Opening Night: Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles

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Dan Quintana for Copro Gallery

A combined effort of LA galleries Thinkspace, Copro Gallery and C.A.V.E. Gallery and San Francisco’s Spoke Art, Beyond Eden Art Fair offered a vast offering of the kind of cavity-inducing artwork that is sweet to look at easy to binge on like candy. While the work presented by the four galleries different greatly in style and media — from Erik Jones’s Art Deco-influenced portraits to Crystal Wagner’s paper sculpture terrariums — the art fair was marked by the kind of easy reliability one can expect from mostly figurative, youth and pop culture-influenced work.

There was laughter, sex appeal and irony, but that’s not to say there weren’t more mature and sober pieces in the show, as well. Dan Quintana presented his largest oil painting to date: a captivating portrait of a mystical woman rendered in cool hues. Small-scale works by Joao Ruas and Andrew Hem, hung side by side, rang with a somber note and Chet Zar’s solo show, “Ego Death,” indulged viewers in its gothic underworld. The art fair opened the evening of October 12 at Barnsdall Park in LA and was on view on October 13. Take a look at our exclusive photos from Beyond Eden below.


Chet Zar with his work

Detail from Chet Zar’s elaborate framing

Model Kelly Eden with painting by Nikko Hurtado

Nikko Hurtado for Copro Gallery

Sugarpill Cosmetics founder Amy Doan with a friend

Garry Pressman and Erica Miller of Copro Gallery

Adam Miller for Copro Gallery

Erik Jones for Thinkspace

Joao Ruas for Thinkspace

“Bird’s Eye View” Installation View

Thinkspace co-owner L. Croskey

Thinkspace co-owner Andrew Hosner

Curiot for Thinkspace

Meggs with his piece for Thinkspace

Gallery guests

Scott Hove for Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary

Serge Gay Jr. with his work for Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary

Chrystal Wagner for Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary

Gallery guests

Guests viewing work by Zach Johnsen for C.A.V.E. Gallery

John Park live painting outside

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