Los Angeles is a virtual anthill teeming with creatives. There’s not a single coffee shop, bar or drugstore that is not, at any time of day or night, giving refuge to someone living for their art.
It is like no other city in the magnitude and disparity between artistic strife and success. Therefor go we.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery knows far better than most.
Ours is a City of Writers is their current exhibition. It is a multi-faceted art co-collaboration of curation with words being the tie that binds. All else is up for grabs. An artist is curated, that artist picks their writer. A writer is curated, that writer picks their artist.
To the show’s advantage, the diversity of themes between artists and writers enhances its richness, thus proving to deliver a barrage of powerful and poignant alliances between art forms. Show’s theme… ACED. The exhibits range from a rainbow glitter gender-rama video, to a life-size plaster venus of willendorf. Items from a Spanish mass grave are delicately collaged to bring our attention to the forgotten histories of a nation’s soil. An aluminum “barely breathing” desk accompanied by an aluminum screwdriver and aluminum asthma inhaler remind us, every breath is at risk. There’s also a wood sculpture that was made by an alien—horribly unproven and meant in the highest of respects—his name is Michael O’Malley.
You will find the air thick with existentialism… with surreal.
WHEN: FEBRUARY 5 to MARCH 26, 2017
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
To find the corresponding texts visit: OURSISACITYOFWRITERS.NET
Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Comical. Factual.
Participants include: Kelly Akashi, Scott Benzel, Andrew Berardini, Dan Bustillo, Dori Carter, Kabir Carter, Sylvia Chivaratanond, Neha Choksi, Srijon Chowdhury, Ginny Cook, Karon Davis, Antonio Trecel Diaz, Travis Diehl, Michelle Dizon, David Evans Frantz, Adam Feldmeth, Patricia Fernandez, Kathryn Garcia, Ramón García, Amy Gerstler, Natalie Graham, Katie Grinnan, Raquel Gutiérrez, Michael Ned Holte, Douglas Kearney, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Kristina Kite, Alex Klein, Nick Kramer, Young, Joon Kwak. Viet Le, Sarah, Lehrer-Graiwer, Robin Coste Lewis, Candice Lin, Lauren Mackler, Dylan Mira, Sharon Mizota, Sohrab Mohebbi, Kavior Moon, Fred Moten, Alison O’Daniel, Michael O’Malley, Susanna Newbury, Gina Osterloh, Hannah Sanghee Park, Anthony Pearson, Litia Perta, Vanessa Place, Selene Preciado, Claire Rifelj, Miller Robinson, Judith Rodenbeck, Kim Schoen, Nizan Shaked, David Shook, Susan Silton, Virginia Solomon, Jenni Sorkin, Jacob Stewart-Halevy, John Tain, Anuradha Vikram, Terry Wolverton, Suné Woods, and Kim Ye.
Often tortured by safety and repetition, Jena delights in exposing the nature of the adaptable, recoverable, and transformable human being. Jena had a tumultuous beginning but eventually graduated from Temple U with a BS in economics. This turned her into a slightly more behaved citizen, which has allowed her strangeness to flourish and come alive. She is a vagabond, artist, writer, filmmaker, causer of mischief and lover of all things ridiculous.