Unreachable Spring, a group show featuring works made during the pandemic, at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

  • LOS ANGELES, California
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  • October 12, 2020

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Laura Krifka, Unreachable Spring, 2020, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los An...

Participating artists include June Edmonds, André Hemer, Laura Krifka, Kambui Olujimi, Edra Soto, and Peter Williams

Unreachable Spring takes its title from the eponymous painting by Laura Krifka. Laura began the painting in late March—within days of the start of the Covid lockdown in the U.S., and shortly after learning that she and her husband were expecting their first child. By summer it had become clear to us that it was the lead for a deeper exploration of ideas and subject matter.

Over many months we watched as the Covid-19 pandemic transformed the world and like an earthquake of biblical proportions exposed the fragile fissures of our deteriorating human ecosystem, turning one crisis into many. As the author Daniel Susskind writes in Life Post-COVID-19, "This crisis is focusing our collective attention on the many injustices and weaknesses that already exist in how we live together. If people were blind to these faults before, it is hard not to see them now." 

These crises have also inspired artists to respond in kind, prompted by a desire to take refuge in their work and address this transformational moment in their own personal way. By creating art that inspires contemplation and elicits discourse, these paintings, sculptures and photographs bear witness and provide a record of how these artists have experienced life over these past six months. Individual artist statements and an essay by Andrew Berardini will be included in their entirety as wall text in the gallery as well as on the gallery website exhibition page and Laura Krifka’s forthcoming Viewing Room.

Unreachable Spring is on view from Saturday, October 17 through December 19, 2020.

Luis De Jesus
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

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