Guide: Downtown Art Walk, September 13, 2012

Marilyn Monroe at  Ambassador Hotel I Photo by Ed Finegersh

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is Thursday, September 13, and after an eventful year with some galleries still skittish about the non-art crowd after 6 p.m., the event has a conflicted ethos.

"It's still important, but different important. Its growing pains mirror downtown's growing pains," says Old Bank District developer Tom Gilmore, who has prodded and supported policy for the success for the once-a-month street experience. "They are both a long way from their point of maturity, and they're both under a microscope on a day to day basis."

"Art Walk's basis is still Art, even with all the surrounding noise," he adds. "I have no doubt that both Art Walk and downtown will become central to L.A.'s future image of itself."

Here is KCET's monthly look at the showings throughout September in downtown Los Angeles. Many are open after 6 p.m. for Art Walk this Thursday, but some galleries are keeping regular hours to avoid the evening crowd. Museums entrance fees still apply.

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NY Line Series I Courtesy of Andy Anh Ha

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Lounge will host artist Andy Anh Ha, whose modernistic expressionism finds a balance between color and meditative forms in his hand-built wood panel boxes that are painted and finished with a high gloss finish. He is in the Art Walk Lounge, where you can get a supply of maps for the self guided tour of galleries. Open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring St. , Los Angeles 90013

Wait. There's More: Downtown Art Walk's collaboration with Woodcraft Rangers have produced more pieces for the FIGat7th Urban Artscape mural project. This round has works led by four L.A. artists; Philip Lumbang, Kim Abeles, Andre Miripolsky, and Lev Rukhin. They are now on display in the plaza at 7th and Figueroa.

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Remembering Marilyn is an exhibition that showcases photojournalist Ed Feingersh's images that came from documenting four straight days of the life of Marilyn Monroe in 1955, as seen above. It was a strategy by Monroe, a sex symbol, to support her conviction to be regarded as a serious actress. Feingersh himself was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and had not given to support the manufactured illusion, so these photos of Monroe have an authenticity beyond posing for Hollywood hype. The outcome are a series of photos of Monroe that were street photography in style, and did not scrape away the striking presence of Norma Jean Baker. The photos themselves have been subject of exhibitions and publications and are reaching their own iconic status.
drkrm I 727 S. Spring Street

More Marilyn at Phil Stern Gallery (602 S. Los Angeles St.). They dug into Phil Stern's prolific Hollywood portfolio and focus on his shots of her. The 1955 photographs, claimed by the gallery to have been shot from Samuel Goldwyn's office window, have never been exhibited before.

Both exhibitions mark the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, August 2, 1962.

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BBOYS TO BMEN: Featuring HEX and SKILL is Crewest Gallery going old school. So much so, the opening night, held last Saturday, was shut down when the gallery crowd flowed into the street, recreating the madness of the underground scene from decades past. The art and documentation of work included pencil sketches, renderings, illustrations, spray can lettering, and large-scale acrylic panels that tapped and shaped b-boy culture. It becomes a 30-year timeline of West Coast influences.
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street

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Epiloguelbrings the Bay Area's Eddie Colla, Hugh Leeman, and D YOUNG V to Little Tokyo. Together, they offer a street art vision of civilization's demise. With the art commenting on gun culture, fallen corporations, taking over outdoor media, the show may also be interpreted as artists exploring the concept of what street art would be after the fall of civilization. Curated by Stephanie Karasawa. Epilogue opened September 8 and runs through Oct. 3.
Hold Up Art Gallery I 358 E. 2nd Street

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GROUP PORTRAIT is the 2012 Yale University MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, now touring the road. The exhibition features fine art photography from students who completed in Yale's two-year photography program. Runs through Oct. 14
EVFA Gallery I 727 S. Spring Street

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Diversions of the Archane is Audra Phillips getting downtown ready for Halloween, which she seems to celebrate year round with her visual affection for the macabre and the undead. "I want to bring a little of the unknown into the known, to give a glimpse into the unseen spiritual and emotional world all around us," said the dark artist of the night. It's the first non-photographic based exhibition for Harakeyama Gallery.
Hatakeyama Gallery I 905 S. Hill Street

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Remembrance is a new group show featuring Francis Calimlim, Marlene Capell, Rene Deloffre, Gerald Green, Youngjin Han, Gil Mares, Janet McCarty, Michael Moon, John Revitte, and Michael Ruffini. The gallery will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W 6th Street Suite 115 (Entrance off Spring)

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Camera Ready is Los Angeles-based artist Jean Robison's fascination with consumer products, advertising, and everyday objects as powerful signs, according to Raw Materials. The exhibition comes from watercolors on paper that were digitized, manipulated, then produced as digital prints. "The result is a vernacular turned inside-out,' said Robison, an interdisciplinary multimedia artist.
WindowBox Gallery at Raw Materials I 436 S Main Street

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Norbertellen Gallery's annual fall group show, Melange, continues until September 29.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. 6th Street #110

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Courtesy of First 10+ Art Show

First 10+ Art Show brings toon titans to Downtown Art Walk for an exhibition curated by Gennie Rim, a former Pixar and Disney manager. She offers twelve hand-picked assemblages made from animation talent from studios like Blue Sky, Disney, Maverix, Pixar, and Wild Brain. First 10+ Art Show will be held at Robert Reynolds Gallery.

The group show includes Disney veteran Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Tangled); Bruce Smith (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Tarzan); Robert Valley (Gorillaz music videos, The Beatles Rock Band Trailer); and Ed Bell (MTV's Liquid Television). A portion of proceeds will go to support Ryman Arts, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Art Share LA. Also, on Saturday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, artist Robert Reynolds, along with exhibiting Disney artists Bruce Smith and Patrick Osborne, will be hosting a Kids Workshop for children aged 8 through 18. The show is a debut for the Rim curated series designed to feature the art of animation "while fostering interest and support for youth arts in Los Angeles." The First 10+ Art Show runs from September 13 to 15, in cooperation with Art Walk and Robert Reynolds Gallery. Opening reception is Thursday, September 13 at 6 p.m

Robert Reynolds Gallery I 408 South Spring Street

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Tree Series is the art of painter / photographer Wanda Boudreaux who takes to the physical and spiritual reality of nature, so says the release. "Her fascination with trees in Los Angeles survive, just as humans do, and adapt to less than ideal circumstances. More often than not, they maintain their intrinsic beauty and live up to their innate responsibility: to sustain life." Painter techniques are applied through Polaroid photographs digitally manipulated to shape an urban natural habitat. Runs through October 6. Artists reception will be held during Art Walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Also at LACDA is group show Electron Salon.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street.

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Line by Line is titled to note that the "fundamental contoured mark" is the connection to all works. In this show curated by Monica Martinez, a gaggle of artists muse on the line to explore how individual methods can also define an aesthetic community. The exhibition of prints opens during Art Walk and runs through Oct. 4.
Downtown Art Center Gallery I 828 S. Main Street.

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Zigzag by Scholnick I Photo by Helen Ly

Artifacts is Jaime Scholnick's solo exhibition that has form and color assembled from polystyrene packing material. The found items are the artists' comment on "consumerism, abundant permanent waste, and the temporary nature of life itself" by converting the discarded into modern day fossils; a sculptural narrative about "waste filled reality." In the West Gallery, Chuckles are selections of Scholnick's biting paintings of political figures. Runs through October 7. Pictured above is a detail of Scholnick's "Zigzag" (2012), an acrylic and flashe on polystyrene. The gallery is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the day of Art Walk.
CB1 Gallery I 207 West 5th Street

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The Salon at Eastern Columbia has become a private gallery mostly open by invitation or appointment -- if they are in town, that is. Lisa and Mark Ames will be in St. Petersburg Russia presenting a Misha Frid bronze sculpture to the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music for the 150th anniversary of the Conservatory. A documentary is forthcoming, say the wandering Ames.

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WARNING: Like we have been saying, plan ahead for the next Art Walk night tour of The Times faciltiies. The free September tour at the Olympic Printing Plant is at capacity. Keep track of the next tour through their tweets @LATimesFreshInk

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The Dirty Desert at the The Hive Gallery is a group exhibition of artists from Arizona. Curated by Matt Dickson.

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FIDM's 6th Annual Outstanding Art Of Television Costume Design closes October 20. (919 S. Grand). The Grammy Museum exhibits include Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston. (800 W. Olympic Blvd) REDCAT's September slate includes Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique) by Tony Cokes. (631 W. Second St). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presents The Panza Collection at MOCA Grand Avenue. (250 S Grand Ave).

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Have some fashion with Reimagine, a Senior Thesis Fashion Show held during Art Walk in collaboration between Hanseo University in Korea Republic and Hancock University in Long Beach, California. 8 p.m. I Mercantile Lofts I 620 S. Main St.

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Alex Schaefer I Courtesy of District Gallery

Portrait of the Arts District will hold a closing night reception for what organizers call a successful exhibition of new works by Jose de Juan, Christian Hernandez, Alan Reyes, Catherine Kaleel, and Jennifer Korsen. Lead artist Alex Schaefer, who you may know for his work in chalk on sidewalks and paintings of banks on fire, will be selling his paintings "at dramatically reduced rates." Closing reception will be from 7 to 10 p.m.
District Gallery I 740 E. Third Street (at Traction)

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REBUILDING: We must note the literal fire sale by Terrell Moore, whose art gallery on Hope Street suffered damaged after his building caught fire May 4. The landlords are planning to take down the building in September, reports Moore, so he is forced to relocate. Moore is selling work to help cover moving and lease expenses as he seeks a new downtown location.

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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