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Art Walk Preview: March, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 09:21AM
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Gallery goers signing in at "Little Tokyo invades Art Walk," a February show in the former Banco Popular space at 4th and Spring.

The March Downtown Art Walk -- make that Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, as the ever-changing website boldly notes -- returns to the streets of the Historic Core this Thursday.

For those making their first visit, the Artwalk Lounge at 5th and Main may be a good first stop. Others will feel free to pick their favorite gallery and start from there.

The Artwalk Lounge is working at being a central meeting point for “all things Artwalk,” allowing gallery-goers to plan their walking tour. Located on 5th in the ground floor of the Rosslyn Hotel, the space has kept 5th and Main as an important Art Walk stop despite Pharmaka's displacement and BGFA's early closing hour.

The Cutting Room: That's a great name for an art show that features collage. The artist is L. Croskey, who is presented as the street art man that "then stretched his creative palate and turned to fashion and studied design for two years." His former work in graffiti and fashion designer remain a part of his visual reference as he uses his hands, along with glue and scissors, to craft images with vintage magazines, wrapping paper, and wallpaper. DIALECT / 215 W. 6th St. #111 (at Spring)

ABRAHAM ELTERMAN: Paintings and Works on Paper: Abraham Elterman's Mexican heritage is credited for his visual vocabulary that is "floating, hanging, cradling, sagging, and pushing images." The release goes on to say that "the result is a surprising mix of strong imagery that is nevertheless enveloped in a overall atmosphere of calmness and resolution." Melissa Morgan Fine Art / 546 S. Los Angeles, 4th Floor / Opening reception will be held during Art Walk from 5 to 8pm

HOME ON THE STRANGE: IN SEARCH OF THE SALTON SEA: Worth another look is the exhibition of nine new paintings by Deborah Martin joined with prose by Amy Sather Smith and video installation by Juli Vizz. Deborah Martin Gallery / 209 W. 5th / Runs through Saturday, March 6th ALSO WORTH ANOTHER LOOK is "Difference and Repetition" at CB1 Gallery (207 W. 5th).

LOST IN THE WOODS OF BGFA: "John U. Abrahamson: Flesh & Blood" contains "20 oils on wood and paper with a central installation work of the same title." The rest is vivid and layered, and I recommend you go straight to the website to get more details. PR for "Paul Guillemette: Found Wood" reads "The act of 'finding' is integral to the process, and the resultant artworks signify personal catharsis and inner joy. Finely crafted and sealed in clear resin, these works celebrate simple materiality as inspiration." Opening Reception is the day before Art Walk, Wednesday, March 10, from 6 to 8pm. The gallery is open during Downtown Art Walk's afternoon hours, Noon to 6pm. Bert Green Fine Art / 102 W. 5th

REVOLUTION: Crewest brings NYC to Downtown L.A. with an exhibition on the history of the "graffiti, fashion and cultural revolutions" of The Cool Five (You may know them as TC-5). They held an opening reception this past Saturday, and will hold a fashion show March 27 from 6pm to 9pm. Of course, the popular gallery on Winston will be open during Art Walk. Live music and painting, plus a live radio broadcast with Zero Hour Radio. Crewest / 110 Winston

ESTADO: The Los Angeles Theater Company opens its doors and activates its patio to introduce itself to gallery goers from 6:30 to 10:30pm. They offer their own twist on Art Walk as a character: Debauchery. This “new state” of art, music, and performance includes projections by Christopher Ash; art by Gronk; music by Ash Riser and Semyon Kobialka. LATC / 514 S. Spring

Inking Outside The Box: Editorial cartoons and illustrations by Doug Davis are the guest of honor at Gary Leonard’s gallery. Take My Picture / 860 S. Broadway

WONDERLAND: Yes, the madness that is Art Walk has its own rabbit hole at The Hive Gallery. Guest and resident artists use the release of Alice in Wonderland as a muse. The Hive Gallery / 729 S. Spring

Pete Jackson: Ultrawide II New Work: An exhibition of Pete Jackson's ultrawide panoramas include new images include documentation of the recent Station Fire, aerial images of the L.A. basin, and photographs of nearby Joshua Tree National Monument. Known for his creative process within digital formats, using infrared and High Dynamic Range Images, Jackson is a prototype of experiment and commercial success. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art / 107 W. 5th / Opening reception being held during Art Walk from 7 to 9pm

Seeing Things| The Art of the Billboard: The urban exhibition, organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, has converted billboards from commercial shill to site-specific art. None are Downtown yet. However, their series of public programs include film, and the first of two nights of screenings happen to be held during Art Walk. Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm. MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium / Admission Free

Slightly off the beaten Art Walk path, a pair of South Park offerings:

The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design: Once again, insightful curating allows FIDM to say that this years exhibition includes the current winner for Best Costume Design. In the case of 2010, it's Sandy Powell's "Young Victoria." As the voice over would say, it's Sandy Powell's eighth nomination, and her third Oscar. Others costumes on display since February include outfits from "Julie and Julia," "Watchmen," "Star Trek," and "Public Enemies." FIDM Museum & Galleries / 919 S. Grand Ave / Open during Art Walk / Art of Motion Picture Costume Design for 2010 runs until April 17

Street Legal: Rivera & Rivera is holding a closing reception for their exhibition, featuring artwork by Los Angeles street artists Mear One, Kofie, El Mac and Retna. It’s the gallery's first gentle step as an Art Walk entry. They are requesting those wanting to attend to write at rsvp@riveraandrivera.com. Rivera & Rivera /1100 S. Hope St.

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