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Art Walk Preview: June, 2010

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, June 08, 2010, at 02:32PM
Ed Fuentes

Close to 300 students, grades 2-5, painted self portraits on a temporary wall in the 7+FIG Food Court. The community project is funded/sponsored by Brookfield Properties, in collaboration with Art 2 Go, LA’s Best and Councilwoman Jan Perry.

The June edition of the Downtown Art Walk takes place this Thursday, June 10, bringing an active night to Downtown and a new crop of shows to the galleries of Gallery Row.

ART WALK MOVEMENT: "Body/Traces" by Dance Camera West takes over the Art Walk Lounge at LATC with a media installation “that examines the body by reducing it to lines through the interaction of three-dimensional media, movement, sound and the environment.” In this case, the Art Walk crowd is the muse as this "tranquil piece about perception presents an interesting juxtaposition” to Art Walk street life. It is part of the group's ninth annual Dance Media Film Festival, now being held throughout Southern California during June. Dance Camera West / Los Angeles Theatre Center / 514 S. Spring

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MIGRATION PATTERN: "Fang Ling-An, Everything is Stitching Together Simultaneously" opened over the weekend, a first solo exhibition for artist Fang Ling-An. She gathered inspiration from the story of her family’s hardships on their "historic and turbulent journey from Mainland China to Taiwan." The result is pieces that "center on issues of migration, displacement, tradition and identity" while reflecting on how traditional Chinese culture is fused into modern American culture. CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th / 5 to 8pm

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SEE THE CITY: Los Angeles Center For Digital Art opens "L.A.NDSCAPE" –– a view of what photographers have found as subject in Los Angeles. As they say in the PR, LA is "the most photographed urban area in the world" and a town of "all things fabricated, manufactured and transported" that promotes a lack of identity in the city. It will be interesting to see if the photographers selected are really visionaries as promised, or used images of the city that will be filed under cliche. LACDA / 107 W. 5th / Reception during Art Walk 7 to 9pm

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POP FAME: “Your 15 Minutes Are Up” is the title of Pop Lock Gallery's show that declares fame may be fleeting. Nonetheless, featured artist PLASTICGOD shows new work. Pop Lock Gallery is located at 211 W. 5th. Also, Pop Lock and Hold Up Art are working together for a new summer gallery evening space, BANG! Gallery at 354 S. Spring.

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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: FIDM will be sending roving Mad Hatters into the rabbit-hole of Art Walk from 6pm to 10pm. It is one in a series of small happenings by FIDM, who are hosting a "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Design Exhibition" at their campus gallery. A display of designer Colleen Atwood’s costumes from the film joins Alice–inspired clothing and products created by a Mad Tea Party made of names in design, fashion and entertainment. That show runs until September 30. FIDM / 919 S. Grand

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GOOAALL!!: World Cup @ Crewest looks at another relationship: sport and art. The exhibition promotes 2010 World Cup fever through art works and custom painted soccer balls by a team of graf artists. The Featured Artists Room hosts "Else." Crewest and big time sponsors are also offering World Cup First Round Viewing Parties. Crewest / 110 Winston / 6pm until 9pm

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OP-ED ART: "Inking Outside the Box" shows off editorial cartoons by Downtown News' Doug Davis. Take My Picture / 860 S. Broadway

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'IT IS ART, I SAY!':Carolyn Lluberes is co-producing “Fashion IS Art" with fellow Downtowner, Stylist David F. Zambrana. Together, they are showcasing exhibitors, photographers and stylists to make the statement that commercial fashion is a pure art form. The Chapman / 756 S. Broadway

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POWER OF NEON: MONA’s Art Walk Electric Hour brings the Magic Slide Show Screening from 8 to 9pm. “A carousel of projections made on recycled frames that explore the transformation of marks (Handmade Slides) and materials (Non-Existent Drawings).” It is created by Hilary Norcliffe, a Long Beach-based mixed-media artist, who also describes herself as a dumpster-diver/recycler artist.

If you are lucky, maybe "Mr Saturday Night" will be there. He's MONA's main Cruise Captain Eric Lynxwiler, who was recently included in LA Weekly's 2010 people issue. Museum of Neon Art / 136 W. 4th

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A GAGGLE OF GROUP SHOWS: A collection of 18 local, national and international artists show an eclectic display of talent in painting, illustration, photography and sculpture from noon to 10pm. Norbertellen Gallery / 215 W. 6th, Suite 110

CONSIDER IT AN AFTER-PARTY FROM SATURDAY: The Hive Gallery group recovers from Saturday’s opening night reception for “B3- Video Game Themed Show”. The show is intact for Art Walk. The Hive / 729 S. Spring

COLLECTIVE RAGE Raw Materials' WindowBox Gallery hosts The Center for Deviant Studies "...in bed.". Where else can you get a nomadic, decentralized, ever-changing collective of deviant artists, writers, musicians, scientists, philosophers, thinkers, tinkerers, doers, showers, shamans, pagans, sages, idiots, and . . . well, we will leave it at that. Raw Materials / 436 S. Main

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ART WALK WEST?: That is the name 7+FIG has begun to use for the complex's Art Walk programming. Recently, they held a mural painting project with LA's BEST students in a "collaborative public art piece" that has introduced students to mural painting styles, how to select colors from a palette to create portraits.

Also continuing is a showcase with artists working through the California African American Museum. There will be a panel with the artists from 7 to 9pm. 7+FIG Showcase / 735 S. Figueroa / Noon to 9pm

OK, SO I WILL NOW USE ART WALK SOUTH: Terrell Moore notes the one-year anniversary of his gallery at 1221 Hope Street. He will be part of a three gallery collaboration with Evo, a chance for South Park's Terrell Moore Fine Art to be featured with Pyo Gallery and Rivera & Rivera. Evo + Inspiration / 1155 S. Grand / 6 to 9pm

AND NOW ART WALK EAST: "MIXED: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck" is artist and author Kip Fulbeck's return to JANM, offering his newest collection of works based on the book of the same name. Also "TEXTURED LIVES: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantations of Hawai‘i has been extended through August 22. Japanese American National Museum / 369 E. 1st

HAVE SOME ART WALK NORTH: Arshile Gorky's modern abstract art at the Museum of Contemporary Art is a "not-to-be-missed retrospective", says the L.A. Times. Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective / Museum of Contemporary Art / 250 S. Grand / Runs through Sept. 20 / Admission: $10

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