What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with an exhibition focused on urban myths and legends?
Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends, curated by Wendy Sherman, and presented by Arts District Center for the Arts, will open with an artists reception on Friday May 13th from 7pm-10pm at LosJoCos Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles (725 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021)
F will be performing their first live set of 2016 as “F for Freak” at the opening reception at 8 PM, with projections. For more details, see the Facebook invite here.
F for Freak, is a Los Angeles art-rock supergroup whose motto is “Simplicity Through Noise” and who have developed a practice rooted in improvisational ensemble playing using electric guitars (played with rubber mallets and other extended as well as traditional techniques) and vintage synthesizers, in various combinations of three. Their debut album Faüxmish was released Sept 2, 2011 and later this year they will be releasing a limited edition cassette titled FF. F are Daniel Hawkins, Marnie Weber, and Doug Harvey.
This is a super cool not to be missed exhibition, that will expand your mind and turn you on to the underground river of secret fears, hidden histories and mysterious myths that have become pop culture touchstones, from hitch hiking ghosts to purple squirrels and beyond.
“Hearsay” takes a close look at artist’s interpretations of legends that serve as modern mythology, like alligators in the sewer, Sasquatch, and the devil phantom of Lake Elizabeth. Each of the 38 artists–including Joel Biel, Sarina Brewer, Llyn Foulkes, Jeff Gillette, Laurie Lipton, Ransom and Mitchell, Victoria Reynolds, Christopher Ulrich, Jeffrey Vallance, Robert Williams and others–have each chosen an urban legend with which they have a personal connection, creating an environment that engages the public and allows them to consider the myths in the context of each artist’s interpretation.
Urban legends serve as our modern day mythology. Based on cultural traditions and morality tales, these stories prey upon our collective fears and provoke strong, emotional responses. Traditionally, in order for these legends to survive, a mix of text and imagery was used in storytelling, heightening the power of the legend as it passed down through generations. More recently, the Internet has encouraged the rapid dissemination of these modern legends, many of which can be traced back to the original folklore that inspired them.
The purpose of the exhibition is not to illustrate urban legends, but to analyze them in conjunction with each artist’s own subjective viewpoint resulting in a shared experience between artist and audience.
Complete list of all artists in this DTLA show are as follows:
A.S. Ashley,James P. Scott, Emmeric Konrad, Esther Pearl Watson, Snow Mack, Teale Hathaway, Joe Biel, Hugh Brown, Llyn Foulkes, Gregg Gibbs, Hellen Jo, Matjames Metson, Anita Ray, Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Nicola Verlato, Michael Criley, Jeffrey Vallance, Victoria Reynolds, Christopher Ulrich, Chris Wilder, Kevin Bradley, Laurie Lipton, Stephen Berkman, Robert Williams.
The exhibition will incorporate a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and video, in order to capture the essence of each urban legend.
A catalog is available for this exhibition, published through Grand Central Press. Author
and urban legends expert Jan Brunvand, and art writers Tyler Stallings, Doug Harvey, and
Mat Gleason will contribute essays. The catalog also includes essays by both curators as well
as full color images of the artwork and short statements from each artist discussing their work
in the exhibition.
SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING:
If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience or can’t make the opening reception, Cartwheel Art Tours and Atlas Obscura have partnered with a tour on Sunday May 22nd. The tour will offer a curatorial walk-through, in addition it will provide the opportunity to meet some of the artists exhibiting in the show, who will speak about the personal connection to the urban legends in their work and much MORE! For more information and to purchase tickets.
Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends will be on exhibition at LosJoCos Gallery, 725 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, 13 May – 12 June. Gallery hours: Thursday – Friday 4-7pm, Saturday – Sunday 2-7pm.
Top image: Sarina Brewer “Purple Squirrel”
Robert Williams “Keep your Hands Inside”
Chris Farling “Sewer Gator”
Llyn Foulkes “Portrait of Walt”
Lew Delport “Goatman”