Exhibitions - 2015
Past Exhibitions - 2014
Past Exhibitions - 2013
Past Exhibitions - 2012:
Quartet For the End of Time
Deanna Erdmann

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

Wild Things
Soo Kim, Dean Monogenis, Kim Schoenstadt, Fran Siegel

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

Reef Cycle
Melise Mestayer

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

sins, virtues, big fish and plastics
Kimiko Miyoshi

Sep 9 - Jan 4, 2013

A Reintroduction Library
Katie Bachler and May Jong

Aug 12 - Oct 19, 2012

Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality
Curated by Deborah Thomas

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

Lighter than Air
Trish Stone

Aug 12, 2012

Merrily We Grow A-Longing
Karen Frimkess Wolff and Dori Atlantis

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

Wave Break

May 20 - Aug 18, 2012

The Geography of Reclamation
Nicole Antebi

May 20 - Aug 3, 2012

MY WAR: Gabie Strong
March 18, 2012

Sweet and Sour- It's a Thin Line:
Arnoldo Vargas

Jan 22, 2012

Daniela Calandra Bill Daniel, Micki Davis, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Casey Smallwood
Jan 22, 2012

Dear Harbor: Images from our Community
Jan 22 - Apr 2012

HITO: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach:
Heather Rasmussen

Jan 22 - Mar 4, 2012

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Sweet and Sour- It's a Thin Line:
Arnoldo Vargas

January 22 - April 20, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


At a time when the United States Government is engaging in its third military conflict in the Middle East it is important to examine the excremental remnants of oil production and its effect on the Los Angeles Harbor Area. Libya is "sitting on the largest reserve of sweet crude oil in the world" which we all know is at the root of UN intervention efforts in the area. Crude oil is considered to be sweet or sour based on its degree of sulfur content. The sulfur is the excrement. It is the byproduct of oil production and refining. Wilmington, the Heart of the Harbor, is surrounded by oil refineries on all sides. It is also home to at least two major sulfur production plants. At one of these plants, my father and uncles have worked in part or together for the past twenty years. This exhibition will visually examine the sulfur industry and its labor force. It will attempt to look at its effects on the landscape as well as its effect on the people. This exhibition will look through a microscope at situations that might be reflective of a macroscopic reality. The oil industry exists within a duality. It is both good and evil. Society loves it and hates it simultaneously. It pollutes the environment with sights, sounds, and smell that are indicative of an industrial reality. But it also provides stable employment with a wide range of incomes that allow people in this community to provide modest lifestyles for their families.


Arnoldo Vargas received his BA from UCLA in fine art in 1999 and is a current MFA candidate of Photography and New Media at CalArts in Valencia, CA. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with his most recent exhibition Tan Legos de Dios at Galeria Autonoma, UNAM, in Mexico City. Solo exhibitions include In Memoriam at theMain Gallery, CalArts, Valencia, CA., Stardust at Space 47, San Jose, CA., Welcome Wilmington at Monte Vista, Highland Park, CA., and Artifice Orange at Slanguage, Wilmington, CA. His work was featured in Museo de Anthropolocura, curated by Guillermo Gomez-Pena, the Wight Gallery at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA., and the Main Gallery at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is a grantee of the Michael Jordan Foundation, and a recipient of the Gelman Trust Scholarship for graduate studies. He is a native of Wilmington, California, where he currently teaches advanced placement art and photography at Banning High School.

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This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.