Art Share L.A. x Tishman Speyer: THIS TOWN HAS HEART
July 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am - January 13, 2024 @ 5:00 pm
Art Share L.A. has curated an exhibition featuring artists Perseus Lira and Colleen Sandland as part of the THIS TOWN HAS HEART rotating gallery series in partnership with Tishman Speyer, installed at Maple Plaza.
This partnership is a part of Art Share L.A.’s Creative Careers Program, connecting artists to fair-waged art jobs and curating exhibitions highlighting emerging and experienced artists. Art Share L.A.’s Creative Careers Program adds to the local creative economy and assists artists on their path toward a career in the creative industries.
About the Artists
“Emotional, truthful, and vulnerability show through my work, while also grasping the dynamism that my colorful flowers display. There is a hint of playfulness in my work as well.”
Colleen Sandland is an American painter and textile artist whose works have been exhibited nationally, as well as in Switzerland, Canada, and the Netherlands. Her central subject is flowers. The drips symbolize life and emotion as well as the ‘vastness of life and how fast it changes”. The compositions are created using acrylics and ink on canvas.
Perseus Lira is an Italian artist, who now lives in Los Angeles, California since 2021. Pietro was born in 1985, in Legnano where Milan’s Province in Italy. Perseus and his family lived in both Lombardy (northern Italy) and Sicily (southern island of Italy), growing up in the north, a Sicilian heritage, Perseus revealed these origins and reflected them in his artworks now.
He studied classical dance for many years – perhaps this choice to use his body as an exercise in harmony came from his love for the severe magnificence of Sicily’s temples, the richness of its Baroque, the deep blue of its sea and the inexplicable amalgam of its almond cakes. Harmony is unattainable without discipline and so, with the idea of following a path of beauty in his life, he studied and received his BFA from Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan, specializing in the restoration of contemporary artworks in 2007, and MFA in 2010.
Lira worked for the restoration of Amundsen’s glass slides in Norway, and also worked in London. After that he went back to Italy and started focusing on working on his artworks while teaching fashion design illustrations. Perseus started from a cultured and classical approach to the human figure, but as he gradually apprehended the truth about his life and himself, he began to reflect on exploration and research in his work, though this did not make him an experimental artist, but rather an experimenter. He cultivates careful watchfulness towards the invisible, but will dedicate the same attention to the tomato purée he never fails to make each summer, in a family rite that is first and foremost a way of being thankful to life. For him art and life are mutually dependent, and there are no limits to exploration. Perseus Lira’s artistic practice contemplates the use of rigorous techniques, excellent materials, and long preparation in the search for original forms of expression – where trial and error are both a limitation and a new horizon.