Artist and curator Renée A. Fox is enchanted by the idea that beauty, desire, fear and faith exist in a complex, sublime co-dependence in which the light cannot exist without the dark. In her own work, one often sees images that evoke forms of fantastical nature, rendered with a hybrid botanical/anatomical eloquence. In her latest curatorial effort, Night Terrors and Daydreams (on view at Mid-Wilshire gallery the Loft at Liz's), Fox assembles 10 like-minded colleagues in a group show that explores the relationship of Nature to human emotion. Julie Anderson, Gary Brewer, Miri Chais, Leonard Greco, Kymber Holt, Nancy Jeffrey, Kenneth Ober, Roland Reiss, Susan Sironi and Holly Williams each take a very different approach to the theme. Some work in haunting abstraction, others in evocative symbolic narrative, with the group spanning the gamut from painting and drawing to sculpture, ceramic, textile and architectural installation. Works such as Sironi's altered classic books, Chais' sodded and secret floating world, and Brewer's seemingly sentient, alien botanicals all contribute to the exhibition's haunting, opulent loveliness. For more instigation of subconscious agitation, attend Tuesday night's walkthrough with Fox and several of the exhibiting artists. The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 17, 7-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through June 21. (323) 939-4403, theloftatlizs.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 17. Continues through June 21, 2014
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