On view November 10, 2016–January 19, 2017
Opening Reception Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Artists such as Rousseau and Gauguin brought to life images of enticing beaches and lush jungles, the likes of which had never been seen by most European viewers. The subject was popularized, and remains today a symbol of the exotic and untouched by man. With mounting explorations and diminishing land through agriculture, a question is begged of how much longer the jungle can exist as the uncharted, the romantic. This exhibit compares contemporary perspectives on jungles and forests from around the world and the exoticism and mysticism related to densely populated areas–from the traditional flora and fauna in humid climates to concrete jungles in equivalent urban environments. Artists featured include Linda Chapman, Woojin Choi, Skylar Hughes, Ryuma Imai, Zachari Logan, Hiroshi Mori, Aaron Morse, Astrid Preston, and Elizabeth Wrightman.
A special thanks to our loan partners ACME. Los Angeles, Craig Krull Gallery, Gallery CLU, Gallery Fukuda, Niigata, Japan, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, Shima Entertainment & Art (S.E.A.), and Western Project.
This exhibit was made possible by the generous contributions of the Dibble Revocable Living Trust.
Image: Aaron Morse, Island X (#2, Homage to Rousseau), acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 75 inches, 2015. Courtesy of ACME. Los Angeles.