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Art Walk Preview: May, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 05:53PM
Lazar Ed Fuentes

Artist known as "Lazar" is one of the showcased artists at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts / ART LA on Spring, just north of 6th.

It's that time of the month again. The Downtown Art Walk returns on Thursday, May 13, and a look at what's going on makes it easy to see the event's growing footrpint.

Last month's Art Mart added life at 2nd and Main, and the Art Walk crowds now stretch far past 5th and Main to new galleries like Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts on Spring at 6th and old staples like The Hive below 7th.

As noted last month, The Artwalk Lounge makes a move to the lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, giving LATC some added exposure and the chance to fill their patio while enticing Art Walkers with art, music and random debauchery. LATC / 514 S. Spring

Eco Entourage: As previewed yesterday, SHFT (Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer) opens a pop-up gallery at the Continental, 4th and Spring.

First Time Out: Mixed Media artist Byron Buchanan works his way up from gallery group shows to exhibiting his own space. Buchanan Gallery / 204 1/2 W. 6th (West of Spring) / 4pm to 10pm

Shot in East L.A.: The Spring Arts Tower's 2nd floor Mezzanine will feature 15 photographs by East L.A. College student Christopher Hernandez, who has been getting local attention for his images. The show is called “09 Reflections” and is not only a testament to Hernandez's skills as a photographer, but East L.A. College's photography program. 09 Reflections / Spring Arts Tower (2nd floor Mezzanine) / 453 S. Spring / 5pm to 9:30pm

Blight and Ink: BGFA's new two person show opens tonight, and will be part of Art Walk until 6pm. Christian Rex Van Minnen's "Rainbow Blight - New Paintings" is presented with the artist's statement that "I suppose I have always been attracted to the grotesque because there is a truth and beauty that is inseparable from what is immediately unpleasant. Our lives are filled with such unpleasant beauties and opportunities to make light of dark."

Also showing at BGFA is "Ronald Rupert Santos: New Drawings," works that explore multiple layers of technique. The Santos art speak says "The doodle drawings are the first that I explicitly defined as a series where one gets the sense that the series has no fixed number of permutations, and is predicated on something more than its inevitable, mathematical exhaustion: namely, the possibility that something new, even transformational, might emerge in the process.” Bert Green Fine Art / 102 W. 5th / Open from Noon to 6pm on Art Walk Night

Weaving Into Art Walk: Coquettish Modernisms is the debut show of EVFA’s new location sharing the gallery space with BGFA. Says artist Ashley Gibbons. "Utilizing quilting, lingerie and garment remnants to create images of women and the female form, I build a soft space with fabric to provoke hard dialogue. Contrasting delicate heirlooms with graphic images highlight and personify the dichotomy of a woman’s role." Some say its embroidery. Others say it’s the "feminine act of recording" heirlooms, including the female form as a cultural artifact. EVFA / 102 W. 5th / 5-9pm

Recalling Someone Else's Childhood: Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia's paintings and works on paper are in a show titled "by Deborah Calderwood." The show takes found childhood illustrations drawn by a then 11-year old Deborah Calderwood, who grew up and is now married to the artist. It's as much adapting "found art" as a child's use of color and composition reinterpreted by her partner. CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th

Arts And Graff: Crewest features an exhibition by Gusmano Cesaretti, who has been documenting Los Angeles' street culture, murals, and graff since the early 70's. Performing their two newest singles are Sew Sew Krafty between 8 and 9pm. Band members include Afrika Baby Bam of the Jungle Brothers and Wendi Williams. Noise abatement limits may be tested. Crewest / 110 Winston St

Laugh into the Night: Comedy returns to Art Walk, this time taking over the off-the-path coffee house CC Beans on Los Angeles Street. There is a $10 cover and attendees are asked to make sure "any smug is left at the door." Art Walk Comedy Night at CC: Beans / 531 S. Los Angeles

Rome Still Burns: Colosseum Fine Arts hosts a group show, including costume designer and live visual artist Pogoda, electronic music producer Stillwell and new art by Scott Saw. Colosseum Fine Arts / 749 S. Broadway Suite 200 / 5pm to Midnight

Now Until June: The California African American Museum showcase of member artists of the California Artist Coalition of Los Angeles is extended. For those driving in, parking is validated. CAAM's 7+FIG Showcase / 7+FIG Art Space at Ernst and Young Plaza / 735 S. Figueroa St / Noon to 9pm

Curator For A Day: Photography by Woodcraft Rangers Afterschool Photography Program students is the featured display at The Exchange during May’s Downtown Art Walk. The public is invited to browse 100 images and vote on which final 25 will be exhibited at the 11th Annual Urban Youth Photography Show, held later this year in Venice, California. Woodcraft Rangers Curator for a Day Event / The Exchange (5th between Main and Spring) / 6 to 8:30pm


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