"Dangerous Beauty" Exhibition in LA

CNC reporting from Los Angeles
Added On May 28, 2013

Our fascination with beauty is often equated with something being attractive or pleasant.

But a recent exhibit in Los Angeles has taken a reflective look at what we usually do not connect with beauty.

In the eyes of many, these are far away from the model of beauty.

But a basic question is, whether it's beautiful very much depends on how we feel the awe of nature.

That's exactly what the exhibit in LA's Descanso Garden is trying to shed light on.

Dubbed "Dangerous Beauty", the exhibit challenges the exact notion of beauty.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JOHN O'BRIEN, Artist: 
"This particular exhibition is called 'Dangerous Beauty'. It's about the idea that nature presents to us with many things that are quite beautiful, but if we discover how they actually work, sometimes they are poisonous, sometimes they are noxious, and sometimes they are very dangerous, we couple that with art which talks the way and which we look at nature sometimes in a distance, then we think about what is happening there, we realize there is dangerous aspects as well."

So volcanic eruptions, tornadoes and killer plants, are not only related to death and suffering, but also a feeling of awe and amazement.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) RACHEL YOUNG, Manager, Descanso Garden:
"Well I began a project thinking about how you could integrate the plant material that we are using in the art exhibit, and I thought about plants that are sounded dangerous, Carnivorous plant that eat insect where one of the plants we are thinking of, and to display them, I try to make them into miniature forest landscapes, so that they would feel like you are looking into a tiny little world. So that is how I created that actuary."

Many who come and see are confronted with the works on display.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JACK EDWARDS, Visitor
"Well it got several meanings; it is kind of hard to describe them all.
Just because of anytime you focus on something from an artistic standpoint where you are trying to do it, it becomes a dangerous plant right away, because you get hook into it. There are dangerous plants in Descanso gardens as well, so some of these paintings are portraits of those plants."