Something Within: Group Exhibition curated by Manual History Machines

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© ECF Art Centers, DAC Gallery
© ECF Art Centers, DAC Gallery
© ECF Art Centers, DAC Gallery
© ECF Art Centers, DAC Gallery
© ECF Art Centers, DAC Gallery
Something Within: Group Exhibition curated by Manual History Machines

431 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
November 13th, 2014 - December 19th, 2014
Opening: November 14th, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 3:30pm or by appt.
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The Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is pleased to present Something Within, a group exhibition curated by Manual History Machines in collaboration with the ECF Art Centers. The exhibition will be held at the DAC Gallery November 14th through December 19th, 2014. A special preview will be held on Thursday November 13th for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.

Something Within is a group art exhibition featuring the diverse practices of adult artists living with disabilities from the ECF Art Centers, in dialogue with invited guest artists. The selected artists mine their own personal reservoirs of experience, intuition and desire to create worlds that range from animated and lively, to quiet and mysterious - all with the intent to communicate an inner-narrative that could only be conveyed through imagery. These worlds are realized through various media including drawing, painting, animation, installation, sculpture, collage and performance. Guest artists Bridget Beck, Kio Griffith, Jay Lizo and Matthew Waller contemplated the practices of ECF artists in their studio environment at the Downtown Art Center in order to create unique responses for the exhibition, while guest artists Esmeralda Montes, Ben Sanders and Ayler Fielder create playful imaginary realms displaying a boldness of characteristics similar to that of the work of the selected ECF artists.

All of the artists in the exhibition are compelled to realize their visions with an immediacy and direction that beckons viewers to wonder how much of the content is driven by something within the artists’ own experiences, and how much is informed by something external, something beyond. The work in the exhibition manages to exist in a state of play and action, while coming from a place of great emotional depth. ECF Art Centers’ studio environment is a professional developmental arena for the artists they represent, as well as a therapeutic service. The results inspire many who also seek to find something omnipotent within, and wish to express it outwardly, unknowingly.

The reception for Something Within will take place on Friday, November 14th, 2014 from 6-9pm, with special readings by “Zolshie” from the Tarot Card Deck created by ECF artist Harvey Schwartz.

Selected artists from ECF Art Centers: Deborah Alexander, Angelica Alvarado, Thomas Birdsong, Tammy Brackens, Wilbert Brent, Tony Brown, Laksmi Camp, Leesa Chacon, Jose Hernandez, Maria Kim, Justina Ko, Judy Lopez, Erin McCullough, Medhi Mohammadi, Helen Paik, Larry Pearsall, Jarred Phillips, Chris Romero, Harvey Schwartz and Jose Zamora.Invited Guest Artists: Ayler Fielder, Bridget Beck, Ben Sanders, Esmeralda Montes, Jay Lizo, Kio Griffith, and Matthew Waller, with a performance by Yoshie Sakai. 

  • Free to attend, light refreshments served
  • Wheelchair accessible and open to all ages
  • Parking available at meters and pay lots (see posted signs for details). DAC Gallery does not validate parking.
  • Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00am – 3:30pm or by appointment

ECF Art Centers is an adult program of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), a nonprofit organization that has been improving the lives of children and adults with special needs since 1946. Online at and at

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