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Art Walk Preview for April 2011

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 06:40PM
under the ridge Mark Indig

Los Angeles River bridges are the subject for fine art photographer Mark Indig, who is appearing in a group show at Terrell Moore Gallery interpreting L.A. as a "lost Mecca."

Photography exhibits and special events are happening all around the city for Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA). Thursday night's Art Walk is no exception, as galleries are loaded up on photography.

For those new here, Downtown Art Walk is held on the second Thursday of each month, and can get crowded into the evening hours. The self-guided tour begins at noon, but some galleries open until the evening. You can begin by grabbing a map online, or pick one up at the Art Walk Lounge at 334 S. Main.

Terrell Moore Gallery presents “In LA mecCA: Los Angeles as the Promised Land,” a show that features works from five local photographers who “traverse the geographic and cultural boundaries that bisect Southern California.” L.A. is shown an an elusive Mecca by photographers Douglas McCulloh, Mark Indig (whose work is pictured above), Larry Brownstein, Ken Haber and Aline Smithson. The South Park gallery will be open for Art Walk from 7pm to 11pm. 1221 S. Hope

Edgar Varela Fine Art will hold a pop-up event, “Edition One Hundred,” on Wednesday, April 13 (7pm to 10pm) and during Art Walk (6pm to 11pm). It is a preview to the upcoming “The Door is Round and Open,” which is inspired by poet Jelaluddin Rumi and features the art and photography of Doze Green, Yuri Shimojo, Jose Mertz, Daria Tuminas and Peter Bohler. Prints will be available for purchase for $100. The main exhibition is “Legs,” Marc Valesella interpretation of Parisian black and white photography––itself influenced by French cinema––that relies on available light and minimal darkroom tricks. “While all the serious talk about a photographer motive is important, a fine print has a life of its own and should be an object of itself,” writes Valesella. 727 S. Spring

drkrm/gallery will have its official opening reception for “Dreaming Caifornia" on April 16, but there is a preview of Pej Behdarvand's norish look at ocean landscapes during Art Walk from noon to 9pm. Behdarvan’s series uses an obsolete film technique known as Day-for-Night to “capture a different perspective on the ‘sunny California’ landscape.” “Dreaming California” is a featured exhibition for The Month of Photography LA and will continue until May 21. 727 S. Spring

LACDA will hold an artist reception for Patti Heid from 7 to 9pm during Downtown Art Walk. Heid's works combine digitally composed images airbrushed with acrylics, and applied with given a look of European tapestry with digital applications of semi-precious stones. Works by Andy Villafañe, Ela Boyd, and Melissa Anne Lambert are in the project windows, and works by Annaliese Varaldiev and Ted Owens are in the video room 102 W. 5th

CB1 Gallery continues the first solo exhibition of artist Susan Silas with selected works from “eyes wide shut, 2010,” a portfolio of 24 images from her series on found birds. “For as the history of art informs us, and as the photography of Silas attests, the metaphorical power of birds is capable of bearing the magnitude of loss imposed by genocide and cultural erasure” writes G. Roger Denson on the Huffington Post about the exhibition. Open for Art Walk until 7pm / 207 W. 5th

The Los Angeles Times jumps into Art Walk with a pop-up gallery showcasing photojournalists. They write in to say that "expanding on the 'observer becoming participant' theme," they will have mini-studio/photo booth that will give exhibit guests a chance to have their picture taken by Times photographers, "similar to these shots from the MOPLA opening night party." 2nd and Spring

Crewest: has their current graffiti and street artist group show “Above the Radar” open for Art Walk from 6pm to 10pm. 110 Winston (between Main and Los Angeles).

DIALECT presents “Against the Grain,” lasered works in wood by former architecture student Ando Pndlian. 215 W. 6th Ste. 111

GALLERY . . . UNKNOWN opens its doors with a group show at the Spring Arts Tower, with some help from Richard McDowell. 211 W. 5th

Window Box Gallery: Last time we checked in with Raw Materials, they offered an installation that provided commentary on Charlie Sheen. At first glance, something produced with deviancy would hint Sheen was still the subject. Rather, it is The Center for Deviant Studies, which brings “digitally altered images of ancient cave paintings in its ongoing investigation of the Mystery of the Cave.” These are deep windows. 436 S. Main

Norbertellen Gallery continues "L.A.nd of the Rising Sun," showcasing Japanese illustrators, with a portion of sales also going to relief efforts in Japan. From 6pm to 10pm, Japanese illustrator Nampei Kaneko will be taking in Art Walk with live painting. 215 W. 6th, Suite 110

MONA: With plans to open their new Glendale facility in 2012, MONA's Downtown gallery closes on June 12. Electric Hour (8-9pm) features bands Blue Tape Red Tape and Sleepwalkers Local with an impromptu interacting with the Art Walk crowd as inspired by site-specific black light art installation, California Surf, by Jerico Woggon. The final main exhibition is MONA@30. Admission to MONA is free from noon to 2pm. After 2pm, the reduced admission is $5. 136 W. 4th

Writers' Row: Harlem Place Café and SoapBox Poets begin an open mic Art Walk night for authors starting at 8pm. The winner of the to-be-monthly word throwdown will then be showcased at the following Art Walk. Harlem Place Cafe / 124 W. 4th

“The Collections” is the latest avant-garde images from photographer Carol Cirillo Stanley. Opening reception will be held during Art Walk from 6 to 9pm. The exhibit runs through April 14. Fine Arts Building / 811 W. 7th

"Affiches” has been extended until May 10 and recognized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. A reception for the artist, Astrid Chevallier, will held during Art Walk from 6:30-10pm. Those not familiar with her work with film posters may think they are retro-euro. You are correct. They are a visual throwback to the non-tweeting social networking days when posters initiated interest and conversation. Of the 22 pieces on exhibition, some share the look of contemporary poster design. Most are delicious examples of how emotional typography mixed with illustrative imagery have not only have a place in film promotion, but in an art gallery. This exhibit shows what graphic arts meant to performance before it was restricted to pixels and rave party flyers. Historic Gas Company Lofts Gallery / 810 S. Flower

The Medallion is last but not least. It is home to the Art Walk Lounge where you can pick up a map, and see a show that features original works from ArtistRepublic.org (part of the proceeds will go to Japanese relief efforts). Also, 3D Altervision continues. As an added bonus, you will be able to “park” your bike thanks to Downtown LA Bicycles’ bike valet service. 6pm to 10pm. 334 S. Main

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