Guide: Downtown Art Walk, March 8, 2012

Looking South on Hill Street by Ansel Adams circa1939  I Courtesy of LAPL and drkrm gallery

Downtown Art Walk is Thursday, March 8th, and as usual, you can pick up a map for the self-guided tour of galleries at the Art Walk Lounge. That, of course, is the theory, since some galleries have limited their Art Walk hours to avoid the evening mostly-party crowd. Nonetheless, this monthly peek at is the chance to survey some of the exhibitions happening at the event. While the self-guided tour is free, museum admission costs still apply.

"Ansel Adams Los Angeles" at drkrm has kept exhibition curator John Matkowsky busy beyond developing prints from the Los Angeles Public Library collection of Adams' negatives. With Edgar Varela, who shares the space and co-presenting the show through Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Matkowsky saw 1,000 people on opening night. The average daily walk-in rate hovers around 300. Now "Ansel Adams Los Angeles," which was to close March 17, will be extended to March 31st, says Varela (a smaller show of selected prints will take over a back room after the show closes). Importantly for Art Walk, drkrm and EVFA decided to stay open past 5:00 p.m. "We don't want to disappoint people who are coming and expecting us to be open, says Varela, who will help man the gallery so people can peek at Adams' work as a photographer-for-hire. Open for Art Walk up to 8:00 p.m.
drkrm I 727 Spring Street

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WIndswept from Laura Krifka's First Blush I CB1 Gallery"First Blush" + "Cast.Reflect": The East Gallery features Laura Krifka in her Los Angeles solo exhibition debut, "First Blush," that has paintings and sculptures poking at American mythology. "Her topsy-turvy collection feels as if Delacroix's lady liberty got invited into one of Lisa Yuskavage's raunchy wonderlands," wrote The Huffington Post. An artist talk with Krifka is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. In CB1's The West Gallery, "Cast. Reflect" brings together Daniel Aksten, André Goeritz, and Alexander Kroll for a collective look that deals with, according to exhibition notes, "the constant flux that is central to contemporary abstract." As of now, CB1 Gallery is considering staying open past 6:00 p.m. Show runs through March 25.
CB1 Gallery I 207 W. 5th Street

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"Expect Delays" is the one-night installation custom made for the Art Walk and is the first large-scale solo exhibition for sculptural and avant-garde artist Vanessa Bonet. It seems promising. Bonet is the co-creator of the Hippo Hotel, the ongoing absurdist art performance installation seen in a storefront window on Main, between 6th and 7th.
"Expect Delays" by Vanessa Bonet I 630 Main Street I 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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New Gallery: Just opening in downtown Los Angeles is the gallery and working studio that is the new home to the "bold, bright, whimsical figurative expressionist" paintings of artist Jennifer Main. Her gallery is on the second floor in the Mercantile Lofts.
Jennifer Main Gallery I 620 S. Main Street Suite 204

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Recent work by Mario Canali I DAC GalleryMario Canali: The moody and complex oil paintings, pastel drawings and graphite on panel by Italian-born artist Mario Canali will have a preview during Art Walk. The new works were produced during a year-long visit to Los Angeles in 2011, and for better or worse, helped him find new ways to represent "the world of the contemporary human being." The exhibition, presented in conjunction with Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles, National Italian American Foundation, and COM.IT.ES Los Angeles, will have an opening reception Saturday, March 10 (6:00 p.m.). Art Walk hours will be 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Runs through April 6.
The Downtown Art Center Gallery I 828 S. Main Street

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Papel y Madera fills Crewest Gallery with works on paper and wood by Oscar Magallanes, along with curated prints from the Self Help Graphics and Art collection. Noon to 9:00 p.m. during Art Walk. Runs through April 1.
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street

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"Riga Nouveau Babes" is Kristiana Dimiter, Ruta Linite, Rudite Mazure Godfrey, Roberts Kolcovs, Aivars Vilipsons and Eriks Jerumanis, six Latvian artists billed as "Grandchildren of the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil movement" who offer "elegant and sultry" works in graphics, illustration, textiles and painting. Curated by Rudite Mazure Godfrey. Noon to 10:00 p.m. for Art Walk. Runs through April 28.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. Sixth Street Suite 110

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"The Artists" is another consistent show with solid works from those represented by Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts. March Art Walk participants include Gonzalo Algarate, Nick Arciero, Bob Degus, Ella Ferro, Walter Mazzarella, Michael Moon, Steven Michael O'Connor, Michael Ruffini, Robert Toll and Cassandra Tondro. Noon to 9:00 p.m. for Art Walk. Show runs through March 31.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W. 6th Street, Suite 115 (Entrance on Spring)

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James Verbicky: Collectors of archived magazines may wince when they see scraps of printed publications at the feet of Verbicky, the assemblage artist who pieces them onto wood panel and resin. The commercial and editorial imagery remains familiar, but the artist hopes in its new form they "transcend that message." Through March 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
White Gloss Gallery I 433 S. Spring Street

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"Inside Hollywood" After a brief lift into the world of street art, 92-year-old Phil Stern returns to the ground with an exhibition of some of his behind-the-scene photographs taken during decades of being on set during major films. In some, big names are quietly stilled when captured by Stern in small moments. Open until 8:00 p.m. for Art Walk. Through April 21.
Phil Stern Gallery I 601 S. Los Angeles Street

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Winter Salon is an expanded view of contemporary painting, sculpture and photographic works by Park Seung Hoon, Yong Sin, Corinne Chaix, Lynn Hanson, Miguel Osuna, and Ji Oh; all who recently showed at the L.A. Art Show. Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Through March 24.
PYO Gallery LA I 1100 S. Hope Street Suite 105

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"Faraway, So Close" is an exhibition of photographs by Sara Jane Boyers, Edward Colver, Willie Middlebrook, Shervin Shahbazi, Ann Summa, May Sun, Mark Vallen, and Richard Wyatt, artists who documented 1980s Los Angeles. "Decades later, these images have become important documents of the era that marked the beginning of the cultural and political changes that would follow," says the gallery, who will host a panel discussion on Saturday March 17, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For Art Walk, the gallery is open Noon until 7:00 p.m.
Morono Kiang Gallery I 218 W. 3rd Street (Bradbury Building)

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Quick Takes: "Harbinger" artwork inspired by Sara Wilson Etienne's book is featured at The Hive (729 S. Spring Street). "Michael Duffy" Installation at Robert Reynolds Gallery (408 S. Spring Street). "More of Moore" continues showcasing his multi-media collages and wood sculpture of Ismael Cazarez at Terrell Moore Gallery (1221 S. Hope Street)

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20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition is the annual celebration of the film industry. Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Free / Through April 28. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising I 919 S. Grand Ave
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"Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975": The Grammy Museum joins Pacific Standard Time by exploring three decades of pop music from Los Angeles, focusing on tensions "between alluring myths of Southern California paradise and the realities of social struggle that characterized the years following WWII." Other current exhibitions include "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and "The Beatles LOVE: A Fifth Anniversary Cirque du Soleil Showcase." Check the website for admission prices.
The Grammy Museum I 800 West Olympic Blvd I LA Live

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Ann Phong + Lori Lipsman: Paintings by Ann Phong that, through brushwork, detail "the memory and imagination of a woman's journey from East to West and her search to reconcile all that has passed." Photographer Lori Lipsman "incorporates a variety of wild plants punctuated with digitally-altered circular shapes" that "challenge fact and fiction."
L.A. Artcore Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo I 120 Judge John Aiso Street I Little Tokyo

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"A Tribute to Mike Kelly" After the influential contemporary artist passed away February 1, MOCA assembled an exhibition with 23 of Kelly's works. "Mike had a profound impact on the world's perception of Los Angeles art and artists," MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel said in a statement. "He was an intellectual force of nature, a real catalyst for a whole generation of artists." Check the website for admission prices.
MOCA I 250 S. Grand Ave

More Quick Takes: The Geffen Contemporary At MOCA (152 N. Central) is closed in preparation for "Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder." Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles continues at The Chinese American Museum. "A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed" at the Central Library's Getty Gallery. "Ming Wong: Making Chinatown" at REDCAT.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall I Photographer Gabor Ekecs

Photographer Gabor Ekecs will debut three new large-format prints using his fractured imagery style dubbed Disney Hall Square (above), Disney Hall Circle, and Disney Hall Triangle. The trio continues his series that "celebrates the symbolic and mythic potential of architecture even in a city that thrives on continually re-creating its myths and infrastructures on a regular basis." The debut is Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and while the show is off the Art Walk path, it is still worth noting.
PC Colour Lab I 749 East Temple Street (Between Center and N. Vignes) I East of Little Tokyo

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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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