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The Clock Doesn't Have Any Hands Art Exhibit Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach --The clock doesn't have any hands in this art display shown in the photograph above. Part of a non-juried (no qualifications for entry) art exhibit at the Huntington Beach Art Center's annual event, Centered on the Center, the clock face is centered in a big copper eye-shaped design stationed on a base.

From sculpted surfers hanging 10 to the big clock eye, from a painting of the Wizard of Oz's cowardly lion to peacock feathers, the art is sometimes abstract, sometimes direct, often simple and occasionally complex. The truth is, the artwork submitted runs the gamut of artistic abilities and interpretations. There are some gems if you study the busy walls crammed full of art (spacing of mere inches between pieces), and for those who must arrange, categorize and hang the work, our hat's go off to you. Your job is formidable.

An article written in one of the local publications known to seek controversy & criticism about every subject included this synopsis of the event in its paper: "As I looked around more, I got over the shock of the really awful stuff, realizing that the majority of the show wasn't so bad. It wasn't great; it was solidly mediocre. And I noticed a few pieces that were actually quite good. What sort of curatorial process could possibly be at work here? It was if they'd just flung wide the doors, taken in every damn thing that was offered to them, and put it all on display. Well, it turns out that's pretty much exactly what they did."

And indeed, that's the effect that hits you in the eye as you enter the exhibit.  There's so much going on and of such varied levels of artistic skill that absorbing and spotting the gems requires effort. Surrounded by "noise" of a hundred pieces all in a row, serious artists will not enter this event to be discovered. More a participatory attempt to raise the bar would better summarize a professional artist's entry into this show.

The show, itself, receives a fairly short shelf life. Not as short as the summer beach art camp kids' exhibit which lasts just a few days. This event gets longer play with a four to six week staging. And for those who need to list a gallery showing on their resume, what better way to enter the art world and claim a city gallery show?  For $15 or so, you're on the wall, first come first serve, till space runs out.

Huntington Beach Art Center
538 Main Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Call: (714) 374-1650
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday - 12 noon - 6 pm; Sunday - 12 noon - 4 pm; Closed Monday - Tuesday


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