LAIST: photo by Gaelle Morand
The monthly Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk welcomes Los Angelenos to its streets and galleries once again tonight to celebrate art, creativity and community. One notable exhibition promises to open eyes and minds to the severe issue of homelessness on our streets: “Faces of Homelessness: Bringing Our Neighbors Home for Good.”
Hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the multimedia showcase features the following artists: homeless or formerly homeless artists from Lamp Community, Lynn Blodgett, Christopher Chinn, Stuart Perlman, Gaelle Moran, Jim Lembeck, Robin McGeough, Jacob Dudley, Rachel Fleischer and Morley. A release describes the exhibition as “compelling and revealing works by artists who use their talent and passion to vividly portray the harsh realities of homelessness.” To put a number to L.A.’s homelessness problem, there are about 51,000 people living without a home on our streets.
Not only will artworks display at the Spring Arts Tower's Mezzanine Gallery tonight, the event also promises a documentary screening of Rachel Fleischer's “Without a Home,” a live painting by Gregory Siff as well as a guerrilla life-size bus stop installation on Spring Street.
Designed as a homeless person’s temporary dwelling, the installation is accompanied by a life-size sculpture of a homeless person, created by artist Christopher Chinn. Following tonight’s art walk, the bus stop will become a traveling exhibit around L.A.
All proceeds from tonight’s event will help support the United Way’s mission to end homelessness in L.A. County. “Faces of Homelessness” will be on view tonight from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.