Los Angeles, CA - Morono Kiang Gallery is pleased to announce GROW, an exhibition curated by Shervin Shahbazi, featuring new works by Los Angeles based artists: Kim Abeles, Orameh Bagheri, John Carr, Kendell Carter, Erica Cho, Didier Hess, Ricardo Duffy, Betty Lee, Dominique Moody, Hushidar Mortezaie, Amitis Motevalli, Sarah Perry, Mike Russek, May Sun, Melly Troches, Antonio Vigil, and Steven Yao-Chee Wong. The eighteen participating artists are active in multiple disciplines and professional pursuits as public artists, arts educators, art activists, writers, designers, environmentalists, muralists, and fashion designers. The exhibition will consist of painting, sculpture, performance, print, video, photography, and installation work.
GROW takes the dissidence of the artworks in MOVE as a launching off point to explore the power of art as a catalyst.
MOVE offered artists’ perspectives on the state of our society. GROW will examine ways in which we can arrive at a point where we can actually embark on a meaningful path to change. Works in this exhibit will invite the viewer to reflect on one’s ability to creatively solve what ails our contemporary existence, starting with “our own backyards”. Whereas the artists of MOVE articulated their resistance against apathy, GROW presents viewers an opportunity to consider their own ways of instigating positive change and advancing the common good through personal agency.
The opening reception for GROW will include an informal book redistribution by the Los Angeles/Oakland-based Miracle Bookmobile. Gallery visitors are encouraged to deposit personally significant books for an ongoing redistribution during the run of the exhibit. All donated books will be available at the gallery for any visitor to take away with them, limit one book per person.