In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby: Group Show / 2004

January 3 – February 14, 2004 Opening reception January 3rd, 6-9 pm.

Anthony Ausgang, Ron Athey, Carole Caroompas, Nathalia Edenmont, Tom of Finland, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Ellina Kevorkian, Bob Mizer/AMG, Catherine Opie, Michael Perelman, Richard Renaldi,  Joe Schmelzer, Timothy Tompkins, Holly Topping, Wayne White, Eve Wood

Western Project is proud to present 16 artists in the first show of 2004. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby is a group exhibition presenting a constellation of images – a miasma of contemporary sensibilities addressing nature, humor, eros, violence and culture. The premise of ‘the garden of Eden’, filtered through the 17 minute opus by Iron Butterfly in 1968, was a psychedelic whirlwind – a kind of extended atmosphere pulsing and punctuated as a sensual, rhythmic, altered reality.

This exhibition is a grouping of hyper-real psychedelic images – at once disjointed, and yet connected visions of life. Perhaps not a garden of earthly delights in total, as there are thorns in any yard, but all 16 artists tend towards an unreasonable faith to create voraciously or intently in our splintered and spinning time. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby is a declaration, an attitude, a show, and possibly the most loving middle finger of life.

For further information and visuals, please contact the gallery at 310-838-0609 or www.western-project.com