Guide: Downtown Art Walk, November 8, 2012

World Without Borders by The Couto Brothers I Courtesy Downtown Art Walk

It is Downtown Art Walk time again. On Thursday, November 8, art-goers have a chance to wander major museums, and some art galleries, that are open during the day. (Museum fees still apply). Here is a round-up of what you can find this time around:

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge will feature the multicultural Couto Brothers -- artists, muralists, and joint practitioners of artistic mayhem. Think how Peter Max would see the world through hyperactive kaleidoscopic eyes with some Brooklyn attitude and you have an idea what you may find. Plus, 20th Century Fox's Home Entertainment is the lounge sponsor, and KCRW's Matt Holzman will host a panel with Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, and tout the DVD release of dark comedy romance "Ruby Sparks" (2012). Of course, you can pick up the map for a self-guided tour of galleries. Open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring St.

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Top of the Dome

TOP OF THE DOME: Power Couple Smack Down II features George Yepes and Maria Kane. There will be a reception during Art Walk. Through November 25.
Crewest Gallery is off Main, between 4th and 5th, at 110 Winston Street.

Norbertellen Gallery's parlor style group show for November is Spectrum. It will be open for Art Walk from Noon to 10 p.m. Through November 30 at Norbertellen Gallery (215 W. 6th Street, Suite 110).

The Hive Gallery (729 S. Spring) presents "Master Blasters of Sculpture 4." Tall Wall Artist is Akihito, the Small Wall Artist is Matthew Levin.

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Wally Gilbert I LACDA LACDA features Wally Gilbert, an artist who enhanced pixels in full color saturation in digital images that achieves "a painterly quality." By presenting these images on an LED light-frame, Gilbert creates jewel-like effects "that light up the room."
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street.

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Not too far from the core of Art Walk, Clark's Gallery will have a large collection of abstract photography by Clark Woodford. Artist reception will be held during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Clark's Gallery I 617 S. Grand Avenue

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Fine Arts Building presents "A Glimpse of Japan," a photographic look at Japan's people, country side and daily life are presented as they were over 45 years ago. "Dr. Stanley documents the country as it existed in between the destruction and chaos of WWII and before the birth of Japan as an economic power."
Fine Arts Building I 811 W. 7th Street

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Means to a Natural Order I Courtesy of Carlton Davis

Carlton Davis has something special; evidence that artists were in downtown since the 1980s. His book "The Art Dockuments" tell the story of the Art Dock, a drive-by gallery in downtown Los Angeles from 1981 to 1986. It chronicles how the gallery began a joke, became serious with a manifesto, transformed into an alternative gallery, and ended as a serious business with hilarious results," said Davis, who will sign copies of his book at Robert Reynolds Gallery (408 S. Spring).

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Edith Beaucage exhibits in Bidibidiba I CB1 Staying on to November is Bidibidiba, Edith Beaucage's second CB1 Gallery exhibition that is named after a figure of speech for "love, pleasure, sentimentality, and fun." Bidibidiba builds characters through multicolored brush strokes are "used to build abstractions that are part of the figure." The exhibition will opening during Art Walk.
CB1 Gallery I 207 West 5th Street

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BLUES FOR SMOKE is a major interdisciplinary exhibition with a range of contemporary art, music, literature, and film through the lens blues aesthetics is the description of "Blues for Smoke." It runs at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (152 North Central) until January 7.

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We Were In Sicily (Revisited) Photographs by Rachel Roze: This collection of photographs taken in the summer of 2011 and shot entirely in film -- showcasing a 40-day trip in Sicily, Italy. Voluntarily, the viewer joins Roze in exploring the female body, men, and a culture of lust and the content. "The work has sexually charged overtones, while the muted tones give an old-world romance quality. However, I urge you to not only focus on the obvious ones. Roze views the city and her perspective offers a sense of familiarity and complete immersion that is unlike anything a tourist could accomplish," wrote Kathy M.Y. Pyon, of the L.A. Times.
EVFA Gallery I 727 S. Spring Street

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Author, musician, photographer, filmmaker, collector, vintage clothing dealer, Cesar Padilla, is now a curator. His book, "RIPPED: T-shirts from the Underground" is a visual history of counterculture and underground music t-shirts that opens at the FIDM Museum & Galleries on the evening of Thursday, November 8 with a free concert in Grand Hope Park. Held in conjunction with L.A.'s Downtown Art Walk, the event is from 6-10pm. Scheduled bands are Lydia Lunch Presents Retro Virus; Ritchie White Orchestra featuring Cesar Padilla; and Phantom Family Halo
FIDM I 919 S. Grand

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Also in FIDM's South Park neighborhood is PYO Gallery LA, who will be open during Art Walk. They offer an opening reception for "Jin Ho Song: a celestial space" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PYO Gallery LA I 1100 S. Hope Street

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Among the exhibitions and films throughout the month of November at REDCAT, you can explore Tony Cokes' experimental films in "Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique)" during, or before, Art Walk. But worth noting is "Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott," held the day after Art Walk, on November 9. You will recognize his cartoon industrial jazz as fragments that were often sampled in Warner Bros. animation soundtracks. At REDCAT, former Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek and his band -- including other Oingo Boingo alums -- will perform their take on Raymond Scott. Listen to the video clip of Scott below, and you will hear the potential madness the music will have under the arrangement of the former members of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.
REDCAT I 631 W. 2nd St.

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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