Echo Park studio and gallery iam8bit operates at the intersection of futurism and nostalgia, analog experience and technological opportunities. And so, in a way, does artist and designer Amanda Visell. Known for her background in animation and editioned art toys, Visell also works diligently in the visual arts, from her new home on the Oregon coast. That’s where she picked up her love for driftwood — and for literally picking up the knotty, gnarly, wave-tossed bits and limbs themselves. In her new show DRIFT, she transforms the wood into humans and creatures both animal and mythological with the help of pigment, tools and her own imagination.
iam8bit, 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; opening reception: Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30-10 p.m.; exhibition on view Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat., 1-9 p.m., Sun., 1-5 p.m., through February 23; free. iam8bit.com/pages/gallery.