“Lust Letters,” Coagula Curatorial‘s sweet and smutty Valentine to Los Angeles opened Saturday night just as crowds were leaving the confetti covered streets of Chinatown, post-Year of the Snake Gong Hey Fot Choy parade. Tim Youd’s wall of retyped prose from Anais Nin’s erotica hung across from Bruce Richards’ poignant odes to love. Gaijin Fujita’s NSFW Doggie Style combined Ed0 eroticism with graffiti, and Erika Rawlings handcrafted heart shaped commentaries on modern love led to the basement, where the artist sat creating custom pieces.
Anais Nin wrote commissioned porn for a dollar a page for a collector.
Youd’s yards of erotica inspired by Nin awaits its own collector.
Tim Youd’s wall of Nin
Bruce Richards, Gamble
Bruce Richards, Washington’s Dilemma
Bruce Richards Painting for Flowers titled for the show Birds & Bees Study; Hummingbirds, also called chupparosa, are traditional symbols of love.
detail of above
Bruce Richards, Fox Fire. Fox fire is the phosphorescent light given off by decayed wood.
Due to the sensitive nature of this sculpture’s subject matter, Young Pinocchio by Bruce Richards is not on display and should be asked for by name, along with the the equally lovely First Thought and Eve’s Apple
Gaijin Fujita, Doggie Style Trust us, there’s more to be seen in person. Impressively so.
Collector Kathy waits for her custom piece.
This guy is only seen at the best openings. Always.
Curators Joan Aarestad and Mat Gleason
A sidecar says love.
Top image: Bruce Richards, Between Night and Day
Through March 22
977 Chung King Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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