Venice From Then to Now
Los Angeles- Yann Perreau is pleased to announce the opening of “Here is Elsewhere” gallery as part of “Design Loves Art” at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles. “Here is Elsewhere” is a project space dedicated to exploring the hidden history that links artists from “Here” -So Cal- with artists from “Elsewhere”.
“Venice artists from then to now”, the first exhibition at the gallery, will open on November 18th at 5 pm. This group show will explore Venice Beach’s rich and radical art scene, from the 1960’s until now. When the Ferus Gallery opened, Venice was an affordable paradise for a community of artists, dealers, homeless, rock stars and Beat poets. This is the place where key figures of the Southern California art scene met to create their most experimental works. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else” explains Larry Bell who returned to his original studio on Pacific Avenue recently after years in Tao, New Mexico. Forty years after its pioneer time, Venice is now often seen as passé or cliché. It would have become gentrified, some kind of a touristic resort. It would have lost its soul.
This exhibition intends to show how the town by the ocean still possesses, just as it used to do, a rich and creative art community. Sometimes using new forms of expressions (video, graffiti) a young generation of artists is emerging. They are creating a new vision while following the steps, more or less consciously, of their great predecessors. How Venice artists have become over the years an iconic community? What are the links between this past and that present? Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s historical method of “the tiger's leap into the past” this show raises these questions. It features works from some of those who have contributed to the birth of Venice as a “maverick” art scene (Larry Bell, Huguette Caland, Laddie John Dill, Elsa Rady), emerging artists from the new generation (N.Agyapong, James Mathers, Jules Muck, Ace Norton, Kim Schoenstadt, Emily Smith, Samantha Thomas) and outsiders (Marc Valesella, Dominique Moody) whose point of view reflects Venice’s image as a double-standard mirror. Plus special performance and guests to be announced.