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.
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.
The hand-painted storefront ads that cover the walls of old Mexican towns are beautiful and melancholy, nostalgia-inducing and photogenic testaments to the family businesses and vernacular creative flourishes of small trade history. And they are disappearing. Whether by operations of time and weather or destruction in the name of supposed progress, these homespun wall paintings are becoming not only a lost art, but simply lost. Alfredo Romero’s new exhibition of such “wall works” at Simard Bilodeau Contemporary presents a suite of these colorful, richly textured tableaux — not paintings of the old walls, but archeological segments of the walls themselves.
Part massive interdisciplinary art exhibition, part civic and policy-minded symposium, part public health festival, part community meet-up spot, WE RISE LA is all of these things and more. A ten-day pop-up exposition in a gorgeous brick and glass Arts District development, the 2019 edition of this cross-platform mental well-being happening promises a variety of experiences from the esoteric to the educational, inspirational, and pragmatic.
Downtown locals enjoy their share of bold and ambitious mural art, but this week they may have noticed a new addition to their colorific urban landscape. On Naud St. in the arts district, Lola YS has added a new edificial painting, part of a nationwide initiative from Cey Adams and Pabst Blue Ribbon.