Recycled waste art depicting the defacement of nature in our consumerist society is not a new concept. However, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art has adopted this tried-and-true tactic as the basis of their latest exhibit Pretty: Disturbing. By allowing four female artistsPamela Grau Twena, Nancy Harlan, YaYa Chou and Miriam Woskto display their interpretations of wastes metamorphosis to beauty, OCCCA has offered a new, contemporary spin on the idea. Witness the rebirth of all the socks youve lost in the dryer with Grau Twenas Crustaceans, and see what happens to all those grocery bags that fly away in the wind in Harlans collaboration Pacific Vortex. Plus, Chou shows us how to have fun with food by creating a parasite symbolizing our nations compromise of food safety in Allelopathy, and Wosk shows her inner beauty through materials found around her everyday life. Youll never look at your garbage the same way again.
Sat., May 2, 7 p.m., 2009