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Art Walk Preview: January, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 08:08AM
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Sunday was installation day for the Downtown LA Artist Reunion Show at 410 Boyd St.

In the not too distant future, a solitary figure walks through a post-apocalyptic world holding the secrets to its redemption. Committed to restore civilization, the stranger must first bring order to chaos.

Downtown Art Walk's new Executive Director Jay Lopez you say?

No. The lone figure is Denzel Washington in "The Book of Eli," the new sci-fi film that will be released January 15. To lead up to opening day, a promotional event will be held at Crewest from 6pm to 9pm during Art Walk.

Crewest will feature live art performance by Unification Theory; Man One, Ritzy Perlwinkle and Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca. Expect suprises, giveaways––and music by resident DJ Phyz Ed. 110 Winston St.

'Ode to Rat Pack': Near the Arts District, another civilization will be isolating itself from the Art Walk madness to recreate its old style. Downtown L.A. Artists Reunion Show "Ode to the Rat Pack" opens January 14 (7pm to 2am) at 410 Boyd St Bar and Grill. Hosted by Jerico Woggon, the show brings together small works from artists who have lived in the Arts District over the last four decades. "We called it the 'Rat Pack,' named after the group led by [artist] Jim Fittipaldi," says Woggon, who plans to have the exhibition and reunion be serenaded by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin recordings. 410 Boyd St Bar and Grill / 410 Boyd St.

'Mondo GRONK: Photographs' Painter, printmaker, muralist, performance artist, and Downtown pioneer Gronk will be exhibiting his archive of black and white photographs at CB1 Gallery from 6 to 10pm. Dating back to the late 1970’s and early 80s, they are a visual record of Gronk’s work, including processes with East L.A. avant-garde art collective, Asco, and its conceptual counter-cinema movement, the NO MOVIE: “Single-frame idealized images of daily life, like a still from a film, that would tell a whole story.” CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th

'Electron Salon': This salon-style group show at Los Angeles Center For Digital Art brings L.A. based artists together to network and exhibit "digital photography, manipulated images, photo composites, digital paint, custom camera images, 3D generated art, digitally manipulated Polaroids" as well as photos from cell phones and data-driven creations. Artist reception is Art Walk night from 7-9pm. Runs until February 6, 2010. Los Angeles Center For Digital Art / 107 W. 5th

Street Dance: Gallery goers are invited to dress in white, and walk Gallery Row with a group dancing and parading to music. Organizers say "please bring instruments." They will meet at 7pm in front of Vibiana (210 South Main St) and journey to Main and 6th, then turn on Spring toward The Temple of Visions." "It is an experiment in mutual accompaniment where the relationship of film: music is transformed," says the Facebook notice.

'Womb of Creation': Meanwhile, Temple of Visions intends to make the 700 block of Spring "a must-visit destination for art loving Angelinos and guests alike." The venue opened January 9 with "Womb of Creation." Temple of Visions / 719 S. Spring

Three at BGFA: Thomas Garner's paintings of photos, some taken "on the sly," inside European museums. According to Garner, "the camera’s objective eye with all their apparent defects, glare, blur and prospective distortion." Michael Pearce' two installations are "the first step of the alchemical work is to distill material to reduce it to its core constituents." He calls the process nigredo "because the material is reduced to black ash and dross, while the pure essence is distilled and separated." Miguel Osuna's "Commute Series" shows new paintings that make freeways an iconic blurred abstract. Bert Green Fine Art / 102 W. 5th

'Synapses': New Sculptures by Kim Ye at Deborah Martin Gallery is a show in "the tradition of William Burroughs, JG Ballard, Donna Harraway, and Jana Sterbak’s infamous “Flesh Dress.” Ye’s anatomical objects populate a captivating interzone of flesh and polymer that blur the boundaries between synthetic and biological." It's open during Art Walk.

The mad scientist / artist reception & live interactive installation will have models connect bodies with "shared organs and appendages" (Ye’s latex sculptures) on Saturday, January 16th, 2010, 6:30-9:30 pm. Deborah Martin Gallery / 209 W. 5th

Closing: reSolve group exhibition holds a closing reception from noon to 8pm at Downtown Art Center Gallery (828 S. Main). Also soon to close is "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images", a Los Angeles Public Library exhibition that notes what would have been the 100th birthday of renowned portraitist Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). Runs until January 23.


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