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October 16, 1995 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside the ocean-view house where Susan Hornbeak-Ortizgrew up, the street is peaceful on a sunny afternoon. Inside, the dishwasher hums softly as she asks the housekeeper when her infant and toddler began their naps. In an airy studio a few steps away, she shares a thriving interior design business with her sister and devises the large, often mechanically powered sculptures that are being shown at several Orange County venues this fall and winter. It looks like the picture of suburban bliss.
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October 16, 1995 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside the ocean-view house where Susan Hornbeak-Ortizgrew up, the street is peaceful on a sunny afternoon. Inside, the dishwasher hums softly as she asks the housekeeper when her infant and toddler began their naps. In an airy studio a few steps away, she shares a thriving interior design business with her sister and devises the large, often mechanically powered sculptures that are being shown at several Orange County venues this fall and winter. It looks like the picture of suburban bliss.
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October 31, 1997 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz's new sculptures inhabit touchy terrain, a charged emotional ground embracing both beauty and danger, seduction and repulsion, comfort and fear. A few of the works, now at Sherry Frumkin Gallery, feel overwrought; but more often than not, Hornbeak-Ortiz packages the horrors of domesticity in clever, poetic and poignant ways. An old gramophone horn mounted on the wall like a huge mechanical blossom emits a faint sound requiring close contact to identify.
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September 3, 1992 | MARY HELEN BERG, Mary Helen Berg is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
Canvas cocoons, a waxen goalie's mask and blackened eggshells filled with ash help make up the "theater of form" that is "Focus II: Orange County Artists, Toward a Material Edge," on exhibit at the John Wayne Airport. The show, organized to mark the second anniversary of the Airport Arts Program, highlights provocative works by 10 artists with Orange County ties.
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February 20, 1999 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Kitsch is mechanical and operates by formulas," art critic Clement Greenberg wrote in 1939. "Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations. . . . Kitsch pretends to demand nothing of its customers except their money--not even their time." In this seminal essay, "Avant-Garde and Kitsch," Greenberg sorted out the essential differences between a Saturday Evening Post cover and a painting by Picasso. One was kitsch; the other was part of a fully matured cultural tradition.
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March 2, 1998 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trouble with kinetic art--the kind that moves--is that the people who make it often mistake gadgetry for allusive imagery and simplistic moralizing for resonant themes. That's only one problem that plagues "Sound: A Noise, Vocal Utterance, Musical Tone or the Like," a group show of pieces with audible moving parts at the Santa Ana College Fine Arts Gallery.
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March 24, 1999
Music * Vladimir Feltsman conducts the Pacific Symphony and is the guest soloist in a Bach program that includes Orchestral Suites No. 2 in B minor and No. 3 in D, and Keyboard Concertos No. 4 in A and No. 1 in D minor, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 tonight. $10-$48. Also Thursday at 8 p.m. (714) 755-5799. Jazz/Blues * Brian Barrett and the Jason Wilkins Trio play at Windows on the Bay, 2241 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 6 tonight.
HOME & GARDEN
February 2, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
ONE illuminating idea to emerge from the New York International Gift Fair: a lighting line from the fledgling San Clemente company Shine. Russ Ortiz, the former marketing director who developed the Goddess stores for Nike, and his wife, decorator and gallery artist Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz, exhibited a collection of 14 voluptuous table lamps named after Hollywood screen sirens.
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February 11, 1999 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are those who actually scoff at the suggestion that Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" is the best American movie ever made. They point to "Gone With the Wind" (oh, please) or "Casablanca" (close, but no Bogey . . . I mean stogie) when rearranging the pedestal. They're wrong, of course, but it's interesting to know that "Citizen Kane," which opens Friday as part of the Warner Bros.
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April 11, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frankenstein has sparked new life in a contemporary debate on what makes us human. While scientists have nearly completed mapping the human genome, opening the door to cloning Homo sapiens, some artists have dabbled in creations that meld man with machine.
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