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August 31, 2015 -- Sometimes, artist Ann Page's sculptures look like objects of different textures stacked together in delicate balancing acts.

Other times, they resemble ordinary things seen in nature, like tree trunks or branches, but tweaked with seemingly out-of-place, artificial appendages.

“When looking 'purely' at what passes across my visual field,” explains Page, “I see that, formally speaking, it is not broken down into visual categories of two-dimensional illusion and three-dimensional forms, or color versus chiaroscuro, or concept versus object, or expression versus pure physicality.”

Instead, Page said, “it is a simultaneous and changing, intersecting and interdependent, overlapping, non-isolatable orchestrated phenomenon in process.”

Page's unique view of the world will be presented in “Ann Page: Recent Sculptures and Drawings,” an exhibition of the artist's works debuting on Tuesday at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.

According to a announcement, the new exhibit “blurs boundaries between art and technology, merging creative thought with geometric modeling, 2-D visualization, and 3-D printing.”

Free and open to the public, the exhibition will continue through Saturday, October 10. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, September 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

That same evening, Page will present an art lecture at 5 p.m. in The Broad Stage adjacent to the gallery. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, Page's talk will “draw from comparisons of forms found in nature, using natural geological conglomerate formations combined with 3-D digital processes,” said SMC spokeswoman Grace Smith.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis, she added.

Page is an associate professor of the Practice of Fine Arts at USC Roski School of Art & Design, where she introduced 3-D rapid prototyping as a contemporary tool for artists, said Smith.

“The illusory exists within the three-dimensional, color and form coincide in light, the concept rests within the object, and the expression is the pure quality and essence of that segment of orchestration in relation to our own thought patterns,” said Page.

“We can see/understand only one visual/mental degree at a time,” she added, “but within each degree is everything."

Page’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the nation in private and university galleries since 1968, said Smith.

This year, she was selected by the Theodore Payne Wildflower Foundation to be its artist-in-residence. She will present “Ann Page: Winged, Fluted and Reticulated,” a one-person exhibit this fall in the Theodore Payne Gallery, said Smith.

Page has been featured in several solo exhibitions including “Ann Page – Selected Experiments 1975-2012” at the Fresno Art Museum, where she was named the Distinguished Woman Artist for 2013.

She also earned a Rosekranz Family Fellowship, a Djerassi Artist's Residency, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith said.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information,  call 310-434-3434.

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