LA Times Pop-Ups At Art Walk
By Helen Ly
Among the ruckus that is Downtown Art Walk, Joe's Auto Park on the corner of 2nd and Spring became the Los Angeles Time's Pop-Up Gallery "Framework,” an event that joined the one-day-only street performers, craft tables, and temporary gallery space.
In recent years, the viability of Art Walk has come into question after reports of overcrowding, permit issues, and general lack of sales for regularly operating galleries. The LATimes exhibition, its second annual show, featured the paper's visual journalism department and was a needed addition to the night’s art scene.
"Framework" exhibition of photographs were pulled from a library of newsworthy events from the Los Angeles region, plus images that supported the paper's international headlines, along with celebrity portraiture and photos of the Occupy L.A. Movement taken a few steps away from the front entrance of the L.A. Times building.
When walking by that building, I always admired the technical and artistic quality of the enlarged photographs on display in the windows. This show was another way for the photography staff to get some recognition.
It’s always interesting to see guerrilla exhibition design layout, in this case inspired by other pop-up shows. Studying high quality prints in an outdoor urban environment gave the show a mix of high and low culture. The street side of the green fence became a gallery wall for photographs. Large blue trunks improvised as tables for flat screens showing digital slide shows.
That inevitable grit to the show is an essence of downtown. An eclectic collection of images, often glanced at only briefly when seen in ink, mingled with its readership in a parking lot.
Above: Los Angeles Times "Frameworks" at Thursday, April 12, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk included prints of Occupy LA news coverage (Photo by Helen Ly) Below: "Frameworks" was held next to the Los Angeles Times building, which became part of the exhibition with projections (Photo by Maria Lopez).