Beyond Eden! Oh, what those words imply–the knowledge of good and evil, the struggle to make one’s mark in a harsh world, and the desire to return to a paradise lost. All of that is implicit in Beyond Eden, the two day art fair at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, October 12 and 13, which celebrates New Contemporary, Pop Surrealism, Low Brow, Post-Modern Symbolist, Interpretive Representational–all styles which delve into a post-Eden world. But there’s also a more prosaic meaning behind the name Beyond Eden: Up until World War II, the area east of Vermont Avenue was known as Edendale; Barnsdall Park is outside the borders of Edendale, literally, beyond Eden.
Now in its it fourth year, Beyond Eden brings together over 100 artists from multiple galleries in California. Continuing the theme of a paradise lost though man’s foolishness, Thinkspace presents over 40 artists from around the world creating works inspired by endangered species in support of the wildlife preservation organization, Born Free USA. Spokeart from San Francisco will be at Beyond Eden, giving us a taste of the Bay Area’s best, while C.A.V.E. and Copro are making the trek form the wilds of the Westside. Plus Birdman and Thinkspace are curating Birds Eye View, a mini-gallery featuring new works by Cryptik, David Flores, Kenny Scharf, Lydiaemily, Mear One, Nathan Ota, Never2501, Risk, Shepard Fairey, and Vyal along with photographs of the artists by Birdman.
Saturday night’s festivities begin at 5pm and will include on-location food trucks The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coohaus and Don Chow’s Tacobar. Beyond Eden’s 2013 bar is sponsored by Singha Beer and will also feature a range of hand crafted cocktails by some of your favorite local bartenders. At 7pm Greg Escalante, owner of Copro Gallery, co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, and organizer of Kustom Kulture II will be honored. And all night long, Michael Pukac, John Park, Hans Haveron, Mimi Yoon, Max Neutra and Yuki Miyazaki will be painting live.
Top image: Ana Bagayan’s new painting in progress for ‘Wild At Heart II’ with Thinkspace