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Evocative Exhibit Spices Up Arts Crawl (Video)

Patrons and passers by of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl were treated to varying exhibits and musical performances at the galleries dotting Mission Street.

To Andy Janbek, art is in the doing. 

"We like to provide bizarre and interactive entertainment,'' he said at Eleven8, as actress and model Tru Collins, clad in vintage lingerie and angel wings, sipped champagne from a flute and lounged on a mirrored bed. 

The artistic director and co-founder of Shark Tank, a media and event production company, Janbek participated in last weekend's Arts Crawl with his company's premiere of Diablerie, which features performance art and photography by Joshua Merrill.

"This installation revolves around the idea that art is in the doing. It doesn't hang on walls or show in galleries. It lies between epiphany and eventuality, between rough stone and smooth statue. We want to be interactive and we want to encourage people to participate,'' he said.

And how did folks participate?

"By responding to what they see, and what the characters do,'' he said, motioning toward the many spectators drawn in from Mission Street. 

Andy Janbek October 31, 2012 at 02:51 AM
It was great to contribute to the community and I'm honored to be mentioned in the Patch! Thanks so much.
Sara Baker October 31, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Wish I was there!!!!
Joshua Merrill October 31, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Thanks to the Patch for coming out to see our show. We had a great time in South Pasadena this past weekend!
Sara Baker October 31, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Can't Wait for the next one!
Donna Evans (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Keep us updated, folks! You can add info about your shows directly to our calendar of events. You just need a free Patch account. And since we got Patches in lots of places, you can add your event info to any one that corresponds to where the shows are :-)
Rachel Lange October 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
This was my favorite stop on the art walk. I was initially intrigued by the golden-bed stage and the sexy angel, but then I quickly realized that there were amazing photos displayed. Did anyone catch the Sharktank film that was showing in the back room? Fun show to say the least. I look forward to another Sharktank event soon!
Lewis November 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
The photos and the performance were amazing, Definitely the best stop on the arts crawl
Lucy November 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I love the characters! Jesus and the Devil were so funny! and the woman in red, and the masked man and the Angel of course and the super awesome day of the dead bartender! Her make up was incredible.
Heather November 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM
the photo of the dominatrix is soooo hot i love it
Julie Mason November 03, 2012 at 01:51 AM
the dominatrix photo is my fav ;) ;) ;)
C. Daly November 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The short film (Footsteps) was my favorite part, I don't think anyone knew it was there
Maggie November 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
They had the best margaritas ever. Looking forward to the next Shark Tank event.
Emma! November 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Really appreciate the lighting design, never seen anything like that at Arts crawl. Those boys are very talented. Shark Tank has a bright future ahead of them.
Emma! November 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Jesus and the Devil were the best! I want to hear Jesus play more you could tell he was really talented, I'm still thinking about performance
Ansley is Awesome November 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Take me with you next time emma!!! Pleeeeaaaassse!! That is the hottest Angel I've ever seen!!
Emma! November 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I will ;) you missed out they are incredible
Jennifer November 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Love the DJ wish he played more types of music though
Farah November 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I didn't even know there was a patch Thank you Donna for bring us this awesomeness the photos are AmaZinG!!!!!!!! Xoxoxo
Joshua Merrill November 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Wow, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! And @Jennifer, I will try to play a larger variety of music next time ;-)
Steve Johnson November 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Looking forward to seeing what Shark Tank has coming up, we definitely need more vibrant, interactive art around. Keep up the good work Mr. Janbek.
Santana Dempsey November 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm so sad I missed the performance! But am so happy I got the chance to collaborate with such a talented group of actors! Shark Tank is paving ways for artists to think outside the box!
Dark Sun November 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Not so sure about the cutting up art thing But it did stir a lot of emotions in me and I did have a lot of fun..... How can I see more?
Dark Sun November 04, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Where is the Shark Tank website?
Pam November 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
The performance.... Was... Incredible and provocative.... Best thing I've seen in awhile!
Dark Sun November 04, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Ehh whatever
Tara November 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Lovely people make for lovely shows....thanks Andy
Joshua Merrill November 04, 2012 at 03:41 AM
we will have a new SharkTank website up soon at www.sharktankarts.com

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