None of this is Real, Phase #2, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, 10/06/2018

October 28, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second of phase of my evolving project, None of this is Real, participants are asked to bring an unwanted key to the Art Walk on Saturday November 3rd. I will then take the unwanted key, melt it in a furnace, and pour into a mold to create a new key. I will then give that new key back to the owner and the participant can use that key to open a door to a special room and experience a private installation. Recognizing that not everyone has an old key, I have broadened the definition of “keys” to include anything that allows a person to exit one space and enter another space regardless of whether or not it’s a “mental” space or a “physical” space. This expanded definition of keys can include but is not limited to: ideas, people, places, things, memories, or traditional bits of metal. I will have paper and pens available for people to create anonymous written descriptions of their unwanted keys to trade for one of my custom made molten-poured keys. Regardless of shape a participants key takes, I would like to encourage people to participate in an “exchange” and “transformation” in some capacity in order to give up something and let something go in order to gain a new perspective. The experience is free and open to participants of all ages and abilities.

 

 

 

None of this is Real, Phase #1, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, 07/07/18

October 28, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my first project at Grand Central Art Center entitled, None of this is Real, I built a small room in the front gallery of the Center.  First, I will teach anyone interested how break into the room by drilling open a standard door lock. Once the door is opened, participants will be given the option of being locked inside the room and then challenged to figure out how escape through a second door that has been outfitted with one of my custom made conceptual locks. Each participant gets to keep the lock that they destroyed and the drill-bit that they used as a souvenir of event. This project built on a video that I made for Packard Jennings Destructables website in 2011. www.destructables.org


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Locke @ Southern Exposure, SF, 04/29/15

April 30, 2015

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I had the honor of assisting my dear friend and art hero Jennifer Locke execute a spell binding performance for Southern Exposure’s performance series entitled The Eight Hour Work Day (follow this link to see the entire 8 hour performance).  Three different performance artists were given complete access to Southern Exposures main gallery for an entire day.  And seriously, if you don’t know Jennifer’s work please check it out.  There is no one else in the world making work this good right now: http://jenniferlocke.net/  Also, special thanks to my good friend and production genius Orlando Rivera for providing his vast knowledge and assistance with the project.  Please check out one of his projects here: https://www.youtube.com/user/sackandcack

Solo Show @ Google Headquarters, SF, 12/05/2014

December 4, 2014

Solo show of new drawings.  By appointment only, please contact me for details – lmurgida@gmail.com

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Free Critique seminar @ ROCKSBOX in PDX, 06/27-29

June 16, 2014

Jennifer Locke and myself will be leading a FREE group critique seminar at ROCKSBOX in Portland, OR called C.O.P.S. from June 27th through the 29th of 2014.  C.O.P.S. and ROCKSBOX are the brainchild of Patrick Rock.

C.O.P.S. (The Conceptual Oregon Performance School) is a free, artist-run, experimental summer school, with a focus on contemporary art and performance strategies. Its mandate is to engage participants in the methodologies, critical theory, and dialogue surrounding the discipline, while investigating its social and cultural role. Participants will experiment with a myriad of contemporary performance strategies, based upon formal and informal lectures, seminar-based dialogue, and structured group critique.   

Come to: 6540 North Interstate, Portland, OR, 97217

 

C.O.P.S. is a free endeavor.

There are no fees for C.O.P.S.

There is no registration for C.O.P.S.

Everyone is welcome at C.O.P.S.

Attendance is mandatory for C.O.P.S.

You, we, all of us, are C.O.P.S.

 

 

Solo Show @ The Savernack Street Gallery in SF, June 1st

May 11, 2014

Installation can be seen through the peephole at 2411 24TH Street SF, CA, 94110 24 hours a day, seven days a week from May 23rd-June 23rd.  The Savernack Street Gallery is the Brain Child of Carrie Sinclair Katz .  Opening Sunday June 1st from 4-6 PM.

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Group Show @ ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART, Portland, OR

March 9, 2014

I have sculpture in this amazing group show at the best gallery on the west coast.  If you are in the Northwest please go and check out this show. ROCKSBOXCONTEMPORARYFINEART

The International Invitational Triennial of Contemporary Wind Chimes
6540 N. Interstate Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97217
http://www.rocksboxfineart.com/
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Performance and Gallery Exhibition at Southern Exposure, SF, CA, 09/13

September 18, 2013

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I will be doing a performance from 5-9 PM on Saturday September 20th, 2013.  Southern Exposure is celebrating its 39 Birthday by throwing a block party from 4-10 PM.  I also have a sculpture and video in the gallery exhibition so come by and check it out any time before the end of October

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Southern Exposure’s 39th Birthday Block Party &
Opening Reception for The Long Conversation
Saturday, September 21, 2013
4-10 PM

POPUP PROJECTS GALLERY, 09/13, LA, CA

September 18, 2013

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I have 3 new drawings in a show in LA curated by J. Frede.  Come by and check it out:

UP PROJECTS GALLERY 
@ Namaste Highland Park
5118 York Blvd, Highland Park, 90042
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The Locksmithing Graduate Institute @ ArtPadSF, 05/16/13

June 2, 2013

On Thursday 05/16/13 I will be performing at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco as part of ArtPadSF from 6-9 PM.  Here is a link to event: http://artpadsf.com/event/the-locksmithing-graduate-institute-of-artpadsf/  More info bellow:

The faculty and staff of The Locksmithing Graduate Institute are pleased to announce San Francisco’s first Locksmithing Graduate Institute class in almost 5 years.  In Lesson #13: Victimless Oppression; Self-Muzzle, Self-Puzzle, Self-Nuzzle students will first be taught how to open a lever lock without using a key.  Next they will be required to crack open a safe that has no lock.  And, lastly each student that chooses to participate will be given the chance to reflect quietly in isolation.

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