You can’t miss the towering red neon sign atop the Bendix Building. Once and partly still a bustling garment industry center of manufacture and merchandising, increasingly, it’s also home to a dance company (Heidi Duckler), artist studios (about 40) and independent contemporary art galleries (about 10 at last count). And this weekend, that number ticks up, with the inaugural exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery anchoring a night of opening receptions throughout the building.
Mollett’s current exhibition at MorYork Gallery's new Highland Park location features a number of his small and large spheres, ball-shaped tumbleweeds made of scavenged materials which can be rolled and shaken and played with, as well as a series of quieter sculptures and prints based on the urban/organic scavenging idiom. The exhibition is on through May 30, but Sunday afternoon it is activated by the Mudpeople and Bent City in a live performance event.
From the abstract to the narrative in mediums from photography and painting to sculpture, site-specific installation and street art, in context each contributes to an intuitive, profound understanding of the array of experiences and emotions surrounding mental health, mental illness and paths to wellness.
But it’s the exceptionally salient and eclectic slate of public programs that really activate the promised Festival of Wellbeing at the core of the WE RISE mission. Every single day brings multiple public engagements, from concerts to poetry slams, silk-screening sessions to independent DJs, group stress relief, and profound panel conversations centering on progressive, on-the-ground policy-making.
All art installations and programs are free and open to the public.
WE RISE L.A. happens at 1262 Palmetto St. in downtown from Saturday, May 18 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends (including Memorial Day), and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. weekdays.
Schedule of Events
The old factory building on the corner of E. 4th Place and S. Hewitt Street in the Arts District is covered in a dynamic angular mural by Danish artist Mikael B. that resembles neon-colored crystals. The Arts District is home to plenty of vibrant street art, but in this case, the building’s exterior reflects the creative people and programming found inside. The 21st Anniversary Gala takes place on May 30.
Tim Youd makes lavishly textured abstract and word-based paintings, but to classify him as a painter ignores a massive territory in his interdisciplinary practice which involves literature, durational site-specific performances, and aesthetic physical artifacts generated therewith. In brief, Youd chooses important books and re-types them…
In his exhibition of new paintings Let the Outside In, Simkins expands on his strangely romantic, finely painted, lavishly detailed, storybook surrealism, offering a new suite of anthropomorphic birds and beasts enacting symbolic, emotionally charged vignettes of courtly, literary whimsy.