10 Gallery Shows to See at the October 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

Blind Justice I Philip Stein

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk has a new boss -- and she's already looking to bring some positive changes for the art community. Executive Director Joe Moller stepped down last month, leaving Qathryn Brehm as the interim leader. "As an artist, I'm looking forward to increasing content-rich programming," she said.

That's a big step for the event that has become very much about downtown as a whole, leaving galleries to dwindle in the background. It's something to think about while wandering around, hopefully checking out our recommendations in this guide below.

Pioneer

Los Angeles-based artists Couto Brothers, Joex2, and Danielle Jade Gonzalez, will creating on the spot art to support the fundraising that benefits VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Inside the Old Bank, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., digital turntables from Pioneer Electronics are used as a canvas and the final product will join the collection made by other urban artists. While DJ's spin, a preview of art that can be purchased to bring music back to schools will be on display.

Pioneer DJ Art Mix at Old Bank I 401 S. Main Street

Painter from the Valley

"The Stroller Show" at Blackstone Gallery brings attention to 20th century painter and gallery veteran Robert Alan Stroller, whose career spanned 50 years, including time at Pierce College teaching painting. It's open for Art Walk at 6 p.m., and closes October 12

Blackstone Gallery I 901 S. Broadway

Social Justice Painting

Artist Phil Stein"Blind Justice" is a collection of social justice paintings by NJ-born muralist/artist Philip Stein, which spans 50 years, and getting royal treatment by Gallery 1927. Stein, nicknamed Estaño, was not just influenced by the Mexican mural movement, he worked within it. Estaño worked with David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico City from 1948 to 1958. His daughter, Anne Stein, has been treating the family artifacts like international art world contributions, which they are. The night has a soundtrack Estaño's other love, jazz, with a live performance filling the lobby of the Fine Arts Building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anne Stein, daughter of Estaño, will be with her father's work during those Art Walk hours.


Gallery 1927 at Fine Arts Building I 811 W. Seventh Street

Performance Art in the Windows

Eddie Rehm I GDCA

Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts brings in New York artist Eddie Rehm's exhibition "Rehming Out LA," which features "Domestic Belligerence for Posterity" and "The Belligerent Transparency of Privacy," two conceptual window performance installations. The evening will include special guests The Suicide Girls. On the day of Art Walk, GDCA is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W. Sixth Street, Suite 115 (Entrance off Spring)

Art from Afar

Seung Hoon Park I Courtesy of PYO Gallery

Off the Art Walk path, PYO Gallery LA, has "Travel Log-Stories from Eastern Europe." This solo exhibition of South Korean photographer Seung Hoon Park shows the ongoing series of images that weave "together a narrative from the historic landmarks of Eastern Europe and fragments of 16 mm film into a cinematic experience," writes the South Park based gallery. Park explains about the woven photography: "When processed the result is a mosaic of films, like a detailed patchwork that composes an inextricable labyrinth where the eye can get lost." The exhibition runs through November 9. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PYO Gallery LA I 1100 S Hope Street, Suite 105

Digital Diptychs

"Rightsizing Narrative" at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art has Meg Madison's black and white photography taking visual language of documentary shots and composed scenes and presents them as diptychs. It examines conflict in "differentiating between the layers of past memory that make up the narrative of life." The exhibition seems eager to explore how our recollection mixes reality and the imagined to find real emotions from our visual personal recall. Also at LACDA are video loops from algorist Tim Quinn, who says about the series: "(It) highlights the tease between digital media and our passion for collecting objects." Open during the evening of Art Walk.

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art I 104 E. Fourth Street (Main and Los Angeles Streets)

Found in Little Tokyo

Los Angeles based Kunimi Terada and Japanese artist Makoto Gomyo are sharing time and space at LA Artcore, in Little Tokyo. With interacting framework from geometric lines, Terada's paintings reveal interactions of subject that "are fluid and paradoxical" as a way to reflect urban environment. The drawings and sculptures by Japanese artist Makoto Gomyo are found objects that find sculptural narrative with "literary, metaphorical, symbolic and material content." The exhibition is a sampling of Gomyo's recent, and smaller, sculptures that are fourteen centimeters high stacks of broken and painted mirrors. The smaller works are an introduction to Gomyo's stream-of-conscious-like environments that, in previous installations, fill the room like ruins. Through October 30. On the day of Art Walk, the gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m.

LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts I 120 Judge John Aiso Street

Feigned on the Streets

Graffiti artist Andre Saraiva promoted his vision of "Dream Concerts" by creating posters, with appropriate and stressed typographic treatment, and leaving them on the walls and poles of major cities as street art. Six posters were recreated on canvas and are displayed in the lobby of The Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave. It's a free peek at a wishful history of club music. Also at MOCA, large installations are the theme for "Room to Live," a selection of large-scale installations that give room for MOCA's recent acquisitions. Hours on day of Art Walk are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles I 250 S. Grand Ave

Worthwhile Repeat

Yes, it was featured at last month's Art Walk preview, but CB1 Gallery's "Remembering and Forgetting," the gallery's second solo exhibition of work by HK Zamani, and "Raven," also another second solo show at the gallery for Susan Silas, deserves a second mention. Regular hours, including the day of Art Walk, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CB1 Gallery I 207 W. Fifth Street

Samurai and Dolls

Norbertellen Gallery may be committed to operating online now, but they are still out and about. They can be seen at the Art Walk installment of "Samurai Geisha Fest," the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center's programming that "introduces Japanese Arts and Entertainment to the world." Norbertellen Gallery's ZANBATO artist collective is joined by ninja*arts' "Samurai Geisha Art Show" and Samurai Boy's "Japanese Traditional Doll Art Show" the night of Art Walk. Admission is what you wish to donate and will be open until 9 p.m. on the night of Art Walk.

The George J. Doizaki Gallery I The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center I 244 S. San Pedro Street

More information can be found at the Art Walk Lounge at 634 S. Spring Street.

About the Author

Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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