Exhibit Mixes Art, Science, Homelessness, Cupcakes

A new contemporary art exhibition explores why size matters.

Anita Bartlett

A new all-media exhibition examines the relationship between art, science, homelessness and cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes.

"Measure for Measure," conceptualized by world-renowned physicist Dr. Lisa Randall, is a new gallery exploring the concept of scale through contemporary art.

Randall points out that size does matter -- and our perception of the world can vary widely depending on whether we view elements on a large or small scale. Here, artists show how our relationship with objects and concepts can change when we change our vantage point.

You'll want to check out Elizabeth Tobias' work, which reveals some interesting observations on homelessness, from L.A.'s Skid Row to upscale Beverly Hills. "Let Them Eat Cupcakes," is the result of her travels through the Southland, asking people on the street to express their personal needs on paper in return for a homemade cupcake.

The result is a collection of hand-written cards hanging from the gallery ceiling surrounded by gigantic cupcake sprinkles. The sobering responses -- from "a job and a house" to "a woman to marry me" to "prayer for my daughter in jail" -- are an examination of economic scale and a look at social inequity.

Perhaps most interesting, says Tobias, is that she met resistance handing out cupcakes among the homeless in Beverly Hills, because folks there were worried about the ingredients, many insisting they would only eat "gluten-free" treats.

"Measure for Measure" runs through Oct. 10 at the Los Angeles Art Associations Gallery 825, located at 825 La Cienega Blvd.

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