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Torrance Art Museum
A Three Hour Tour

A Complete Art Practice in About 2 Hours
March 6, 2010
7:00-9:00 PM
with Scoli Acosta, Shana Nys Dambrot (Managing Editor, Flavorpill LA), Sean Dockray, and Tanja Laden (Deputy Director, Flavorpill LA).

Please join us for A Complete Art Practice in about 2 Hours, at the Torrance Art Museum with Sea and Space Explorations. What makes a complete art practice? What is an art practice? What do I get out of an MFA? What do I get out of a BFA? Am I done learning? Who says when I am done learning? Join us as we ask these questions and many more as Sean Dockray discusses theory in relationship to production, Scoli Acosta will lead a hands-on workshop exploring art production and Shana Nys Dambrot and Tanja Laden of Flavorpill will discuss the importance of an art community to fostering a sustainable art practice.

Scoli Acosta's work relies heavily on the handmade, usually taking the form of site-responsive installations which include painting, sculpture and video. His work highlights his interest in the mechanics of low-technology and how things are put together. Influenced early on by literature and a nomadic upbringing, Acosta constructs a visual vocabulary from which he is continually pulling and recombining. Studies and travels include the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri (1992-’94), The Ultimate Akademie, Cologne, Germany (1995-’97), Brooklyn, New York (1997-’99), and Paris, France (2000-’04). His work can be seen at

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator and author based in Los Angeles. Her fine art & design reviews, features and interviews have appeared in regional, national, international and online publications including Modern Painters, ArtReview, Artkrush, Artweek, Art Ltd, ARTnews,, The Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Intersection, Juxtapoz and Coagula Art Journal, as well as special exhibition books and catalogs. She is currently the LA Managing Editor at; and a periodically updated account of her publications and curatorial projects can be found at

Sean Dockray is an artist and a director of Telic Arts Exchange with Fiona Whitton. He initiated The Public School, which has spread from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New York, Paris, Brussels, San Juan, and Helsinki.  Sean also maintains the website AAAARG.ORG, a text sharing website in operation since 2005.

Tanja Laden works as a professional writer and Deputy Editor at Flavorpill LA, with works published in Los Angeles Times, Artillery, Blue Canvas, Film Threat,, and She holds a BA in History from Occidental College and volunteers as a mentor and associate anthology editor with WriteGirl, an organization that pairs teenage girls with professional female writers in order to empower them through self-expression.