Guide: Downtown Art Walk, January 12, 2012

Lisa Adams and Osvaldo Trujillo at CB1 Gallery

While the winter crowds tend to be smaller at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, foot traffic has been lighter since food trucks operators shied away due to potential fees administered by organizers. Local residents have noticed and hope it encourages galleries to thrive again.

Here are the highlights for this month's event:

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Art Walkers can seek refuge at the Art Walk Lounge, pick up a map as they dare to wander the streets to seek out culture. If they are able to spend the day in downtown, there is plenty of sanctuary for those interested in art . . . before it gets too late into the evening.
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"Lisa Adams: Paradise Notwithstanding" and "Osvaldo Trujillo: Someplace Else" are two solo shows at CB1 Gallery. Graphite, color pencil and ink on paper by Trujillo has a psychedelic medieval folk art abstraction; plus check out Adams' use of bird imagery to form detailed mystery with a combined technique of traditional medium and a touch of street art. CB1 Gallery / 207 West Fifth Street / Through January 15th.
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"Shop Damn, It Shop" is the mantra for Cotrutza Gallery and its play on contemporary art shaped by childhood imagery observed behind the iron curtain. The gallery has been hit by a lack of art buyers, many who have dwindled away to avoid the crowds. They hope things will change before the end of the month. If not, a closing reception party is planned for Saturday January 28th.
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Shifting from Biddy Mason Park to new digs near 7th Street's active restaurant row, Clark's Gallery sets up shop at 617 S. Grand Avenue.
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Norbertellen Gallery continues Convocation International Group Exhibition of 25 artists, along with the DTMOV Film Festival 2011. Continues through January 28th / Open For Art Walk. 215 W. 6th Street (Suite 110)
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The DAC Gallery presents "Under One Sun", a group exhibition of twenty-two Los Angeles-based artists, all who are instructors at the Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) Art Center Program, a non-profit organization mentoring artists with special needs. Opening reception during Art Walk, 7-9pm. DAC Gallery is located at 828 S. Main St.
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"Buy Product" will features the work of Two Rabbits which "drastically focuses on the repurposing of their by-product. Two Rabbits have taken what many consider to be useless scrap and turned it into beautiful works of color and shape to display." Crewest Gallery / 110 Winston Street
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More psychedelic-influenced art, this time by Damien Le Ballister, whose figures are in a world somewhere between retro lounge and 60s pop art. Arty Gallery / 634 Main Street
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Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts offers "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Paint!" and sends along a video with an overview of exhibiting works. Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts is located at 215 W. 6th St. #115 (Entrance on Spring).
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LELA Terakoya Gallery begins 2012 with "Exhibit One, Eight International Artists." LELA, which stands for Lantern from the East, is under the direction Hideo Sakata, who recently directed LELA's 19th Annual International Art Festival, Five Elements/One World, held at Barnsdall Gallery this past October. LELA Terakoya / 333 Alameda Street
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Off the art walk path is the debut of architecturally inspired watercolors by Moshé Elimelech at L2kontemporary in Chinatown. Accompanying the show is the release of a sixty-page monograph of photographed works dubbed "Moshé Elimelech: Reflections and Arrangements."
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The 3rd Annual Hive Tarot Card show is being held at The Hive Gallery at 729 S. Spring Street
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QUICK SHOTS: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81 at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (152 N. Central Ave) / Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles at MOCA Grand Ave (250 S. Grand Avenue) / Drawing the Line: Japanese-American Art, Design and Activism in Post-War Los Angeles at Japanese American National Museum (369 E. First Street) / "Travel Log - Italy, The Story of Three Cities" at PYO Gallery (1100 S. Hope 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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