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Art Walk Preview: April, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, at 01:40PM
Mike Ed Fuentes

Michael Massenburg with his mixed media piece "Color My World" (2008) at the opening night reception at 7+Fig.

The Downtown Art Walk returns on Thursday, and the event continues to grow and evolve.

Information about after-parties and food trucks that make the night a bit of an "Arti-Gras" (as some are calling it) is available elsewhere. Here, it's about the art.

Over at 7+Fig, the California African American Museum travels north to Downtown to showcase member artists of the California Artist Coalition of Los Angeles. The work is not limited to African-American folk art, rather, the exhibition includes modern art, sculpture, and photography from a diverse crop of artists who bring a range of ethnic backgrounds. It is a limited run exhibition and deftly uses the space at 7+Fig. It will be open during Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and is worth a detour.

CAAM’s 7+FIG Showcase / Art Walk Hours: 12pm - 9pm / Other events include 7+FIG Kid’s Club programs hosted by CAAM in the Art Space on two Saturdays, April 24 and May 22, From 1pm – 3pm.

Axis Mundi: The work of three artists redefine and reinterpret shapes within the space of CB1 Gallery. Timothy Nolan's use of fundamental patterns is a practice in challenging geometry, sometimes on purpose. Then again, sometimes by chance, as is in the case of his piece "Stack," which hangs on the walls as you exit the gallery. Jaime Scholnick’s series is Styrofoam that plays with "hierarchical roles assigned to material good." Drawings by Osvaldo Trujillo are mysteries from his own dreams, perhaps in hopes that the art observer can provide answers with him. CB1's newly formed Project Space, located next door, will hold a group show. CB1 Gallery + CB1 Project Space (next door) / 207 W. 5th

MOVE: "With the understanding that art has the potential to create agency and propel change, the artists of Move create works that reconsider the aesthetic ideals, modes of communication, and the financial and political hubris that shape our sense of self, inform our daily lives, and become our country’s legacy." Curated by Shervin Shahbazi, this collective features new works by John Carr, Kendell Carter, Ricardo Duffy, Kimmy Kim, Betty Lee, Camilo Ontiveros, Steven Yao-Chee Wong, and Xin Yunpeng. Runs until May 22. Morono Kiang Gallery / 218 W. 3rd

Pedals and Prints: The expansive collection of hand print art celebrates bike riding, bike styles, and just about whatever is to be loved about two-wheel riding. Curated by Two Rabbit, Crewest Gallery does it again as they monitor the youthful Downtown movements while not depending on hipster ethos. Crewest / 110 Winston St.

During Konrad Emmerich Down and Out media frenzy, many compared his work to Phil Lumbang's "Hello Bear" in Silver Lake. Both faced potential takedown stemming from a neighbor complaint. Quietly, The Standard commissioned the whimsical Bear to have a Downtown address, replacing the stoic image of early 20th century captain of industry. The Standard now invite Art Walkers to come by and say "Hello." The Standard / 6th & Flower

The Source: An exhibition by painter Vanesa Martinelli opens in the artium next to Lot 44 during Art Walk. Opening reception from 6 to 10pm. Lot 44 Gallery & Artrium / 257 S. Spring

Stories from the Rubble: Two medical teams returned from Haiti and formed an exhibit using their photographs taken at the earthquake disaster site. Personal stories of survivors were compiled by Anson Yew, M.D, who transcribed the stories in poetry form. A mock medical clinic will be assembled, and spoken word performances made from stories of survivors will be performed. Donations to ongoing recovery services in Haiti will be accepted. Rowan Gallery / 5th and Spring

BGFA continues John U. Abrahamson "Flesh and Blood" and Paul Guillemette "Found Wood" during regular hours, noon to 6pm. An Artists Talk will be on Saturday, April 24, at 4pm. BGFA / 102 West 5th St /

LAVA: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association hosts a day-long series of free cultural and literary events. It starts at 11am with the unveiling of John Fante Square at 5th and Grand. Then a walking tour of lost Bunker Hill, then via Angels Flight, the Historic Core and a toast to John Fante at King Eddys. At 7pm, author John Buntin will lecture on Mickey Cohen and the LAPD at the L.A. Athletic Club.

Textured Lives: A new addition to the Japanese National American Museum permanent collection is plantation-era textiles and clothing from scholar and author, Barbara Kawakami. "Through her intimate conversations with Issei women, Kawakami’s research led her on a captivating journey from the villages of Japan to the plantations of Hawai‘i, and illuminated the complex relationship between old traditions and new plantation culture". JANM / 369 E. First

No hype here. It's a "NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS / NEW WORKS that include Proto, Gypsy, Anthony Diaz, Michelle Chan, and more. Santee Court Gallery / 716 Los Angeles St

and the world is ours: "A burial flag, a warrior princess, an English saddle and an array of Burro brand saw horses are just some of the sites on the larger map of graphite and paper that Iana Quesnell has created for anything to declare? " Identities and declarations as they traverse borders are the theme of an American resident living in Tijuana, Mexico. compactspace / 105 E. 6th

feminine dissection: Off Gallery Row, Anna C. Broome brings 3-dimensional oils on drywall in a show curated by Lilli Muller. Opening reception will be held the night of Art Walk, 6pm to 11pm. 410 BOYD / 410 Boyd St

John Park - New Mixed Media Works: Los Angeles artist and teacher John Park takes some time out of the classroom he teaches to get in tune with his training at the Rhode Island School of Design and creates a series he regards as an "urban aesthetic of the Pop Surrealist movement." Also, Park will be painting live during Art Walk, and there is a long lists of artists on the resident wall. dialect / 215 W. 6th, Suite 111 / 5-11pm

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