Art and fashion are like air-kissing cousins, so it was not surprising when the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art launched its “Fashionistas Fight Back” exhibit last month.

What is surprising is how well the two really complement each other to create something entirely new. For a last-chance look at the exhibit, visit before it closes on Nov. 14. Details are at

In combining art and fashion, the “Fashionistas” show is more than the sum of its parts. Describing the event, art writer Robert Mintz called out the power of the combination.

“Fashion is a seductive powerhouse in contemporary culture, worthy of celebration and critique,” he wrote. “Fashion is a weapon — against boredom, the prosaic and the humdrum.”

The Santa Ana art venue is known for its risk-taking exhibits that carefully weave multiple forms of art, from uncensored performances to dance to orchestral arrangements.

By | 2017-04-20T22:18:16+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Marischa News|Comments Off on Fashionistas

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Painter, photographer, sculptor and designer Marischa Slusarski portrays the geography and inhabitants of a world that, while imaginary, speaks directly to the poetic, whimsical and emotional fabric of our own. Slusarski has always used a variety of media to give form and flesh to her menageries. Her early, deeply textured and painterly works depicting sexualized familial groups of anatomically anomalous forest creatures were grounded in an almost classical approach to stylized realism and muscular painting technique. Her latest works on paper and canvas build from those sensual surfaces of pigment and marble dust, adding other kinds of image-making, including vibrating post-folk line drawing and a black rain of text-based typography transfers, in an approach that is more illustrative, more self-consciously symbolic and emotionally raw. -Shana Nys Dambrot