‘Points of Intersection’ explores the impermanence of the home at the Long Beach Museum of Art

The new installation at the Long Beach Museum of Art will invite residents to step into a menacing, menacing structure that takes over its space, and into an intricate maze of the mind of local artist Daniela Soberman.

Soberman’s installation, which will reside at the museum until Nov. 5, explores the illusion and impermanence of the home as a “temporary dwelling familiar only because of the people who share its assemblage,” according to the statement. ‘artist.

This feeling is brought to life through a large building-like structure made up of interlocking gray and white pieces, with a hidden world inside. The pieces took Soberman over a year to create, marking the first time residents can see the facility in its entirety.

“What appears to be a very simple build… There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into it and the treatment of each of the [the pieces]. Kind of like puzzle pieces that fit together,” said Ronald Nelson, executive director of the Long Beach Museum of Art. “So it’s very basic, brutalist in some ways, but it’s also very sophisticated and lovely in other ways. This combination of top and bottom to me is just fantastic. I love it. Like du street art entering a gallery.

“Point of Intersection” installation by Daniela Soberman at the Long Beach Museum of Art. (Courtesy of LBMA)

The large, jagged rooms were inspired by the journey of his parents who immigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States in the 1970s. While the exterior of the facility architecturally resembles his first home, the interior is a maze that serves as a commentary on the journey through life and the human condition.

“So it looks really massive and heavy and really structural, but it’s easily broken,” Doberman said. “It’s a lot of people. People are very similar, okay, we have a hard outer shell. We are actually very fragile.

From the outside, the facility looks like “giant realistic building blocks,” Soberman said. The simple, interlocking rooms are reminiscent of the Brutalist style of architecture that became popular in Europe after World War II. The reconstructionist style emphasizes the bare material of buildings and favors austere and threatening elements over modern decorative motifs.

“We all start by building our environments, like as people we build things and then those things fall apart,” Soberman said. “Then we have to pick up the pieces and rebuild parts of life and create new meaning.”

Soberman has had a lifetime of practice trying to create meaning from an unfamiliar environment. She watched her parents struggle to find a sense of community in the United States and found herself in the middle of two worlds growing up: her identity as an American and as a child of first-generation immigrants.

“As the first generation [child], you still feel like an outsider and you’re trying to figure out how to not just fit into American culture, but how not to lose your own,” Soberman said. “When you don’t have a community, it’s more difficult, so you try to figure out which elements to integrate and which elements not to lose.”

While Soberman is still finding this community, her roots as an artist continue to bring her back to the Long Beach Museum of Art. His first piece ever sold was to Nelson, the current executive director of the museum.

“Well, the first time I saw [Soberman’s] work, I thought it was so superb and…I went on, ‘How can I not know [who] this woman is, she’s fantastic,” Nelson said. “I asked around, no one seemed to know who she was. I also ended up buying a work from her collection without even knowing the artist.

Nelson also curated Soberman’s first-ever exhibition at the museum, and the pieces used in “Intersections” were commissioned for Getty 25, a two-day festival hosted by The Getty and the City of Long Beach at Houghton Park in June.

“Then from there, [the museum] knew they wanted me to take over the space and really activate it in a way that had never been done before,” Soberman said. “So it’s about those components and more. Many of these parts broke or had graffiti on them…many of these parts are still in the facility but they are repaired.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in their own inspired creations, as the museum will distribute similar miniature structures that they can draw on themselves and take home. This community engagement component will be available at the opening of the exhibition and on the second Saturdays of August 13.

“Points of Intersection” will be open to museum members on Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m. and to the general public at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the installation can be viewed until November 5. The Long Beach Museum of Art is located at 2300 East Ocean Blvd. and open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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