Exhibition opens with public reception and performance on July 8th, 2023.
Cecelia Koger, 310-519-0936
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12th, 2023
San Pedro, CA – Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC) is pleased to present a new exhibition of performance art, Part Two! a shadow of the noise, opening with a reception on July 8th at 3pm, with a public performance outdoors at 5pm. A collaboration with movement artists Kayla Aguila and Tetiana Sklyarova, Beck+Col’s Part Two! a shadow of the noise, is a heavy-metal opera horror with original music and fantastical wearable sculpture. The art exhibit will display sculptures created by Beck+Col for their performance series in addition to other works and videos, on view through September 9th, 2023.
Part Two! a shadow out of the noise is the second performance in a three-part opera by Los Angeles based artist duo Beck+Col. Choreography is composed by collaborators Kayla Aguila and Tetiana Sklyarova. Original music by Beck+Col combines opera and heavy metal, with traditional operatic voice, extended techniques and screaming. In homage to Italian Giallo Horror, lighting and music become a character to enhance the atmosphere and signify the characters’ shift into madness. In Part One! a shadow out of the dark, a single being is split into two mirrored images by a dark outside force. Their world shattered, they now divided individuals desperately trying to reunite. Their futile efforts send them on a chaotic path into the underworld in Part Two! a shadow out of the noise.
A hyper-visceral experience is created by Beck+Col’s avant-garde use of opera, heavy metal, and fantastical wearable sculptures in their otherworldly performances. Creating overwhelming sensations that employ both the visual and auditory in decidedly non-traditional contexts, Beck+Col unleash the inner-self to arrive at raw and unrestrained human experience. For this performance of Part Two! a shadow out of the noise at AGCC, Beck+Col play on the gothic concept of the double, exploring the horror that arises from the appearance of one’s exact duplicate. Horror as the mysterious and paradoxical thought of the unthinkable, the unknown and the beyond, becomes reality when the doppelgangers descend into the maddening underworld.
Gallery Conversations – featuring Beck+Col with their collaborators Kayla Aguila and Tetiana Sklyarova, will take place on August 26th at 2pm in the gallery. This public engagement with the artists will enable the community to engage directly with the creators in casual conversation exploring process, motivations, and themes in their work.
“We are thrilled to bring this genre of contemporary art performance to San Pedro, as we are dedicated to the inclusion of the experimental and Avant-garde – as it encourages us to reach beyond our pre-existing notions of the expected and familiar. Beck+Col create truly new manifestations of performance art, employing multiple mediums in new juxtapositions that explore universal themes of human experience that we hope reaches our community in unexpected ways.”
-Cecelia Koger, Director of Exhibitions, Angels Gate Cultural Center
Beck+Col are a Los Angeles based artist duo who have been working exclusively in collaboration since 2014. Beck+Col have performed at numerous venues including the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, and JOAN Los Angeles. They have had multiple solo exhibitions at Human Resources and their work has been exhibited worldwide including the Royal College of Music in Sweden, Colección AMALITA in Buenos Aires and at Biquini WAX EPS in Mexico City. Beck+Col have received multiple FCA grants and were nominated for a Rema Hort Mann Emerging artist grant in 2019. They have been invited to host art education workshops and lectures with the Hammer Museum, the Craft Contemporary Museum, 18th Street Art Center and the City of Santa Monica.
Kayla Aguila is a movement artist who seeks to discover endless movement possibilities through researching tasks and qualities motivated by cultural identity and language. Kayla Aguila began her dance training in the Philippines, learning the Philippine National Ballet Syllabus. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles and expanded her dance training with a full scholarship at Burbank School of the Ballet. Kayla received her BFA in dance at California Institute of the Arts in 2019. Since then, she has worked with artists such as Julie Bour, Dimitri Chamblas, Bret Easterling, Yasmine Lee, Fiona Lummis, Nadia Muhammad, Marissa Osato, Troy Powell, Marjani Forte-Saunders, Spenser Theberge, Stephanie Zalateland Xu Zhen. Kayla has performed and presented works at REDCAT, Hauser & Wirth, LA Dance Project, The Hammer Museum, Sharon Disney Lund Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, MOCA, and the Paris Opera. Kayla is currently represented by Go2TalentAgency.
Tetiana Sklyarova is an interdisciplinary movement artist based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the CalArts Dance’s BFA program. Tetiana’s work is a reflection of the sensibility within the body. Sklyarova has performed work by Destini Rodgers, Blake Krapels, Billy Larson, Roderick George, Jinglin Liao, Erica Sobel, Rena Butler, Robyn Mineko Williams, Yusha-Marie-Sorzano, Micaela Taylor, Peter Chu and Dimitri Chamblas. Additionally, she has performed at the Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago, REDCAT Theater, LA Dance Project, and developed and performed solo work at the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater titled, Dürchgehen. Tetiana’s interest in movement, film/cinema, text, and conceptual thinking continue to fuel her artistic process.
An exhibit forPart Two! A shadow out of the noise will be on view in the AGCC galleries, located at 3601 S. Gaffey Street in San Pedro, July 8th through September 9th, 2023. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays – Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. More information about the exhibition and programming events can be found at angelsgateart.org.
This exhibition is supported by the Pasadena Art Alliance. Funding is also provided by the California Natural Resources Agency for the Museum Grant Program under the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. Additional support for the AGCC exhibitions program is provided by City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, The Ahmanson Foundation, Norris Foundation, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and Perenchio Foundation.
About Angels Gate Cultural Center
Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC) emerged from a group of San Pedro artists in the 1970s that created art studios and exhibition space within the WWII era army barracks of Angels Gate Park near the Port of Los Angeles. Today, AGCC hosts over 50 artist studios in addition to a variety of programs to engage the diverse communities of the Los Angeles Harbor region, including arts education in local schools, community classes, cultural events, and exhibitions of contemporary art. More information about AGCC is available at angelsgateart.org.
Press kit with images, artist biographies available for download: dropbox link