The Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is pleased to present a collaborative group art exhibition between United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles (UCPLA) and ECF Art Centers Program (ACP). This exhibition, which features paintings, prints, and mixed media works on paper, is the second collaborative show between these two local nonprofit organizations. Throughout their years of operation, both UCPLA and the ACP have mentored a large number of adult artists with developmental disabilities by providing these artists with studio space, materials, and establishing an environment which encourages and draws out compelling ideas and aesthetics.

At the height of abstract expressionism, artists wanted to remove all semblance of our human tendency to contrive, build, structure, fabricate and ultimately, control. For some, this might have been a metaphor decrying the failings of humankind in its strict adherence to control mechanisms, which were the cause of much of society's grief. Delving into the purely intuitive required a certain level of uncertainty, as well as the belief in the existence of a common emotional core that bound all of humanity together. In this exhibition of essential works by UCP and ECF artists, the message of the abstract expressionists holds true; while these artists cannot claim an academic background nor do they simulate abstract expressionist works by past artists, they have an uncanny tendency in the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly. UCP and ECF artists mysteriously affirm that the heart of abstract expressionism and legitimately represent a fundamental emotional part of all of us, which simply desires to make a mark.

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