Presented by the Arts District Center for the Arts

May 13 – June 12, 2016

Chris Farling, Sewer Gator

Christopher Ulrich, Poison Apples

Mike Cockrill, The Baby Sitter

Ransom & Mitchell, Teke Teke

Llyn Foulkes, Portrait of Walt

Lew Delport, The Goatman

Sarina Brewer, The Purple Squirrel

Press Release

The Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends exhibition, curated by Wendy Sherman, and presented by the Arts District Center for the Arts, will open with an artists reception on Friday May 13th from 7-10pm at LosJoCos Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles (725 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021)

F will be performing their first live set of 2016 as “F for Freak” at the opening reception at 8pm, with projections. For more details, see the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/981665928607708/

F for Freak, is a Los Angeles art-rock supergroup whose motto is “Simplicity Through Noise” and who have developed a practice rooted in improvisational ensemble playing using electric guitars (played with rubber mallets and other extended as well as traditional techniques) and vintage synthesizers, in various combinations of three. Their debut album Faüxmish was released Sept 2, 2011 and later this year they will be releasing a limited edition cassette titled FF. F are Daniel Hawkins, Marnie Weber, and Doug Harvey.

Urban legends serve as our modern day mythology. Based on cultural traditions and morality tales, these stories prey upon our collective fears and provoke strong, emotional responses. Traditionally, in order for these legends to survive, a mix of text and imagery was used in storytelling, heightening the power of the legend as it passed down through generations. More recently, the Internet has encouraged the rapid dissemination of these modern legends, many of which can be traced back to the original folklore that inspired them.

The purpose of the exhibition is not to illustrate urban legends, but to analyze them in conjunction with each artist’s own subjective viewpoint resulting in a shared experience between artist and audience.

Including works by: A. S. Ashley, Dmitriy Astakhov, Rex Barron, Stephen Berkman, Joe Biel, Kevin Bradley, Sarina Brewer, Hugh Brown, Mike Cockrill, Michael Criley, Lew Delport, Chris Farling, Llyn Foulkes, Gregg Gibbs, Jeff Gillette, Mark Gleason, Laurie Hassold, Teale Hatheway, Tony Huynh, Hellen Jo, Emmeric Konrad, Laurie Lipton, Snow Mack, Matjames Metson, Lauren Morrison, Adam Oehlers, Naida Osline, Burt Payne 3, Ransom & Mitchell, Anita Ray, Victoria Reynolds, James P. Scott, Jim Shaw, Christopher Ulrich, Jeffrey Vallance, Nicola Verlato, Esther Pearl Watson, Marnie Weber, Chris Wilder, Robert Williams, Scott D. Wilson

The exhibition will incorporate a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and video, in order to capture the essence of each urban legend.

A catalog is available for this exhibition, published through Grand Central Press. Author and urban legends expert Jan Brunvand, and art writers Tyler Stallings, Doug Harvey, and Mat Gleason will contribute essays. The catalog also includes essays by both curators as well as full color images of the artwork and short statements from each artist discussing their work in the exhibition.

Cartwheel Art Tours and Atlas Obscura have partnered with a tour on Sunday May 22nd at 2:00pm. The tour will offer a curatorial walk-through and provide the opportunity to meet some of the artists exhibiting in the show, who will speak about their personal connection to the urban legends represented in their work. More info on the private tour here: http://www.cartwheelart.com/art-tours/ and here: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events

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Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends exhibition runs: May 13 – June 12, 2016 at LosJoCos Gallery, 725 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Gallery hours: Thurs–Fri, 4–7pm,  Sat–Sun, 2–7pm
Opening reception: Friday, May 13, 7-10pm. Also open late on Saturday, May 21, and special events on Sunday, May 22

The HEARSAY exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles.