Arts Program and Residency at California State University, Long Beach. The first sculpture garden installation in the open courtyard at Compound features a series of ceramic works creating a space of reflection, protection and openness. This group of sculptures composed of stoneware and mirror represent abstract forms that ambiguously evoke the body. The artist is interested in materiality, the creation of sculptural space, theatricality, and a dynamic relationship between object and the viewer.

Coming soon to the Courtyard: Anna Sew Hoy / Slow Moon’s Rose

Coming soon to the Warehouse: Chrysanne Stathacos / The Wish Machine

The Wish Machine is a social sculpture—an interactive art work in the form of a retrofitted vending machine. Wrapped in a photo mural of a wishing tree from India, this newly commissioned work extends the wishing ritual into a multi-sensory experience. The wishes invoke a range of human desires: love, hope, peace, communication, happiness, and health. Since the act of wishing often pinpoints one’s desire for change, The Wish Machine has transformed public areas into spaces of reflection. The intention of the project is to promote peace and hope in our charged and challenging world.

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