Guide: Downtown Art Walk, June 14, 2012

Like Bunnies by Lily Simonson I CB1 Gallery

Regional natives may consider large flats of ice an abstract application of public space, but art is, if anything, about noting the exchange of cultural ideology.

There will be a supplemental festive aura in downtown Los Angeles on June, 14, 2012, the upcoming day of Art Walk and its self guided tour of galleries. Southern California will celebrate the Los Angeles Kings winning La Coupe Stanley, ending the longest wait for a NHL Championship. A parade will start at noon near 5th and Figueroa and end at L.A. Live and Staples Center. We cover it here because if there is an unusual amount of jersey donning hockey fans roaming Gallery Row, it's not performance art. They are Kings fans.

Again, if you have the day to roam, or if hockey fans want to extend their day, there are galleries nestled in the area bordered by Spring and Main and between 2nd and 9th streets, as well as L.A.'s cultural centers. Galleries are free (but regular admission fees apply at museums), and you can get a map at the Downtown Art Walk Lounge.

Please note that loving the art is permitted. However, hoisting a painting over your head and planting a kiss on it is discouraged.

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To go with the ice is some fire, as Zippo sponsors Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge (618 S. Spring Street). Robert Vargas will create live works of art and La Vida Bohéme will perform live.
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Neo Indigenous - Los Angeles:A solo exhibition that resamples indigenous images with pop culture references by Victor "MARKA27" Quiñonez. Runs through July 29.
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street.

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"Luscious, atmospheric paintings revel in the bizarre architectures and behaviors of invertebrates whose biological truths are stranger than human fictions" in Wet and Wild. It's the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for Lily Simonson.
CB1 Gallery I 207 W. 5th Street

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Urban Reality. "I take pictures with a camera and modify them with a computer, and I place no constraints or artificial boundaries on how much each device contributes to the final result." writes Edward Freeman for his exhibition that extracts "some beauty of form, some state of grace from the phenomenal chaos and ugliness of urban life." It shows alongside "Looking Forward" - Ten Artists to Watch as selected by Nancy Meyer of LACMA. Through July 7. Reception during June 14, 7-9pm
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street

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"T 4 2" features sixteen artists whose works "build on the fundamentals of design and the raw energy of organic gesture." The collection of contemporary abstraction comes from artists working with the studios of the ECF Art Centers, a non-profit organization dedicated to representing and mentoring artists living with developmental disabilities.
The Downtown Art Center Gallery I 828 S. Main Street

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Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts presents "Street Value" with works from Algarate, Matthew Blackwell, Paradee Chularee, Claudio Luchina, Gil Mares, Michael Moon, Leopoldo Pena, Michael Ruffini, Randell Sims, Lana Sokoloff, David Sutherland, and Robert Toll. Art Walk reception Thursday, June 14th, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W. 6th St. #115 (Entrance on Spring)

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"America's Finest Kids," a showcase of stunning black and white photographs by Terry Smith, may teeter on being adult in nature, so explore the website and read the articulate statement by Pop Culture Critic Patricio Maya Solís.
drkrm/gallery I 727 S. Spring Street

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Portraits of Jazz looks at the "heart and soul" of music independence of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and others shaping the art of music.
Phil Stern Gallery I 601 S. Los Angeles Street

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West coast artist "HOLZMAN" shows his latest mixed media abstract paintings, silk-screen prints, and Cibacrome photographs while his "Double Zero" punk rock videos are screened.
Hatakeyama Gallery I 905 S. Hill Street

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Summer 2012 Group Show, Kaleidoscopic, is a parlor style mix of surrealism and abstraction, figurative and deco.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. 6th Street #110

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"Behind the scenes at the daily miracle" is the tagline for The Los Angeles Times' hour-and-a-half tour of The Times Editorial operation, filled in with tales of its own history, the Art Deco Globe Lobby masterpiece, and photography by The Times staff. "It's a free tour and we invite Art Walkers to come take a good, long look inside The Times iconic headquarters in Downtown L.A." Staff photographer Luis Sinco's battlefield portrait of Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller is on display during the tour. 7:30pm
LA Times Globe Lobby I First and Spring.

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"Gun Down The Town" features Ellwood T. Risk, Shepard Fairey, Rene Gagnon, Saber, Mr. Brainwash, and others.
Gallery 1927 at the Fine Arts Building 811 West 7th Street.

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In addition to the current exhibition, "The Art of the Doodle," a special circus-circus themed event that features four artists, Tall and Small Wall Artists, and the Installation Artist, The Hive will be showing over 30 custom Circus-themed works.
The Hive Gallery I 729 S. Spring Street

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Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 is the first large-scale, "historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with land art, capturing the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far from familiar art contexts." At Geffen Contemporary at MOCA , Plus Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder (152 N. Central Ave). The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol at MOCA (250 S. Grand Ave) runs through August 20, 2012. MOCA

The Grammy Museum continues "The Beatles LOVE: A Fifth Anniversary Cirque du Soleil Showcase," "Bob Dylan, l'explosion rock 61-66," and "Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal"

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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