Luis De Jesus Los Angeles hosted an opening reception for artists June Edmonds, Carla Jay Harris, and Karla Diaz on September 18, 2021. The exhibitions will be on view from through October 30, 2021. Appointments are optional and may be made at luisdejesus.com/contact. Face masks are required.
June Edmonds’s second solo exhibition with the gallery titled “Joy of Other Suns,” continues her exploration of race and history, using social abstraction as a means to navigate these complex issues. In her paintings, Edmonds commemorates the historical contributions of African American female pioneers and early landowners in Southern California.
“Carla Jay Harris: A Season in the Wilderness,” is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. With an interest in documenting intellectual, emotional, and psychological environments, this recent body of work by Harris is a development of her ongoing Celestial Bodies series which began in 2018. This series of large-scale works on paper, was created in direct response to the pandemic and social unrest that have gripped the world.
“Insomnia” by Karla Diaz is directly inspired by her own experience dealing with insomnia this past year. This is her first solo show with the gallery. Diaz is a writer, teacher, and multidisciplinary artist who engages in painting, installation, video, and performance. Using narrative to question identity, institutional power, and explore memory, her socially engaged practice generates exciting collaborations and provokes important dialogue among diverse communities. Notably, she is the co-founder of the socially engaged collective and community artist space Slanguage.
On view: September 4 – October 30, 2021
What: New Exhibitions
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles (in the Arts District)