Guide: Downtown Art Walk, August 9, 2012

Actor Michael Medico in a photo by Erin Nomura for the exhibit 'The Breakdown' at Hatakeyama Gallery.

We're coming upon the second Thursday of the month, meaning it's time for the Downtown Art Walk. Before the listings of what art you should check out, a note about last month.

The biggest problem Art Walk organizers should be facing is getting more art to occupy downtown Los Angeles, but last month during Occupy L.A.'s Chalk Walk, there was a tussle with the LAPD, ending in 17 arrests, residents stuck inside their homes, and early gallery closures. Interestingly enough, one could draw parallels between the incident and a photo installation at Hatakeyama Gallery (see below).

And now to some of the shows you can find in the neighborhood on Thursday, August 9, and during the rest of the month:

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Fun Panda 11  I Artist: Phil LumbangArt Walk Lounge features Phil Lumbang's "Awesome Academy Show." It offers art walkers a chance to find their inner animated bear and/or panda identity through paneled installation of his recurring street art characters.

The lounge will also host the official release of the premier issue of comic book mini-series "Die!" and its artist and publisher Nick D'Attomo. The storyline is based on native cultures finding a singular sense by a unified concept of science, ethics, religion, and philosophy. Other like-minded artists on display include Augor, Mister Bonkers, and Pharoe. The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge (and maps) are housed at the historic MALDEF Building. Open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring St. , Los Angeles 90013

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"The Breakdown" is a visual and audio journey through four archetypal characters designed to represent gallery-goers on the journey through a breakdown. Six large format photo prints document four characters' three stages of emotional dismantling: 'the inauthentic self', 'the breakdown,' and 'the nothing'. The tough love lesson plan is "To get real, drop the baggage and create something new." It's off the Art Walk path, near 9th and Hill. The top photo on this post has one of the actor's, Michael Medico, in this photographic series by Erin Nomura.
Hatakeyama Gallery I 905 S. Hill Street

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"Freestyle Exposed V: Unconventionally Traditional" showcases works from the employees of Freestyle Photographic Supplies. They jump into the gallery world with an exhibition of images that use "cameras and processes old, new and revived." Through August 25, 2012 at drkrm gallery. In the shared space, EVFA will hold a summer group show showcasing works by painters and photographers.
drkrm gallery + EVFA I 727 S. Spring Street

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"Mythograff"is the first solo show for WERC. It features spray-painting based on "can control" that create images that are "precise, defined, and clean," says Crewest. WERC's "Axis Mundi" series has the artist hit the edge of his medium with photo-realistic portraits. Things are looser in "Ojo de Dios," the title of his other works on display The front gallery is featuring RELIC micro show "KUYA." Through August 28.

Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street

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"Yellow Line" continues in Caltrans' outdoor Plaza. The visual reflection on the function and meaning of road striping by French filmmaker and artist Simon Rouby. "Rouby shadowed Caltrans striping trucks for several years to document their daily activities, which include stenciling and striping District 7's freeways and highways." Video can be found here. KCET's Drew Tewksbury profiled the artist last month.

By the way, the four-story light installation in the outdoor lobby has a name. It's called "Motordom." The 2004 neon work was created by artist Keith Sonnier and the shifting lights are considered the largest public art installation in Los Angeles. Main between First and Second street.

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"The Realist Perspective" are emerging artists in a collection of urban realism paintings. Opening reception will be held during Art Walk from 7 to 10 p.m. Through August 29.
Gallery 533 I 533 S. Los Angeles St. 6th Floor

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"Melange" is Norbertellen Gallery's annual fall group show. 11 artists "blend a melange of mediums, styles & techniques to bring together a vibrant collection of their newest works, some juxtaposed to older pieces, others mixed with the eclectic style of their fellow artist in a classic salon style setting." Through September 29.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. 6th Street #110)

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"Electron Salon" is a group show of photography, also a melange of styles. Artists Reception during Art Walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Through September 1.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street

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"A Thousand Pieces" is the first collaborative project between ECF Art Centers and Piece by Piece programs, two local nonprofits serving the developmentally disabled and under served communities of Los Angeles "whose personal struggles are worked through their craft." Works include mosaic objects using found and recycled materials and assembled by residents from Skid Row. Show opens August 18, but will be previewed during Art Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Through September 6.
Downtown Art Center Gallery I 828 S. Main Street.

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"Shadows" is another look at contemporary art with Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (215 W. 6th St. #115 (Entrance on Spring))

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Michael Farhat is the artist behind a series of digital character drawings that is becoming popular with a specific collection base -- who happens to be the subject: NBA players. Michael Farhat operates under @ArtMobb.
MB Abram Galleries I 525 West 7th St

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Phil Lumbang, featured artist at Art Walk Lounge, and Andre Miripolsky, an Art Walk board member, join forces for a set of murals for 7th at Fig Plaza. Also, two murals from artist Kim Abeles and photographer Lever Ruhkin are the current Dualities, an exhibition of five projects presented concurrently, one project per month, ending October 19, 2012 in various public spaces of Bank of America Plaza. Dualities is curated by Janet Levy.

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LAPL.jpg "Edited for Publication: Photographic Manipulations in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner" The storytelling manipulation of images during this digital age is the heated discussion of photojournalism tampering with ethics. This peek of the LAPL's archived photos, you will be convinced there was skilled dirty work done with graphic white and scissors that leaves Photoshop artists in the dust. Of course, leading the visual deception in Los Angeles was William Randolph Hearst's brand of yellow journalism, which was given a home with Los Angeles Examiner, which later emerged with the Los Angeles Evening Herald to form the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. As the exhibition shows, tampred photography brought vice and scandal to the doorsteps of Angelenos, "blurring the distinction between the daily news and Hollywood movies." Until August 31
Los Angeles Central Library I History & Genealogy Department LL4 I 630 W. Fifth Street

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Susie McKay Krieser at the The Historic Gas Company Gallery. It is the solo show debut for the artist, who uses "multiple canvases filled with daring color, and bold, interlocking shapes, which oppose the fluid lines and serene postures." Through August 31. Opening reception Thursday, August 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Historic Gas Company Gallery I 810 S. Flower Street

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"Life Is Short and So Am I" is a tribute to the life and work of artist Ron Faranovich with additional work by artists Catherine Opie, Jim Shaw, Jared Pankin.
XVY Art Gallery I 137 E. 3rd. Street

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"Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston" debuts August 13 at the Grammy Museum (800 W. Olympic Blvd). It runs until February 28.

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"Alienation of Affections" is an exhibition of paintings by Jun Jie Xu and Zhu Xian Wei. "The works focus on the social and civic upheavals in China, contrasting the absurd disparities of their imagined utopia, with the pressures of modern life." PYO Gallery LA is in South Park. Until September 1. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call for hours.
PYO Gallery LA I 1100 S. Hope St. #105

The 6th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition It's the popular exhibition of Emmy-nominated costume designers, showing off fictious couture from television shows and made for TV movies. This year includes "Hemingway & Gelhorn," "American Horror Story," "Downtown Abbey," and the Prohibition-era series "Boardwalk Empire." The annual showcase is co-presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Through October 20.
FIDM Museum & Galleries I Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising I 919 S. Grand Ave

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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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