Napa Hall exhibit reveals a “Playing with Toys” retrospective along with Chibis, tryptichs and very casual relationships

CSU Chanel Islands News

Jan. 29, 2018 — Action figures have long been Los Angeles artist Larry Lytle’s muse. Beginning Jan. 29, the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Art/Photography Lecturer will be showing a 17-year retrospective of his work in Napa Hall entitled “Playing with Toys, a 17-year Retrospective.”“This is a 17-year overview of how I have used toys in my work to create social and political commentary,” Lytle said.Lytle’s collection will be part of a four-artist show that will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 15 with an opening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Napa Hall on campus.Along with Lytle’s show, Los Angeles photographer Chris Cormack’s show, “Poems, a series of photographic triptychs,” will fill the Napa main gallery.The CI Grad Walls will feature a whimsical set of digital art prints depicting famous people as Japanese “Chibis,” and an edgy collection of digital prints exploring very casual dating.Lytle’s style was inspired by his work as a commercial photographer at a Thousand Oaks toy company called Sideshow Collectibles that makes high-end action figures largely based on TV or film characters.“Their designers had invented an articulated body for 12-inch action figures that could be bent into just about any position,” he said. “In working with these figures to create scenarios for their advertisements, I realized I could use these lifelike ‘people’ to make the tableau-based work I had been begging my friends to pose for the previous decade.”Cormack’s show is a series of photographic “triptychs,” which is a series of three photos on three side-by-side panels. All three are linked with a common theme, composition or design.“Chris goes out through the city (of Los Angeles) and looks at forms and shapes and tries to find images that have a poetic flow,” said Lytle, who curated Cormack’s show.Alumnus Andrea Mendoza, who graduated in 2017, is …

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