"We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles" is an exhibition that presents a group of exceptional contemporary Los Angeles artists whose work makes Los Angeles one of the most exciting hubs of creativity in the world today.
"We Must Risk Delight" is curated by Elizabeta Betinski and inspired by the poem "A Brief for the Defense" by a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist, Jack Gilbert. In his viscerally visual poem, Gilbert calls on humanity to recognize every moment of delight even in the most ominous of impressions. By slicing through the somber depictions of the world we live in with sharp and vibrant moments of joy, the poet presents an irrefutable case for our happiness as being our most requisite expression of freedom, not in spite of the cruelty that is a part of our world, but because of it.
A work of art represents the artist’s vision of the world and, when embraced, it can be seen as a way of making a world. The artists presented in "We Must Risk Delight" will give the audiences of la Biennale di Venezia 2015 an opportunity to discover the city of Los Angeles through the kaleidoscope of its creative community, while also encouraging us all to risk delight and celebrate the act of creating as humanity’s pathway to joy: both within ourselves and in the collective world around us.
Exhibition on view: May 9 - November 22, 2015
Opening Party: May 7 @ 7pm
Venue: Magazzino del Sale No. 3, via Dorsoduro 264, Venezia 30123, Italy.
Brandy Eve Allen Photography
Amir H Fallah
Nataša Prosenc Stearns
Tony de los Reyes