Balancing Beliefs: Urban Healing Visions by LA Artists Curated by Joy Anderson
A Senior Project For The UCLA Department Of World Arts & Cultures
Exhibition Dates, May 7-May 30, 2004
Artists' Reception, May 8, 7-11 p.m.
The Avenue 50 Studio is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring nine Los Angeles artists. Amos, Raul Baltazar, Raoul de la Sota, Dino Corona, Joe Galarza, Diane Gamboa, Lucy Hagopian, Ofelia Esparza and Linda Vallejo whose works visually express ideas about sickness and healing in the city. Scenes, characters, and interpretations of physical, mental, and spiritual imbalance and illness in the urban environment and of our earth will contrast the healing visions' that speak: of health as a result of maintaining harmony and balance with nature.
This exhibition explores the notion of holistic healing outside of Western biomedicine. Viewers will be introduced to Native American healing philosophies, Latino folk medicine, indigenous cosmologies, magical beliefs and urban stories of sickness and healing and discover how art can be a source of healing. These "urban healing visions" tell stories that remind us of our human connection to nature and the need to restore balance and harmony with all relations.