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Art Walk Preview: November, 2009

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at 10:31AM
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November's Downtown Art Walk comes amid new Gallery Row signs and a change in the event's leadership. Yesterday's resignation of Executive Director Richard Schave probably won't be on the tip of the tongues of gallery goers, who will be more interested in art and food trucks.

Speaking of the art, Kelley Francis will again curate art and performance in the Spring Arcade building. It's a don't miss, and there's some good work to be found in the galleries.

LAPD: Act up too much on Art Walk and you may just end up here, but those looking to learn about their neighborhood before viewing the art can voluntarily visit LAPD's Central Division Open House. The event features a "Taste of Downtown," music, tours, and a visit from Kent "Adam-12" McCord. It runs from 6 to 9pm at 261 E. 6th. The trip isn't totally art-bereft: the 1977 mosaic tile mural in front of the station is by Ben Meyer.

Reflections of Innocence: Artists Ashley Hagen and Howard Seth Miller offer a moody narrative of childhood iconography with this dual show at Deborah Martin Gallery. Hagen’s paintings are “deliberate and romantic meditations [that]linger the traces of a lustrous, dark enigma - an atmospheric effect concurrently brooding and joyous in its intensity.” Miller uses baseball cards, blackboards, and chain link fenced schoolyards to “provide a charmingly stilted cinematic backdrop” for a haunted recall of childhood. It’s all lightened up with live music from South Bay jazz trio Les Trois Limon. Open for the Downtown Art Walk from noon to 9pm. Deborah Martin Gallery / 209 W. 5th

Clive Barker: Imagining Man: BGFA's third solo show with Los Angeles-based artist Clive Barker focuses on 51 photographic images that highlight the artist's "fascination with manipulating and eroticizing identities and forms, and creating new characters from the raw material of flesh, light and paint." Opening reception is being held the day before Art Walk, Wednesday, November 11, from 6-9pm. A signing event for a full color catalog––featuring all 51 images––will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 2 to 4 pm. The gallery is open for Art Walk from noon to 6pm. Bert Green Fine Art / 105 W. 5th

Top of the Dome VI: Crewest is currently holding its 6th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration exhibition featuring skulls designed by Gregg Stone. The small sculptures are then "transformed by the skill of today's hottest tattoo artists, painters, sculptors, graffiti artists, muralists graphic designers and fine artists." From 6 to 10pm DJ Phyz Ed will provide music, and Two Rabbits will do live printing. Crewest / 110 Winston

L.A. Alone: Photographic artworks by Jennifer Lyn Browne come from a series of Downtown Los Angeles "shot during the lonelier times of sunset." A survey from industrial grit, worn sidewalks, or chrome of skyscapers, is designed to create a new mystery for the city. Curated by Lui Sanchez, the show opens during Downtown Art Walk, November 12th, with a reception for the artist from 6pm to 9pm. Lot 44 Gallery / 257 S. Spring

Habeas Lounge Closing Party and Perspective Group: A discussion and event about, and for, bicycles and public transportation in Los Angeles. Refreshments, DJ Emilio Mauge and discussion about "ways to connect to the carless city." Bike valet provided by the LA County Bicycle Coalition. HABEAS LOUNGE / 7+FIG Art Space / 735 S. Figueroa

740 Club / Globe/Morosco Theatre Open House The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation bills the night as a "special event" to experience the 740 Club without paying a cover, yet the real attraction will be the site: the 1913 Morosco Theater. Knowing Ed Kelsey, there will be enough history and theater exploration to prevent this from being a complete infomercial for 740 Club. It's free, drop in between 6-9pm. The theater is located on 740 S. Broadway, but you have to enter from alley off 8th St., between Broadway and Spring.

High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture: FIDM's current exhibition includes over 60 ensembles and describes the process of Haute Couture, showcasing Betsy Bloomingdale's favorite designers while surveying her life, fashion style and lifestyle. FIDM gallery will be open for Art Walk until 9pm. FIDM / 919 S. Grand

6th annual SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried Exhibit: Opening Reception for the show is Thursday November 12, 7-9pm. Always eclectic, never boring, the un-juried show is a daring exhibition that will befuddle curators while challenging where photography can go. LACDA / 107 W. 5th

Alien Organic: Thursday is one of the last days to see this installation of sculptures and site-specific works by Julia Westerbeke. It's the first Los Angeles solo show for the recent University of California, San Diego, MFA grad. The statement goes on to say "In her obsessively detailed works, Julia Westerbeke creates terrains that are by turns organic and curiously alien, quiet yet chock-a-block with information. These abstract sculptures covered in crops of cilia-like drawings invite associations that run the gamut from microbes and scientific diagrams to Dr. Seussian flora and fantastical illustrations." The homage to natural forms is offered as a "specific visual vocabulary that has been influenced by cultures of fantasy and science fiction." I think San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art contributor Michelle Tea liked it. Open for Downtown Art Walk. Closes November 12th. compactspace / 105 E. 6th

THE WILD BUNCH No, it's not about the craft vendors of Downtown Art Park or the invasion of catering trucks. It's Jules Verne "The Wild Bunch" Party that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 1969 Western "escorted by the last men standing!" Ernest Borgnine, Bo Hopkins, L.Q. Jones, and Paul Harper are scheduled appear. VIP Reception at 4pm; Screening at 7:30PM; After-hours party at 9:30PM. Jules Verne Festival / Million Dollar Theater / 307 S. Broadway

SIGNS: Down the road, Gallery Row Organization's official unveiling of the new Gallery Row signs will be next month. December 10, 3pm, at the northwest corner of 4th and Main.


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