This exhibition will feature over 50 paintings and works on paper that span 7 years by the members of the Lamp Community Art Project. These artists' works are both mystifying and liberating, as they exist without the confines of the contemporary art world. The art stands as a testament to the indelible human spirit, causing pause and reflection that brings us a moment of unexpected clarity, not only about the lives of the artists, but our own and what it means to be human. The work is pure, emerging straight from the heart and free of conceptual constraints with undiluted colors that match the intensity of the images, telling the personal stories of where these artists live, what they dream and how they see the world.
Vicky Cockson, Darlene Altemeier Dobbs, Gary Brown, Rick Young, Vytautas Pliura, Tracy Darden, Ed Christiansen, Magdalena Astrid Dahlen, Ana Salinas, Penny Anne Kirk, Brian McGlaughlin, Rory White
Lamp Community is based in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles and is nationally recognized for providing immediate housing and lifelong supportive services to homeless men and women with a severe mental illness—many of whom have been homeless for as long as a decade.
Each night, close to 75,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County seek shelter on streets, in encampments, or in vehicles. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of L.A's homeless people struggle with serious mental illness.
Lamp Community was founded with the conviction that, when given the proper services, supports, and opportunities, homeless people living with a severe mental illness are fully capable of staying in housing, participating productively in the community, and dramatically improving their overall health.
As part of Lamp Community's mission of providing permanent and effective solutions to homelessness, Lamp Community operates a pioneering art collective in the heart of Downtown L.A.'s Skid Row. Lamp Community's Art Project—in combination with housing and other supportive services—is a nurturing lifeline for homeless and formerly homeless people with mental illness.
Pharmaka is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to creating a creative and sustainable community in Downtown Los Angeles through cross cultural programming and contemporary art exhibitions.