Saturday, September 26, 2009

THE HUMAN ECLECTIC | An Exhibition Curated by Kent Williams

THE HUMAN ECLECTIC | An Exhibition Curated by Kent Williams
October 17 – November 7, 2009
Opening Reception: October 17, 8 – 11 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Bldg.)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-4408
Kent Williams, Mother and Daughter (detail, work in progress), 2009 Oil on linen, 42 x 50 in.

What is becoming of the ‘us’ – the ‘each of us’?
Where will all of our technology leave us?
Maybe it’s our detachment from the reality of mass human
destruction, or the invited dehumanization of our
existence through computers and online interactions. It
could be our growing desensitization to cruelty, to violence
and to suffering through the television invasion.
Whatever it is, it appears we have stopped celebrating,
or even acknowledging, the very thing that defines
our entire race – our humanity. We are offering it up,
as though sacrificially, to the machines we create and

Because of this almost inevitable crisis of self, we find
it important again, maybe now more than ever in the
history of art making, to cling to our most basic possession
– the human form. Call it a quiet revolution – the
lone artist embracing the representation of man again
– slowly and deliberately turning himself back around
to look at himself again. Through the idiosyncratic self,
the artists in this show collectively identify the masses:
the every man, the other men, the always woman and the sometimes child – their existences, their truths, their triumphs and
their failures. These artists remind us that we, the family of man, must not allow ourselves to disappear.

This selected small, though strong group of artists is just a sampling of those who reflect the value that is being put back
on the human form. These are artists who reach again to cling to the arms, to the legs and to the hearts of humankind for
inspiration, and in doing so, remind us of what we are – the good and the bad – the beautiful restfulness and the harrowing

Not a school or a group or a movement in the –ism sense, these artists are as different at times as they are similar, investigating
mankind through courageous and honest contemplation. Bringing to the show painting, sculpture and photography,
the following artists welcome us back to our basic needs and realities:

Peter Liashkov
Barron Storey
Jon J Muth
Kent Williams
Aaron Smith
Dean Karr
Mari Inukai
Chris Anthony
Jennifer Poon
Jason Shawn Alexander
Kevin Llewellyn
Sara Escamilla

And here is one of my piece for this amazing group show, I am truly honored to be a part of it.

For more information, please contact Merry Karnowsky at, 323.933.4408
Press Contact: Ellen Thompson at or Kent Williams at