Artist Glenn Kaino Creates Signature Glow Cocktail
PJ’s Wish Cocktail Featured Exclusively at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Santa Monica, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has commissioned acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino to create a signature cocktail in celebration of this year’s Glow festivities in Santa Monica on Saturday, Sept. 28.
PJ’s Wish, the event’s signature cocktail, created in collaboration with mixologist and filmmaker PJ Pesce, will be available exclusively at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for one night only.
The cocktail is an extension of Kaino’s work for Glow titled, Well, a performance installation that invokes the generative potential of a secret — which may be described as having two component parts, the knowledge that the secret exists, and the secret information itself. Well is staged on the beach as a transparent wishing well that occasionally flashes with light and acts as a bright beacon, attracting thousands of people and provoking them to create a new secret via the process of making a wish and then throwing a coin inside. As the coins descend, they will agitate the bioluminescent water and create a glowing light from what was previously clear liquid. This activity then charges the landscape with an abstract glowing visualization of the endless possibilities of the hidden thoughts that the light represents. Kaino’s practice often mobilizes disparate economies of knowledge and puts them together in unexplored ways within the context of art in order to create meaning. For Glow, the artist ventures into the science of biology to create this magical moment, which features rare bioluminescent organisms, carefully grown over several months by Dr. Michael Latz at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD.
PJ’s Wish is an individual performance piece, initiated by the delivery of a cocktail that is served in two parts and culminating in the action of the guest making a wish and generating their own secret as they combine a delicate sphere of lime juice with St. George Terrior Gin in a glass, resulting in a fresh twist on a classic gimlet recipe. The resulting chemical magic that takes place during the mixing of the separate ingredients reflects and extends the experience at Kaino’s Well.
Inspired originally by Paris’ Nuit Blanche, Glow has commissioned 15 site-specific, interactive art projects to activate Santa Monica’s iconic pier and beach. For a single night, the heart of Santa Monica will be transformed into a massive outdoor museum, where art exists not just to be seen, but to be experienced. Like Santa Monica itself, Glow represents a union of technology, creativity, and natural splendor. With a distinguished roster of keynote artists that includes Mathieu Briand, Janet Echelman, Glenn Kaino, Rebecca Mendéz, and Victoria Vesna, Glow is a veritable survey of contemporary art practices, ranging from large-scale earthworks to customized, participatory apps for mobile devices. It is the first all-night arts event in the United States to emphasize the commissioning of new work, transforms Santa Monica into a world of interactive and engaging contemporary art installations. Santa Monica hosted the first Glow in 2008, attracting an estimated 250,000 participants, followed by another in 2010. Glow is produced by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation in partnership with the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier and KCRW.
About Glenn Kaino
Glenn Kaino’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he was selected to represent the United States at the Cairo Biennale 2013. He has had solo exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; ArtPace, San Antonio; REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and The Project, New York, NY. His work has also been included in group shows at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Asia Society, New York, NY; The International Film Festival Rotterdam; and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA. In 2004, Kaino was included in the Whitney Biennial of American Art. Kaino is a Los Angeles native and received a BFA from UC Irvine and an MFA from UC San Diego; he currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
About Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, in the heart of this year’s Glow festivities and boasting prime views of the event, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated beachfront hotels. An oceanfront pool deck with oversized loungers, two restaurants and lounges and immediate proximity to the iconic Santa Monica Pier and other premier attractions encourage visitors to savor their stay, whether visiting on business or pleasure.