Manhattan Beach Art Center

William Sandell – Kinetic Sculpture

Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Division Presents“Very Cinematic Narrative”WHAT:   The City of Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Division invites the public to the opening reception of Very Cinematic Narrative, an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by William Sandell and oil paintings by Cynda Valle.

WHEN:      Friday, January 13th, 6pm—9pm

WHERE:   Manhattan Beach

Art CenterAs a child, William Sandell was mesmerized by the dioramas at the L.A. Museum of Natural History, the Rube Goldberg cartoons in the Sunday comics E-rector sets, Lincoln Logs, Legos, the game Mousetrap, and watching The Little Rascals inventing things on TV.

“I was always building gadgets,” said Sandell. His passion eventually lead to a prolific career as an Art Director for Hollywood Films such as RoboCop, Total Recall, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Away from the film set, Sandell creates unique and engaging pieces of kinetic art in his large artist studio in Downtown LA. Sandell’s sculptures evoke the ancient and weathered carnival games from old traveling circuses, and are propelled into movement by springs or motors. “I like art that reaches out and waves to you,” said Sandell. “I like noisy art. My art squeaks, rattles, I’m one step away from a hoarder.”

Sandell looks forward to seeing his assemblages presented at MBAC, and cannot wait to see the public’s reactions to his odd, strange and whimsical kinetic sculptures. “I know from experience, that young or old people [will be] fascinated by them.”

Cynda Valle – Oil Paintings


William Sandell’s kinetic sculptures evoke memories of times long gone
by Bondo Wyszpolski
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January 13, 2017 - March 12, 2017
1560 Manhattan Beach BLVD, 90266 Wed-Sat 10am - 9pm Sun 10am - 5pm


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