October 9 – October 23, 2011
“Hanging Gardens”, a group show of sculpture at 1019 WEST, pays homage to the royal gardens of Babylon
The royal gardens of Babylon were designed and built to cheer King Nebuchadnezzar’s homesick wife, Queen Amyitis. She found the flat, sun-baked terrain of Mesopotamia so depressing that the king ordered a re-creation of her green, rugged and mountainous homeland, building an artificial mountain with rooftop gardens. Meandering through a sculptural landscape, one can view large and small standing floor sculptures and hanging works placed throughout a vast 4,700 sq ft exhibition space punctuated by 30’ ceilings. The show’s concept extends beyond its industrial environs, to the artificial construct of southern California’s saturated urban landscape, our very own Babylon.
“Hanging Gardens” is a production of the iconic Beacon Arts Building installed at 1019 WEST. Featuring work by artists: Michael Arata Leslie Awender Jennifer Gradecki + Derek Curry Michelle Carla Handel Jeffrey Hastings Steven Hull Larissa James Winter Jenssen Flora Kao Susan Kurland Sophie Lee Gale McCall Travis Novak Kenneth Ober Bertil Peterson Keith Walsh Pontus Willfors.
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