Above: David Jester, Dream Love
Five figurative artists from San Diego have been invited to participate with Los Angeles artists in an exhibition that explores the works of contemporary artists living with HIV in Southern California. Under curation by visual artist Eugene Huffman, Art Share LA and Visual AIDS NYC came together to collaborate on bringing the creative works by Rory Chrz, Patrick N. Brown, David Jester, JP Schuiteman and Patric Stillman to exhibit at ArtShare LA (801 E 4th Place, DTLA) in the gallery show "POS•I•TIV•I•TY." They will be on display from October 13 through November 4. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.
“Through my own work as a visual artist, I have long admired how Visual AIDS in New York has given HIV+ artists a platform to express their lives and work. I saw a need in Southern California’s arts scene for this exact thing. With this in mind, I was able to bring Visual AIDS and ArtShare LA together,” said curator Eugene Huffman. “I think the exhibit can serve as a starting point to bring together HIV+ artists and perhaps create some bonds that will continue beyond 'POS•I•TIV•I•TY'.”
Visual artist Patric Stillman agrees, “It’s a rare treat to have San Diego and Los Angeles artists come together. Any one show can only scratch the surface but with the intent this show has been created from, I find it especially exciting to have an opportunity to meet and exhibit with a small group of my contemporaries. Who knows where it will go from here or who will join in down the road. What an exciting beginning.”
Participating Los Angeles artists include George Dinhaupt, Eugene Huffman, Kyle Kupres, Ed Lightner, Vasilios Papapitsios, Ryan Stanford, and Joey Terrill. During the opening reception, community activist and Dominatrix Bella Bathory will entertain gallery patrons with a special performance art appearance.
For more information on the exhibit and its collaborators, visit Art Share LA and Visual AIDS.