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Fall Artwalk at The Brewery

This weekend was the Fall Artwalk at the Brewery, one of the largest artist-in-residence complexes in the world.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s in the industrial district northeast of downtown, in a large complex/campus comprised of an old Pabst brewery (hence the name), an old Edison power plant building, and many warehouses, all of which have been converted into artist lofts. Not those crappy “artist lofts” that were just built five years ago in mixed-use spaces with cardboard walls…these are vast concrete caverns of loft spaces, the kind I’d like–you know, the kind you can just hose out when it gets dusty. And it does, because it’s right by the railyards and the freeway.

During Artwalk the majority of Brewery residents open their doors to the public so people can see their art–and, hopefully, so they can make some sales. It’s tough for a lot of people who put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into their work all year long, in relative privacy, to have hundreds of people tromping through their door, assessing their life’s labor, often snapping photos without permission, then turning and walking out. But they do it because they know it’s important for the public to be exposed to art and the work that goes into it.

Thousands of people show up twice a year for Artwalk. Next week, I’ll profile a handful of artists I found and discuss their work; as for now, here’s kinda a look at the scene. You should go next time. Just go early–the parking lots fill up early! Especially the parking lot I snagged–UPS HQ, next door, opens their parking lot for Artwalkers. Check out whose spot I got.








“Mobile Pixels” opens at LA Center for Digital Art 4/12/12

mobile pixels poster
Mobile Pixels Poster click to embiggen

The images from the cell phone have evolved, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art has nearly 3 dozen photographers showing images taken with their cell phones. These promise not to be “instagrams” but rather documentation in an a sometimes digitally manipulated view of the world around us.

Mobile Pixels will run from April 12-May 5th 2012.  The show’s opening reception will coincide with the Downtown Art Walk on Thursday April 12 from 7-9PM.

Parking is brutal Downtown on Art Walk nights so I would arrive early if you must drive.  Public transportation is a better option given the lack of parking and traffic in the area, do yourself a favor and use the Red or Purple line to get yourself to Pershing Squares Metro station and walk the 4 blocks to this marvy show at LACDA.

Details: Opening Reception April 12 7-9PM.  Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 102 W 5th Street, Los Angeles CA 90013.  MAP HERE.

Last Week for Marco Brambilla Exhibit in Santa Monica

This is the last week to catch the Marco Brambilla exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Friends raved about the show, so I finally went to see it for myself this past weekend.

The Dark Lining is a collection of seven video installations created by the artist and filmmaker between 1999 and the present. The highlight of the exhibit is the final room of the gallery where two very large video collages are projected on opposite walls and in 3D.  Evolution (Megaplex) is a new work depicting the history of mankind and the 2008 Civilization (Megaplex) takes you on a trip through the afterlife. Both use images from hundreds of film clips and are a feast for the eyes. You might find yourself analyzing the symbolism, thinking about the history of the universe and discussing all things religious and apocalyptic. Whatever the case, I bet you’ll end up playing the same game my friends and I did, which is trying to name every last movie that provided the featured images.

The Dark Lining by Marco Brambilla runs through August 20, 2011 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which is located in Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Suggested donation is $5, parking is free.

Meet Evan Cook: Student Artist of the Year


Meet Evan Cook, the Monrovia Association of Fine Art’s Student Artist of the Year.  I have to admit the funnest part of being in MAFA is to find young talent and help recognize them and foster their interest in creating art.  Watching Evan grow into his art the last few years has been fun and certainly he has grown tremendously under the mentoring of his teacher at MHS, Sal Perez, and his employer Lisa Barrios of the Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery.  At Paint n Play Evan both shows his work and gives lessons on the potters wheel and ceramics.

More about him in the Fine Art Trekkin’ Monrovia blog post by Ginger Van Hook.  (She also made this interview video with Evan). Continue reading Meet Evan Cook: Student Artist of the Year

Live Visual Music Sensation this Friday!

Experience a live visual music sensation on Friday, April 22nd courtesy of The USC School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative for FREE! Rhythms+Visions-Expanded+Live! is an exciting outdoor event with performances spanning animation, experimental documentary, social commentary and abstract visual music. UK audiovisual collective D-Fuse and Los Angeles artist Scott Pagano will perform live. Additionally, giant 3-D stereoscopic animations will be projected onto the building facade, interacting with the audience and the architecture. 3-D glasses will be provided.

Rhythms+Visions-Expanded+Live! is this Friday, April 22nd from 7:30-11pm at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex. Admission is Free. A lively panel discussion will follow the performances. Facebook event page here.


cave of forgotten dreams: herzog premiere & museum-wide party

Image from the DubLab

So what are you doing after the upcoming Grilled Cheese Invitational? Why you’re heading downtown to party at the Natural History Museum, duh!

This Saturday, Cinefamily and Cinespia are hosting a FREE ADMISSION museum-wide party at the Natural History Museum, presented as the closing event to the “Art In The Streets” film retrospective. First, they’re showing Cave of Forgotten Dreams directed by Werner Herzog at 5:30pm. (the film-rsvp list is already closed, but there will be some seats held for the standby line) Also, the Herzog Q&A will be projected live in the Museum’s Whale Room at approximately 7PM, for those who are unable to get into the screening. Once the movie is over, then the party starts!

At 8PM, the doors open and guests are invited to wander the Museum’s exhibit halls for FREE! There will be live bands, DJs spinning, food trucks, cash bar & an art installation by Mastodon Mesa.

Live Music Schedule

On the Fin Whale Passage stage:
Live performances by Nite Jewel, Islands, White Magic and Matt Baldwin starting at 8:30pm.

In the African Mammal Hall:
DJs Dntel (aka Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service), David Holmes and Carlos Nino will spin records starting at 5pm.

In the Gems & Mineral Hall:
DJ collective Dublab will also host a second set of live performances starting at 5pm.

This whole event is generously sponsored by: First Fridays at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, in association with History Films, Sundance Selects, Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Dublab

cave of forgotten dreams: herzog premiere & museum-wide party
Saturday, April 23rd
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Admission: FREE

Win Tix to Cirque Berserk This Saturday!

cirqueLA cirque-gone-feral performance troupe Cirque Berserk have arrived at the Nokia Theatre for a month-long engagement, and we’ve got a FREE pair of tix just for you!

You’ll enjoy your evening of lovely fire dancers, disturbing clowns, stunning aerialists, music and burlesque, chez bLA and Goldenvoice (thanks guys!).

To win: Tell me, in the comments, which sideshow attraction you would be if you had to be in a traveling circus. Would you be the bearded lady? The giant? The knife thrower? The fortune-teller? Let a girl know! We’ll randomly pick one lucky winner to go.

You can buy tickets here.

Photo by Brion Topolski.

Unique Christmas Gifts from the Heart…or is it H”art”

Lisa Barrios helps customer with making baby's first foot print in clay.

Lisa Barrio’s owner of Paint “n” Play Studio and Gallery in Monrovia is just the kind of small business typified by the article done this morning by Julia. “PnP” as it is affectionately referred to here in Monrovia, is a small business centered on art you create yourself. It is much more than a small business, it is also a gathering point for many in the community for a variety of reasons, chief which is the personal touch you get from Lisa when you do business with her.

Small Business Saturday is a big deal here in Old Town Monrovia and for Lisa as well. She has a special deal in place for Saturday only, $5 of any Holiday item you purchase, or make including the treasured by many “legacy prints”. (Get a coupon HERE).

According to Barrios she is happy to see Small Business Saturday getting attention for many reasons.

“It is the small business that gives most back to the community it serves. They are the first ones asked to help by non-profits and charities for donations as they know a small business has a heart and doesn’t have the red tape and ‘rig-a-ma-role hoops’ to jump through that a large corporation does”.

A legacy print is a hand print in clay done of a loved ones hand (or foot in the case of infants) into unfired clay then it is fired,  painted and decorated with the help of the PnP staff. These treasures are permanent and can be passed down for generations to come.

Completed "Legacy Prints"

Details: Paint “n”Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626/256-4848  Web Site HERE

“LA Walkabouts” with Dave Bullock aka eecue opening reception Sat 11/12/10

Some of you may remember eecue from his time here as one of the writers on blogging.la and the amazing images he captured of Los Angeles and environs.  Those images and many other are part of a solo show being opened this weekend at the Indigo Gallery in Pomona this Saturday.  (Details at the end of the story).

For those of you who haven’t seen his work the opening image is one of his taken of the city during a wild fire in Griffith Park.  His subject matter ranges from the grand skylines to the simple folk that inhabit downtown.  Each image in my not so humble opinion is enough to stop you in your tracks and draw you in.  He works in both traditional imagery as well as High Dynamic Range so you will see quite a range of super real to the surreal in his work.  You can get a better sample of his work at his web site HERE.

DEETS: Opening Reception Nov 12, 2010.  Additional reception Nov 27 and Dec 11, 6-9PM.  Indigo Gallery, 558 W. 2nd Street, Pomona CA.  MAP HERE.

Click the image to embiggen.  Image courtesy of Dave Bullock and used with his permission.

Get your Art on this weekend in Inglewood

Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA), hosts its 4th annual Inglewood Open Studios Tour, Saturday November 13th and Sunday November 14th from 1-6pm. This is a free event to enjoy the art studios of Inglewood’s own local artists that include established and emerging, self taught, educators and educated artists from local art colleges, including a large number of graduates from nearby Otis College of Art and Design. This event has grown over the last few years and will include a total of 39 artists. More info on the Inglewood Open Studios at their blog HERE.

Traffic and parking can be tough at this event. According to artist Ginger Van Hook this year the city, thanks to Mayor Daniel Tabor, is providing two buses per day to bring people over to all of the studios.

The following is an alphabetical list of participating artists for the 2010 Inglewood Open Studios Tour:  Elliot Agnew, Alex Becerra, Kavin Buck, Ericka Chapman, Anne Cheek La Rose, Claire Cregan, Noelle Cross, W. Don Flores, Edward Ewell, Renée A. Fox, Todd Gray, Holly Harrie, Paul Harrie, Ken Hurbert, Michelle Johnson, Andrew Karl, Sharon Levy, Michael Massenburg, Elizabeth Mauceli, Gale McCall, Daniel Mendel-Black, Chris Mercier, Julia Montgomery, Kenneth Ober, Kour Pour, , Joan Robey, Kyungmi Shin, Dustin Shuler, Stanley Smith, Johnathan Stofenmacher, Cindy Suriyani, Holly Tempo, Corey Thering, Albert Valdez, Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, MonaLisa Whitaker, Joey Wolf.

click to embiggen

Thanks to artist Ginger Van Hook for the tip on this weekends event and providing me with the  graphics used in this post.

“Snap to Grid” among gallery openings at tonight’s Downtown LA Art Walk

2009 Snap to Grid Show at LACDA

The Art Walk lives.  The gallery’s open their doors and host opening night receptions in conjunction with the Downtown LA Art Walks.   One of the do not miss openings is the “Snap to Grid” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA).

What makes this show different is that it is not a “juried” show, rather it takes all submissions and gives you a wonderful snapshot of the depth and breadth of digital art and digital photography as it stands today.  I love the unstructured format.  I absolutely am amazed at how some images can just stop you in your tracks and keep you there mesmerized.  From the LACDA press release”

Every year for 50 years the L.A. Municipal Gallery has held its “Open Call” exhibit where any artist can show up with their art and an entry fee (to benefit gallery programs) and the piece is shown. The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art decided to launch an international experiment of the same nature where the artists upload images that are printed and hung by the gallery. The hundreds of works are displayed in a grid like installation (reminiscent of postcard art shows of the 1980’s) where every work submitted is exhibited.

The usual (less than democratic) selection process where only the precious few are chosen is turned on its head in a curatorial anarchy where everyone gets to participate and the viewer is literally left to be the judge. The show represents a snapshot of a current moment in art history when digital imaging has reached the hands of the many, an age where culture belongs to the “mobblogers” around the globe. From Thailand to Texas, amateur to academic, beautiful to banal and beyond the monumental quantity and variety of “Snap to Grid” becomes an aesthetic experience where each individual piece adds to an agglomerate effect that has a life of its own.

Based on the crowds at last months Art Walk I’d suggest you arrive early as parking is at a premium and pretty much disappeared by 7PM. If you are mass transit enabled that is likely your better option for getting downtown for the Art Walk and the LACDA Snap to Grid reception.

Details: November 11-December 4, 2010. Opening Reception Thursday November 11 , 7-9pm (in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk)
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 107 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Celebrate the Arts, Art Festival in Monrovia this weekend 10/9-10

Celebrate the Arts, a juried fine art event, now in its 47th year, takes place this weekend October 9 &10 in Monrovia’s Library Park. This event is presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) There will be artists representing painting, sculpture (including wearable sculpture like jewelry) and photography to mention a few in the event. Of course it wouldn’t be a Celebration of the Arts without some music and that there will be scheduled throughout both days of the event.

The Featured Artist this year is Ginger Van Hook, a talented photographer working in silver based media as well as digital, the latter she ventures into digital art with. One of her explorations this last year has been floral in the vein of the impressionist painter Monet. In a recent email exchange with here I got this information on this exploration.

“I will be exhibiting Waterlilies and Lotus Flowers in a tribute to Claude Monet’s gardens. I went in search of local Japanese Gardens in Los Angeles to photograph and found several. This series is from Kenneth Hahn Park (Doris Japanese Gardens) between La Brea and La Cienega. Additional gardens in the area include The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Gardens, Descanso Gardens in Glendale and the Arboretum in Arcadia, just to name a few.”

Among the musicians performing at this years Celebrate the Arts will be local indy rock band Secret Citizen. The video attached was filmed entirely in the Malibu hills. The band is gathering quite a following here (and behind the OC where they play more often than not). This is your chance to see them locally. They will be playing at 4Pm on Saturday 10/9. Enjoy the video “Caroline”.


There will also be a silent Auction to benefit MAFA. Artists participating in the show, and members at large will be donating pieces for this auction. The proceeds will go to fund the many art projects that MAFA has going all year such as the After School Art program, local galleries and other events in the surrounding communities.

Deets: Celebrate the Arts, October 9 & 10, 10AM-6PM, Library Park 321 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE .  MAFA web site with Celebrate the Arts information HERE.

Just a little disclosure here, I’m on the board and serve as Vice President of MAFA. Sadly I won’t be in the show this year due to kid activities this weekend.

GuerilLA has fun planned at Brewery Art Walk Saturday 10/9/2010 @2PM

Known for guerilla art installations and activities in LA, GuerilLA has one planned for Saturday’s Brewery Art Walk.  After reading their facebook invite you’ll know as much as I do.  Just bring a pole, any pole and be ready to participated in the event.  From their invitation:

It’s here! It’s here! The Brewery Artwalk is finally here!

Twice a year, this amazing collective of artists in downtown Los Angeles gives its patrons beautiful art, amazing technology, fantastic food… and the perfect context for our next Mission.

Go on, check out the cool art and hang out for a while. Then at 2:00, come meet up @ Barbara’s at the Brewery (ask anyone there if you don’t know where it is). Bring some sort of big stick (or two, if you can find a spare!) – it can be a bamboo stick, a long wooden dowel, a shower curtain rod, a fishing pole… be creative! There, you will get further instructions.

What: October Mission – Gone Phishin’
When: Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Where: The Brewery Artwalk (breweryartwalk.com)
Bring: A big stick.

Let the mischief begin.

Agent A

Free tickets to screening of “Destricted” September 9, 2010

Free tickets to “Destricted” on September 9. The collection of experimental shorts “Destricted” will be screening September 9 as part of the DigitalArt.LA Expo. ‘Destricted’ is the first of its kind, exploring the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world’s most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. You must be 18 or older for the free tickets. Get tickets HERE.

The DigitalArt.LA Expo is organised by Rex Bruce with the LA Center for Digital Art (LACDA). It is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. IT will contain works by Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambramovic, Marco Brambilla and Gasper Noe.

Deets: Thursday Septbember 9, 3PM-4:30PM. Downtown Film Festival Cinema Lounge, 541 S Spring STreet loft 214, Los Angeles CA 91019.

Image courtesy of LACDA and used with their permission.