Culture Lab: Disguise

May 17-25, 2014


About the Exhibition
Culture Lab: Disguise was an interactive art installation created by a group of five artists working in various disciplines, including sculpture, graphic design, video and sound, selected from a peer-nominated pool. Together they collaborated on an exploration of the nature of disguise and the way it informs the history, economy and values of Jewish life.

Culture Lab: Disguise photos

Press: Jewish art culture: Movin’ on up to the East side by Avishay Artsy for Jewish Journal (5/21/14)


About the Artists

Raphael Arar is an award-winning artist, designer and technologist whose work seeks to trace the trajectories of interpersonal and intrapersonal interaction in light of progress. These works manifest themselves in a variety of forms encompassing a synthesis of nostalgia and novelty often informed by scientific systems and humanistic research. His artwork has been shown at museums, conferences, festivals and galleries internationally including the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (FI), The Boston Cyberarts Gallery (USA), Dark Horse Experiment (AU) and the Athens Video Art Festival (GR). His design work has been awarded through MITX and The Webby Awards and has been featured in sources including Communication Arts Magazine, Forbes, New York Times and The Boston Globe. Arar holds a BA from Boston University and is currently completing his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Brian Griffith (b. 1987) is a musician and artist living in Los Angeles. As a musician, he explores slow-moving, expansive, spiritually-tinged and often improvised pieces using the bass guitar, with a handful of effects, as the preferred mode of expression. Griffith draws influence from the likes of Brian Eno and Thomas Köner while trying to craft his own music to think to. After spending two years in Chicago working heavily in the burgeoning experimental music scene, Griffith started a web-based, improvisational music collective called #ScreamingClaws, which focuses on ambient/drone/new age/experimental music, while fostering a community around this gentle group of musicians. As an artist, Griffith works with digital art, embracing the technological age. Using mobile apps and computer software, he creates abstract photo manipulations, psychedelic-glitch textures and animated GIFs. Recently, his work can be found in close proximity to his company, The Current Sea, a web agency that specializes in digital editorials and brand-specific art. Brian Griffith received a BA from Florida State University in 2009.


Helen Lessick works in the place between public place and private observation. She makes sculpture, installation, performance, and site-related conceptual overlays in the form of signage, brochures, institutional interventions and pamphlets distributed in public places. A Philadelphia native, Helen earned her BA in art from Reed College and MFA in studio art from the University of California/Irvine. A peripatetic creative, Helen has contributed to art and artists communities in southern California, the Pacific Northwest, New York, and Europe. She is now based in Los Angeles.


Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is probably giving you or your neoliberal twin some bookish side eye right now. Or she is telling a kinky story to the Best Buy employee who was paid to ask how she is. She has loads of credentials, duh. Sometimes her work gets stuck in fan mail to Rihanna or in hate mail to Lacan. Sometimes she steals All American outfits from Edward Bernays or Jason Russell’s closets, because she likes to parade. Her favorite crystal is Angelite.


Yelena Zhelezov was born in Belarus, is a citizen of Israel, lives and works in Los Angeles.YZ holds an MFA from CalArts; most recently she has presented work at Cirrus Gallery, Metro Bus #2(Sunset Blvd), Actual Size Los Angeles, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, LA Art Book Fair, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Materials and Applications, the Hammer Museum, and Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts.She chairs the West Hollywood Commission of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and hosts a bi-monthly spoken filmshow on Chinatown Kchung Radio.