16 Gallery Shows to See at the August 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

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Untitled (Red Tractor) I CB1 Gallery

With vacations and summer getaways, the pace of the city slows down a notch. Ever present is the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's back this Thursday, August 8. If you want to make it about the art, and not the party, you can start earlier by going in the afternoon, even taking the Downtown DASH around town until the official starting time. Galleries are free, but expect entrance fees at the major venues like MOCA, where hours may vary.

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Andre MiripolskyAt the official Art Walk lounge, the prolific Andre Miripolsky showcases his style that's stuffed with chaotic and animated colors honed from a body of commercial design and public art work. He has straddled decades and international timelines. Most importantly, he thinks like a local and is a member of the Art Walk board. You can see examples of his work at the lounge, where you can also pick up a map of nearby galleries.
Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring Street

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Terrell Moore Gallery's return to Art Walk continues with "A Summer Fantasy," the first major exhibition of large-scale brush works by Los Angeles-based artist Scott Forrest. "It is joyful and luscious, in bold cheery colors, often touched with metallics, in carefully built-up layers with a textural depth inherent in each piece. Sweeping brush strokes and a deftly worked palette knife are utilized to create a sense of movement, a purpose, or perhaps, a tranquil meditation of monochromatic color" states a release. Also on hand are new works from metal sculptor Leon Leigh, and "sensual artistry" of Navonne Robin Johns.
Terrell Moore Gallery 1601 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles

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Panglossian Paradigm I Photo by Helen Ly

Hector Zamora's "Panglossian Paradigm" opened at REDCAT, the first presentation for the Mexican born, Brazilian-based artist who uses installation to reinterpret environment. In the Gallery, Zamora's installation sits within the space using wooden studs as the main visual, reminiscent of frames seen on suburbia construction sites. Shopping carts, carefully documented in the exhibition booklet as a "metal structure patented in 1937," interlock with the larger beamed structure, trapping the structure, and creates an odd familiarity. There is no entrance into the structure that's known for housing people or objects, making the form built for shelter unwelcoming. The sight of metal shopping carts trapping an abandoned form, in this case a wood frame that's unfinished protective space, suggests this randomness is really a common sight in Los Angeles. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Sunday (including the day of Art Walk) until 6 p.m. Free.

REDCAT I 631 W. 2nd Street

REDCAT I Photo by Helen Ly

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© Copyright Ted Tokio Tanaka 2013. Scheduled at MB Abram Galleries is the art and ideas of Los Angeles-based Ted Tokio Tanaka, the architect and artist behind the pylons at LAX known as "electronic Stonehenge," which accent the airport's call letters, also by Tanaka. "With these colored glass towers, Tanaka created an iconic design. It was only built 13 years ago, but this luminous gateway to the City of Angels seems to have always been part of our urban landscape," writes Meher McArthur at Artbound. For the Art Walk showcase, signed digital print edition of Tanaka's "15 Columns at LAX" will be available, plus his recent drawings and paintings will be on display.

MB Abram Galleries I 525 W. Seventh Street

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LACDA under wraps I Photo by Helen Ly

The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art moved from 5th and Main to rehabbed spaces behind Pete's Café -- known to Downtowners as the former spot for Old Bank DVD. With "tunnel vision" they managed to build out the space for an inaugural exhibition in time for August Art Walk, said LACDA's Rex Bruce. "L.A. Fly By" is the group show that will introduce the space. The smaller display windows will have video sculpture / installations by MATTEO.

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 400 S. Main Street (Entrance off Fourth Street)

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District Gallery, where Arts District locals gather to roost, will feature paintings, mixed media, and mixed media photography by Jaimee Itagaki, Sheila Rollins, and Nancy Uyemura at District Gallery through September 11. Located at 740 Traction, the parking lot across the street becomes part of the experience with the gallery.

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Dont Bother Me I'm Painting I Brian Scott Campbell

In "Ancient Future," Osvaldo Trujillo's 11 oils at CB1 Gallery has received good nods. The L.A. Times wrote the paintings show a softer side of Surrealism and are "alive and well and a whole lot more captivating than the aggressively sexualized shock tactics of its earlier versions."

Just as surreal, perhaps, is the mind of gallery director Clyde Beswick, who also running "A Few of My Favorite Things," a scrapbook of works from the artists he represents or knows. In it's initial stages, the show was searching for a theme, says Beswick. It gathered more steam when he left out trying to force a narrative thread. The exhibition of work he was responding to at this stage of being in downtown, and becomes more than filler for the August months. It may be a practice run. CB 1 will soon hit a milestone anniversary date and a more structured show of previous works is being thought out. Beswick is hesitant to stay open past 6 p.m., and says he misses the former official time of Noon to 9 p.m. That is when you had people coming in to see the art, he said, and now, there are less places to send people in the afternoon.

CB1 Gallery I 207 W. Fifth Street

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ART WALK NOTES

  • Robert Reynolds Gallery continues hosting Tigobo, a French animation school/workshop founded by Armanet and Flavie Darchen. Plus, Reynolds installs new works for August Art Walk. (408 S. Spring)
  • Art meets Architecture host "Life Thinly Sliced" at the Fine Arts Building, a collection of illustrated wooden doors by San Francisco born artist/muralist Boris Koodrin. "Influences from the San Francisco '60s scene blend with a mystical twist into a deep reverence for nature and the inner journey" say organizers Fine Arts Building (811 W. Seventh Street)
  • The Hive Gallery features female inspired work with a portion of proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Tucson. (729. S. Spring Street).
  • Noted: Norbertellen Gallery is now an online gallery.
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16 Plus One added August 8. DAC Gallery will have one more exhibition before moving to 431 S. Broadway. "Horizon Lines" is a group exhibition withworks from ECF Art Centers, a nonprofit organization mentoring adult artists with special needs. "Notions of contemporary painting are questioned by the act of juxtaposing dissimilar works. Representational oil paintings hang with equal consideration next to brightly colored abstractions," writes DAC (828 S. Main Street).


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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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