As can be expected, it is not the usual Art Walk Preview this month. After the jump, you will find information on a fundraiser for baby Marcello, learn about the first shot across the Spring Street bow from the task force, and a list of some of the exhibitions you can find during Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on August 11, 2011.
HELP FROM AN ARTIST: Erica Friend first came to Art Walk only a few months ago, yet the 25-year-old artist is organizing the “Artist Benefit Show for Baby Marcello Vasquez" being held at The Mezz this Thursday.
Friend was exhibiting in a group show steps away from the crash site that took a life of a two-month old baby boy. “I was in the El Dorado, and I heard a loud bang,’ she recalls during a break from organizing the fundraiser. “People started running into the gallery, scared. Then I went outside and people were crying."
Like many others, she tried to keep up with the news and conflicting reports. When New City Church made the announcement that there would be a candlelight vigil, Friend posted the details on Facebook.
At the vigil, the family of baby Marcello were present and Friend was introduced as the person who help get the word out. They came up to thank her, and although she credited New City Church as the organizer, the family and Friend exchanged numbers.
“Artists will do something,” thought Friend later, and she made a Facebook request for information on any space that can host a fundraiser. “Joe [Moller] was the first person to contact me," she says. As of late Tuesday up to 30 artists donated works, says Friend, adding the family will be attending sometime during the night.
At the space, a small spot will reserved for an installation of photos and candles in memory of baby Marcello.
The MezzBar, on the second floor of the The Alexandria Hotel, is the host site for the "Artist Benefit Show for Baby Marcello." 6pm to Midnight / 5th & Spring.
"FYI: THERE WILL BE NO FOOD TRUCKS BETWEEN 3RD & 7TH ON THUR!"
That was the tweet and Facebook sent out by Downtown Art Walk yesterday, the first step from the task force made of city agencies and Historic Core players assigned to make Art Walk safer.
This first move bans food trucks from parking lots and streets within an Art Walk perimeter of Spring and Main between 3rd and 7th.
Food trucks will be allowed in the parking lot of Vibiana's, says Joe Moller, Art Walk's executive director. Art Walk goers may also see trucks hunting for a position on outlying streets, like Broadway.
"There has been no history of a sustainable relationship between food truck operators and Art Walk, or the city, or the county" says Moller, who doesn't consider the move an elimination of roving eateries. "Food trucks will continue to operate in their best interest."
This preliminary hammer may be altered when the task force makes its final recommendations, and it may a permit process that will seen as the solution to change the flow of the estimated 30,000 attending Art Walk.
Changes already in discussion at an Aug., 4 morning meeting included talks of permits and coordinating events to support art and local businesses, said a member of the task force formed by Councilmembers José Huizar and Jan Perry.
"Establishing an environment where the focus is an arts based experience is the goal. We believe that is a sustainable and manageable environment," recanted Moller Tuesday night. "The task force will be identifying and responding to all illegal, unpermitted and unsanctioned usage of sidewalks."
While he is not on the task force, Moller says, the Art Walk is providing information during the "seek and discover" stage.
It may already have an effect. In a flurry of comments supporting, or cursing, the no-food truck zone at Art Walk's Facebook page, one commentor wrote: "There is a group of people that follow food trucks and we are planning to go for just that. If that's not available we need to rethink our plans."
As of Tuesday evening, Downtown L.A. Art Walk Lounge will still be located in the parking lot at the 500 block of S Spring from 6pm to 10pm
Add: City Hall releases statement Wednesday, Aug., 10
AND NOW, THE ART:
"LA River" by Kevin McCollister is a winning entry in the "I Love LA" photo exhibition being previewed at Downtown Art Walk August 11.
L.A. THROUGH THE LENS: 242 photographers and 740 pictures entered the ‘I Love LA’ Photo Exhibit, reports the LA Times. The outcome are selected images from 42 photographers that will previewed during Art Walk at a reception from 7 to 9pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Hotel (930 Wilshire). The exhibit moves to Duncan Miller Gallery on Aug. 13 and runs through Sept. 17.
ADD 'ACROSS THE WALL' 16 Soviet portraits dating from 1949 to 1988 on an exterior walls on Main, between 4th and 5th. The outdoor installation, entitled "Across the Wall," commemorates the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. The installation by The Wende Museum will be previewed during Art Walk beginning at 5pm.
'Looking Forward: Ten Artists to Watch' are emerging photographers selected by LACMA’s Edward Robinson. There will be an artist reception for these ten up-and-comers––plus those showing in the Electron––during Art Walk from 7 to 9pm. Also, group show "Analog to Digital" continues. The barrage of exhibitions fills the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (102 W. 5th).
MORE PICS: "Eyjafjallajokull: Images from The Land of Fire and Ice" is the work of NY based Reuter photographer––and former Downtowner––Lucas Jackson. This series documenting the April 2010 eruption of Iceland's major volcano will be in the WindowBox Gallery at Raw Materials (436 S. Main).
GRAF MEETS TRADITION: “Eye to Eye” uses Crewest to find common ground between graffiti artists and painters (110 Winston). Speaking of common ground, Crewest's Man One is in Northern Ireland. He was selected as one of the artists to hold master classes and lead young new works in Guildhall Square for the Free Derry project.
'Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Project' exhibits selected paper sculptures from a “development laboratory” for educational programs developed by the Education Coordinator of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. Artists are made from students from after-school program at Hope Street Family Center, Central High School based at California Hospital and CAL ECHS Charter School. Downtown LA Gallery is located at 617 S. Grand.
HIGH ABOVE: The Site Unscene, The Loft Salon, and Devon Poer will hold an opening reception for the second installment of their monthly art series, FRINGE. August Art Walk features Los Angeles based artists Constantine and Kile Sims. The gallery is on the 8th floor, making for an interesting Art Walk venue. The reception and exhibition will be held from 7 to 11pm at the Loft Salon in the Santa Fe Lofts (560 S. Main, Suite 8W).
QUICK LOOKS: Artists Zareh Meguerditchian and Kaloust Guedel join Claudia French in the Cotrutza Gallery (446 S. Main); New abstract work by Terrell Moore will shown from 6 to 11pm in his South Park venue, Terrell Moore Gallery (1221 S Hope); dialect says C.R.E.A.M. stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me, a group show that includes Ando Pndlian, Behn Samareh, and Jason Hughes (215 W 6t Suite 111).
'UNPOSED' is the work of Craig Semetko, who as a child spent poring through LIFE magazines and documents the world. As an add, Semetko, an L.A. resident, was interviewed by Art Walk and asked “how is Los Angeles different from other locals?” Semetko answers: “Los Angeles is a universe unto itself. It’s more ethnically and culturally heterogeneous than many countries, which I love. But there are challenges to living in the showbiz capital of the world. I was walking around downtown once and went to take a picture of a kid playing. He ran up to me with his hand out and demanded five bucks for his picture–he was six years old. I told him to have his people call my people.” Phil Stern Gallery is at 601 S. Los Angeles.
CONTINUING: Installation artist Robert Reynolds and his exhibition “smoke on the water” will linger in The Continental Gallery (408 S. Spring), where it continues until Sep., 30.
Art Your World Gallery continues figurative paintings by Anna Stump and Ted Meyer (316 W 3rd)
Melissa Meier “LACED” at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (215 W. 6th Suite 115)
CB 1 continues “The Haunted Word’ and “painting. design. speculation. generosity.” (207 W. 5th)
“Beyond Impressions” exhibition of contemporary printmaking techniques continues through August 27 at Morono Kiang Gallery (218 3rd)\
Jesse Jones shows at REDCAT (631 W. 2nd)
Summer Party of Illustrators: Artas1, and artist rep and curator Atsuko Sera bring paintings, illustrations, graphics, and prints that showcase modern and pop movements, plus transitional and classical Anime from Japan. 10% of purchases go toward Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief. Norbertellen Gallery is open on Art Walk from noon to 10pm. (215 W 6th Suite 110).