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Big-name street artists showcased at opening of 'Freewalls' art exhibit in DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 09:27AM
courtesy of LALA gallery

A work by artist Insa, who will be exhibiting art at the Freewalls show.

LALA art gallery opens Downtown this weekend with an inaugural event titled "LA Freewalls Inside" -- a celebration of street art in Los Angeles which includes the work of 30 local and international powerhouse artists.

Los Angeles' own Shepard Fairey and Saber will have works at the show; other highlights include Swoon from New York and AskewOne from New Zealand.

"Freewalls" is curated by Daniel Lahoda, founder of the LA Freewalls Project which was established in 2009 to help revive the city's mural scene and foster community involvement in public art. Lahoda has been recruiting artists from all over the world to come and create large-scale murals in and around Downtown Los Angeles, and the project has exploded in size since then.

The artwork includes everything from animal figures that take up an entire block, to colorful cityscapes, geometric art and cartoon figures.

The Huffington Post reports that although Lahoda had permission from building owners for each of his projects, the murals are still considered illegal under the 2002 LA mural ban.

But Lahoda's new "Freewalls" exhibit at the LALA Gallery brings these street art efforts inside -- to a newly opened space located in an old meat-packing facility on Willow Street, near Villains Tavern. The structure's high ceilings and abundance of raw space make it a perfect fit for the new gallery and work space, according to a release from the gallery.

The show opens Sat. April 21 with a celebration from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The gallery is located at 1335 Willow Street

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