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Jimena Sarno | Score for the Near Future

November 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Jimena Sarno | Score for the Near Future
Exhibition | October 19-December 14, 2019
Reception| Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 5-8 PM
Main Gallery | 1639 18th Street



For her Artist Lab exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center, which is also part of 18th Street’s Commons Lab residency,  Jimena Sarno is creating a process-based sound and sculpture installation. Score for the Near Future is organized around the idea of dissonance, questioning how space is conceived and navigated based on the viewer’s assumptions of power and representation. Populated by an accumulation of handmade domestic objects that evolves over the run of the exhibition, the gallery is transformed into a three-dimensional musical score where every presence, absence, and spatial relation is readable as both notation and abstraction. This gradual accumulation within the installation will result in a complete visual score that will be interpreted and composed by Sarno’s collaborator, vocal artist and improviser Molly Pease. Through a randomizing process, the score will be electronically re-mixed with the recorded fragments of the composition and played back in the space in intervals, re-articulating harmony and dissonance into infinite new combinations. 

Artists at 18th Street Arts Center’s 18th Street campus will also have open studios during the exhibition reception. Artists include Christopher Tin, Joan Abrahamson, Debra Disman, Dan S. Wang, Gina Dominique, Post Mango FX, Katya Kan, and Esther Lin!

Our incredible Curatorial Intern Liv Wafler will be conducting Guided Open Studio Tours throughout the night at 5:15, 6:20, and 7:20. Get a behind-the-scenes view of an incredible range of artistic practices and spaces!




Jimena Sarno is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and organizer. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently living in Los Angeles, her experience as a South American immigrant informs her practice. She works across a range of media including installation, sound, video, text and sculpture. Her practice encompasses research and production as an exploration of power relations, consensus and social control. She is interested in how political constructs become normalized and internalized, shaping how we understand the world and our place in it.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at LACE, Visitor Welcome Center, Grand Central Art Center, The Museum of Latin American Art, The Mistake Room, Human Resources, PØST, UCI Contemporary Art Center, Control Room, The Luminary, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea de Santiago De Compostela, Fellows of Contemporary Art, and Small Editions among others. She is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant. She is the organizer of analog dissident, a monthly discussion gathering that features work and work-in-progress by two invited artists.


Our gallery and event spaces are fully accessible, with ground level entrances with no steps. Upon requests for assistance, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats. You can email requests or questions at communications@18thstreet.org.


Jimena Sarno’s residency and exhibition is generously supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

18th Street Arts Center’s programs are additionally supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, the California Arts Council, and our generous community of donors.

[image: Jimena Sarno, score for the near future (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.]


November 9, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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