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DotDotDash: Art Walk for December 2007

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 09:23AM

In and around Gallery Row, 2007 saw M.J. Higgins relocated, an Asian Theater completed, a Latino-based theatre return, activists videotape wine drinkers, and the welcome of an Art Walk DASH. Here's a preview of the last Downtown Art Walk for 2007, after the jump.

LINE-UP: “Xu Ruotao: Pattern Recognition” opens at Morono Kiang Gallery. Nine large-scale abstract primarily monochromatic paintings use pigments “that heighten the illusion of spatial depth.” Xu Ruotao's layered lines are clean of visual dialogue, quietly saying nothing, leaving the conversation to viewers and art historians.

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MJ HIGGINS: Besides Matt Aston and Jett Jackson, the gallery that started it all previews the photography of Johnny White, and also give an early peek of Walt Hall, Kelly Thompson and Susan Weber’s “Compilations and Collaborations.” Official openings are January 10 at M.J. Higgins @ The Alexandria.

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5th & MAIN: BGFA has “Clive Barker: New Paintings and Works on Paper.” A catalog signing with the artist will be Saturday, Dec. 29, from 2 – 4 pm. BGFA Project Windows continue with “Ryan Ross: Numeric Identities”, Vicki Barkley: Diffusion–Focus, and Devon Paulson’s “Open 24” PHARMAKA: Opening reception of Small Wonders III, a Holly Myers juried fundraiser to benefit Pharmaka Art.

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SPRING COLORS: 626 Art Gallery at Studio B offers “Colors To Life Beautiful,” a group show with artists from all ethnicities that aims “to feel the music, express the song, explore the movement in order to create a visual collaboration of an era that defined a generation.” Inspired by Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” the art exhibit run simultaneously with the Ahmanson Theatre’s production of “The Color Purple.”

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RUMORS?: Don Garza writes, “Amerland Representatives have told them they will have to move in three months.” Bert Green blogs that Amerland’s retail lease rep went to the Pharmaka front desk to say management wants to move all the galleries to the 2nd floor. Green’s prediction “The stores will sit empty for 3 years and they will be forced to use them for filming. It will kill the heart of the Downtown Art Walk.” Earlier that same day, Blair Beston, Director of Community Development for Amerland Group, stated directly to DDD that the gallery hasn’t been notified to vacate and remains on the same month-to-month lease they started when Amerland Group took over in October.

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UPTOWN: Dogs are flanking Gallery Row. The Lofty Dog holds a Yappy Hour, and last night was the first Holiday Photo Shoot where you and your pet can have a pic taken with Santa Claus. DOWNTOWN: It’s the first Art Walk for new pet store, Pussy & Pooch. The owner of P&P is a former marketing maverick from FIDM. It makes me wonder not if there will be a doggy fashion show, but when. Call it Project Dog Walk. CARRY ON: In “midtown” Weenez is awarded “Best Hot Dog in L.A.” by MyFoxLA.

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GREAT GIFTS: Red Dot Gallery holds "Don't go to the Mall", and Spring Art Collective has "Designer Holiday Sample Sale", both exhibiting smaller pieces that can be alternative Christmas gifts. Not a bad idea, and before the elite scoff at the idea of art being sold below a sophisticated bar of ideals, this extends the art experience at a time where cultures share good wishes. YET: Can’t GillVille come up with some interesting holiday decorations on Main btw 5th and 6th in November, then gear up for sales in December? I’d like to see a wreath interpreted by Emmeric or Man-One.

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