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Art Walk Preview for June, 2009

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 03:41PM
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Artist Marvin Jordana will be at Bert Green Fine Art for a meet and greet from 5 - 7pm.

The June Downtown Art Walk rolls around on Thursday, June 11, and the event has a new website up and running. Front and center is a map that gives you locations of the various galleries. New director Richard Schave says more features will be up soon.

For now, here's a quick preview of what to look for this Thursday.

No Place Like Home: 2009 marks the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and for one week only, FIDM Museum & Galleries will exhibit The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Exhibition, currently on tour. International designers, including Jimmy Choo, Oscar de la Renta, and Moschino, offer their own interpretations of the infamous ruby red slippers. Show opens June 10th and runs until June 21st. The Ruby Slipper Collection / FIDM Museum & Galleries / 919 S. Grand Avenue

iExhibit: Los Angeles-based AP photographer Branimir Kvartuc likes to walk around the city without his credentials and professional cameras, armed only with an iPhone to "worm his way into closed-to-the-public events and delve deeply into the emotions of individuals." Those pictures make up a gallery show called "Stripped. Bare. Branimir Kvartuc and his iPhone" at the Gas Company Lofts (810 S. Flower). Opening Reception is from 7pm to 10pm.

In Between Homes: Hector Mata moved to the U.S. from Peru over a decade ago, after living in Russia for four years. The former staff photographer for Agence France-Presse finds himself part of two cultures. "Two parallel worlds coexisting, one defined by the country I lived in, the other residing in my dreams and heart," he says. The U.S. and Mexican border, and its social and political stories, are another place where people find themselves in "Limbo." Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (107 W. 5th).

Video Wall: Over in the Fashion District, Cooper Design Space will launch a lobby video art installation featuring. Among the thirty artists and photographers featured are Koichiro Tsujikawa, Michel Gondry, Kosai Sekine, Shepard Fairey, Sage Vaughn, and Syd Garon. The works are curated by Flux, a Venice-based creative studio. Opening night party is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

Quick Notes: Bert Green Fine Art (102 W. 5th) offers a meet and greet with Dorian La Padura and Marvin Jordana from 5 - 7pm. The short frantic strokes of color and movement by local artist Kymm Swank are reminiscent of a caffeine buzz, which may or not be why her show "Structure Series" is at Lot 44 Coffee Bar (257 S. Spring). Julie Rico (118 W. 5th) continues to exhibit Chaa.

Mentors: "In Fluence: The Aura of Succession" is made of four artists who influenced each other; Vigen Tadevossian of Yerevan, Kiki (Grigor Mikaelian) of Yerevan and Los Angeles, Lark (Larisa Pilinsky) of Los Angeles, and Georgeanne Aldrich Heller of Los Angeles and New York. Curated by Peter Frank, he writes, "The lineages described by paths of influence help us concretely understand the motivations of artists and the ways in which their art functions." The exhibit is not just about the work, but the process of mentors that goes into collaborating and teaching each other. Curated by Peter Frank, the show runs until July 4 (Art Walk reception 6 - 9pm). Pharmaka (101 W. 5th).

Lost Walls: Another kind of mentorship happened Downtown. The Belmont Tunnel is considered the starting ground for graf art in Los Angeles, behind it was ealed off and hidden by development. Its destruction makes it a lost shrine for some, and the exhibit at Crewest (110 Winston St) looks to secure the legacy of the former Red Car route in and out of Downtown L.A.

After Art Walk Hours: CoA, Karen Anzoategui and Deon Williams offer "LOLicious" as a new Art Walk comedy show. Its begins at 9pm, and is held inside The Black Box at The Alexandria (501 S. Spring, 3rd Floor) $8.00 (cash only).

Lunch Trip: Earlier in the day, The Jules Verne Festival will have free Lunchtime Film Screenings from Noon to 1:30pm at the Pocket Theater, located on the Lower Level at 7+Fig (735 S. Figueroa). They say grab lunch from the food court atrium, but the Farmers' Market is held that day as well. This Thursday is the documentary "Whales of Atlantis : In Search of Moby Dick." Film screenings will be held every Thursday until September.


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