JD Raenbeau: The Lover's Reverie

5225 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90027
Jul 22, 5 PM - 8 PM — ends Aug 27, 2022
Lauren Powell Projects presents “The Lover’s Reverie,” the first Los Angeles solo show of paintings, drawings and a site-specific mural from New York based painter JD Raenbeau. Working from life and fantasy, Raenbeau brings viewers into an ecstatic garden of sex and plants. Drawing inspiration from the work of Rococo master Jean Honoré Fragonard, Raenbeau invites us into a queer reading of baroque classics and takes us further by awakening the possibility of experiencing our interbeing with a more-than-human world of the garden and the living earth. In so doing, he joyfully upends multiple patriarchal metanarratives, from the biblical garden of Eden to the valuation of so-called history painting over relational themes. Raenbeau works under a pseudonym, protecting his identity as an artist from the public school district where he teaches and joining a lineage of queer artists who have engaged in camaflauge as means of survival. “The Lover’s Reverie” is on view from July 22 - August 28.