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This is a color photograph of a sculptural installation by Maru Garcia. In the center of the image is a circular glass vase half filled with living culture. The neck of the vase is covered with a tan cloth. The vase is placed on a pedestal that has a dimly lit top surface. To the back left of this work is a glass window with three circular, transparent films arranged in a triangular shape. To the back right of the center work is another circular glass vase half filled with living culture placed on a pedestal that has a dimly lit top surface.

Artist Talk and Performance

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1 PM PST

To celebrate the opening of membrane tensions, exhibition artist Maru Garcia led a virtual talk and performance.


Transforming the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery into an active laboratory, membrane tensions featured a constellation of new, site-specific works composed of cellulose. Garcia’s use of cellulose (produced and harvested on-site at the Gallery) alluded to the beginning of life where the delineation between internal and external was essential for life forms to first emerge. In using and placing cellulose as the medial, membrane tensions proposed future exchanges of building a sustainable culture.


This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

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