Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presents three new exhibitions “VIAN SORA: Subduction,” “LIZ COLLINS: Staring Into the Sun,” and “The Fruits of an Enigma,” featuring the art of LAVI DANIEL. The exhibitions run through July 16, 2022 As always, remember to check with the gallery for up-to-date covid protocols and guidelines – (proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required).

Vian Sora, Sherida, 2022, mixed media and oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in (182.2 x 182.2 cm)

“VIAN SORA: Subduction, is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The title comes from the Latin, “‘ub’ meaning ‘under’ and ‘ducere,’ ‘to pull,’ and refers to the geological process in which a colliding tectonic plate sinks under another and is recycled back into the Earth’s mantle. The extreme pressure from this natural event causes earthquakes, leaving the surrounding areas in a constant state of volatility. Sora likens this force to the instability of her native Iraq, a nation in flux due to decades of conflict – which incidentally, like the Pacific Ring of Fire, is a subduction zone. Sora believes society oscillates within a cycle of chaos and regeneration. Like nature’s ability to replenish beauty amongst the detritus, we too emerge from the aftermath to rebuild, overcoming strife, to survive.

Liz Collins is a multi-media artist whose practice converges at the intersection of textile and fiber arts, painting, installation, and design. Her innovative approach to creating and manipulating textiles with dynamic patterns, vivid colors, and sensual materials are the primary components with which she conveys her ever evolving vision for her fine art practice. Her ideas are informed by historical art and design movements such as Op and Pop Art, Arte Povera, Surrealism, and Memphis Design, as well as nature and spirit, and are often infused with her own queer and feminist sensibilities. Working robustly across disciplines, she takes inspiration from Sophie Tauber Arp and Sonia Delaunay as well.

“The Fruits of an Enigma is an investigation that begins through the eyes of the artist as a seven-year-old, inspired by the rediscovery of a drawing the artist made at that tender age. Aware that it’s sixty years later, and established in the conviction that there is a coexisting viewpoint of the same enigmatic reality, Daniel seeks to recapture the sense of wonderment within the artistic process that he experienced in his youth. The sixteen works on paper presented in this exhibition are created in soft pastel, the same medium he employed 60 years earlier, which provides a sense of comfort and familiarity in his search of a common figurative language between his present and former self.

On view: June 4 – July 16, 2022

What: Opening Reception, New Exhibitions
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles (in the Arts District)