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Art Walk Preview for May 2011

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 01:36PM
Imagin Asian Diego Cardosa

Main Street is one subject in Diego Cardosa's series of paintings of Downtown LA and Boyle Heights

It's May and once again time for Art Walk, the event that helped redefine Downtown. The self-guided walking tour runs from noon to 9pm.

Outsider Art From An Insider: “In my art I explore urban environments through combining perception with the imagination creating a ‘magical realism,’” writes Diego Cardosa, who oversees Transportation Development & Implementation for Metro, in his press release about his work. Looking closer, he tells us that his paintings of Downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights heightened the reality that his "photographs don't show." He adds: My paintings are a reflection what what I do during the day." Interestingly, in his painting Imagin Asian (above), the artist and bike advocate shows a Downtown Los Angeles devoid of skyscrapers. Diego Cardoso Gallery / 738 S. Los Angeles (Santee Village Courtyard)

Downtown Art Walk Lounge: The nomadic Art Walk Lounge will be squatting at Paragon Parking Lot from 6pm to 10pm. That is where you can pick up a map and even preview the Red Bull Soapbox Derby being held Saturday, May 21, in Downtown. Plus, if you ride to the Art Walk, the visitor center is where leave your bike with Downtown LA Bicycles' valet services. 434 S. Spring

“No Biters Allowed” is the 9th Anniversary Show for Crewest which features a release of new work by Chaz Bojorquez (one of the featured artists at MOCA's "Art in The Streets." Crewest / 110 Winston

DAC Gallery offers “THIRTEEN by THIRTEEN,” a juried exhibition featuring 13 innovative artists from California and across the country. "Self-directed in their genres and moving outside preconceived notions of content VS form, these artists present a unique point of view in the emerging art landscape." 828 S. Main

Ground Floor Gallery: Social Networking as the present-day “Big Brother” is explored in the mixed-media photography by W. B. Fontenot, who is inspired by the “surreal dystopia of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.” 433 S. Spring

Photographer Clark Woodford has a gallery showcasing his work, and is making good use of the underused Biddy Mason Park. Clark’s Gallery / 333 S. Spring St. E-3

Samuel Dana Pottish has a solo exhibition at Norbertellen Gallery, which had an artist's reception this past Saturday, will be open for Art Walk. 215 W 6th

Takeuchi Galleries and AMC Galleries present “Art, Music and Culture Show” at 901 S. Broadway.

dialect celebrates art, music, and sustainability with “Lightning in a Bottle!” 215 W. 6th #111

More Quick Notes: It is the final week for ”eyes wide shut,” solo works by Susan Silas at CB1 Gallery. (207 W. 5th Street) / “LEGS” Series by Marc Valesella at Edgar Varela Fine Arts (727 S. Spring) / Patti Heid and Devon Paulson at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (102 W. 5th) / Phil Stern's iconic photographs on exhibit at the gallery named after him. (601 S. Los Angeles)


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