• Saturday, June 08, 2019
  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Public Art Exhibition

    Los Angeles artists takeover Pasadena with temporary art installations throughout Old Pasadena’s unique urban and historic spaces at BoldPas. BoldPas allows visitors to meander historic alleyways and side streets to explore Old Pasadena’s wonderful history, architecture, retailers, and restaurants, while taking in unique artistic interventions at every turn. Merchants will also participate with creative displays on their storefronts and window displays.

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    What to Expect

    At BoldPas you can anticipate more than a dozen mid- and large-scale temporary installations throughout historic public spaces of Old Pasadena’s 22-block district, and many of the merchants participate as “Art Stops” by decorating their storefronts in creative and surprising ways.

    Featured Artists

     Kat Bing – Art Observes Art. Art Observes Art depicts a giant yellow character overlooking “art” (the viewer) that sits on a white display pedestal. It encourages its viewers to become a part of the installation and to think about becoming an object that is observed. Art Observes Art begs the question “Who’s observing who?”

    Chelsea Boxwell – “Pink is the new kinda lingo.” Pink is a beautiful, majestic, bright, and happy color. “Pink is the new kinda lingo” – a massive painting consisting of brightly painted canvases, glittering fabrics, and interactive streamers – is suspended high above the alley to illuminate the magic of this color. It takes its title from lyrics of the song “Pink” by Aerosmith. BoldPas will mark the painting’s third iteration, re-imagining the installation in a way that provides event-goers an interactive space for fun, play, smiles, and positivity.

    Garth Britzman – Beach Day. Beach Day revives the childlike wonder of an endless ocean horizon and the toasty beach sand beckoning us to play and explore. Created with 300 beach balls packed into a long net tube, Beach Day spans 50+ feet. Climb it, lift it, move it, or just sit – it offers countless opportunities for play!

    Ash Cano – Inked. A pop-up tattoo shop housed inside a U-Haul truck, Inked is colorful, bright, and modern. Temporary tattoos that are renditions of famous artworks are directly applied to participants by the artist. By referencing well-known artworks, the tattoos challenge participants to draw a parallel between body art and art works found within art museums.

    Capt. James – Capt.’s Big Coloring Book. Inspired by his childhood memory of transitioning from filling in coloring books to creating his own, Capt.’s Big Coloring Book is a testament that Capt. James is still that same kid at heart. He invites the public to interact with his graphic line-drawings – his “coloring book” – by coloring in them almost as soon as he creates them – each is a beautiful and inspiring unknown.

    Alycia Cornelius & Laura Kapp – Higher Ground. An ephemeral, interactive abstraction of the Los Angeles Basin, Higher Ground takes form in a large field of brightly colored balloons of various sizes. The balloon’s vacillating heights and flexibility create a cohesive movement that begins to mimic the ocean, desert, and mountains that they represent; event-goers can walk in and among the balloons to experience different vantage points.

    Steven Daily – To the Stars. Event-goers can visit this live painting installation and watch Steven Daily bring to life a painting, using old master techniques, of a figure that represents the narrative of Pasadena’s long and highly regarded history of science, rocket propulsion, and space exploration.

    Olga Lah – The Constance of Glory. What are spaces in our life where we stand in wonder? Where and when are we fully engaged with who we are? The Constance of Glory creates an idea of sublimity or transcendence being poured into the alleyway, creating a contrast between a mundane parking structure and a massive amount of shimmering, colorful material flowing out of it. Event-goers will find an unexpected encounter in an alleyway – possibly experiencing their own moment of wonder.

    Po Yan Leung – Down the Rabbit Hole. Inspired by the classic novel Alice in Wonderland, Down the Rabbit Hole is a hexagonal prism that symbolizes the beginning of a fanciful adventure for audiences as they explore BoldPas 2019.

    Heidi & Priscilla Moreno – La Gente de la Ciudad. Weeks are full of routines. Days are filled with lists, errands, and responsibilities, but between all of these things are the subtle pleasures that we often keep to ourselves. La Gente de la Ciudad is an art installation created by sisters Heidi and Priscilla Moreno that observes these unspoken moments and joys that surround us. Event-goers can explore a city that features whimsical vehicles, buildings with interchangeable designs, and creative people who signify the diversity of a real city.

    Camille Ora-Nicole & Ashley Mangus – Yarn Hill. Serving as an artistic seating area, Yarn Hill takes inspiration from the hills and mountains that surround Pasadena and combines them with the feel of traditional, interior comfort. Rectangles woven through with yarn surrounding the seating area alludes to boundaries and offers a new view to the rest of the alley.

    Nathaniel Osollo – Cardboard TV. Cardboard TV is a subtle surprise that appears to broadcast directly from cardboard. Viewers will use their smartphones to examine a pile of television sets made out of cardboard. When the phones find the Cardboard TV screens, colorful animations and fun videos will appear to play on the TVs.

    Gary Pappani & Santos Cortes – A Street Art Mural. Gary Pappani curates a live painting installation that incorporates traditional and non-traditional techniques through the execution of graffiti iconography, wheat-pasting, and abstract painting; Santos Cortes participates as one of the artists.

    Working alongside Santos throughout the day is a small, select group of Los Angeles graffiti and street artists who use a variety of styles and applications. Event-goers can witness the execution of art so common to our urban landscape yet so rarely witnessed in practice.

    Hilda Rios – Coming Up Roses. In creating her installation Coming Up Roses, Hilda Rios was inspired by a quote from French artist Henri Matisse: “There’s always flowers for those who want to see them.” The quote reminds us to find the little sparks of happiness in the everyday, while Coming Up Roses immerses the viewer in shape and color – in the form of tall, brightly colored columns – placing an emphasis on finding beauty in the every-day world.

    Classroom Award: Marshall Fundamental 9th Grade Art Students – This Is Me. High School students from Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena will design and display more than one dozen life-sized silhouettes, filled with colorful patterns and designs that express the vibrant energy in teenagers.

    Metro Gold Line

    The Metro Gold Line is a light rail train that runs between East Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. There are two train stations within walking distance to Old Pasadena, (1) Del Mar Station is few blocks away, it is about a ten minute walk. (2) Memorial Park Station is four blocks away, it takes eight minutes to walk and there are no hills on this route. Cost is $1.75 per person each way, students k-12 pay $1 each way. More…


    There are numerous parking options in Old Pasadena such as park and walks and street meter parking.

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