Downtown LA Art Walk is upon us, and the monthly night out has the Art Walk Lounge using the summer night by taking over the Paragon Parking Lot at 434 S Spring, between 4th and 5th. That is where you can get a t-shirt made, pick up a map, and get some “freebies.” Also, featured on the lounge grounds is a custom-painted 1962 International Scout created by The Art of Chase, and the debut of ART SQuare, a new vendor space showcasing crafts.
ADD 5:30pm on Wed: Grand Central Market rep says 95% of vendors will be open until 9pm. Parking lot is open until 9pm with $3 flat rate.
But frankly, it will always be the art that makes Art Walk. That is what brought Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Downtown to wander through June's Art Walk on a private tour. Now, it may have been too much to hope that the royal couple extended their schedule so they can take in CB1 Gallery before hitting the Nickel Diner for a bacon donut, but one can speculate the news of Downtown’s creative culture has reached other shores.
The walk official hours are 6pm to 10pm, but regulars know you can make it a full day with the galleries and museums open throughout the day. This July 2011 look at the committed folks who bring you art for Art Walk is sponsored by DTLATonight, whom I refer to as the official Bar Stalker of Downtown Los Angeles. (Follow me on twitter for any updates @viewfromaloft.) Now, here is the bait for art stalkers. It's after the jump.
Two For One: The West Gallery of CB1 hosts "design. speculation. generosity," works by Dan Callis, Matthew Carter, Roy Dowell, Mark Dutcher, Christine Frerichs, Lauren Luloff, Renee Petropoulos and Craig Taylor that “share or overlap in their manifest physicality."
The East Gallery's “The Haunted Word" shows how seven California based artists combine words and images “to carry personal beliefs and social vulnerabilities" on paper, paintings, photographs, and videos. The artists referring to their own socially conditioned reactions include York Chang, Kip Fulbeck, Norm Laich, Joseph Lee, Suzanne Oshinsky, Carter Potter, and Evelyn Serrano. (A panel discussion will be held Sunday, July 24 at 3pm). Both exhibitions run through August 20. Pictured: Chaotic City (2011) by Lauren Luloff. CB1 Gallery I 207 W. Fifth
'Storm of Life': Mattia Biagi’s solo installation opens during Art Walk, a continuation of his series examining common the origins of cultural superstitions “based on fear and irrationality.” The artist hopes to liberate you, the Art Walk goer, from slavish devotion to the irrational through the installation of thousands of black umbrellas through raw space in the Historic Core. The installation includes video, curated by Paul Young of Young Projects, and some participation for 101 selected guests who will help by installing special umbrellas during Art Walk. Carlos Duran Martinez provides original music. Farmers & Merchants National Bank I 401 S. Main
Also, Mike Petow takes over the former MONA space at 110 W. Fourth; Robert Reynolds is in the Continental Gallery at 408 S. Spring; and Miguel Osuna holds court at 410 S. Spring.
'Analog to Digital': This is an exploration of the relationship of analog and digital substrates working together to form a new contemporary artistic practice, adding to the history of artists working with new technology. Artists include John Baldessari, Gronk, Patti Heid, Dennis Hopper, Kathryn Jacobi, Luke Matjas, Miss Maytag Collective, Mark Mothersbaugh, Federico Solmi, Anneliese Varaldiev, Robert Williams, Joel-Peter Witkin. Through September 2 I Los Angeles Center For Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street
'Unearthed': Crewest has toons go apocalyptic in this nod to Comic Con in San Diego. Urban artists find inspiration from the comic book asthetic to form characters unearthed from 2012; on the day of the Apocalypse. The feel-good exhibition runs through July 31. Crewest I 110 Winston
Debut: Frankie C brings his photography (above) to the space that doubles as The Exchange neighborhood gathering spot and HDLABID headquarters. Titled "The Black Wall Project," the exhibition of black and white prints is Frankie C’s first solo show. The Exchange I 114 W. Fifth
Closing: David B. Jang first solo exhibition winds down, and a closing reception will be held during Art Walk. The new works by Jang, using everyday materials, had some solid press at HuffPo and California Contemporary Art Magazine. Through August 3 I DAC Gallery I 828 S. Main
'Women Illustrators of Japan’: Art as 1 returns with works showcasing ‘’exquisite detail and unparalleled technique steeped in the flavor of Japan akin to Anime or Manga.” Featured artists Reichel Miyao, Sakuan Izumi, Yoshimi Ohtani, Minako Saitoh Botsford, Mayumin and Aya Jine. The ensemble will be presented from Noon to 10pm during Art Walk. 10% of all your purchases are donated to the “Save the Children Foundation” for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Pictured: Illustration by Minako Saitoh Botsford Through July 30 I Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. Sixth (Ste 110)
‘Voluntary Sculptures’: David Gilbert, Charlott Markus, Ian Pedigo and Kathrin Sonntag are given a great moniker; they are artists who thrive on the “fetish of the found.” They extend and explore the interplay between materiality, photographic representation and site specificity. Read the website, and you would be convinced that the three artists, either as one or all in collaboration, could have made a parking lot full of trash––subject of a Royal battle between actress and columnist––into an installation. LM Projects I 125 W. Fourth St. (Suite 103)
Chaos Compadres: Los Angeles Theater Center celebrates Colombian Independence Day with "arts and teatro" from 5pm to 9pm. LATC I 514 S. Spring
Hugh Holland will be signing copies of his book, "Locals Only," at Raw Materials during Downtown Art Walk Holland’s work is currently seen in WindowBox Gallery (and his skateboard culture photographs are featured at MOCA’s Art in the Streets). Book signing is Thursday, July 14 from 7pm to 9pm. Exhibit runs through August 6. Raw Materials I 436 S Main
Lost Spirit: “The Wild Mustang: Symbol of American Freedom” are ghost-like images of Wild Mustangs capturing "once their magnificent strength, natural beauty and free spirit" by Morgan Chavoshi. The Annex I 847 S. Broadway
'Cutting Edge' group show, presented by Valley Arts Guild, opens during art walk. Terrell Moore Gallery I 1221 S. Hope
Quick Look Elsewhere: If you are taking the whole day, you can also drop in “Art in the Streets” at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA at the Geffen); Andy Warhol’s Campbell's Soup Cans at MOCA; Little Tokyo Design Week ; The opening of Year of the Labbit Custom Show at Japanese American National Museum; “The Beatles LOVE: A Fifth Anniversary Cirque du Soleil Showcase” and “Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll” with “Bob Marley, Messenger” at the Grammy Museum; An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Little Black Dress, at FIDM Museum and Galleries; Wendy Heldmann: You Are So Beautiful and I Am a Fool at SCI-Arc; Jesse Jones "Struggle Against Ourselves" at REDCAT.
Last Call For Chaos: Before any cultural renaissance, Cold Tofu has been a Downtowner for decades. The improvisation group was founded in 1981 and still spread havoc touring Southern California, if not holding workshops at Maryknoll in Little Tokyo. During Art Walk, the company will do a set of improv games at 8pm. At 10pm, Asian comedy group 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors will take over. Proceeds benefit Cold Tofu and Company of Angels. Company of Angels Comedy Night I The Alexandria 501 S. Spring (3rd Floor) I For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.