Art Walk Preview: August, 2010
"Untitled" by HK Zamani is showing in CB1 Gallery's current show "For Your Pleasure."
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — It's that time again... Downtown Art Walk returns on Thursday and offers another chance to take in art or just revel in the scene created on the crowded sidewalks.
We choose to revel in the art, and these exhibitions caught our attention.
FRIENDS WITH KNIVES: 25-year-old New Yorker Victor Garcia is the curator of Crewest’s latest group show, a survey of up to 20 international street artists. Featured in the mix is Los Angeles urban artist Chaz Bojorquez, who has a site specific installation in the gallery. The works focuses on street art made with stencils cut by X-Acto blades, hence the name. Crewest / 110 Winston St / Continues through Aug. 29 / crewest.com
MEMORIES FROM MY YOUTH IN COMMUNIST ROMANIA: A collective of paintings that expose the memory of artist Claudia French, who from childhood to young adulthood witnessed a environment that sometimes brought fear. The promise of the artist is her disclosures will be “poetic.” Cotrutza Gallery / 446 S. Main / Opening Reception during Downtown Art Walk from 6pm to 10:30pm
FOR YOUR PLEASURE: CB1 Gallery presents an exhibition that doubles as a preview of ten emerging artists slated for solos shows. Chuck Agro, Martin Durazo, Larry Mantello, Tameka Norris, Chris Oatey, Hilde Overbergh, Mira Schor, Susan Silas, Amy Yoes and HK Zamani. The exhibition opened August 6 and closes on September 4. CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th / cb1gallery.com
DAVID PHILLIPS: With a piece called Red Comet Dawn, you can expect something bold. It’s the title of one of abstraction artist David Phillips, who is showing at Downtown Art Center Gallery. Downtown Art Center Gallery / 828 S. Main / dacgallery.com
BROADWAY AS A GALLERY: The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation offers a Broadway Theatre District Walking Tour beginning this month during the August Art Walk. Tours will depart from the 2nd floor of Clifton’s Cafeteria, at 7th and Broadway, and include a photo presentation with an overview of the past and future of the district. Tours lasting 30 to 40 minutes depart at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. There is a limited capacity, and reservations are required. The 7pm tour will feature Downtown’s Poet Broker, Ed Rosenthal, offering “his inimitable look at Broadway with a fact and anecdote filled tour.” lahtf.org
EMPIRE'S BORDERS II - WESTERN EXPERIENCE: Continuing at REDCAT are Chen Chieh-jen’s films examining the history of Taiwan “within the larger context of globalization.” REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd / Screening from noon to 6pm / Continues through Sunday, September 5 / Free / redcat.org
SITA’S SISTERS: Mithila Painters of India, 1988-2010. Guest curator Peter Zirnis continues his survey of Indian Mithila art at Norbertellen G allery. According to Zirnis, the art reflects an ancient origin for Mithila art and its long standing role in marriage ceremonies. Norbertellen Gallery / 215 W. 6th, Suite 110 / Runs until August 31 / norbertellengallery.com
GROW: In this exhibition curated by Shervin Shahbazi, new works by eighteen Los Angeles-based artists present a collection of painting, sculpture, performance, print, video, photography and installation work. The public artists, arts educators, art activists, writers, designers, environmentalists, muralists, and fashion designers use the exhibition “as a launching off point to explore the power of art as a catalyst.” Morono Kiang Gallery / 218 W. 3rd (Bradbury Building) / Runs through August 21