14 Gallery Shows to See at the April 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

Birgitte Moos

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is this Thursday, April 11, and it's certain a party atmosphere will be there. But for those brave souls who like art with their art walk, there's plenty to see before and during the official event hours of 6 and 10 p.m. Sneaking in before the crowds is the one good way to plan your self-guided experience. Here's a peek for later this week.

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Besides maps and apps, the Art Walk Lounge will host Danish conceptual artist Birgitte Moos, now working interdisciplinary visual theory in response to Los Angeles as urban space. Also, artist and downtown gallerist Diego Cardoso will be presented a Certification of Recognition from Senator Kevin de León.
Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring Street

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The Cubist Cockerel by Steve ReogersCB1 Gallery's solo exhibition "Blood At The Roost" is new work by Inland Empire-based Steve Rogers. Also a storyteller, he takes fiction surrounding chickens and roosters and makes cubist bas-relief and gouache works. "Moving away from pure bred-looking fowl he began pushing more into abstraction and around 2010 starting making clay figures with a nod to Magritte and Picasso," says CB1.

Also at the gallery is Lisa Adams with "Second Life," a transfer of "nature, biology, zoology, botany, geometry, light, space, and spray paint into a parallel universe where the elements of composition have a different relationship to one another." It is also a response to Hurricane Sandy and a reshaped landscape. "The real world really looked different -- all coastal town architecture abstracted through destruction and roiling forces of nature," says a gallery release. Both shows run through May 12 2013. Regular gallery hours on day of Art Walk; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CB1 Gallery I 207 W. Fifth St.

Lisa Adams

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Anniversaries and a Comeback:

  • It's the 8th Anniversary show for The Hive, and their "best of" show features Pukac and Philip Aceves. Through April 27. The Hive Gallery & Studios lurk at 729 S. Spring Street.
  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art will have a 9th Anniversary exhibit with 80 artists showing prints, video and all things digital.
  • An artist reception will be held during Art Walk from 7 to 9 p.m. And coming back after a fire swept through their venue last year, Terrell Moore Gallery is now at 1601 Hope Street. "We are up and running!" said Moore.

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Metaliflora

"CANLOVE" is not a promise of romance, but rather recycled spray paint cans reshaped into "Metaliflora" and "Canscapes" sculptures by DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez. Their hand-cut and hand-painted spray cans, turned into floral bouquets, focus "on some of love's most enduring symbols," say the collaborating artists. "The spray can is the medium in which street artists founded their style," notes Gennie Rim, founder of GRworks. "CANLOVE's flowers and sculptural pieces are unexpected, and an intriguing choice that I found innovative and beautiful at the same time." Through April 20.
GRspace I 114 W. 4th Street

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TyPownall3C.jpg DAC has a solo show with new works by Los Angeles based mixed-media assemblage and installation artist Ty Pownall, a professor of sculpture at Pepperdine University. "Using found materials, Pownall creates intricate structures within his large scale sculptures mimicking organic forms such as bones and arteries, these organs seem to either evolve or break down just as a living organism would." Artwalk Preview is April 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Opening Reception is April 13 at 6 p.m.
DAC Gallery I 828 Main Street

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Twelve artists at Norbertellen Gallery make up the "Spring International Exhibition," an array of small pop, abstract, figurative art and photography that is always an energetic addition to Art Walk. Through May 31. Open during Art Walk until 10 p.m.

Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. Sixth Street

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"Art is arbitrary, it has relative meaning, and its value is subjective" is the mantra for "Contemporary American Painting," an exhibit of images that communicate personality-driven "subjective meanings." Featuring the work of Chyrum Lambert, Steven Higgins, Timothy Lynch, Derek Meier, Larry Caveney, Skip Snow. Open for Art Walk. Through April 30.
Blackstone Gallery I 901 S. Broadway

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With the consulate generals of Greece and Finland, Greek artist Loannis Karalias and Finnish artist Christian Narkiewicz-Laine are featured in "Constructivist Metamorphosis & Mytholgical" at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (215 W. 6th Street, enter on Spring for Suite 115)

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"As long as we are here, we will be providing compelling art in as accessible of a manner as possible. Downtown sits in a place where it can have a huge effect on L.A.'s culture, but only if those running things think hard about how and why," says Think Tank's Jacob Patterson. He commits to that with installation artist Paul Santoleri's first public work in Los Angeles. Since March 24, Santoleri has been painting the floors, ceiling, walls, and columns of Think Tank with a huge line drawing. It opens during Art Walk on April 11 at 4 p.m. RSVP is recommended
Think Tank Gallery I 939 Maple Ave, Second Floor

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"A World of the Creative" is artist Cammeron Alekzandra Batanides at the Los Angeles Fine Arts Building. She's been on a national tour of sorts and makes a stop in downtown Los Angeles. An artist reception will be held Thursday, April 11th, 2013: 6pm-8pm. Through May 4.
Gallery 1927 I 811 W. 7th St.

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Detail.jpg This tribute to Art Dock, the Atomic Cafe, and the American Hotel, titled "In Your Face," shows evidence that anti-establishment art has been happening in downtown since the 1980s. With a subtheme of "How Artists Transformed L.A.'s Urban Landscape," the exhibition shows how empty warehouse, installations, and performance art thrived, per a press release, before the renaissance of downtown. "In Your Face" features Carlton Davis, Ed Glendinning, Irving Greines and Stephen Seemayer.

Angel City Brewery I 216 S. Alameda Ave

The Library Store on wheels I Photo by Ryan Romero for LAPL

AN EXTRA ART WALK ADDITION: Food trucks are not the only thing you can find in Gallery Row on Thursday night. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles also has goods gone mobile with the Library Store on Wheels taking their Art Walk spot at 3rd and Spring. Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Public Library, the mission of the Library Store since 1993. The Library Foundation was founded in 1992.

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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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Here’s another great spot to see art in DTLA – the temporary exhibit called Art,Life, at the LA Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, featuring over 45 artists in 30,000 sq. ft. on the 11th floor . This Friday April 12, we will be open until 8 pm, hosting a special event to provide civic leaders such as Councilman Tom LaBonge, celebrities, community members and art enthusiasts an opportunity to discuss art as a tool for education, community building and economic development.

Amy Demirchian, Founder of EMI and Producer of the show, Peter Drivas, Founder of Los Angeles Arts Alliance, and Co-Curator Dale Youngman are proud to present this select group of Southern California artists.

The exhibit will be open M-F, 10AM- 5PM through April 19th. All art is available for purchase, with a percentage of sales donated to outreach programs by the Los Angeles Arts Alliance.

For more information, please contact DaleYoungman@me.com