Happy 25th birthday, La Luz de Jesus!
To celebrate, we rabidly frothed out a massive exhibit on Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, showcasing a staggering 76 boatloads of pop surrealist artists (some of them very prominent!) that have shown here over the last twenty-five years. Okay, so we didn’t actually calculate the exact number of boats, but it was a lot of artists – 142, to be exact, so it was at least the equivalent of a small fleet. This is actually only the first half of the show; the second half will be premiering in November and will feature 117 more artists.
The place was packed. Being 4’9”, it was pretty much a sea of torsos and nose hair with occasional flashes of artwork, but hey, that’s just the way it is for a 4’9”er. (NOT to be confused with a 49er in football.) Honestly, it was one of the most impressive shows I’ve seen in the last few years. It kind of blows my teensy, human mind that so much awesomeness can exist in such a small amount of physical space.Check out a couple of my favorites from the first installment: Paul Barnes’ “King Charles,” and Pol Turgeon’s “The Bishop, the Flower, and the Egg" (both above).
Also pictured from the first show: Sam Doyle's "He/She," Kim Scott's "Lookout," Joe Coleman's "The Triumph of Burlesque in the Age of Sodom and Gomorrah," Mark Gleason's "Sissy," and Jason D'Aquino's "From the Mouths of Babes."
Mia's favorites from La Luz de Jesus 25 Part 2 will be posted soon...