It's time for a quiz. May 9 is the next Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, and the self-guided tour of galleries is which designated neighborhood? A) The Historic Core, B) Gallery Row, or C) the Old Bank District?
Veteran Art Walkers will know it's "all of the above," but if you are new to the event, you can make a map online, or get on at the official Art Walk Lounge. And, as always, the afternoon and early evening are for art believers -- before the party crowd takes over -- so here's a peek at the art for Nueve De Mayo.
First it was maps, then apps -- and now TAPs. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be distributing limited editions of art themed TAP cards at the Art Walk Lounge. The visit from LADOT DASH and Commuter Express bus services are an early stage of connecting the arts community and public transit. Plus, CANLOVE, the collaborative incognito of artists Dj Neff and Paul Ramirez, returns to Art Walk with "The CANLOVE Flower Cart," a mobile work made from over a thousand recycled spray cans.
Art Walk Lounge I 634 South Spring St.
Jason Leith is ambitious. He plans to convert a parking lot next to the Union Rescue Mission into a temporary art gallery by Art Walk night. He calls it "Sacred Streets" and it's more than another art response to Skid Row. Leith says it's a "vision for the city's restoration". The street's namesake, Saint Julian, a traveler whose pilgrimage was absolution, and built a hospice by a river, is the subtext. "In other words, Julian was homeless and began a mission," says Leith. The installation of 12 portraits of Skid Row residents uses found objects as canvas, and are used to shape the structure's shell. "I draw these portraits on reclaimed objects that have stories somewhat parallel to the people depicted -- stories of being found again and renewed. And in the end, I'm interested in the possibility of re-imagining these people and this world in terms of a deep and pervasive sacredness." It will be up for five days, and will include docent tours. During Art Walk, the installation will be open from 6 - 9:30 p.m. at 545 South San Pedro St.
So often art starts with a doodle, says "Line Attack 2," a survey of artists taking scribbles to new levels of visual prompts. Also on display is Adam Roth "The Age of Astramid" as "the first of our ongoing exhibitions from the Argyle Excavation."
Hive Gallery & Studios I 729 South Spring St.
"Pen to Paper" features stories from the children of 826LA that have been transformed into art by more than 20 animation and illustration professionals, including artists from Pixar, Disney, Blue Sky, and DC Comics. "Sometimes I have imaginary friends, but they are not the same ones," said one young content producer in the video. The exhibition runs through May 11.
GRspace I 114 West Fourth St.
The Downtown Art Center Gallery will hold a three-person exhibition that features David Jang, Olga Lah, and Diane Silver. "Bound by themes of mortality, self-reflection, and environmental reorientation, each artist presents a unique catalyst to re-contextualize our surroundings," writes DAC. Found objects from mass produced origins aspire to give viewers a way to rethink cultural values.
DAC I 828 S. Main Street
Marjan Moghaddam's "Of Revolutions" is computer art with "cutting edge technologies, a distinct visual signature, a powerful emotive and expressionistic quality, and charged personal narratives," describes the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Her current work in print and animation take on themes of "revolution as a personal and global uprising." Now based in Brooklyn, Moghaddam witnessed the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, and her narrative explores global political chaos and shifting power dynamics. "I aim to achieve the sublime in art with computer-based tools," says Moghaddam. Also at LACDA is "GETTING TO CABAZON: Desert Poetics, Satellite Imagery, and Layering Time" by Ken Johnson. With composites "digitized, layered, juxtaposed, drastically edited, manipulated and integrated to explore latent nuanced and connotative meanings." Through June 1. Artist's Reception during Downtown Art Walk from 7-9 p.m.
LACDA I 102 Fifth St.
"When Good Toys Go Bad" is the work of downtown advocate, painter, photographer, and Art Walk board member, Qathryn Brehm, hosted by MB Abram Gallery.
MB Abram Galleries I 525 West Seventh St.
Continuing: Lisa Adams' "Second Life," her second solo exhibition with CB1 Gallery has been getting good press, including from the Los Angeles Times. "The finely wrought birds, trees, flowers and cloudscapes of earlier work have given way, in large part, to a speculative tussle with geometric form and the layering of loose, enigmatic fragments," wrote Holly Myers in early April. Also still on exhibition is new work by Inland Empire-based Steve Rogers in CB1 Gallery's "Blood At The Roost." Both shows run through May 12 2013. CB1 holds Regular gallery hours on day of Art Walk: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CB1 Gallery I 207 West Fifth St.
CONTINUING: Twelve artists at Norbertellen Gallery make up the "Spring International Exhibition." Through May 31. Open during Art Walk until 10 p.m.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 West Sixth St.
Blackstone Gallery presents "Non-Figurative" that will show how visual compositions "do not represent or imitate the visual forms of physical phenomena." Through May 30.
Blackstone Gallery I 901 S. Broadway
"Blush" is the softer side of GDCA, with abstract artists Chantal Barlow, colorist Gwen Cates, Martha Channer, Duncan Linthicum, Linda Mayne, and Craig Mitchell. Art Walk reception for the artists will be held from 3-10 p.m.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 West Sixth St. (enter on Spring for Suite 115)
In the Arts District, slogans and images from Occupy L.A. are interpreted by artist Stephen Seemayer from documentary footage by his wife, filmmaker Pamela Wilson for "Signs of the Times." Through collage, messages are shaped by photographs and stencils to explore "revolutional symbolism."
District Gallery I 740 East Third St (at Traction)
For MOCAtv, Cheech Marin talks about the first North American retrospective of the Swiss artist Urs Fischer, and the 1,500 Southern California residents that came in to help shape 308 tons of clay. Urs Fisher Retrospective runs through August 9.
MOCA Grand Ave I 250 South Grand Ave