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Art Walk Preview for September, 2009

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, September 09, 2009, at 01:50PM
Para Familia Ed Fuentes

Detail of "LA Virgin 6" by Johnny Nicoloro at Lot 44.

The Downtown Art Walk has its believers and non-believers.

Some say the second Thursday of the month is an apparition of urban activity appearing from nowhere, asking for a faith in Downtown. Others wait for the crash as some gallery owners shift hours to avoid the crowds. A few will say that the vision of people visiting Downtown's core is just a haze fueled by the search for wine.

Still, the monthly pilgrimage to Gallery Row continues and there is art to be found.

Lot 44 is a believer. This Thursday the coffee shop will have a reception from 6pm to 9pm for "LA Virgin." The photographic artworks by Johnny Nicoloro are multi-exposed images of the Virgin Mary found throughout Los Angeles neighborhoods. "His creative mix of the spiritual icon with commercial, political, and community imagery gives rise to the passion and compassion the Virgin Mary evokes as an iconic image," says the shop's website. The Guadalupe will appear at Lot44 until October 3rd. (257 S. Spring)

The press for Th!nkArt's guest-curated exhibit at Bert Green Fine Art says that the French artists included are always asking, "What does it mean, why are we here, what is our purpose, where do we go?" Art Walk could be asking the same questions. The works bring themes of "existential angst entwined with humor about mortality." Opening Reception is today, Wednesday, September 9, 5–7 pm. On exhibition at Art Walk until 6pm. Bert Green Fine Art. (102 West 5th)

"Burn" is the solo exhibition of artist Vincent Valdez. "Monumental cityscapes, intimate drawings and new video work (a first for Valdez) provide striking images of the city and people in a process of destruction and regeneration." Runs until September 26, 2009. Federal Art Project. (316 W. 2nd)

"Karsh 100: A Biography in Images" celebrates the 100th birthday of renowned portraitist Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). The selected images offer a look at a career spent photographing statesmen, artists, literary figures, musicians, scientists, actors, and actresses. You will recognize his portraits of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Pablo Picasso. Central Library, First Floor Galleries, Open until 8pm. (630 W. 5th)

TWO FROM IRAN: Morono Kiang Gallery presents its Fall show "Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories" from September 10 to November 21, 2009, and will hold an artists reception Saturday, September 12, 6 - 10pm (218 W 3rd). Crewest offers the U.S. debut of works on paper by urban artists in Iran. "From the Streets of Iran," curated by Shervin Shahbazi. Opening Reception is September 10th, 2009, from 6 - 9pm (110 Winston).

Last month was the Grand Opening of designer-artist Sara Palacios' new space near California Market Center. She states, "There are not many fiber art galleries in the area and yet, there is a big community of fiber artists here. This space, we believe, will bring them to the fore, because fiber art should be part of the artistic dialogue and aesthetic wealth of our community. " Sara Palacios Gallery (112 W. 9th, Suite 1109).

Erik Jerumanis' "Quantum Reflections of Organic Energy / Retrospective" at Norbertellen Gallery (215 W. 6th, Suite #110).

Santee Court Lofts + Ground Floor Gallery are "delighted" to be a part of the Art Walk with the "decadent artistry and craft of Hector Silva." Ground Floor Gallery (716 S. Los Angeles).

5th Street Galleries is the collective made of Deborah Martin Gallery, Phyllis Stein Art, and Todd/Browning. My three-month-old prediction that the anchor of art walk moves to 5th and Spring has beginning to take hold.

JASON CRUZ / AMERIKAN BLACKHEART opens "TEMPORARY MASTERS and RUNAWAY DISASTERS" with apocalyptic odes and enchanting mod-pop iconography. Look for a "hauntingly violet-tinted Twiggy." The release says "His female figures are fey, enchanting and ferocious within their glossy haute couture - his men ravaged, deranged, and disruptive. Yet within their insouciant violence run threads of sorrow, isolation, and grief." Sounds like a good time. Cruz will give a live acoustical performance at 8:30pm. Artist Reception 7-9pm. Deborah Martin Gallery (209 W. 5th)

Meanwhile, Art Walk Director Richard Schave is interviewed by Adrienne Crew at LA Observed.

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