Multi-gallery exhibit returns to Barnsdall

edenlogoBeyond Eden, the second annual multi-gallery exhibit celebrating contemporary art in Los Angeles, will return to Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz this weekend, October 9 through 11.

Last year, when the event was called East of Eden, it was a collaboration between galleries in Silver Lake, Atwater Village and points east, focusing attention on spaces that were outside of theĀ  West Side “white box” circuit in sensibility and price range. Their place in the art world hierarchy is crucial as a proving ground for new, young talent as well as for new collectors not swimming in money but eager to get their feet wet in the collecting world.

Three thousand people showed up for the three-day event last fall, held in Barnsdall’s cavernous Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Owing to its success, this time the EOE organizers opted for an evolved name and roster of galleries, drawing on those flung across Los Angeles, including La Luz de Jesus, Subliminal Projects, Black Maria, Synchronicity Space, Billy Shire Fine Arts, LeBasse Projects, Crewest and others.

Friday evening is invitation only, but Saturday’s MOCA’s membership drive event at 7 PM and the opening gala starting at 8 PM are both free and open to the public. An “artists village” will include artists who will be “live painting;” PUMA Project will be doing on-site screen printing; and Cannibal Flower will present performance art.

Also, on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM, Scribble 08, an art documentary that interviews artists in their studios in and around Los Angeles, will be screened. Watch the trailer here.

Naming a new art movement and its sub-genres is a free-for-all for observers as well as participants, documenters and flacks. Labels tossed around in Beyond Eden’s press release include indie, DIY, Post/Avant Brow, pop surrealist and more.

Whatever. Last year’s opening night was a mobbed, glittering event by any standard but still felt like a huge family gathering, eschewing the stuffiness of what Zara Zeitountsian of Black Maria Gallery calls “blue chip galleries,” case in point being the MOCA Contemporaries’ open absinthe bar and live music on a patio adjacent to the main gallery.

Zeitountsian and her Atwater Village-based gallery have been instrumental in spearheading the loose consortium of galleries into the Eden movement– my label, not hers. Zeitountsian herself doesn’t bother with sobriquets for the work she and the other galleries will exhibit at Beyond Eden. “The art speaks for itself,” she said. “The talent and energy are undeniable.”

Gallery/artist list and additional info is on the Beyond Eden site.

The gallery will open at noon on Saturday and Sunday. There is plenty of free parking in the Barnsdall lot and in the Kaiser Permanente lot at 4715 Sunset Blvd.

Beyond Eden, October 9, 10, 11; LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd (at New Hampshire) Los Angeles 90027