Lived Experience is an art exhibition that examines the ways in which contemporary artists play freely within the theoretical space between art and life. Participating artists include: Juna Amano & Michiko Yao, Tony Brown, Claudia Bucher, Chen Carmi, Gioj De Marco, Cynthia Herrera, Melissa Herrington, Jason Kunke, Jose Luis G. Lopez Jr., Ann Le, Annelie McKenzie, Minona, Thomas Müller, Marcel Nagy, Christy Roberts, Nicole Sloan, Matthew Winkler, Women vs Children, Mary Younakof, and Luis Zavala. Each artist explores elements of the everyday from a variety of viewpoints, materials and artistic practices working in a wide spectrum of mediums including drawings, photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance and participatory work.
The theme of this exhibition and its display also reflects upon the meaning of a one-night experience of but a few hours. The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a brief fleeting occurrence that happens once every month. After several years of existence the Art Walk has developed into a hodge-podge of self-guided experiences in which art/music/food/entertainment/commerce intertwined, each attendant seeking out various interests and thrills. Simply put the Art Walk is itself born from the yearning to blend art and life. With this in mind, Lived Experience is an art exhibition that aims to extend the nature of the art walk, offering its viewers a “total art” made from what Allan Kaprow described as “the sensory stuff of ordinary life.”[i]
In addition to the more than 8,000 ft2 of exhibition space, this exhibition will also include an adjacent seating and live music area entitled “The LIVED Lounge.” Performance times and acts are as follows: 6:20 PM, The Sudden Passion (solo/acoustic set); 7:40 PM, David & Devine; 9:00 PM, Val and Her Lovers; 10:20 PM, Allie Persinger.
Refreshments and admission to all events are free to the public.
[i] Allan Kaprow, “Notes on the Creation of a Total Art”, Allan Kaprow: Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life, ed. Jeff Kelley (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), 10.