Culture Lab: Oil 

February 22-23, 2014


About the Exhibition
Culture Lab: Oil was an interactive art installation created by a group of four artists working in various disciplines, including sculpture, graphic design, video and mixed-media installation, selected from a peer-nominated pool. Together they collaborated on a dynamic new piece based on the theme of oil and how it intersects with Jewish tradition and modern American life. 

View photos here.


About the artists

Julie Schustack (Gardena, CA) holds a BFA from California State University Long Beach and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she was nominated for the graduate Joan Mitchell Award. Recent exhibitions include (F)Utility at Arena One Gallery in Santa Monica and End of the World at Biola University Art Gallery. She has also curated shows, including Found Object Found Image at Greenleaf Gallery in Whittier, CA and Breakdown at Chapman University. Her ceramic and mixed media sculpture incorporates subject matter that revolves around function or the lack thereof. Complex constructions of record players, music box innards, cords and wires, vice grips and motor parts combined with delicate ceramic cones are not attempts at musical instruments, but rather reflections on the multitude of various capabilities that all people have.

Corrie Siegel, an artist, curator and educator, is committed to using the arts as a method of personal philosophic exploration as well as a tool for community building. Siegel’s works often explore identity and experience within a global system of communication. She plays with personal limitations of knowledge and understanding by using highly detailed observation and involved processes for collecting and rendering her subject matter. Her projects have been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Mousee Magazine, and Flash Art International. Selected Exhibitions include; The Picture Reason, Woods Gallery, Annandale on Hudson; E’clepsydre, .HBC, Berlin; Family Stories, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena; Stage Sight, Hudson Opera House, Hudson; Games, L.A. Craft and Folk Art Museum. Siegel has initiated and led art programs at the Womens’ Care Cottage, North Hollywood, and the Astor Home, Rhinebeck New York. She has partnered with the LA Philharmonic, LA County Museum of Art, Barnsdall Art Center, Armory Center for the Arts, and the Corita Art Center to create and implement cultural educational programming She is a founding member and co-director of Actual Size, an artist collective and gallery. Actual Size collaborates with established and emerging artists to allow for situations that activate the exhibition and engage the public in the culture of the artists’ work. She is currently a Six Points Fellow.

Jonathan Skurnik is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer who has worked in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South and North America. Four of his films have broadcast on PBS and European Television. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and in art galleries in New York City and at over one hundred film festivals throughout the world. He has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the American Indian film festival, the Change Maker Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival, the Audience Award for best documentary at Outfest, the Harry Chapin Media Award for films about poverty and Best Documentary Award at the UrbanTV film Festival.

Hillel Smith is an LA-based graphic designer and artist. He works with a range of businesses and non-profit organizations locally and worldwide to create dynamic pieces that promote their causes and communicate their messages. He teamed with Shoot East on the viral “Google Exodus” video for, created the look for LaunchBox, winner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’s Next Big Jewish Idea contest, and has designed for a multitude of schools, synagogues, and advocacy organizations, as well as for clients like Patton Oswalt. His art has been exhibited in galleries around Los Angeles, and he teaches art, specifically street art-style spray paint stenciling, at a growing number of schools, youth groups, and camps. His classes focus on artistic empowerment and manifesting identity through democratic media. Much of his Jewish-oriented work utilizes contemporary media techniques to create new manifestations of traditional forms. His first large-scale mural was completed at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California in 2013.