MEDITATIONS WITH TORIE Z.
Torie sitting in front of: Garden Angels, 2017
Fujiflex crystal archive print, 60 x 40” Edition 1/5 // Photo: Marlene Picard //Hair: Adrian Arredondo // Makeup: Blushington // Dress: Jetset Diaries
Multi-hyphenated. Emerging artist-photographer-philanthropist-L.A. Woman, TORIE ZALBEN, has a solo-show opening JUNE 3.
Here's quick interview with vuhneeshun:
Tell me about your role with the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles?
I am an advisory board member of the foundation. I help plan events, fundraise, and gather community support for various programs that provide at-risk populations with the tool of transcendental meditation.
Do you meditate?
Yes. I meditate for 20 minutes twice a day. It is suggested to meditate once upon awakening and once late in the afternoon.
How has meditation affected your practice as an artist?
It has removed all obstacles that once stood in the way of my chosen path to be a visual artist. It has aligned me with my purpose and opened doors to my creativity that I never imagined possible.
Where did the work for your upcoming solo show, 'Eye Level: Visual Meditations,' come about?
It came about after I completed my graduate studies at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. I was homesick for my grandmother’s rose garden. I would visit often and take abstract photos of the fountains, roses, exotic flowers, and various intricacies of her outdoor art collection. After her passing, I wanted to reconnect with her spirit and chose to make this body of work as a memorial to her.
What are the offerings from these visual meditations?
I offer sober psychedelic experiences. I envision an individual studying my works and finding hidden faces and subtle movements in them.
How can we see more of your work?
Torie Zalbens' EYE LEVEL VISUAL MEDITATIONS opens JUNE 3 at SEYHOUN ART GALLERY with a reception 5-8 PM| 9007 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 90069 Exhibition through June 8. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the David Lynch Foundation's Los Angeles programs.
Torie Zalben is a multimedia photographer and filmmaker known for her work depicting dream-like characters in abstract settings. Her use of combining genres of fantasy with images of phosphorescent illuminations submerged in water are inspired by filmmaker Maya Deren's love for the element and metaphor of water and in-camera techniques. Zalben invites varied perspectives and subjective understandings as a means of interpreting her work. Inspiration from her study of film and predilections for dream worlds and meditative states synthesize her cosmology as an artist. Born in Los Angeles, CA she attended Loyola Marymount University and received her BA in 2011, and her MA from New York University in 2015.
Zalben has been exhibiting her work since 2011 and today is in the permanent collection of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She sits on the Dean’s Council of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an advisory board member of the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles, a founding member of the ICA LA Next Gen. board and host-committee member for Project Angel Food. She has exhibited with Gallatin Galleries, Vector Gallery, iii Points Festival, UNICEF Next Gen, Vox Populi, CalArts Immersion Group, Vortex Immersion Media, Open Source Gallery, Gowanus Ballroom, Bodii Actualized, and Smashbox Studios.