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Art Walk Preview for May, 2008

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, May 07, 2008, at 10:38AM
Life as a poet Ed Fuentes

Richard McDowell will fill the air with words at this weeks Downtown Art Walk.

The spoken word of Downtown Poets joins the visual display of art, video and comedy. It's Downtown Art Walk for May, 2008, and the streets are ready for you. Reminders are the same: Art Walk DASH is free, refrain from taking alcohol out of the galleries, and don't be afraid to buy art.

“Life as a Poet”: Metropolis Books (440 S. Main) will host Downtown Los Angeles Poets at 7pm. Downtown Poets include Mike "the Poet" Sonksen, Richard McDowell, Blackbird, and Downtown LA Life Poet Lauriat Wendy Arimah.

"Jeff Gillette": Although stunning to see, photorealism can be banal. However, Gillette’s paintings (dubbed interventions) of desert landscape take a off-road spin by applying cultural markers and framing them in barren isolation. It's the pick of the walk. Bert Green Fine Art (5th and Main).

"Persons of Interest": Jen Heaslip and Sandy Rodriguez are two of 20 artists––with a range of styles––that will open at Art Slave Gallery (216 S Spring). During Art Walk, they will hold an opening reception for the artists from 8pm until whenever people lose interest.

"Fotograff": Crewest (110 Winston) continues its photo journalism exhibition of urban art curated by VYAL ONE. They will also be closing Winston for the afternoon and into the night so artists can paint away. “Come watch the process as it happens,” says the PR.

"Under The Bridge": LAMP (452 S. Main) will show a collection of artwork created by local artists, and the gallery's commitment to raise awareness about homelessness and community advocacy has created its own following and become a popular art stop.

“Adam Bota”: EVFA & Junglerush Gallery will present a solo show by Adam Bota at the Continental Gallery (408 S. Spring).

“Miguel Osuna”: Traveling on the freeways of Los Angeles, images of overpasses blurred by speed and traveling too much on freeways, becomes abstraction by Miguel Osuna. Painted from memory, they find a different beauty in concrete. They hang at Taller 410 (410 S. Spring).

“Ed Martin”: I’m willing to follow along with the PR that says Martin's photography evolves the natural world further with darkroom work, making strong intimate imagery with an enlarger, organic materials and found objects. The YARGER|STRAUSS Downtown Annex (460 S. Spring) is the newly named space in the ground floor of the Rowan.

The Rowan Lofts' blog says that "The Rowan was once again the epicenter of the Downtown Art Walk" in April. While the building's contribution to the corner is easy to see, the statement is a bit of a stretch. 5th and Spring has certainly come along, with the Spring Arts Collective, M.J. Higgins and the Comedy Walk (and Weeneez) giving some great street life. Even with all that, 5th and Main keeps its crown as the Art Walk's heart.


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