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General comment: Los Angeles works to revitalize the old downtown by, among other things, offering art galleries favorable terms to set up shop. About a dozen establishments have taken up the gauntlet and opened in the past year, enduring less-than-ideal circumstances, pretty much off the media radars, in an urban center that bustles by day and clears to near desolation at night. On the second Thursday of every month, the galleries stay open for the Downtown Art Walk, holding court along with several decent restaurants, utilitarian bars catering to career imbibers, corner stores, miscellaneous other marginal venues, and a smattering of society's misfits aimlessly wandering the carless streets. Most everything else is locked up tight.
The sum total of the above equals a semi-surreal adventure of an evening at the tender unpublicized core of one of the world's great cities. My Art Walk guides were Coagula Art Journal publisher, Mat Gleason, and the magazine's moneyman, Michael Salerno, also an accomplished artist in his own right. I can assure you that without them, this page would be blank. No more than fifty (and I'm being generous) intrepid artsters scurried about, ourselves included. I had my digital, I got the goods, and here you go...
Gallery 727: Heroin Row - Large Paintings and Installations by Gronk.
Comment: One night show; two big abstracts. It's over. You missed it.
Gronk (center) - Mat Gleason (right). Owner (left) - art. Acreage.
Gronk (center) - Mat Gleason (right).
Owner (left) - art.
Bert Green Fine Art: Gallery artists.
Comment: Oodles of art, very varied.
Bert Green (center right) - art. Art. Art.
Bert Green (center right) - art.
Kristi Engle Gallery: Margaret Adachi - Working Girl.
Comment: Inaugural show, seventh floor, down the hall-- hope you find it. Bovine buffoonery, stuffed and sewn with great skill.
Art. Steak time!
Infusion Gallery: Gallery artists and an art car.
Comment: Soup-to-nuts in the art department; thumbs-up on the car.
Art. Out front. In the back.
In the back.
Milla Angelina Gallery: Gallery artists.
In. Out looking in.
Out looking in.
Bank: Kinetic - New Media and Painting.
Artists: Camille Utterback, Markus Linnenbrink, Karen McClanahan.
Comment: Smallish gallery, goodish art.
Interacting with Utterback interactive installation. Art - owner.
Interacting with Utterback interactive installation.
Art - owner.
The Space: Launa Bacon, August Black, Robert Drummond, Douglas Gayeton, Mark Stephen Meadows, Marcos Novak, Mark Pauline, Nathan Shedroff, Bob Sturm, Shelby Ring.
Comment: Mixed-use venue; tonight it's art.
Artist Launa Bacon minds the store. Bacon's installation Scotophobia across the street.
Artist Launa Bacon minds the store.
Bacon's installation Scotophobia across the street.
Along the avenue.
Along the avenue.