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Art Walk Preview for March 2011

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, at 02:04PM
Hooked/CB1 CB1 Gallery

Larry Mantello's "Hooked" is now on exhibition in "Together Again," one of two shows at CB1 Gallery. Painter Edith Beaucage is featured in “.hurlurberlu.”

Thursday brings the March edition of the Downtown Art Walk, the self-guided tour of all that the neighborhood's arts venues have to offer.

If you are new to Art Walk and an obsessive left-brainer, indulge your logical, sequential habits in the Art Walk Lounge at 410 S. Spring, near 4th. Pick up a map and chart your course.

The right-brain, random thinkers can explore Gallery Row with their intuition as a guide.

As for Art Walk veterans, here is something else to think about: The June 2011 edition of the Downtown Art Walk will be the event's 80th straight outing. Just like art, and Downtown for that matter, the show keeps evolving.

Left Brain vs Right Brain: CB1 Gallery's two exhibitions will be open during into the evening hours. In the West Gallery –– or right-brain gallery if you will –– Edith Beaucage’s “.hurluberlu” invents "characters and places them side by side with an abstracted form into a scenario that mimics what happens in a social space.” CB1’s adjoining space exhibits artist Larry Mantello’s left-brain response to his own pop culture survey as seen in a collection that reaches into his personal past filled with moments “that are difficult to escape.” CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th

"Discarded Dreams" is the inaugural exhibition in the new space for Los Angeles Center for Digital Art's and features photographer Linda Alterwitz. She considers it a personal challenge "to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative," using digital and toy cameras to explore "the human connection to the world in which we live." Alterwitz adds that she works "with two distinctly different sets of visual information: medical imagery and landscape."

Since the gallery now has more space, LACDA will also hold a salon-style show, "New and Improved III," stuffed with work from its gaggle of digital contributors. The windows at 5th and Main will feature works from Melissa Ann Lambert, Andie Villafane and Ela Boyd. Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts / 102 W. 5th

Between a rock and a smart place: Slices of tourmaline are framed, backlit and reinterpreted at Zzyzx Gallery. “Amazing patterns and a whole bunch of colors in each one. They are specifically commissioned works of art,” says Justin Zzyzx about his planned exhibition of converted slabs of mineral. “That is, they were designed specifically to transform rock into an item with an aesthetic appeal.” The Z-Man adds: “This month we are showcasing the winners of the LACC's ‘Brain Bee’ to celebrate National Brain Awareness Week.” Brain Bee is a student competition developed by the Society of Neuroscience to raise awareness on brain research. Zzyzx Gallery / 111 W. 7th Unit R4

From Mind-Knowing to ‘Mind Blowing’: That was the promise from Debi Cable’s person-to-person pitch about her Altervision 3-D Blacklight Experience. It is held over from last month’s Art Walk, so you have another chance to see the “eye-popping experience” of hand-painted florescent murals. Admission is $3 for an entrance (or $5 all night and you get to keep the 3D glasses). A portion of the proceeds will also be donated back to Downtown Art Walk. Downtown Art Park at The Medallion / 4th and Main / 6pm until 11pm

"Wisdom" If you are Downtown during the day, Arts Brookfield is hosting the Los Angeles premiere of “Wisdom: Portraits by Andrew Zuckerman” at Bank of America Plaza. This collection of photographs includes interviews that “capture the combined wisdom of legendary leaders.” Subjects include Nelson Mandela, Ted Kennedy, Willie Nelson, Billie Jean King, Clint Eastwood, Madeline Albright and Chuck Close. Through April 11 / 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday / Bank of America Plaza, Concourse Level / 333 S. Hope

Defining Women: Cotrutza Gallery observes International Women’s Day with a series of ink drawings and illustrations about women and women’s issues. Opens during Downtown Art Walk (7pm to 10pm). Runs through March 10 Cotrutza Gallery / 446 S. Main

Defining Violence: Raw Materials' own Jim Winstead Jr. will take over the window space to comment on actor Charlie Sheen’s exploitation of media through a series titled “Winning.” Winstead takes the new catchphrase and connects it to Sheen’s history of alleged domestic violence through a series of images. Prints will be available for $95, “of which $75 will be donated to charities related to the issues of domestic violence and violence against women.” Window Box Gallery / Raw Materials / 436 S. Main

Ripe: A Wine Show About Art Tasting features selected street artists making contemporary street art from recycled wine bottles, barrels and corks. Crewest / 110 Winston

Speaking of Intuitive: Coming together at the last minute at the hands of curator and instigator Dale Youngman is a photography show with new works by Vinnie Picardi. “Working large-scale or miniature, experimenting with film processing techniques or digital technologies, he exposes his vision of the ironies and paradoxes of the world we live in,” says Picardi. The HDBID outreach space known as The Exchange opens as a gallery from 5 to 10pm. From 6:30 to 9:30pm, Parisian-indie-jazz-rock "Seeing Thingz" with Gwendoline will perform, with intermission sets by Michael Jost on Flamenco guitar. 114 W. 5th

Continuing on Gallery Row: ‘The Lights of Los Angeles’ by Bradley Hankey and Walter Mazzarella at One Cog Gallery (211 W. 5th); “Infini Couleur” at Norbertellen Gallery (215 W. 6th); "Alice in Wonderland 2" at The Hive Gallery (729 S Spring); and ‘Past Present Future G.B.J. Jones’ at Lexander (215 W. 6th St. Unit 113).

Art and Jazz at Eastern Columbia: The Main Gallery continues "To Assume Bodily Form" featuring paintings and sculpture by Raffi Musakhanyan and Argishti Musakhanyan. The Annex continues hosting six artists in "Sunrise." The two galleries open at 7pm. Plus, jazz by Granville "Danny" Young (bass) and Steve Moore (guitar) begins at 8pm. Eastern Columbia / 855 S. Broadway

First and Spring Add: It is already at capacity, but the LA Times tour that focuses on the publication's photography is worth noting. Hopefully it is not the last go for the tour led by 33-year Times vet Darrell Kunitomi.

South Park Add: "I got the goods," says Terrell Moore. New abstract paintings join a compilation of works from 1990-2010 in a new installation. Open house is from 7 to 11pm with music by The Gold. Terrell Moore Gallery / 1511 S. Hope

Thursday Morning South Park Add Movie poster art, known in the industry as Key Art, is the subject for this exhibition of 22 posters by graphic artist and Purple Red studio creative director Astrid Chevallier. Opening reception for the exhibition, titled "Affiches," will be held during Art Walk from 6:30 to 10pm. HGCL Gallery / 820 S. Flower St

More Potential Thursday Afternoon Wanderings: Geoffrey Farmer’s “Let's Make the Water Turn Black’ at Redcat (631 W. 2nd) offers sculptural works that “grapple with his longstanding interest in the relationship between art objects and theories of drama and dramatization."

The Japanese American Museum continues “Tapestry” (369 E. First).

One of the new pieces from wheat-paste artist JR is (still) currently on the Alameda-facing wall of the Geffen Contemporary (152 N. Central) in Little Tokyo. It teases “Art in the Streets," MOCA’s upcoming exhibition on street art.

Meanwhile, Back at the Art Walk Lounge: Local artist and Art Walk board member Qathryn Brehm takes previous commercial backdrop work and changes the intent by exhibiting the 17' X 10' panels as fine art. The long-winded art description could very well be that placing these installations of environmental allusion within an urban setting forces an ironic narrative in the space. Shorthand: Get your picture taken in front of panels titled “Palace Interior” and "Metropolis."

Thu Mar 10 noon to 9pm (Hours vary at each venue) / Downtown Art Walk


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