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D-Block Projects

What happened to D-Block?

D-Block has moved out of the downtown Long Beach location. However, the organization will still exist for future projects – both virtual and physical. In the meantime, check out what D-Block organizers and producers are doing:

Co-director Ed Gomez is hard at work with Mexicali Biennial.

Co-director Jeff Chabot is now Director/Curator at Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ.

Foundation for Art Resources (FAR) has a new board and is gearing up for more programming.

“Open Document” reception photos

Photos from the “Open Document” reception.
Just click on image to view slideshow.


“Open Document”

An experiment in artist-curated exhibitions and documentation.

Opening reception Saturday, June 11, 2011, 6-9pm

Long Beach, CA, June 1, 2011: “Open Document” is an invitation for a select group of artists to self-curate a large-scale exhibition in Downtown Long Beach. The artists were asked to address traditional policies of art institutions to have closed doors during the planning and installation of exhibitions. In response, all phases of the exhibition process have been documented and are available for public viewing. Participating artists include: Janice Gomez, Fatima Hoang, Tucker Neel, Chris Oatey, Jenny Yurshansky, and JEFF&GORDON.

D-Block Projects
218 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802
Thurs. & Sat. 2pm-6pm or by email appointment.

More info:
Open Document on YouTube

Media Contact:
Email: info@dblockprojects.com
Phone: (949) 290-1035

“Open Document” is supported by FAR (Foundation for Art Resources), Mexicali Biennial, and Phantom Galleries LA.

Open Document: 1st meeting footage

Here are some clips from the 1st meeting of Open Document. Click on the still image or view the Open Document Playlist on YouTube. Participating artists include: Janice Gomez, Fatima Hoang, Tucker Neel, Chris Oatey, Jenny Yurshansky, JEFF&GORDON (Jeff Foye, Gordon Winiemko)

Web Documentation
Open Document on YouTube

Allison Alford: Moving in the Technium

Los Angeles-based artist Allison Alford will present work in, Moving in the Technium, a solo show consisting of installation, video and performance opening April 9th at D-Block Projects, Long Beach, CA. In her work, Alford looks at human interactions with digital interfaces out of a curiosity of what happens within the human body while engaging a virtual environment. Body movements from rituals such as martial arts, dance, and bird mating are integrated with the use of iPhone apps, laptop touch pads, Microsoft’s Kinect and Nintendo’s Wii Console. Within these interactions, Alford uses gestures to articulate the multi-faceted relationship between humans and digital devices, and explores the potential for presence and intimacy as mediated by technology. Read Press Release

Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and Its Conditions

This survey of seventeen abstract artists looks at how abstraction has become a speculative practice in the wake of postmodernism. At the level of form many of the artists included in this show mix different mediums, participate with site-specific concerns and embrace an aesthetic that doesn’t view the architectonic and the organic as mutually exclusive. … Continue Reading

S.O.S. travels to monOrchid in Phoenix, AZ

S.O.S. (Save Our States) is on its way to Phoenix, Arizona for the opening on Friday, April 1 at monOrchid. The exhibition will be part of the “First Friday” art walk, a monthly event which invites visitors to explore new exhibitions, artist studios, and events in the Downtown Phoenix area. S.O.S. is a joint collaboration between D-Block Projects, Mexicali Biennial and Phantom Galleries, with grants from the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund, F.A.R. (Foundation for Art Resources), and Arts Council Long Beach.

Here’s more info on monOrchid.
Read the S.O.S. press release for more information.

S.O.S. opening reception photos

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JJ Stevens @ Dark Matter

Artist JJ Stevens presents objects from the “Department of Archeological Oversight,” a fictitious institution which collects unique circa-19th century technological inventions. “Department of Archeological Oversight” is a collaboration between D-Block Projects and Dark Matter Gallery, and was curated by D-Block co-director Jeff Chabot.

Dark Matter Gallery
218 Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90803

March 12 – March 31, 2011
Hours: Thurs., Sat. 2-6pm or by appointment

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S.O.S. exhibition

D-Block Gallery
March 5 – 26
Reception March 12, 6-9 pm

S.O.S. is a group traveling art exhibition showcasing artists from the states of Arizona and California programmed for display in the downtown areas of Long Beach, CA and Phoenix, AZ.  Fostering a relationship between neighboring states whose recent political disagreements stemming from legislation of Prop 1070, the exhibition seeks to explore the issues of personal and political identity, citizenship and the effects of media.

S.O.S. exhibition catalogue

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D-Block at the Collective Show

D-Block took part in the Collective Show up in Chinatown, Los Angeles. For the exhibition, we installed an extension of our current show “Open Storage” which consisted of stored artwork in boxes, tubes and DVD mailers. Check out the pic below or jump to some photos of the opening event.


“Video: Recycled”
Produced by FAR (Foundation for Art Resources)

Feb. 5 – Feb 28, 2011
Opening Reception Feb. 12, 6pm-9pm
D-Block Projects 218 N Promenade, Long Beach, CA 90802

“Video: Recycled” is an exhibition of contemporary video work from artists who find ways to recycle video, film, and printed material that was presumably made for a different intention. The artists in “Video: Recycled” appropriate moving images, recontextualize content, re-examine the aesthetics of video, and address different methods of presentation. … Continue Reading

“Open Storage” event photos

Check out some photos of our opening exhibition “Open Storage.” Thanks to all the artists who participated!


D-Block Project’s inaugural exhibition.

“Open Storage”

“Open Storage” is an invitation for artists to use D-Block Projects as storage facility and exhibition space for artworks that were being stored in their studios and out of view of the public’s eye. This exhibition draws upon the “open storage” trend found in several museums where storage facilities are opened to the public to see the otherwise private existence of stored art. The open storage experience removes the historical context of works and instead displays work based on the size, logistics of storage and the availability of space.

The exhibition “Open Storage” aims to create a heterogeneous display of artworks that have an intended random association to each other and require the viewer to create a narrative or framework outside of the traditional method of viewing art.

“Open Storage” will be D-Block’s inaugural exhibition and a transitional organization of art works as D-Block begins it’s 2011 programming at 218 The Promenade in Downtown Long Beach, CA.

Artists:  Celine Bayla, Ed Bopp, Jeff Chabot, Ethan Crenson, Emmanuel Crespo, Carla Danes, Chris Danes, Rashell George, Ed Gomez, Fidel Hernandez, Luis G. Hernandez, Ryan Lamb, Ivan Limas, Albert Lopez, Matt MacFarland, Caroline Maxwell, Chris Morales, Mike Rogers, Steve Schmidt, Francesco X. Siqueiros, JJ Stevens, Jason Wallace Triefenbach, and Yalda Yazdanpanah.

Opens: Dec. 11, 2010 (soft opening), Jan. 8, 2011 (Official Opening)
Hours: Saturday, 7pm – 10pm

Visiting Information

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Open call for experimental art

D-Block is currently reviewing experimental and contemporary works for display at our gallery in Long Beach, CA. D-Block is open to all forms of art work including video, sculpture, painting, photography and installation. The gallery space is broken into three main areas which include a main space, hallway, and smaller project space. The large main space has both a dirt floor and cement floor (see diagram). Email proposals to submit at dblockprojects dot com.

Hello Long Beach!

Thanks to Phantom Galleries LB, D-Block Projects is now occupying the back space at 218 N Promenade in Long Beach, CA . We welcome project proposals and submissions of work for consideration in our large alternative space (containing both cement and dirt floors), entryway, hallway, and smaller project space. Take a look at the layout or view photos of the gallery’s exhibition spaces.